Barack Obama In 2004 Attacked Bush For Weak Economy
State Senator Obama 2004 Radio Address Attacks Bush on Dismal Economy - YouTubeIn a 2004 weekly radio address given when the President was still a State Senator, Obama attacked Bush for “three dismal years of job loss.” The speech sounds strikingly similar to Republican talking points used against the current President and speaks volumes to the degree in which political rhetoric is recycled.
The unemployment rate for 2004 was 5.5%
United States Unemployment Rate 1920–2010 — Infoplease.com
You can't just spout nonsense. Here are the facts:
Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate - Washington Times
President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.
Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.
Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor.
Democrats disputed that it was actually the president's plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn't actually match Mr. Obama's budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president's numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, even challenged Democrats to point out any errors in the numbers and he would correct them — a challenge no Democrats took up.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
A Guide to Recognizing Your Budget Stunts
Grab on to something. Steady yourself. Today, the House of Representatives will pass the Ryan budget. The number to remember is "4." That was how many Republicans voted against Ryan's 2011 budget, when Republicans were riding higher. And two of the "nos" came from Republicans who thought the bill was too soft: Ron Paul of Texas and Walter Jones of North Carolina. One "no" came from Montana U.S. Senate candidate Denny Rehberg, and one came from West Virginia freshman David McKinley, who has to answer to a huge population of seniors. If the Ryan budget gets more than four "nos," it'll say that Republicans are more trepidatious about selling Medicare voucherization in a general election.
But it'll pass, and it'll pass after two budget stunts failed miserably. Those stunts:
- Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who defeated Budget chairman John Spratt for his seat, introduced an amendment consisting of the numbers and appropriations of Barack Obama's 2012 budget. "It’s not a gimmick unless what the President sent us is the same," Mulvaney snarked. "We are voting on the President’s budget. I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it." (Calling a Democratic effort a "Democrat" effort is a minor swipe.)
The amendment went down 414-0, just like an identical Republican stunt in 2011 led to a unanimous defeat of an "Obama's budget" parody. "It was a caricature of the president's budget," explained Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, "so we voted against it."
- Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Rep. Steven LaTourette of Ohio, two of the last members you could really describe as moderates, collaborated on a zombie version of the Simpson-Bowles budget. Damian Paletta reports that pressure groups "appeared to be so alarmed that the budget resolution might gain momentum Wednesday night that they issued sharp news releases hours before the vote warning members not to compromise." But it wasn't clear whether they were afraid of momentum -- it was quite tough to break through the news cycle -- or whether they just wanted to set these guys right. Sixteen Republicans voted for the amendment, many of them takers of the Norquist pledge. All in all only 38 members voted for the amendment.
Once it was shot through the head, the zombie bill took on a sort of dignity.