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    Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama fielded questions on jobs, the auto industry, universal health care, mortgages, education, veterans' care and legalization of marijuana as he kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet era Town Hall at the White House. Obama said job creation in America is difficult in a time of economic hardship and that the work of the future should be in more high-paying, high-skill areas like clean energy technology.
    The president said, "When I was running for president, I promised to open the White House for the American people. This is an important step toward achieving that goal."

    Before the meeting got under way, the White House had gotten over 100,000 online questions.
    Obama had some fun with at least one question, saying he doesn't think legalizing marijuana is a good strategy for turning around the economy.

    Obama told the audience that one of the most popular questions was whether legalization of the illicit drug would help pull the nation out of the recession. The president jokingly said: "I don't know what this says about the online audience."

    In a serious response, he said he didn't think that was a good economic policy.
    I suggest everyone at least read the entire article, as it deals with questions asked by people online.

    He answered the marijuana question and made light of it, it makes me laugh so hard to think that the war on drugs has killed countless people and imprisoned the rest for victimless crimes. .......
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    The following talking point is getting old:

    Obama said job creation in America is difficult in a time of economic hardship and that the work of the future should be in more high-paying, high-skill areas like clean energy technology.

    With the stroke of a pen, nuclear plants could break ground tomorrow in states that have the least resistance to them. We've heard not one word on this from Obama.

    The majority of wind & solar system manufacturing is in Europe. The market is ripe for us to break out in these area's if we could get instant tax breaks in retail, installation and on the consumer end.

    The enviroloons have thwarted development in these area's too. California & Oregon making the news as of late.

    This definitely caught my eye:

    Obama says the ideal path to universal health care is to build on the current system that relies in part on employer plans rather than scrap what has existed for generations.

    Asked why the U.S. couldn't opt for a European system, Obama said the United States has a legacy of employer-based plans that have filled the needs of a majority of Americans. He said the country has a set of institutions that aren't easily transformed.

    He said he is looking to Congress to find that optimal system and it needs to be overhauled now rather than waiting for decades.

    He said the biggest driver of the nation's long-term deficit is Medicare and Medicaid.


    If the government can't run Medicaid & Medicare efficiently, then why in the hell would we want them tinkering with our private insurance system?
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    I admit I was extremely skeptical by the time I got to this portion:

    Already, the White House is connecting the old-school press conference with the new-media event. It will be an easy contrast between skeptical reporters and supporter-selected questions.

    Political operatives say the White House's strategy is a way to reach a demographic key to Obama's election.

    "In both cases the questioners are just props — or, in some cases, foils — for the star, Obama, to deliver his message. But in the latter case, they get to self-nominate instead of be selected by elites," Winograd said.
    and then when I got here:

    Yet the process lends itself to softer questions and ones the White House is eager to answer, Republicans noted.
    I thought to myself, you are definitely a republican my dear.

    call me cynical but this is more of the same crap that got him elected--marketing himself to the uneducated and uninformed, and dodging or being very vague about the real issues. whatever you do, don't say anything too specific--talk about how everyone loves veterans, how nurses are the backbone of the country, how some teachers are bad, but don't give any numbers or stats or offer any real solution to any problem, else you might antagonize someone or reveal your own incompetence/inexperience.

    I resent the media at times like anyone, but the ones asking the questions at those press conferences are sharp! they are good at what they do and they are ruthless. I think presidents need that accountability. not just a bunch of people online asking, "how are you going to help me pay my mortgage?"

    puh-leeeze.

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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    He answered the marijuana question and made light of it, it makes me laugh so hard to think that the war on drugs has killed countless people and imprisoned the rest for victimless crimes. .......
    ...and consumed hundreds of billions of dollars of resources, and alienated many nations to the south.

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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    ...and consumed hundreds of billions of dollars of resources, and alienated many nations to the south.
    Yep as emdash has noted he had weak answers and dodges all the important things for fluff.
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    if this was an attempt to make the presidency transparent, all I can say is those waters are muddier than ever.

    I wouldn't expect an administration to be completely transparent anyway, except for the fact that obama went out of his way to promise it. bad move.

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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    ...and consumed hundreds of billions of dollars of resources, and alienated many nations to the south.
    Not to mention the young voting block in this country.

    I just caught part of the news, because I wanted to see some of his responses, this one in particular.

    He was very condescending in his mannerism and language when he said:

    "I don't know what this says about the online audience."

    I know sometimes it might seem petty to be critisizing him about all the little nuances, but it just goes to show poor judgement in how he really thinks about people.
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaHurt View Post
    Not to mention the young voting block in this country.

    I just caught part of the news, because I wanted to see some of his responses, this one in particular.

    He was very condescending in his mannerism and language when he said:

    "I don't know what this says about the online audience."

    I know sometimes it might seem petty to be critisizing him about all the little nuances, but it just goes to show poor judgement in how he really thinks about people.
    I'd let it go if he offered some reasonable thought on why he doesn't think it would work but he doesn't.

    Instead, just like everyone else he makes light of it as a dodge and everyone who has a serious interest in this more pissed .

    Etheral put really well in another thread. They are chasing unicorns.
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'd let it go if he offered some reasonable thought on why he doesn't think it would work but he doesn't.

    Instead, just like everyone else he makes light of it as a dodge and everyone who has a serious interest in this more pissed .

    Etheral put really well in another thread. They are chasing unicorns.
    Exactly.

    There's just too much vagueness in too many of his responses to fully trust him to do the right thing.

    I too have been loosely following that thread.
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    Re: Obama wants high-paying, high-skill jobs in future

    It really is brilliant. He gets to come across as someone who really cares what the proles think because he's letting them ask questions, and then gets to have his staff sort through all of them to find the absolute best ones to allow him to make his points.
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