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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 am

Another President Obama State of the Union — long on rhetoric and short on substance. His arrogance knows no bounds.

Speaking before Congress, an equal branch of government, nine times he said he would ignore Congress and go it alone with his executive privilege. Why does he think we elect members to Congress? They represent “we the people,” and we expect them to debate issues and come up with the best solutions — not cram legislation down our throats that hasn’t been vetted and voted on knowledgeably; unlike what Congressman Jerry McNerney did with Obamacare — just a rubber stamp for Obama.

Obama decried the widening of income with the middle class going backward. Doesn’t the administration learn anything from past history or its own failures?

The Obama administration is responsible for the plight of the middle class. After losses in 401(k)s and IRAs, they have kept interest rates so low for the past five years that retired people get virtually no income from bank interest. Many seniors have had to go back to work to supplement their retirement.

He decried so many working two jobs, but this is a direct result of Obamacare. The government has decreed that you must give health care to full-time employees, so any small businesses and companies have cut hours for employees to 30 or less hours a week.

His pushing for higher minimum wages simply denies more teenagers — especially blacks, whose unemployment rates are astronomical — a chance to gain some work experience in fast food businesses. When D.C. voted to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, Walmart canceled plans to build new stores, which would have hired many more people and been located in areas that needed those stores.

His fanatic pushing for abortion on demand, demanding that businesses provide it against their conscience, will force Hobby Lobby to close its 500 stores rather than go against their conscience or pay the bankrupting fines.

Real job creation would rein in the EPA, which virtually destroyed coal mining in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Montana. Serious job creation would build the pipeline to Canada.

Eunice Friederich

Lodi

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39 comments:

  • Christina Welch posted at 7:48 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 322

    Good point, Kevin. And I think outsourcing is a major cause of the decline of the middle class, too. And, the increasing amounts of debt play a role, too, the decline of unions as well. There are many reasons for the decline, now we just need our government to try and remedy it instead of playing politics all the time.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:03 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting, Mr. Paglia. We watch that show every once in a while and I'M ALWAYS amazed at the number of manufactured items that require human labor and skill. Are we talking about the same show? Actually, I think they highlight a lot of stuff that's made in Canada.

    As far as the middle class and jobs go, we need to get people trained for the thousands of jobs that are available with NO ONE to fill them. Technology has just shifted from one product to another.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:50 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1845

    Joanne wrote, "And we TAXPAYERS are already subsidizing Walmart workers with Food Stamps and other programs. It's time Walmart started paying the bill for its underpaid workers."
    What Joanne fails to tell you is that we, as taxpayers, are funding HER insurance 100%.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    WHAAAT? Exactly what are you talking about? Now you're just babbling about what YOU think are my beliefs.

    Ridiculous!

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:11 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Dockter:

    Even many CATHOLIC NUNS believe that the rights of the ALREADY BORN should NOT be sacrificed for the rights of the unborn.

    Not a stance that the Vatican likes very well, but these are people who ACTUALLY work in the trenches of society and don't live in golden palaces like the Pope and Cardinals who disparage them for this opinion.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:08 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1990

    Watching one of my favorite sows today, How's it Made, I had the thought that NEITHER republicans or Democrats are responsible or the loss of the middle class, but rather TECHNOLOGY is to blame.

    As technology makes automation easier and easier then fewer and fewer jobs that would fill the middle class are lost. Look at how many stores in our area have self-check out registers now. Look at how may factory jobs are now filled with automation.

    I'm not demonizing the technology that has led to this. I can't even blame the companies that use it. Maybe it is time to revamp the "Made in America" logo to something along the lines of "Made by American Labor" to indicate products that are largely made by a workforce and not a machine.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 12:36 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    "What a pity; that they would choose a lie for fear of the truth." Stan you really don't want to get along you just want your way. I got a deal for you you do your thing allow me to do mine and we can get along just fine.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 8:49 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 322

    Wow. What an article! I really recommend everyone read it. Truly an example of how the Republicans & Democrats are basically the same now--a plutocracy in action. Shameful!

     
  • stan taves posted at 8:16 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Stan Taves Posts: 313

    A pregnant woman must claim ownership of the embryo / fetus in order to justify the killing of a developing human. However, is a woman's claim of complete ownership challengeable? I would argue that possession alone, being 9/10's the law, does open the door for legitimate challenge. Pro-abortionists would argue that the developing human cannot survive without the host; so,as a consequence, there should be no expectation that the developing human has any right to life. I would counter that the cost of hosting the developing human can be fairly negotiated between interested parties in a civilized society. Can't we just get along?

