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Obama calls for ‘bold steps’ to help workers [reverse the forces that have conspired.....]
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Posted on 08/31/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama calls for ‘bold steps’ to help workers By Ben Geman - 08/31/13 06:00 AM ET

President Obama on Saturday called for “bold steps” to help U.S. workers, remarks that arrive two days before Labor Day and ahead of the fall’s fiscal policy battles with Republicans.

“The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans,” Obama said.

“But if we take a few bold steps – and if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve – we’ll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle class,” he said.

His pre-Labor Day remarks steer clear of criticizing or even mentioning Republicans (or Democrats for that matter), but seek to cast Obama as a champion of workers.

They also politically position Obama on pocket-book issues as lawmakers prepare to return to Washington in a week after their summer break, and as Republicans continue their assault on his healthcare law.

Obama – who has been pushing proposals aimed to checking college tuition costs and revamping the home mortgage system – noted that he’s been traveling the nation “laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class.”

“A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Healthcare when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it,” he said.

Obama, in recent speeches, has focused heavily on the economy and touted proposals around infrastructure spending and other steps.

Obama said that on Labor Day the nation will come together to honor “the working men and women of America who, across the generations, built this country up and helped make us who we are today.”

“We’ll pay tribute to the values working Americans embody – hard work; responsibility; sacrifice; looking out for one another. And we’ll recommit ourselves to their cause; to securing for them a better bargain so that everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead,” Obama said.

The speech also shows Obama touting the ongoing recovery while acknowledging that many workers still face major struggles.

“[O]ver the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. And thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. But as any working family will tell you, we’re not where we need to be,” he said.

“For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder,” he said.

“Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine,” Obama said.


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Forces that conspired? Conspired? Who dat?
1 posted on 08/31/2013 6:00:00 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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2 posted on 08/31/2013 6:01:36 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Sub-Driver

The Branding Campaign continues. How in the heck does the loyal opposition confront such nonsensical charges?


3 posted on 08/31/2013 6:02:52 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Sub-Driver
forces that have conspired – for decades

Translation.... BUSH's FAULT.

4 posted on 08/31/2013 6:04:18 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: griswold3
How in the heck does the loyal opposition confront such nonsensical charges?

A Simple Phrase: 'Get the Government off my Freaking Back!'

5 posted on 08/31/2013 6:06:23 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: griswold3
"“Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine,” Obama said. "

POtuS indeed.

6 posted on 08/31/2013 6:07:24 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sub-Driver

barry, define “a few bold steps”

better yet- put them in writing


7 posted on 08/31/2013 6:08:42 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Sub-Driver
“The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans,” Obama said.

Yes I agree it will be very difficult to remove the idiots in DC that create job killing policies.

8 posted on 08/31/2013 6:12:17 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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First thing he needs to issue a national mandate for gas pumpers like NJ has.
That will protect the thousands of Americans endangered by fuel spills every day and provide lots of “middle class” jobs.

Then outlaw ATMs. Think of all the bank teller jobs we’ll get.


9 posted on 08/31/2013 6:12:48 AM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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President Obama on Saturday called for “bold steps” to help U.S. workers

Workers? He ordered the furlough of 650,000 Department of Defense employees, taking 20% of their pay, and this is his own workforce. He has also frozen their pay for going on 4 years now.

DoD furloughs to take toll on productivity, employee pay

Rush Limbaugh said this week that many Democrats know who destructive Obama is, but they are afraid to speak out. Well, several of them are already slamming him for his treatment of his own Federal workforce.

The AFGE union has finally turned against Obama, and the other unions (a massive source of Democrat power and money) are listening. If Democrats are not proactive in opposing Obama, there could be a bloodbath in the 2014 Congressional elections, and Democrats know it.

This Labor Day propaganda by Obama only exposes him for his own hypocrisy.

10 posted on 08/31/2013 6:13:41 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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Karl Marx would approve of Obama’s words.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 6:14:00 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Drango

No, Capitalism’s fault...this is all about Socialism. In the end EVERYONE will suffer and the American dream will be murdered....and besides, why then are we coddling the super rich? (AKA Soros) Just sayin...


