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Obama's midwest bus tour message backfires
The Guardian ^ | 16 August 2011 | Daniel Denvir

Posted on 08/16/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT by americanophile

While on a bus tour this week across a midwest ravaged by deindustrialisation, President Barack Obama has ironically been touting job-killing free trade agreements.

Mitt Romney deemed the road trip, which goes through an archipelago of shuttered factories and mills, as Obama's "Magical Misery Tour", though the former governor and CEO would undoubtedly promote the same free trade policies even more fervently. Obama won Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in 2008, but is set to lose them in 2012 if he remains on the free trade bandwagon. Last week, he visited Michigan, the epicentre of American manufacturing's decimation.

A May report from the liberal Economic Policy Institute (pdf) finds that the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), which was primarily touted as a job creator, has cost the US 682,900 jobs, 61% of them in manufacturing. Many jobs have moved south to Mexico, resulting in a switch in the two countries' trade deficit. In 1993, the US had a $1.6bn trade surplus with Mexico; in 2010, the tides turned and Mexico held a trade surplus of $97.2bn over the US.

The consequences of Nafta have not been positive in Mexico, either: the US has seen a historic flow of Mexican immigrants across the border, driven by the closure of plants unable to compete with transnational companies, the elimination of peasant agriculture, and rising consumer prices have driven a historic flow of immigrants across the US border. This convoy of economic refugees has weakened only recently, mostly due to the downturn.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bus; bustour; nafta; obama; obamabustour; tour
"But once again, Obama's ham-handed efforts to "reach across the aisle" alienates the left while failing to appease rank-and-file Republican voters."

All p*ss and vinegar from the demoralized hard left today. Amusing.

1 posted on 08/16/2011 2:54:31 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Short Bus One has entered the ditch.


2 posted on 08/16/2011 2:56:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: americanophile
"job-killing free trade agreements"

I predict a wave of new subscriptions to the "Guardian" from protectionist FReepers.

3 posted on 08/16/2011 2:58:51 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: cripplecreek

lol

I like that!

The short bus tour!

ROFL!


4 posted on 08/16/2011 2:59:04 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

ALLOW ME TO BRING BACK A PHRASE THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE “YOU LIE”


5 posted on 08/16/2011 3:02:03 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: americanophile
While on a bus tour this week across a midwest ravaged by deindustrialisation, President Barack Obama has ironically been touting job-killing free trade agreements.

Does free trade kill jobs? In the way it has been implemented, yes. But so does boneheaded management and boneheaded labor and especially boneheaded energy policy.

Mitt Romney deemed the road trip, which goes through an archipelago of shuttered factories and mills, as Obama's "Magical Misery Tour" (...)

Whomever wrote that line for Mittens earned their paycheck for the week.

Obama won Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in 2008, but is set to lose them in 2012 if he remains on the free trade bandwagon.

Obama isn't going to lose IL.

(...) the US has seen a historic flow of Mexican immigrants across the border, driven by the closure of plants unable to compete with transnational companies, the elimination of peasant agriculture, and rising consumer prices have driven a historic flow of immigrants across the US border.

I suspect Mexico's problems are more due to corrupt narco-kleptocracy death cult currently in charge (both in the government and in the streets).

6 posted on 08/16/2011 3:02:25 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
They call the jet "Air Force One"

The Chopper "Marine One"

The bus is "Short Bus One"

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7 posted on 08/16/2011 3:02:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: americanophile

He should go back to his community organizer skills. He should get a hand stapler. Next he should write his message down on a piece of 8 X 10 paper. Then he should take his message and staple it to a telephone poll. He should repeat that action until he gets his message out.


8 posted on 08/16/2011 3:03:05 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: americanophile

Strange how we have to go to the foreign press to get the real stuff on what zero’s doing. CNN is promoting a story on zero’s bus and wonders how pimped out the bus is with nary a comment on how expensive they (the buses) are and how rolling them through cities and towns devastated by the recession/depression is the height of chutspah!


9 posted on 08/16/2011 3:12:09 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: cripplecreek

I wonder what ever became of that Green Paul Wellstone bus.


10 posted on 08/16/2011 3:13:04 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: americanophile

Plus it’s from the Guardian , the most pro-Obama, anti-American UK rag in existence.


11 posted on 08/16/2011 3:13:54 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: americanophile

Proving once again....the man is on a destruction drive against America and Americans...invoke the 25th...he is worthless.......to America......


12 posted on 08/16/2011 3:20:56 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: americanophile

I would like to know who paid for these busses? They are being used for campaign purposes. They were up-armored by the Secret Service (read that somewhere). They should be paid for by Obama’s campaign.


13 posted on 08/16/2011 3:22:09 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: americanophile

14 posted on 08/16/2011 3:23:07 PM PDT by Bean Counter ("For every man there exists a bait he cannot resist swallowing.".....Nietzsche)
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To: americanophile

Baraq has no new ideas and won’t waver from his ideology.

He’ll have a billion campaign $$ in 2012 to tell a story that will p!ss off a lot of the people who hear it.


15 posted on 08/16/2011 3:23:52 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Yossarian
Mitt Romney deemed the road trip, which goes through an archipelago of shuttered factories and mills, as Obama's "Magical Misery Tour" (...)

Whomever wrote that line for Mittens earned their paycheck for the week.

That phrase was first used by a FReeper...Charles something that helps post the DUmmy Funnies.

16 posted on 08/16/2011 3:27:49 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: americanophile

magical misery tour! Very funny!


