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Obama: Republicans push vision of "shrunken America"
Yahoo ^ | 4/27/11 | Matt Spetalnick - Reuters

Posted on 04/27/2011 9:43:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republicans of using their cost-cutting proposals to push a vision of a "shrunken America" as he sought to rally supporters on a re-election fundraising drive in New York.

At a trio of events aimed at rekindling the enthusiasm of his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama touted his economic policies and budget plan and urged Republicans to engage in a "serious debate" on tackling the nation's debt and deficits.

But even as he tried to reconnect with his party's base, he acknowledged that many Americans remained frustrated by tough economic conditions and that more needed to be done.

"We've got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy," Obama said.

He also weighed in on the battle in Washington over how to rein in the federal deficit, which is projected to hit $1.4 trillion this fiscal year. The issue has risen to the top of the agenda for the 2012 presidential campaign.

Obama has used the first steps in his re-election effort to promote a budget ideology that is at odds with the fiscal views of Republicans who are planning presidential campaigns and accuse him of wasteful spending.

He wants to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to fund social programs while making some budget cuts, a plan he says would bring deficits down by $4 trillion over 12 years.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; drunk; drunken; notnbc; obama; provenineligible; republicans; shrunk; shrunken; shrunkenamerica; vision
The Pied Piper Lives..
1 posted on 04/27/2011 9:43:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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'Carnival-style silliness'.. *-?

US President Barack Obama smiles as he makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House. In an extraordinary and surreal live television appearance, he slammed conspiracy theories that he was not American-born as carnival-style silliness. (AFP/Jewel Samad)


2 posted on 04/27/2011 9:47:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
He wants to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to fund social programs while making some budget cuts, a plan he says would bring deficits down by $4 trillion over 12 years.

Obama's Magic Math....

3 posted on 04/27/2011 9:48:05 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Better shrunken than totally collapsed. Obama may claim there’s another option, but there isn’t one.


4 posted on 04/27/2011 9:49:50 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: NormsRevenge

Back in the 60’s they used to sell a lot of those little shrunken heads....The actually looked quite a bit like Barry.

I suspect life may soon imitate art.


5 posted on 04/27/2011 9:50:13 PM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: NormsRevenge

The government is not America. The people are.


6 posted on 04/27/2011 9:54:49 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama new campaign slogan:

Shrunken Dollar Doctor


7 posted on 04/27/2011 9:57:14 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: Army Air Corps
The government is not America. The people are.

A shrunken government leads to a powerful, prosperous, exceptional, truly free America.

...government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

—President Ronald Wilson Reagan

8 posted on 04/27/2011 10:01:38 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: NormsRevenge

As he tells us to eat less,
drive smaller cars,
travel less,
get less healthcare (maybe you should take the pain pill)
etc etc,,
He tells us once a week a way we need to downsize our life,,


9 posted on 04/27/2011 10:01:45 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: re_nortex

Those words are as true today as they were then.


10 posted on 04/27/2011 10:03:38 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: NormsRevenge
President Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republicans of using their cost-cutting proposals to push a vision of a "shrunken America"

The only shrinkage that I see is your failing Presidency Obummer.


11 posted on 04/27/2011 10:03:56 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Those words are as true today as they were then.

Indeed they are.

In my estimation, President Reagan's aphorism is an eternal, unalterable, universal, axiomatic truth. Anyone running for elected office at any level that doesn't fully embrace that truth isn't worth an iota of consideration by American Patriots.

12 posted on 04/27/2011 10:09:03 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Barry’s vision of a “shrunken head America” is a little worrisome too.


13 posted on 04/27/2011 10:12:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: NormsRevenge

If the press wrote accurate headlines, it would read:

Republicans assail Obama’s ‘shrunken America’


14 posted on 04/27/2011 10:18:00 PM PDT by dk88 (Keep your laws off my body)
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To: NormsRevenge

and he pushes hope and change I have no hope and I got no change
so there we are even!


15 posted on 04/27/2011 10:21:55 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: NormsRevenge

Government should shrink and private prosperity will grow.


16 posted on 04/27/2011 11:50:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Army Air Corps

The headline should read: “Obama shrinks America. Conservatives want to shrink government.”


17 posted on 04/27/2011 11:52:36 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: NormsRevenge

Barack Obama: Last of the Big Spenders


18 posted on 04/27/2011 11:57:25 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: NormsRevenge
"We've got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy..."

And he's the one to do it as evidenced by the rousing "success" in his first 2.5 years!

