I really enjoyed your State of the Union Address tonight. We supporters will hold you to your declarations.
As long as I’m president, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
You better. Because you will meet obstruction every step of the way, as you have since the beginning. You are dealing with a Congress whose number one goal is NOT jobs, but to make sure you don’t get a second term. If you stumble on something like the debt ceiling debacle again, use the power you’re given (like the 14th amendment)!
That’s why I’m sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won’t add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.
This is what should have happened in January 2009. However, if I see this actually happen, I’ll give you a “better late than never” pass.
Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let’s agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay.
There will be drama and delay. But please, push for this. Don’t you find it strange that those who are all about tax breaks for the wealthiest have no problem taxing us little people?
On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief.
And we’re the ones who will stimulate this economy. Less money in the paycheck means less money to spend. We regular people, many of whom are struggling, are the ones that can revive this economy.
When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference — like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right.
Yes. The emphasis is on fair. We little people get taxed at a certain rate. And then someone like Mittens can magically turn his income tax rate into a capital gains tax rate, which, of course, is substantially less? That is neither fair nor right.
Finally, none of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town. We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.
Nice sentiment, but raging infernos are hot. You may take the high road and “unlock” yourself, but I doubt they will do the same.
I’m irritated, pissy, and partisan tonight. Frankly, I’m tired of them punching you, and you taking it. Boxing is my favorite sport. You can not win by being solely a counter puncher. You have to get in there and start hitting, too. And for God’s sake, bob and weave. You’re in the match and are their opponent. Not their punching bag.
I loved what you said tonight, but I need to see some action. So man up, borrow Pelosi’s balls, and get in there. You’re in the final rounds. Make them count.
Spinny, still in your corner trying to get you to release your inner Cujo