17 posted on 08/16/2011 3:29:42 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: americanophile; All

A few good men and women needed in IA and MN

Posted on | August 16, 2011 | No Comments

You’ve seen Tea party leaders confronting Obama in IA. I am asking you to attend metings with Obama and confront him with following questions and documents:

1. ask him, why in his Selective Service Certificate he has aCT Social Security number, that was never issued to him?

2. why is he refusing to consent to inspection of his original birth certificate in HI?

3. Why doesn’t he have a valid Social Security number from HI?

http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=24721


18 posted on 08/16/2011 3:35:02 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: cripplecreek

Those sweet kids on the short bus don’t deserve to be linked to the Kenyan Kommunist Klown in any way. Funny though.


19 posted on 08/16/2011 3:37:54 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: americanophile


20 posted on 08/16/2011 3:43:23 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cripplecreek

I know it’s fair game using the “short bus” term to express our feelings of a president who would or should be associated with mental shortfalls... but I have a Grandson who rides on one of those buses at no choice of his... but has a heart of gold and more determination to make others happy than a lot of us...including me...he’s very special and sets a fine example for me and others to follow...THAT is where Obama deserves to be kicked off that bus...he’s NOT one who should be admired and followed...even from a child’s perception!


21 posted on 08/16/2011 3:54:51 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: TexasFreeper2009

While “Magical Misery Tour” and “Short Bus Tour” both have a certain sine qua non, I still prefer “Operation Rolling Blunder”.........


22 posted on 08/16/2011 3:55:51 PM PDT by txeagle
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To: ronnie raygun

You are so correct. Remember when South Carolina Rep Joe Wilson yelled out, “You lie!” during Zer0’s State of the Union Address? Well, Joe Wilson was right! See this link:

http://www.louisville.com/content/looks-rep-joe-wilson-was-right-after-all-obama-lied-arena


23 posted on 08/16/2011 4:14:09 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: cripplecreek

Ha! That’s the custom built short bus from the Dumb & Dumber sequel.

They took a full size bus and chopped it down so there were only 2 sets of seats on it. I’m probably one of about 2 people who actually watched the DVD extra about the making of the bus :)


24 posted on 08/16/2011 4:18:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

I think its cool as hell. I’d love to have it.


25 posted on 08/16/2011 4:21:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Krodg; Yossarian; Charles Henrickson
Mitt Romney deemed the road trip, which goes through an archipelago of shuttered factories and mills, as Obama's "Magical Misery Tour" (...)

- Whomever wrote that line for Mittens earned their paycheck for the week. - Yossarian

That phrase was first used by a FReeper...Charles something that helps post the DUmmy Funnies. - Krodg

That would be FReeper Charles Henrickson.

Although, I not sure that he was the **first** to ever use the phrase, "Magical Misery Tour" for Obama's current "Downgrade One" bus tour.

26 posted on 08/16/2011 4:23:07 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: txeagle

Herman Cain dubbed it “Downgrade One”. lol


27 posted on 08/16/2011 4:45:23 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Herman Cain 2012 - http://www.arealleader.com)
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To: RonDog

I saw an article earlier that had the time line. My searching isn’t that great. Check PJCOMIX


28 posted on 08/16/2011 4:50:22 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: americanophile
He's like Darth freakin Vader, descending from his death star on wheels and spreading a message of class warfare and vilification of capitalists and real Americans who ACTUALLY PAY federal income tax who want to keep his and his comrades commie hands out of their pockets.

He's completely out of his foreign mind.

It's going to be real comical when the GOP candidate tells the Secret Service to give the other bus to Biden.

29 posted on 08/16/2011 4:56:06 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000
It's going to be real comical when the GOP candidate tells the Secret Service to give the other bus to Biden.

From what I saw in a YouTube video, Obummers bus is black and a second bus is red. Barfman and Rabid? (Takeoff on Batman and Robin, although Biden is too dumb to be a boy wonder.)

30 posted on 08/16/2011 6:22:43 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: americanophile
Isn't this yet another retread of a 70's movie...
...but even worse than the original?


31 posted on 08/16/2011 6:35:58 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: RonDog; Krodg; Yossarian; Mount Athos; americanophile; PJ-Comix
DUmmie FUnnies 08-14-11 ("Magical Misery Tour": DUmmies throw Obama's bus tour under the bus)

MAGICAL MISERY TOUR
Tune: Magical Mystery Tour

Barack, Barack and the Magical Misery Tour! Step right this way!

Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour

Barack, rolling across the nation
Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, but this is no vacation
Barack and his Misery Tour

The Magical Misery Tour is wanting to make you all pay
Wanting to make you all pay

Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour

Barack, he's got everything you need
Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, even though it's all wee-weed
Barack and his Misery Tour

The Magical Misery Tour is hoping to make you all pay
Hoping to make you all pay

The misery trip . . .

The Magical Misery Tour
Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour

Barack, rolling across the nation
Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, but this is no vacation
Barack and his Misery Tour

The Magical Misery Tour is coming to make you all pay
Coming to make you all pay

The Magical Misery Tour is trying to make you all pay
Trying to make you all pay, take it away . . .

32 posted on 08/16/2011 7:52:40 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The wag tailoring the doggerel)
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To: cripplecreek
Short Bus One has entered the ditch.

ROFL! Good one!

33 posted on 08/16/2011 7:56:39 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: OrioleFan

We all did.


34 posted on 08/16/2011 10:18:51 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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