After telling us it wasn't coming, when we could already see it on Main Street, Bernanke warns of "transitory" inflation (up from 2.1% to 2.8%) and lower than expected growth (3.1-3.3% from 3.4-3.9%).

The lower 3.1% growth isn't enough to get people back to work yet somehow he expects unemployment to be a half point lower than forecast in January when he was predicting MORE growth and LESS inflation. I've only read press accounts so this part puzzles me.

On the upside, asked about oil prices, Bernanke said the Fed doesn't have the power to increase oil supply. That tells us that he believes increased supply will help. Who has the power the increase (or even threaten) to increase supply? Obama.

Obama won't do it. He'll lie to our faces about drilling, permits, moratoriums, regulatory impediments. "Just make stuff up" as he famously accused Wednesday.

He feels inauthentic, incapable of "feeling our pain" like Clinton or having "compassion" like W. The pain of high gas prices works for him. Not only is it an opportunity to further the "Big Green" agenda of his allies but, at its core, a once free people becomes more malleable when beaten down by hard times.

He mocks, scolds then rushes off to golf, to a celebrity gig, holiday or fundraise because he doesn't have time for "distractions." Fellow travelers and an awed "free press" herd the unaware to the cliffside and drag us over with them.

19 posted on 04/28/2011 1:12:29 AM PDT by newzjunkey (I sense no American Spirit in this president.)
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To: All

better for the gov.t to be fit & trim & the economy growing muscle mass.

let the big spenders go on a low cash diet, stick with a budget, tighten the belt, shrink the bloated belly.


20 posted on 04/28/2011 1:19:28 AM PDT by Psalm_2 (Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NASB)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shrunken debt.


21 posted on 04/28/2011 1:46:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (How is allowing an Army Doctor be prosecuted and sent to prison "good for the country"?)
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To: newzjunkey

I’d trust Trump a hundred times more than Obama. He’s been there, done that.


22 posted on 04/28/2011 1:57:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: NormsRevenge

Imagine—any sane person wishing to “shrink” the deficit? /s


23 posted on 04/28/2011 2:48:46 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: NormsRevenge

Republicans want a shrunken American government.

And a real leader, not some socialist.


24 posted on 04/28/2011 2:55:39 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

That means O equates the government with being America. Not that I ever doubted that’s what he thought but it’s refreshing to see him admit it.


25 posted on 04/28/2011 3:22:39 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Another issue to bludgeon Obama with!!!!!

While resisting calls for cuts in government spending by accusing supporters of trying to “shrink America”, this president has told the citizens that they need to sacrifice their lifestyles, use less gas, eat less food and basically give up some of their hard-earned wealth.


26 posted on 04/28/2011 3:41:18 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: NormsRevenge

He is such a lying spin machine; this is ALL he knows how to do.


27 posted on 04/28/2011 3:57:19 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shrink the government or shrink America. that is the choice. The government is not the country.


28 posted on 04/28/2011 4:00:36 AM PDT by all the best
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To: NormsRevenge

“Warren Harding cut the federal budget 48% from 1920 to 1922 leading to a booming economy......”

http://nalert.blogspot.com/2011/04/flashback-when-cutting-government.html

The RinoCrats are afraid Constitutional Federal Government..led by a candidate We the People in Flyover Country choose and elect will do this.


29 posted on 04/28/2011 4:03:05 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: NormsRevenge

“serious debate” means accept higher taxes


30 posted on 04/28/2011 4:06:19 AM PDT by y6162
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To: NormsRevenge

The government is not like the brain of the country. We can think for ourselves.

The government is more like the stomach of the country. It keeps devouring as much of our time, money and resources as it can getting fatter and fatter as long as it can until we put it on a diet.

It is time for a very strict diet.


31 posted on 04/28/2011 4:24:27 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama: Republicans push vision of "shrunken America"

Well, he does have a point. The Republican vision of America omits seven of the 57 states.

32 posted on 04/28/2011 4:57:38 AM PDT by Bel Riose
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To: LibFreeOrDie

A little late for me to respond to your post, but your line about “0bama’s Magic Math” really strikes a chord with me, as it points out the greatest frustration I’ve had about 0bama and his MSM propaganda machine. Forget about the birth certificate, academic records, radical church and all that just for a minute. This is an issue that directly pertains to policy and governance.

