Obama appeals to middle class on debt talks; GOP touts balanced budget
July 16th, 2011
04:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama appeals to middle class on debt talks; GOP touts balanced budget

(CNN) - Evoking compromises of the past, President Barack Obama said Saturday that a commitment to shared sacrifice can break the current impasse on the debt ceiling.

"Let's be honest. Neither party in this town is blameless," he said in his weekly address. "Both have talked this problem to death without doing enough about it. That's what drives people nuts about Washington."


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  1. Donkey Party

    Imagine how great this country would be if there was no right-wing conservative cancer keeping us on our back...

    July 16, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Ed

    Why don't you freeze all elected and appointed government people and leave SS and MC alone I think you could go a few months without pay and leave all your travel confined to a motorcade leave your vacation flights alone for about six months.

    July 16, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. duckbutter

    no problem you will have our support as soon as you stop wasting our money and get our troops home

    July 16, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. egm11

    obama has told so many lies and made so many unfulfilled promises, he is now like the little boy who cried wolf. no one believes what he says basically because he will say just about anything, with no rational reason to say it. everything in his administration has been a CRISIS. the sky is falling, the sky is falling. well mr chicken little, your chickens have come home to roost. good luck with trying to get a deal now.

    July 16, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. DENNA

    I am glad he is appealing to us, while we still exist. Left to their own devices, the Republicans will turn this country into rich/poor with NO middle class at all. Thanks again to the bozos who put these idiots in charge. Strangely, I have come to realize that Speaker Boehner has no power at all. All the power belongs to Eric Cantor and if I were Boehner, I would stand with my back to the wall when this goober is in the room. Have you seen how Cantor looks at Boehner in certain photographs?

    July 16, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Ric

    Mr Obama talks about compromise, how about making that a two way street and stop insisting that new and additional tax revenue be included in the package.

    Surely, if he has been paying attention, Mr Obama knows Americans want change.

    Part of the change Americans want is to see Government spending brought under control.

    Unless and until spending is under control, there is no need for additional revenue.

    Democrats should listen to what tax payers are saying, or the next election will be Republican landslide.

    July 16, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Middle class knew republicans care about top 2% rich

    Today some seniors told me Med and SS technically not under entitlement programs they are angry when they heard republicans are cutting Medicare
    When we High living cost republicans wants to cut benefits for seniors who live in a fixed income oh no

    July 16, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. maikl

    Obama- change,YES WE CAN ,promises -all this lies and lies. When I see him on TV I think that he like child , don't now what to do in school yard. I think he is the worse president ever. Can anybody point what good he did for country except by navy seal.?

    July 16, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    The negativity coming from the right-wing is supposed to make us lose hope. Just pay the hethens no mind. They're also rigging a lot of states with new voter "rules" to inhibit average working citizens votes.

    You liking Rove, Army, the Koch brothers yet? It's gonna get a lot worse with Palin, Bachmann, and wait til Preacher-Man Perry just throws his hand up and spews what God tells him to say.

    Brace yourselves for the fight of your life next year.

    July 16, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. John

    What you people need to do Is Go to http://www.senate.gov and Let your Senator know the way you really feel. And just may be they will start to listen to the American People and not these Special group of people. Just write them a little note and let them know how you feel and what you like to see to be done. This Is the Only way they can hear what you what to say. It go right to there Office.

    July 16, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. cindy

    The republican party is touting "new taxes" when in truth it is going back to the taxes before Mr Bush took office and closing loopholes so corporations pay taxes instead of paying nothing. OBAMA2012

    July 16, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Clyde

    Obama is a bold face liar, he is very arrogant and egotistical. He is ruining this country. His pal Soros wants "One World Order". Is it Soros who is in some manner giving so much campaign money to Obama? Soros is heavily invested in offshore drilling in Brazil and Obama certain has approved that. This nation in the last 3 years of Obama's leadership has slipped so badly .... and you people who voted for him .. if you still think he is great and plan to vote for him again, you are the problem. You are the reason American is in a free fall. You have not done your homework on Obama.

    July 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Joe Moore

    Im middle class and Obama does not appeal to me! Obama is the worst president this country has ever seen and will be a one term president!