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:47 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    And Ms. Bobbin,

    And never once do people like you consider the rights of the unborn human. Stomping all over their rights is just not possible in the mind of people like you is not possible since the unborn human in the womb is not separate from the mother. They are one in the mind of people like you. REALITY CHECK, MS. BOBBIN! Many people believe the unborn human is a separate entity in the womb of the mother. Look around, if you dare.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:39 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Ms. Bobbin,

    I'm not anti-abortion. There are extreme cases where it must be performed. Not "at the drop of a hat" pro-abortion advocates like you prefer it to be. Pro-abortion advocates like you also prefer to label the unborn human in the womb of a woman NOT separate from the woman. This position makes you feel no guilt towards the ending of the life in the womb. Never do you consider the rights of the unborn human in the womb because you don't believe the unborn human in the womb has rights. People like you also tend to believe the soul does not enter the unborn human until very late in the pregnancy. Or, maybe not until the baby is born.
    No soul, no life force, just a bunch of tissue, organs, and bones. Ah, that makes you feel good. The life extinguished didn't have a soul yet. No problem, you say. 55 million unborn humans life extinguished later. But they didn't have souls yet. You once again say, No problem.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:27 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Joanne wrote, "And we TAXPAYERS are already subsidizing Walmart workers with Food Stamps and other programs. It's time Walmart started paying the bill for its underpaid workers."

    Hear, hear!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:24 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    [thumbup] to Jef Tillett.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 4:23 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Well said, Joanne Bobin.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 1:28 pm on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 543

    [thumbup]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:04 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    And really...what is this about Obama pushing for "abortion on demand."

    FYI - Abortion is legal in the US. It is the ANTI-abortionists who want to prohibit the legal and Constitutional right of women to receive an abortion if she so desires to take that route.

    What about that don't you anti-abortionists get? You are always yelling about Obama stomping all over the Constitution. What do you think YOU are doing with your DEMANDS to make abortion illegal again?

    Can't have it both ways, Dockter.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 10:50 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 543

    Awesome sentence...
    "Never before have they not put every thing forth about a candidate than they have for this man."

    What does that even mean? Read Orwell: Politics and the English Language.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 10:48 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 543

    /FAIL

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 7:59 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1370

    And let's not forget WalMart CA primary health care plan: MediCal.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:06 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Apparently Bobbin and Co's consciences are ok with Obama pushing for abortion on demand.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:58 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Of course Bobbin and Co. will regard those 2.3 million jobs that will be lost because of Obamacare as collateral damage because of the mechanization of America and nothing to do with Obamacare.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:53 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    B.O. has played the general public and media like court jester's since he announced he was going to run for the presidency. Never before have they not put every thing forth about a candidate than they have for this man.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:41 pm on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    It is so sad how the JBS takes such unfair advantage of our seniors like Ms. Friederich and Ms. Roche.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:34 pm on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Friederich bald-faced fabrications:

    "His fanatic pushing for abortion on demand, demanding that businesses provide it against their conscience, will force Hobby Lobby to close its 500 stores rather than go against their conscience or pay the bankrupting fines."

    Has nothing to do with ABORTION - rather Hobby Lobby is opposed to providing CONTRACEPTION coverage to its employees through their health insurance plan. And if you think Hobby Lobby will actually close its "500 locations," well that's just plain silly. If they think "fines" will bankrupt them, imagine the cost of closing down and having to tap their unemployment accounts.

    "Interest rates"

    Apparently, Ms. Friederich is unaware that interest rates on savings accounts have been less than 1% for more than a decade. Any "retired person" who was counting on interest from a savings account to supplement their retirement income either has millions in the bank or is just plain crazy. Not to mention that it is the Fed (which JBS's HATE) that controls interest rates, not the president.

    "Why does he think we elect members to Congress? They represent “we the people,” and we expect them to debate issues and come up with the best solutions"

    Must have been living under a rock for the past 5 years. Congress actually REPRESENTS US? They sure don't act like it since they haven't passed any significant legislation that would help the economy during that time period.

    "The government has decreed that you must give health care to full-time employees, so any small businesses and companies have cut hours for employees to 30 or less hours a week."

    Small businesses with 50 employees or less are exempt from having to provide insurance coverage.

    "When D.C. voted to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, Walmart canceled plans to build new stores, which would have hired many more people and been located in areas that needed those stores."

    The city council voted to raise the DC minimum wage to $11.50 per hour effective 2016 - not $15.00 per hour. Although the way this statement is worded, it is not clear whether Friederich thinks that this is a NATIONAL minimum wage that would affect ALL WALMARTS or just the minimum wage in DC - How many Walmarts can that city have?

    And we TAXPAYERS are already subsidizing Walmart workers with Food Stamps and other programs. It's time Walmart started paying the bill for its underpaid workers.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:59 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Thank you, Mr. Lucas. Apparently the moderator took exception to saying that Mr. Taves' comments were "ridiculous," and that Ms. Friederich's letter was inaccurate and fabricated.

