President Obama Challenges Republicans To Put Up Or Shut Up On The Middle Class

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President Obama is putting Republicans on notice. The president told Republicans today that he wanted to see their ideas for helping the middle-class. In other words, it is time for Republicans to put up, or shut up.


The president said:

At a moment when our economy is growing, our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again, we have to make some choices about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

That was the focus of my State of the Union Address – middle-class economics. The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

This week, I will send a budget to Congress that’s built on those values.

We’ll help working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are. We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student. And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets.

We can afford to make these investments. Since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by about two-thirds – the fastest sustained deficit reduction since just after the end of World War II. We just have to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does. It proposes getting rid of special interest loopholes in our tax code, and using those savings to cut taxes for middle-class families and reward businesses that invest in America. It refuses to play politics with our homeland security, and funds our national security priorities at home and abroad. And it undoes the arbitrary, across-the-board budget cuts known as “the sequester” for our domestic priorities, and matches those investments dollar-for-dollar in resources our troops need to get the job done.

Now, I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach. And like I said in my State of the Union Address, if they have ideas that will help middle-class families feel some economic security, I’m all in to work with them. But I will keep doing everything I can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead. Not just because we want everyone to share in America’s success – but because we want everyone to contribute to America’s success.

That’s the way the middle class thrived in the last century – and that’s how it will thrive again.

The president short remarks contained a challenge to Republicans. Obama wants to know if Republicans have any ideas to help the middle-class. The president will be unveiling his ideas when he releases his budget proposal on Monday. Obama wants to know what the Republicans are going to bring to the table besides their usual chorus of no. Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have already shot down the president’s proposed middle-class tax cut.

The term middle-class has become the new “jobs” buzzword for Republicans. It wasn’t long ago that Republicans thought that they could boost their approval ratings by adding the word jobs into everything they said and did. A plan to cut taxes for the wealthy became a bill to aid job creators. The Keystone XL pipeline is a jobs bill. They are trying the same tactic with the term middle-class.

Obama isn’t going to sit back and let Republicans fill the air with empty talk. The president is challenging Republicans to back up their words with actions. In the days and weeks ahead, President Obama will likely sharpen his language and call out congressional Republicans. His weekly address was a warning shot that Republicans better be ready to put up or shut up when it comes to rebuilding the middle-class.

33 Replies to “President Obama Challenges Republicans To Put Up Or Shut Up On The Middle Class”

  1. The question will be if the talking heads challenge the republicans and the answer will be no
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair.

  2. So long Romney…But I’ll say this – If 2016 is between a second Clinton or a third Bush, it will be painfully obvious that the current two party system in America is our biggest problem. Big business always wins. American citizens always lose.

    Almost a majority of us are on public welfare programs like food stamps, section 8 housing, and SSI, because of low wages. Health insurance is unaffordable (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month car insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $12/month life insurance from Ant). Two thirds of young adults have student loans to which they cannot pay back due to lack of good jobs in the community.

    A vast swath of Americans are locked out of the housing market because homes are turned into luxury goods, not a place to stay in the community. Rent rates at apartments have gone through the roof in most metro areas nationwide. Food at grocery stores have gotten way to expensive. Property taxes are making it impossible for everyone to…

  3. I like the sounds of this “lame duck” President. Now if he can get some backing from the Democrats and press. Thats the hard part.

  4. The President is one man…he needs to be backed up by Democrats both in the House and Senate. And for that matter, all the people that voted for this President need to speak up loud and clear to support him. Now is the time.

  5. Why should they put up when their base(white people) are ignorant and will vote against their own interest just so they can say we stuck it to the coloreds?

  6. Didn’t anybody notice the Senate, when passing the Xl Pipeline bill, refer to it as an “infrastructure job”?

    They have taken that “new” word (for them) and incorporated it into their dialog. It worked for the President, so watch for them co-opt it for all their “job” bills.

    They aren’t changing their politics, just the buzzwords surrounding them.

  7. Republicans have also started using the word infrastructure in their comments. As in, from the turtle himself the other day: He said, the Keystone XL jobs and infrastructure bill.

    If a Republican couldn’t lie, he would have nothing to say.

  8. We get the government we deserve.

    The idiots who did not vote in the last election are to blame. If the percentage of voters in a National Election does not reach a percentage greater than 50, it should be declared null and void.

  9. But but what about my FREEdumb not to vote and plus I got into that line for the latest air jordans and Iphones

  10. Like the lying assholes the republicans are they will neither put up, or shut up. They couldn’t care less about the American people.