    July 16, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    It's about time President Obama called out the GOBP elephant taking a dump on the poor and middle class. He finally said what previously had not: The teatards have no intention of asking their corporate and billionaire masters to make any sacrifices, while expecting the rest of us to pick up the slack. These hateful greedy cult members care more about their party than they do about America.

    July 16, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Memo from the middle class to Obama.......we are NOT in favor of giving you ANY deal which would allow you to continue your squanderous spending. We will accept a minimal deal to prevent a US default on debt, through 2012.

    We are absolutely in favor of a balanced budget amendment. It is time the federal government became as responsible as a typical household, in fiscal responsibility.

    July 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Ric.....

    like a lot of Republicans you are NOT listening to what we middle class tax payers are saying. Check out the polls. We want the Bush tax cuts GONE. A lot of the spending started under GWB...unfunded wars and of course unpaid for tax cuts. Listen to something other than FoxNews and you would be more informed.

    July 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. DENNA

    @Ric – We do want to see taxes go down, but practical Americans understand that we need not to take money away from programs that help Americans in need and find other things to cut. I don't know what your position in life is, but if you are like ordinary Americans, you may well need some of the government programs you now want to go away. I say that if the Republicans don't stop playing politics and do something useful, that landslide you spoke of will be in favor of the Democrats. You want a Republican landslide? Be careful what you wish for – you might get it.

    July 16, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Mr Obama talks about compromise, how about making that a two way street and stop insisting that new and additional tax revenue be included in the package.

    Surely, if he has been paying attention, Mr Obama knows Americans want change."

    Are you really this clueless or are you a paid troll for the extreme right wing cultists? Compromise is having spending cuts AND tax increases/closed loopholes. And over 60% of Americans agree, so your second statement is demonstrably false or an attempt to ignore exactly what Americans want. WE want corporations and the filthy rich to make sacrifices at a time the rest of us are asked to sacrifice. Do you agree everyone needs to make sacrifices or not?

    July 16, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. cjg

    After watching this circus for a few days , Obama and the Dems seem the most sensible. I am middle class and I know who butters my bread and it is not the Republicans. They just want to make sure the rich stay rich and get richer, they care nothing for me!

    July 16, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. B

    He should have started this some time ago. It always takes time for people to finally understand what is really going on, which might be too late.

    July 16, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Joe Moore

    I am middle class and I do not find Obama appealing. I find him repulsive.

    July 16, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. ben

    Stay the course Mr.President ! You have made fools of the corp puppets! Don,t let these "Rightwing Extremist" that sign Pledges with Corp.Greed,try to tank America again! Keep this Right Wing Radical Faction from hurting our childrens health and education,and literally set to "Throw our war veterns from wars past and present,americans over 50, in the streets!!!! Lord have mercy, on this "Gop Shameless Action? Please?

    July 16, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Albo58

    The tax-paying, Middle Class have every right to fear the non-plans of this inept President! His propoal to raise taxes by a $trillion dollars without identifying one single entitlement cut only kicks the can And leaves us with yet a bigger deficit. Perhaps we'd be wise to follow the directions of Senator Obama in regards to the debt ceiling...what an arogant hypocrit!

    July 16, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. fernace

    What shared sacrifice?? The only people who are sacrificing are the middle class & poor, & none of us have anything left to give, unless Washington wants the shirts off our backs, too! The problem with working people being ruled by wealthy politicians is that they have no idea what we're fussing about! They're not"feeling" our frustrations because they have a great health program, private schools for their kids, chauffered limos & 5 star resturants! All the people they hob- nob with live that way too, they simply don't "get" our concerns! Also, they don't want to get it, because it wont mesh with agendas & pet projects. That makes our needs so easy to overlook & "sacrifice"!!

    July 16, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Sigmund

    Balanced budgets are not particularly good for the economy. Most economists will tell you that it is better to run some degree of a deficit because it promotes growth. You just do not want the deficit to be too high in relation to our GDP. Right now the deficit GDP ratio is OK. We can easily pay our bill if certain economically ignorant people in the House would let us raise the debt limit.

    For the longer term, it would be good to cut spending and raise more revenue because the rate of growth of the deficit (not the absolute size) is too high.

    July 16, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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