    I suppose that "pontificating" and "misrepresentation" are more acceptable.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:00 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    The economy certainly has something to do with the stock market and the stimulus package put forth by Obama certainly turned that around. I know that right would rather fall on their sword than admit Obama's economic policies worked and they seem to be doing just that.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 9:54 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    I agree Stan our freedoms and rights come from no government not ours or any other, they are a human birthright and can never be bestowed by man only denied.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:40 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Also,

    Your logic is about as rational as one saying had there been no corruption the housing market would still have crashed.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:36 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Michael,

    How on Earth can you conclude there is no corruption in the Obama Admin. just BECAUSE your money market accounts are doing great?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:35 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ridiculous commentary, Mr. Taves.

    The only thing that was "nicely done" was Ms. Friederich's ability to pack more inaccuracies and downright fabrications into a LTE than the average right-wing letter writer.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1370

    Well I for one, would like to compliment Ms. Friederich on use of several JBS sources from which this heart-felt, original letter originally comes from.

    I like the use of phrases from those authors who rely strictly on hyperbole such as "long on rhetoric and short on substance" and "Speaking before Congress, an equal branch of government, nine times he said he would ignore Congress and go it alone with his executive privilege". There are many, many other examples, but to list them I would have to copy and paste the entire letter. Unlike some here, I don't do that.

    And who wouldn't be outraged to the point of picking up pitch forks, shovels, and other landscape tools along with some torches to march on the White House like an angry crowd in "Frankenstein" upon hearing that Hobby Lobby was going to close it's doors? Who?

    Ms. Freidrich, check your sources at least....coal mining is an on-going commercial enterprise. Building a pipe line is a one-time thing (less maintainence personnel).

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 9:28 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1115

    "will of God"

    The silliness goes on, the silliness goes on...

    La de da de de, la de da de da...

    [smile]

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:24 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2825

    Ms. Bobbin,

    Take your blinders off. This just one of many articles from a liberal source reporting the corruption of the Obama Admin.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/is-the-obama-administrati_2_b_3094454.html

    Is The Obama Administration the Most Corrupt in U.S. History?

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 6:52 pm on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 492

    Hartung, The president doesn`t have a thing to do with the stock market. Moving money from savings account, not worth the effort. Then again, Money Markets ??? are doing great. To much kool aid and take off the tin foiled hat. Money Markests are doing .0000001% better that savings account. Put your money in money market and watch it do nothing. Buy a safe stock that has been around forever and has a great return on dividends, PG&E is a good stock at $40 dollars a share and a dividend of $1.82 per share. No way are you ever getting that in a turtle moving money market fund, and be a conservitive rather than agressave, make more, maybe but can loose more also, depends on the market. Barry has had 5+ years to do something about the economy, he still uses some of President Bush`s ideas. At times the market will adjust, back when the Stock Market started it was priced at $600.00. Even after the recession, the market has regained its share valvue.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 5:23 pm on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    I do not know which is worse. Your pontificating nonsense or Eunice's complete misrepresentation of history and facts.

     
  • stan taves posted at 10:59 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Stan Taves Posts: 313

    Nicely done Eunice, I would only add that the leftists in DC have grossly overestimated the peoples willingness to endure the govt's regulatory insanity. They thought that deception employed for the advancement of their "greater good" was enough to sustain the illusion indefinitely. But, fortunately, it was not to be, because America's greatness comes from a place that the leftist will never understand. That our greatness comes from the belief that it is the will of God that makes us free. What a pity; that they would choose a lie for fear of the truth.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:00 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    Eunice, I don't know where you are getting your info (although I got some ideas) but I would like to point out some inaccuracies for starters the Dow is up 250% since Obama took over anybody who has a 401k should have seen substantial increases in retirement funds.
    I agree with your assessment of business owners cutting hours but would you suggest that we deny healthcare to appease some greedy business owners when businesses refuse to give back to the communities that support them greed is the only word that comes to mind.
    You mention that by raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to hire more part time employees I for one am sick of waiting around for businesses to pay a living wage. If they choose not to expand so be it the higher wage received by those working in their communities will give them more spending power and studies have shown that the lower middle class will return monies back into their communities much better than large corporations. If walmart decides to not enter a community good, their absence will give the mom and pop stores more customers and we will all have a better community.
    I wont touch on abortion but as far as keystone that project will only create about 2 thousand jobs hardly worth the risks.
    One more thing don't forget that the Presidency is also a equal branch of government and since his election Obama has hardly received the respect from right wing politicians due that office, think liar during his State of the Union just for starters.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:58 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Thank goodness for people like Ms. Friederich to give us the low down on what President Obama has been up to!

    This letter has really opened my eyes to the corruption of the Obama administration - why hasn't the media been reporting all of this?

    Oh, that's right....FOX News has and Friederich has been swallowing the Kool Aide wholesale. Sad, so sad.

     
  • Michael Hartung posted at 7:42 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    mhartung Posts: 25

    Sorry Eunice, obviously you watch only FOX and totally mislead by the lies. Have you noticed that the stock market has hit all-time highs? It is the right that blocks everything he has tried to fix the mess Bush left 5 years ago. Maybe you should move your money from a savings account to money markets...my accounts are doing great!

     

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