12 posted on 08/31/2013 6:14:17 AM PDT by Shady (It is called LIBERTY...Freedom linked to Responsibility. Any questions?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Strange talk considering we are beginning the fifth year of his “recovery”.


13 posted on 08/31/2013 6:14:24 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: silverleaf

His idea of a few bold steps is to issue more unconstitutional Executive Orders.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 6:15:24 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: nascarnation
First thing he needs to issue a national mandate for gas pumpers like NJ has. That will protect the thousands of Americans endangered by fuel spills every day and provide lots of “middle class” jobs. Then outlaw ATMs. Think of all the bank teller jobs we’ll get.

He could also sign an Executive Order banning all cell phones (except for "free" ObamaPhones) and force the nation back to archaic landlines that require multiple telephone operators.

Think of the thousands of jobs!


15 posted on 08/31/2013 6:16:26 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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That we have a president who would make such a statement, and that on top of the race baiting.......

We have a problem that is a lot worse than Syria.

But maybe it is a good thing that he makes such crazy statements. It should wake up the weenie CEO’s that go along to get along rather than fighting the bureaucracy.


16 posted on 08/31/2013 6:17:06 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Sub-Driver

The sad truth is that there are economically ignorant people who believe his claptrap.

Public schools. Government is your family. Not mom and dad.


17 posted on 08/31/2013 6:18:47 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

ns. “The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans,” Obama said.

The forces that conspired against American workers is the US Federal Government........
It is the over bearing rules and regulations, taxes, fees,etc. that hurt business and there for hurt workers.


18 posted on 08/31/2013 6:20:21 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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> “For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder,” he said.

“Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine,” Obama said.

Stalin would be so proud.../s


19 posted on 08/31/2013 6:25:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Sub-Driver

Forces like Obamacare.

Pray for America to Wake Up


20 posted on 08/31/2013 6:30:11 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hold on to your wallet!!


21 posted on 08/31/2013 6:35:20 AM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Blame our last 40 years of free traitors ruling Congress and Presidential free traitors like 0bunghole.

Blame free trade. In Washington DC it is very very rare to find someone who had not bought into the myth of free trade. Many who live there have profited from it as lobbyists etc selling out America and US workers.

Automation and computerization is also eliminating many decent jobs here and has been for a few decades. Capital is in the drivers seat and labor is week because it is in surplus. Open borders and amnesties make the labor surplus worse


22 posted on 08/31/2013 6:38:56 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: mortal19440

well, if that is what it takes to spread the wealth, then why try to deal with Congress?


23 posted on 08/31/2013 6:49:18 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Sub-Driver

nobama, as boringly usual, long on triteness, way short on solid, doable ideas.

This man has absolutely no idea of what a middle class family goes through on a daily basis. None.


24 posted on 08/31/2013 7:06:17 AM PDT by upchuck (The nobama regime: a string of omnishambles that stretches, seemingly, to infinity.)
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But, then, that may be because he truly doesn’t give a sh!t about anyone but himself.


25 posted on 08/31/2013 7:07:36 AM PDT by upchuck (The nobama regime: a string of omnishambles that stretches, seemingly, to infinity.)
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“A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Healthcare when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it,” he said.

That right there represents virtually hundreds of trillions in new federal spending. Where will that come from? I’m tapped out


26 posted on 08/31/2013 7:33:29 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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I read this and was looking for the John Semmens tag.


27 posted on 08/31/2013 7:37:44 AM PDT by Overwatcher
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“bold steps”
Chairman O always sounds like he’s reading from a chicom propaganda banner.
Yeah, a Five Year Plan. That’s the ticket. Two more years of this hack. Damn.


28 posted on 08/31/2013 7:52:01 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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When I hear any Democrat start talking about “bold steps”, I tend to want to protect my wallet.


29 posted on 08/31/2013 8:22:26 AM PDT by SuziQ
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Let me guess. Obama’s proposals involve:

1. New government spending.

2. New government programs.

3. New government regulations.

4. New taxes and/or additional deficit spending.

Have I missed anything?


30 posted on 08/31/2013 11:14:12 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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