Obama warns he's got 'naughty and nice list'
November 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama warns he's got 'naughty and nice list'

Hatfield, Pennsylvania (CNN) – A small town, an energetic crowd, and a bustling factory backdrop. President Barack Obama's remarks in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, on Friday may have some Americans wondering if the president was back on the campaign trail. In a way, he is.

The president traveled to Pennsylvania for a campaign-style event, where he toured a local factory and delivered remarks on the looming fiscal cliff, a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in at the beginning of the year if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deficit-reduction deal.

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"I've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington," the president said after a tour of the The Rodon Group manufacturing facility, which produces more than 95% of the parts for K'NEX Brands toys. "So you should keep your eye on who gets K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them and some who don't."

The event, intended to mobilize support for the president's proposed solutions to the fiscal cliff, comes as Republicans on Capitol Hill insist that recent negotiations with the White House have been unproductive.

Earlier Friday morning, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy released a video featuring a small business in nearby Collegeville, Pennsylvania, whose owner, Jerry Gorski, opposes the tax increases being pushed by Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill. They propose raising rates on families making more than $250,000 in addition to closing loopholes, limiting deductions and increasing taxes on capital gains and dividends.

Republicans, however, staunchly oppose a raise in tax rates.

But the president remained undeterred in his speech Friday, telling the crowd, "Our long term goal is to get our long term deficit under control in a way that is balanced and is fair. That would be good for businesses, for our economy, for future generations. And I believe both parties can and will work together in the coming weeks to get that done."

In recent days Republicans have expressed dismay over the $1.6 trillion in revenue the president has put forward as part of a possible agreement - a higher amount they say they expected.

While Obama did not mention any specifics Friday, he did hint that the deal would not be easily agreed upon, saying "In Washington nothing is easy so there is going to be some prolonged negotiations. And all of us are going to have to get out of our comfort zones to make that happen."

And just in case those attending the event missed the subtle holiday-themed deadline of the fiscal negotiations, the president was happy to remind them, saying "If Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their income taxes automatically go up on January first…That's a Scrooge Christmas."


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soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. rs

    I'd give the GOP a lump of coal, and a vactaion in Gitmo until they learn what "compromise" means. These freaks cannot defend on any grounds extending tax breaks for the rich, and demanding the middle classes pay for it.

    November 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. James Bond

    Mike, your facts are skewed again,repubs will not deal period, tell me one economist that says raising taxes on wealthy kills jobs BS, only grover s not, repeat, not an economist, he is a lobbyist, big big difference

    November 30, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. rs

    Critical Thinking-
    Yeah and Romney's gift of anther $800k to each of the wealthiest in America was chump change, right?

    November 30, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -Smeagel4T

    Having been in business myself for 30+ years, I'm amused by how all the fighting simply ignores the one true fundamental thing businesses ACTUALLY need, and that's economic STABILITY. Business has always performed the most solidly during time of economic stability. So long as we're talking within reaonable bounds, and business' tax rate is a trivial issue compared to economic stability. The reason economic stability is the most important thing for business is it allows far more reliable planning. So in truth, all the political wrangling creating uncertainty is the only real problem. Raising a business' tax rate by 3% is MEANINGLESS is the grander scheme of things just so long as the business knows its taxes are going up by 3% and can plan for it. What's FAR MORE important for business is reining in Wall Street so the gamblers can no longer create huge economic swings that completely disrupt the planning of the productive businesses in our economy.
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    The GOP has NO politcal interest in a stable economy: they have already lost their edge in foreign afairs, and they are petrified of losing their advantage on the economy: I've got news fro them, they punted the ecomy away like a football over 10 years ago when they opted to cut taxes in wartime, on top of the de-regulation mania they indulged in for the previous 2 decades. Their only hope lies in blocking every single thing that can rebuild our infrastructure and making the weqalthiest people into a persecuted class, even when they KNOW they are lying through their teeth. A 3% increase is meaningless when you compare the benefits of making sure our economy is stable and growing,something it has done in spite of obstructionism the GOP has continued to throw in its path. The wealthy have become wealthier because the GOP has seen them as a greater priority than the middle class or the working poor, a group of people they treated with unabashed scorn and derision: since when have the wealthy needed handouts from the middle class, when they are turning around and sending their jobs overseas? Why should we continue to help them or feel sorry for them? Answer is, they should not get our help at the expense of our own futures.

    November 30, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. FajitaBob

    AHA! Christmas for me!!! It doesn mater what you say. I have now free hospital free tuiton and all card for grocrery! And I have broght my family in to vote (we won)! You cannot stop us takeing back our Mexico country! Now will all be Untied Stat de Mexico! Viva! This prove how stupid America to give us! Obamba give me all free! Soon the Fajita be el Presidente de US on your next vote! VIVA!!!

    November 30, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Critical Thinking wrote:

    Seems appropriate that Obama would have a naughty or nice list since he represents the politcal version of Santa Claus.
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    War on Christmas. Santa Claus is a liberal communist who gives away free stuff.

