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PBS's Tavis Smiley and Guest: Republicans Don't Want to Help Jobless
Newsbusters ^ | September 9, 2011 | Tim Graham

Posted on 09/09/2011 1:12:00 PM PDT by lbryce

A taxpayer who doesn’t favor Barack Obama might not mind subsidizing a show where he’s attacked as unserious about the country’s problems. But with PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, it’s been a relentless attack on Obama from the left. Everything he’s done isn’t half-socialist enough.

On Wednesday, Smiley welcomed fellow leftist and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to his show to denounce Republicans for keeping Obama from passing a woefully insufficient second “stimulus” attempt. Herbert thinks Obama's new spending proposal is about one-tenth of what's needed. We need a four-trillion-dollar plan.

SMILEY: To your point now, then, whose fault is it? If the president can't put something forth that you believe Republicans will support, is it the president's fault, is it the Republicans' fault that we don't have a serious jobs bill in this country that can put Americans back to work?

HERBERT: I'm starting to feel like I guess the majority of the public feels. You look at the leadership in Washington and it becomes a pox on both their houses. The Republicans have undoubtedly been obstructionists from the very beginning. We've been in this terrible economic crisis for a long time now and they have thwarted every effort by the administration to do anything substantial.

SMILEY: Speaking of Republicans, what do you make of these growing numbers, at this hour, at least, growing numbers, it would appear to me, of Republicans, some of them well known, some with major committee assignments, saying publicly that they will not attend the president’s jobs speech. What do you make of that?

HERBERT: Well, the political back-and-forth in Washington has gotten to absurd levels. I think it is highly disrespectful not to attend a joint session of Congress that’s being addressed by the president.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cutpbsfundingnow; jobless; leftwing; liberal; partisanbs; partisanmediashill; republicans; tavissmiley
There seems nothing is too undignified, shameless, too blatantly convoluted, too steeped in the practices of unmitigated demagoguery for the left-wing, liberal mindset to espouse.
1 posted on 09/09/2011 1:12:06 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

my only exposure to tavis smiley was watching him give sage nods to the-man-formerly-known-as-Prince as said man was waxing insanely on about “the contrails” over black neigborhoods...


2 posted on 09/09/2011 1:13:59 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: lbryce
Thank you Rep. Boner for given this despicable bastard and his cronies the stage to spew his lies. They out smarted you brilliantly! The Beast was almost dead until you gave IT life again. YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN RUSH'S ADVICE....you should have said NO! Like the rats did to Reagan....STUPID!
3 posted on 09/09/2011 1:18:40 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: lbryce

Hey Tavis, obama had three years, a trillion dollars and control of the House and Senate and he still couldn’t do it. So take your B.S. and shove it.


4 posted on 09/09/2011 1:23:06 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: lbryce
Wow, this guy's really seen through us!

Unemployment, homeless, dirty water, dirty air, defective cars, appliances, toys, dog and cat food, no medicines, no medical treatment, forcible smoking, sex without birth control, no porno - it's awful!!!

No bread, "Let them eat cake!"

Being a conservative sure is funnnnnnnnnnnnn!

5 posted on 09/09/2011 1:29:50 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: lbryce

Like most of those who voted for Obama, Tavis Smiley is a racist.


6 posted on 09/09/2011 1:30:44 PM PDT by veritas2002
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To: lbryce

[There seems nothing is too undignified, shameless, too blatantly convoluted, too steeped in the practices of unmitigated demagoguery for the left-wing, liberal mindset to espouse. ]

We are racist, Hobbit teabagger terrorists who are against jobs and should be taken out.

Wait till they get to the part where we eat our children.


7 posted on 09/09/2011 1:32:02 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: lbryce

I guess by “help”, the left means some makework government job or an extension of an unemployment check.

They in no way mean to or intend to make it easier for the private sector to “help” by providing jobs.


8 posted on 09/09/2011 1:36:34 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: lbryce

They accuse republicans of liking money too much but don’t want to help the unemployed? Their lack of understanding of the connection between jobs and money is astonishing.


9 posted on 09/09/2011 1:38:01 PM PDT by Spok
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To: DaxtonBrown
We are racist, Hobbit teabagger terrorists

You missed a couple there.

We are now Teabagging, Terrorist, Barbarian, Hobbit sons-of-bitches.

Not that the Democrats and RINO's believe in labeling people you see.

10 posted on 09/09/2011 1:41:30 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

Having to wear elephant patches on our clothes is probably next.


11 posted on 09/09/2011 1:43:44 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: lbryce

“I think it is highly disrespectful not to attend a joint session of Congress that’s being addressed by the president.”

It would be, if the president waited to address joint sessions of Congress when he had something important to say. But if he’s gonna tell them something he could just as easily have announced from the White House, or better yet a stump speech, no one need waste their time listening in person.


12 posted on 09/09/2011 1:58:18 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: lbryce

I’d like Tavis Smiley to BE jobless. Does that count?


13 posted on 09/09/2011 2:08:16 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation now!)
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To: lbryce
Tavis Miley net worth $10,000,000.

Time for Tavis to put some redistributive change into his life. Give them the wealth, Tavis! Give them the wealth!

14 posted on 09/09/2011 2:08:58 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: lbryce

Actually, many republicans want to help PBS and NPR become jobless.


15 posted on 09/09/2011 2:10:25 PM PDT by jonatron (This is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.)
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To: lbryce

Obama and the Democrats are doing everything that they can to hold back, control, hamper, regulate and take from businesses and those who start, own and run them. They are doing everything possible to destroy the economy. Then they scream JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Go figure.


16 posted on 09/09/2011 2:33:43 PM PDT by all the best
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To: lbryce

This post reminds me - I have to stop by the market and pick up some dog food for granny!


17 posted on 09/09/2011 2:46:20 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: FlyVet

Thanks for the great link!


18 posted on 09/09/2011 2:52:53 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

I’m sure there’s 10,000 Freepers who would love to meet this poodle bed-wetter in a dark alley, alone.


19 posted on 09/09/2011 2:59:50 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks lbryce.
20 posted on 09/09/2011 3:02:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lbryce

It’s good to know the net worth of the leaders of the Class Envy crowd. Usually, they are filthy rich, and they ain’t givin’ it away. They grub it all to themselves. The only “charities” to which they might contribute are other leftist activists.


21 posted on 09/09/2011 3:03:02 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: lbryce

Bob Herbert is wrong: four trillion simply isn’t enough. We need a forty trillion dollar plan. And when that doesn’t work, we need a four quadrillion dollar plan!


22 posted on 09/09/2011 3:28:16 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Skepolitic

It is mind boggling the number of media and other people who carry the water for Obama, the worst President in the history of this country.


23 posted on 09/09/2011 9:15:49 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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