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President Obama Says ‘Pay Attention’ to the GOP’

“I am telling you, I want you all to pay attention over the next five months and see if they’re offering a single thing that they did not try when they were in charge, because you won’t see it,” he said’.

“By the time I got into office, we had a $1 trillion deficit because of tax cuts that weren’t paid for, two wars that weren’t paid for, a prescription drug plan that was not paid for,” he said’.

“We had baked into the cake structural deficits that were made even worse by the financial crisis,” he then said of George W. Bush’.

‘The president tried to draw a parallel with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s support of a $5 trillion tax cut, saying he could guess at how it would work’.

“Either it’s not paid for, in which case, that’s $5 trillion that’s piled on top of the debt we already have, passed onto the next generation,” the president began. “Or it’s going to come from middle-class families.”

‘Suggesting that in a second term he would sharpen efforts to push infrastructure, high technology, and environmental projects’.

“That’s how we became an economic superpower,” he said. “So the notion that we would now shortchange our investments in science and basic research, the possible cures for cancer or Alzheimer’s, or the clean energy that can make sure that we’re doing something about climate change and saving money for families — that’s not the answer.”

‘Before the fundraiser Obama met with about a hundred graduating high school seniors of the Science Leadership Academy, a partnership between the Franklin Institute and the city’s public schools’.

Congratulating them on their accomplishment, he told the students he was struck by the diversity of the class.

“You guys are representative of the future,” he said, “This is a great postcard for what America is all about.”
From : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/obama-says-pay-attention-to-the-gop/

‘How to Dispose of a TEA Party Imbecile, For Good’

Found this by Montana Cowgirl over at KOS : http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/13/1099595/-How-to-Dispose-of-a-TEA-Party-Imbecile-For-Good

You gotta love this Democratic Governor of Montana : http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_801bce1a-6601-11e0-b3ab-001cc4c002e0.html

‘You may remember Bob Wagner, the Montana state legislator, for his appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 in which he defended his special birther bill which would have forbidden President Obama from appearing on the Montana ballot in 2012’.

‘Wagner was indeed riding high two years ago, swept into office on the 2010 Tea Party wave and happily making an ass of himself in the Montana legilsature, going on national talk shows with his nutty ideas, speaking at Tea Party rallies, sponsoring crazy bills (in addition to his birther bill, he tried to reintroduce the Gold Standard), and generally being an ass’.

‘Like a good Tea Partier, Wagner voted against every single appropriation of money put forward by the legislature, including a bill that arrived on Governor Brian Schweitzer’s desk last April which contained grant money for local communities (including Wagner’s district), for things like sewer upgrades, fire department repairs, and the like’.

‘Schweitzer–who is known to enjoy mixing it up with right-wingers–saw an angle. He noticed that Wagner had voted against the bill. So, Schweitzer used his “line item veto” power and selectively crossed out the funds that would have gone to Wagner’s district. Schweitzer did this to several legislators who voted against the grant billl. Schweitzer said that it was logical to assume that if Wagner and others voted against the bill, then their constituents must not have expressed much interest in getting the money’.

‘But as you might expect, community leaders in Wagner’s district hadn’t even been aware that Wagner had voted against it. For when he voted against the bill, Wagner had been on a frolic of his own, and not representing the interests of his district. Wagner figured that the bill would pass anyway, and so he could flex his Tea Party biceps while knowing that Democrats and moderate Republicans would turn in sufficient votes so that the grant bill would pass anyway’.

‘When the folks in Wagner’s district learned of Wagner’s vote and of the line item veto, there was an outcry. Wagner then tried to save face by suing Schweitzer, claiming that the item veto had been illegal. Well, that didn’t go over very well with the Tea Partiers who reside in Wagner’s district, because they don’t think Government should ever spend money at all’.

‘So Wagner ended up in the headlines, first proudly decrying government spending, then being revealed as having denied his district important funds, and finally suing the Governor to try to get more government spending for his district’.

‘Alas, caught in these crosscurrents, the flimsy hypocrite Wagner was beaten last week in his GOP primary, by a Republican moderate (or at least what passes for a moderate in Dillon, Montana) who used all of these points against him very skillfully and vocally’.

‘Goodbye, Birther Bob’.

Mitt Romney Lies #14 – ‘Romney Bashes Stimulus, Then Fundraises In Home Of Stimulus Recipient’

‘Mitt Romney spent this morning in Florida trashing the stimulus, saying the Obama administration “borrowed almost a trillion dollars but used it to protect government.”

‘But just hours after the speech, Romney boarded a plane to Tennessee to fundraise with a beneficiary of Obama’s stimulus funds’.

‘Romney will spend Tuesday night at a $10,000-a-head fundraiser at the house of Orrin H Ingram II, Chairman of the Ingram Barge Company — which received $130,000 in federal stimulus money’.

‘Ingram Barge Company is a private company, not a government entity’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/06/12/498226/romney-bashes-stimulus-then-fundraises-in-home-of-stimulus-recipient/

Mitt Romney Lies #15 – “The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen”.

Teachers – ‘Back in the Lyndon Johnson administration, it started paying out Title 1 education funds, and this year, it is slated to spend $14.5 billion under Title 1. The money is meant to help disadvantaged schools. The bulk of it is used for personnel costs’.

‘In 1975, Congress passed the predecessor law to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, designed to improve special education. Programs under IDEA received $11.6 billion in funding in 2012, and much of that money goes to hiring teachers’.

‘In all, the federal government pays for nearly 11 percent of the country’s public school costs’.

Police – ‘In 2010, separate from any stimulus spending, the federal government awarded $298 million for 1,388 officers. It spent $247 million to hire more than 1,000 officers in 2011. About 800 will be hired with $111 million in 2012. The Congressional Research Service estimated that as of January 2011 the program had paid for the hiring of 117,000 officers’.

Firefighters – ‘. In 2009 and 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded some $630 million under Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, hiring about 3,400 firefighters. Grants are still being awarded in the 2011-2012 period, for which Congress has set aside about $640 million’.
From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/mitt-romney-federal-spending-police-teachers-firefighters_n_1590872.html?1339535100

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