    November 30, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. rs

    TEAPARTY MIKE-
    Who is holding anything hostage???? The GOP has held the U.S. economy hostage for the past 4 years doing nothing unless their precious millionaires get their tax cuts.

    November 30, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. James Bond

    Because saying taxing the rich kills jobs is a poor substitute for the truth, our financial backers will cut them off. what tools

    November 30, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. rs

    Guest-
    Yeah, and GW Bush took a Greyhound bus to Texas for his record-setting vacations, right?

    November 30, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Let's Be Reasonable

    Do you hear that swishing, swirling and gurgling in D.C. these days? I'm told that's the sound of Norquist and Rove circling the drain to irrelevance.

    November 30, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Davxid

    Pound Salt–Santa-keep your list so we know who to toss out next election

    November 30, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    TEAPARTY MIKE

    Why is Obama holding the middle class hostage over insisting on raising tax revenue with tax rate increases.
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    How do you figure that? You are woefully misinformed.

    Republicans are the ones holding the middle class hostage, once again. Just like they did when they painted themselves into a corner over this exact issue December 2010 and finally caved....agreeing to what Pres. Obama wanted to do, which was extend the payroll tax cut.

    Now it's about extending the middle class tax cut, and once again Republicans are refusing to extend it if they cannot get a tax break for the 1-2%. Wherever you get your facts and talking points from is unreliable and is misleading you.

    November 30, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Davxid

    The Real Tom Paine
    -U R fulla Baloney

    November 30, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Who cares?

    On 12/21 the "end of days" will begin and the GOP "chri$tians" will be raptured and spend eternity with their god, money.

    November 30, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Somebody should take away Obama's Fiddle. The Election is over. Rome has burned to the ground. Scrooge was right. Is Greece far behind? How much longer do the Libs think they can spend like there is no tomorrow.

    November 30, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. James Bond

    The repubs are going to pay dearly in14. they just wont play unless they get to make the rules. see ya fools

    November 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. A True American

    "...a 4 percent increase for the wealthy is not that much out of their pocket...they need to stop being so dam greedy and go back to being true Americans."

    Actually, true Americans are those who understand the value of hard work and personal responsibility. True Americans don't whine and cry every time life gets a little hard, but rather they buckle down, get through the rough patch, and come out on the other side smarter and stronger. True Americans don't go to the government with their hands out to cover mortgages they shouldn't have taken or couldn't afford in the first place, student loans for degrees that have no practical purpose in the real world, or assistance with food, utilities, or shelter UNTIL they have exhausted every other possible option to take care of it themselves. True Americans know that the money in someone else's pocket is not theirs, because they didn't earn it.

    November 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. BFed

    All politics aside, did anybody else notice that it looks like Obama has 7 fingers in this photo? Haha

    November 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. America I Love

    Let's go over the fiscal cliff; this was our kids don't have to pay for such a massive deficit. Short-term pain for long-term gain.

    November 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @rs: yes, the Right seems to think they have always behaved with complete and total virtue towards the rest of mankind, never doing anything wrong, while those horrible liberals were kicking dogs and throwing old ladies out of speeding cars just for fun.

    November 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Golden Girl wrote:

    The nice list is simply people who agree with him.
    This man doesn't know how to get things done.
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    TRANSLATION: Big business is flustered that there is someone who made it to the White House, someone whom they do not have their hooks set into before he got there.

    November 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Somebody should take away Obama's Fiddle. The Election is over. Rome has burned to the ground. Scrooge was right. Is Greece far behind? How much longer do the Libs think they can spend like there is no tomorrow.
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    Yeah, and right behind Greece is....Georgia. How much has DC sent your welfare state today to keep it from slipping behind Mississippi?

    November 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Critical Thinking

    I'm sure I would be on Obama's naughty list. Let's see, put myself through college no student loans, worked hard for 30 years gained increasing levels of responsibity and with it an increase in salary. never was unemployed and therefore never collected unemployment checks from the government. started and yes built my own business these past 10 years. put my 3 kids through college with no financial aid. have built my annual income over $750K, pay an effective tax rate of 29% or roughly pay the feds $220K per year and therefore have the right to complain when this adminstration waste the huge amount of taxes I provide and then has the nerve to call me greedy when I don't want to provide them any additional tax dollars to waste. yeah, I belong on his naughty list for sure.

    November 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The best way to get the teapugs to the negotiating table is to find the guy who tried to sucker punch Willard and let him and Bo loose in the chambers of congress!!! That would be something to see!!!

    November 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    A True American wrote:

    ...True Americans don't go to the government with their hands out to cover mortgages they shouldn't have taken or couldn't afford in the first place, student loans for degrees that have no practical purpose in the real world, or assistance with food, utilities, or shelter UNTIL they have exhausted every other possible option to take care of it themselves. True Americans know that the money in someone else's pocket is not theirs, because they didn't earn it.
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    Spoken like a "True American" Freedumb Fighter. Tell that to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    November 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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