Starting back in the 2008 campaign, it was obvious he was just pulling random numbers out of a hat to tell people what they wanted to hear. Anyone with a little God-given ability to think critically and who could do basic 3rd grade math calculations should have been able to figure out that any set of numbers he spouted were nonsense and the math never added up properly. But he always got a pass from the media, and he hasn’t changed his playcalling one bit. It’s an old football adage; if a play is working, keep running it until they stop it.

Look at the fiscal mess we are in now thanks to 0bama’s Magic Math.


33 posted on 04/28/2011 5:57:26 AM PDT by henkster (Every member of Congress must put the fate of the nation over their next re-election campaign)
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To: henkster

I absolutely agree with your point. What I don’t understand is that the MSM seems to think that they are exempt from the facts. Their whole position is one of adolescence and/or mental incompetence being totally void of critical thought.


34 posted on 04/28/2011 6:12:38 AM PDT by PORD (People Of Right & Duty!)
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To: newzjunkey
Not only is it an opportunity to further the "Big Green" agenda of his allies but, at its core, a once free people becomes more malleable when beaten down by hard times.Not only is it an opportunity to further the "Big Green" agenda of his allies but, at its core, a once free people becomes more malleable when beaten down by hard times.

EXACTLY!

The "beaten down by hard times" of the 1930's is what got us into the welfare state we are in! The people were willing to listen to the elites who basically said that the government can make sure we never have these problem again! Let's create a Fed to control the money! Let the government "save" your money for your future!

It was nothing more than the government getting its hands on YOUR money! The people thought that the government was sincere when all they were is PROGRESSIVE POWER GRABBERS! It has been getting worse ever since!
35 posted on 04/28/2011 6:59:11 AM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: NormsRevenge
"We've got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy," Obama said.

Oh. So that must mean there are more UbamaCare waivers coming down the pike.

36 posted on 04/28/2011 7:00:52 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: NormsRevenge
"We've got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy," Obama said.

Be more specific. For which country?

37 posted on 04/28/2011 7:01:42 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: henkster
Look at the fiscal mess we are in now thanks to 0bama’s Magic Math.

Of course it is obvious that everything Obama has done and is doing is bad for America.

The only question is: Is Obama a TRAITOR and is he doing damage on purpose?

The obvious answer is of course he is doing everything he can to destroy America.

38 posted on 04/28/2011 8:22:50 AM PDT by politicianslie (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm glad the Bamster clarified this for me.

I'm glad to know that for the Bamster, America and the ever-expanding welfare state are synonymous.

39 posted on 04/28/2011 8:53:24 AM PDT by mojito
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To: NormsRevenge
"We've got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate economy and grow the economy unemployment rate," Obama said.

What he actually meant.

40 posted on 04/28/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama sounds like a nut case even if his cuts in goverment and demanded further cuts in the people’s individual budgets(to fund more goverment) were honest your still only talking about 23.8% ($4 trillion /($1.4 trillion a year deficit * 12 years) = 0.238) of the deficit assuming future future Federal Government’s don’t behave as he his has for the last 2 years. And if that assumption was not wild enough he also assumes the explosive growth that is NOT happening nor likely to happen. All this is of course like assuming pigs will spout wings and fly tomorrow.

Not according to any known laws of physics but ok...

We know from historic experience that the Federal Government can’t get more then 18 to 20% of the GDP in tax revenue regardless of tax rates. Therefore the only way to increase the amount of money going into the Federal goverment is to increase the GDP.

Higher Taxes at this point won’t do that, and will inversely result in LESS not more money going into the Federal Treasury. Assuming it was possible to increase the GDP enough to pay for Obama’s astronomical spending.

It would still NOT be possible to support theses welfare programs. The greed of your “welfare monkeys” is proportional to the size of the wealth, just as the size of the welfare population is proportional to the size of the population and thus only potential tax base.

That means even if the working parts of our population from which goverment loots to buy the votes of the rest became insanely efferent and fruitful they would still be unable to statsfy the demands of the envious deadbeat population using their vote to steal money from the productive.

The point is even if the Federal goverment didn’t have other Constitutional responsibility to pay for Constitutionally enumerated responsibility like defending the States from invasion and/or attack by foreigners. (IE military/border patrol.) Their is not and never will be enough taxable resources to support the socialist society Obama and other leftist want.

While you may appeal to people’s greed and jealousy to get them to support you in your cause of theath and exploitation, you can’t sustain this campaign once you have plundered and destroyed all the productive. Your fire will consume all its fuel and die.


41 posted on 04/28/2011 11:26:02 AM PDT by Monorprise
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