President Obama Calls Out The Republican Empty Talk About Caring For The Poor

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While taking part in a discussion on overcoming poverty, President Obama exposed the empty language that Republicans are using to pretend that they care about the poor.

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The President said:

I think if you talk to any of my Republican friends they will say number one, they care about the poor, and I believe them. Number two, they’ll say there are some public goods that have to be made, and I believe them, but when it comes to actually establishing budgets, making choices, prioritizing, that’s when it all starts breaking down.

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But ultimately, there are going to have to be some choices made. When I, for example, make an argument about closing the carried interest loophole that exists whereby hedge fund managers are paying fifteen percent on the fees and income they collect I’ve been called Hitler for doing this, or at least this is like Hitler going to Poland. That’s an actual quote from a hedge fund manager when I made that recommendation.

The top twenty-five hedge managers made more than all of the kindergarten teachers in the country. So when I say that, I’m not saying that because I dislike hedge fund managers, or I think they’re evil. I’m saying that you’re paying a lower rate than a lot of folks who making $300,000 a year. You pretty much have more than you’ll ever be able to use and your family will ever be able to use. There’s a fairness issue involved here, and by the way, if we were able to close that loophole I can now invest in early childhood education that would really make a difference.

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If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then this conversation is for show.

The President blew the Republican faux concern about poverty out of the water by challenging them to make rich people who are exploiting loopholes in the tax code to pay their fair share.

Obama was correct this is an issue of fairness, and Republicans aren’t interested in going beyond empty words. Republicans have no desire to make those who are cheating the system do the right thing that would help to make our society stronger.

President Obama wasn’t floating any radical ideas. He simply suggested that people who have more money than they will ever be able to spend in their lifetimes have a portion of their income taxed at a rate that is more reflective of their earnings.

President Obama and the Democrats are going to continue to win this argument because it is a matter of fairness, and there is undeniable sense among the American people that the rungs of the ladder of economic opportunity have been sawed off, and the system is extremely unfair.

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11 Replies to “President Obama Calls Out The Republican Empty Talk About Caring For The Poor”

  1. The biggest problem with those who vote against their own interest (Conservatives): they don’t feel that they’re being negatively affected by Republican Policies.

    If bad things occur it’s because of- them there evil libtards.

  2. You got to give the American Taliban credit. They have convince a large section of Americans that they should worship the masters of the universe while they struggle to put food on the table.

    For example they cut 8.5 billion in food stamps but they want to repeal the estate tax that would give the drug dealer Sheldon Alderson a 12 billion tax break because his heirs a chance to buy groceries. And people who don’t have a pot to piss in agrees with this greed

    And yes that man is a drug dealer because he made his money in gambling and like all drugs it is an addiction and ruin peoples lives.

  3. Hell NO! I want to keep giving rich pricks all the loopholes so we poor bastards can wear rags and work in their fields like the peasants of old England or the slaves of the old South! Our wages will be the oats we are allowed to keep from our crops. Damn, we will be so lucky! Who needs clothes, transportation, education, healthcare…or just a small amount of hope?

  4. Like their great leader, Ronald Reagan, Republicans are actors.

    They love altruistic roles of people doing the right thing, coming to the aide of the poor, helpless, victims of imequality or defenseless and saving the day.

    Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Sylvestor Stallone, Bruce Willis, Robert Duvall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and one of the biggest phonies of them all, Clint Eastwood.

    But, off stage in their real lives, their deeds, beliefs and affiliations are the exact opposite of any virtuous or noble or courageous or idealistic hero on film.

    The President is absolutely right about the republicans faking the part.

  5. I voted for you, President Obama and ashamed that I did. In the past 8 years, you did not help the poverished poor in Baltimore and other many cities. Instead, things are worse than it ever was.

  6. You know, it’s moments like this where one feels the urge to sit back, take stock of everything in life, take a nice deep breath, and shout:

    “OH, FOR F*CKS SAKE!!!!!”

  7. The remark you made regarding wealthy families sending their children to private schools was a hypocritical remark because you yourself attended the most prestigious private school, Punahou in Honolulu, Hawaii for 8 years before Harvard.

  8. I for one am most happy that Obama was Elected, and Re-elected.

    Considering that the alternatives were:

    McSame and Failin’Palin.

    Then

    Romnoid and Appalling Ryan.

    Here’s to 8 years of Hillary!

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