  11. I don’t think that will fly but why not make it over a weekend. Hell if the Super Bowl can have a 2 week build up you would think voting can have 2 days and on Sundays it would be soul to the polls and yes white people you do have souls

  12. djchefron posted, 1/31/15 @ 3:28 pm:

    “I don’t think that will fly but why not make it over a weekend? Hell if the Super Bowl can have a 2 week build up you would think voting can have 2 days…”

    I agree with THAT. Teapubs WOULDN’T want it, though, because it would INCREASE turnout…and would make voting EASIER…
    and they can’t have THAT, now CAN they?
    (Unless they’re voting for THIER…ummm…imbeciles…Then it would be FINE…) :(

  13. “technically” it is building something that can very well be distructive to our environment and if they say it like that their ignorant base who haven’t done any research won’t know the difference.
    These are the same ones who believe the 2007-2008 economic meltdown was caused byt the Dodd-Frank bill of 2010, there are still WMD’s somewhere, Bush was “elected” in 2000, climate change is a hoax, Moses signed the declaration of independance, etc.
    Everyone should paruse and read what these people believe…so myths and misinformation…very much like Faux Nooze.

  14. That’s why we need ‘The Fairness Doctrine’ returned to the American People.
    RightWing is being bombarded with Citizens United Propaganda!
    They’re brainwashing half of America!

    The Fairness Doctrine…or
    A reasonable facsimile!
    And we need it before Election 2016!

  15. So who here is mouthing at the republicans and DIDN’T VOTE THE MID-TERMS,seems to me with everything I read there’s no way they should control both the house and senate. Did you vote? Or are you just so ignorant that you think these issues will heal themselves? OUR VOTE IS NOW AND ALWAYS WILL BE OUR VOICE. It’s not too late, in 2016 we can either let another tea-beggar in or we can speak our minds, VOTE THIS TIME. YES TEA BEGGAR.

  16. If the people who “follow” the “SPORTS TEAMS ” so “damn-close” followed our own U.S. Government Officials the same way, I don’t believe that our country would be in this current state of “utter-decline” for the entire 99%. We now need to utilize these “Sports Arenas” to hold “Public Awareness” Forums to Educate the Masses on the “BIGGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT “GAME IN THE WORLD”!!! “POLITICS”!!! It is the “Real” Game of “Life and Death” for 99% of the people in the U.S. and the World. TAKE YOUR EYES “OFF THE BALL” AND “SEE” THE “REALLY SERIOUS SHIT” “FIRST” PEOPLE. Then “CONFIRM” that your Govt. Officials are not “Screwing-You”and your kids. Then you can all go outside and PLAY WITH YOUR BALLS AND STICKS AGAIN. And watch T.V.. Have a Good Day.

  17. Sometimes I wonder if Democrats in the Senate and House are really Democrats anymore.

    Just recently, Obama’s choice for Ambassador to Mexico, Maria Echaveste, has withdrawn her bid citing a “prolonged confirmation process”.

    Let’s be clear here. Ms. Echaveste was put forward last September when Democrats controlled the Senate. Yet Reid didn’t put her up for confirmation, just as he decided to postpone confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch until Republicans controlled the Senate.

    I guess Reid was worried that forcing Republicans to filibuster Echaveste’s confirmation right before the midterms might make them look bad and give Democrats an advantage.

    I mean, really?!

    With Democrats like Reid, it’s no wonder we only get Republican watered-down bills that barely do anything for us. On the other hand, that problem doesn’t exist for bills that benefit the wealthy and well-connected.

    Reid really needs to step down. He’s such a failure.

  18. It’s up to Congressional Democrats to point this out over and over again. Instead…they’re silent.

    That’s why Republicans get away with espousing the most blatant lies. Democrats fail to challenge them (since we know U.S. media never will).

  19. The problem with us as Democrats is that we just keep looking back with recriminations while the President just goes about moving the ball forward on his agenda. He’s long past us in progress. We’re stuck in place complaining about Pelosi this and Reid that. I can’t help but notice none of it moved this President of his agenda. He has accomplished while we’ve bitched and moaned.

  20. “Obama challenges Republicans to put up or shut up the middle class” Obama and his policies can go take a flying leap in the toilet President Obama and his policies have manifested lawlessness and incompetence.Obama is a consummate liar held in esteem by Democrats who value lying as a means to an end.

  21. In North Carolina, they’re dumb. In South Carolina, they’re dumb and proud of it. In Carolina Carolina, it’s a cerebral desert.

  22. reynardine that is right after the lies, check.
    belittle others thinking, check. denigrate check. and change the subject waiting.

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