Obama warns he's got 'naughty and nice list'
November 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
6 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. The Real Tom Paine

    -Critical Thinking

    The Real Tom Paine you are so funny, really you are so funny.
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    Hey, its a gift. what can I say? If you keep serving up these intellectual softballs, don't be suprised when someone keeps knocking it out of the park. Frankly, its not hard.

    November 30, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -TEAPARTY MIKE

    Howard Dean let the cat out of the bag on MSNBC. Howard Dean says the best deal for the Democrats is to go off the fiscal cliff. That way the Democrats, whose leader is Obama, get the Defense spending cuts they want through sequestration. And get this, they get the tax increases on everyone, including the middle class. Howard Dean says Democrats want to increase taxes on the middle class. He then actually goes on to say this will cause a recession but will be for the best in the long term. So Democrats really want to increase taxes on the middle class, not avoid them like Obama is saying. And they will try and blame Republicans for what they really want. Not sure how this would ever really work. If we go off the fiscal cliff House Republicans will quickly pass a tax cut for the middle class the same or very similar to the Bush tax cuts that expired and send it to the Senate. Would Senate Democrats really not pass it and let the middle class tax increase stand? If the Senate passed it would Obama veto it and let the middle class tax increase stand? How could Obama and Democrats blame the middle class tax increase and the resulting recession on Republicans when it is them who refuesed to pass a middle class tax cut and Democrats like Howard Dean are on record saying Democrats want the tax increase on the middle class. Obama and Democrats are a total joke and a pack of liers. This is all going to crash on Obama's head.
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    Sort of like when they called Ohio, and Rove screamed "NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"? Keep spinning the web for your cocoon.

    November 30, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    It's funny, in two years from now you wont be able to find a person who said they voted for this guy. Elections have consequences. We had the election and now come the consequences. Good luck !

    November 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    @ Sniffitt – you can't talk to those fox bots – they all "pretend"

    November 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Amused

    Oh, good.
    More taxes, more spending, more debt!
    That is outstanding!
    That is what the American people voted for.
    I hope the enjoy it when they get it.

    And they probably will until the world currency and bond markets decides that lending the US over a trillion dollars is year is not a good idea.

    After that? Massive spending cuts leading to Greek style riots in the American streets. But, that is what we voted for!
    Enjoy!
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    Actually Greece got into trouble when they cut taxes on their top income earners in order to attract investment. It did not work. Besides, the only ones calling for revolution and riots recently were Donald Trump and assorted red-state welfare dependents.

    November 30, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Critical Thinking

    It's funny, in two years from now you wont be able to find a person who said they voted for this guy. Elections have consequences. We had the election and now come the consequences. Good luck !
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    I thought the same thing in 2000. Guess I was right then. Don't worry, you'll still have record profits in your investment portfolio next year, if the GOP does not screw things up again.

    November 30, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Ed1

    More news from Obama and his past thugs.

    The state of Illinois may soon issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, which makes a lot of sense. Democrats want them to be able to lawfully drive to the polls so they can vote illegally.

    November 30, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. notbuyingthe hype

    The word rascist is used incorrectly yet again by those on the left in their feeble attempt to limit reasonable criticism of the president and democrats. If anything it would be bigoted or prejudiced; but I digress. Catch any themes since obi on the phony became President? Any criticism is racist, republicans use "code" words like Chicago or inner city. Really? You want to see bigots and hypocrites look no further than those throwing stones. If a minority of ANY kind belongs to the right they are ridiculed marginalized and dismissed out of hand as a "token" Wake up people its all misdirection and illusions

    November 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. marty

    A loaf of bread, a bottle of milk, a can of beans, are all a sample of ordinary foods purchased by middle class
    Americans. These items all have continued to increase in cost. Insurance premiums escalate, unquestioned, each year. Businesses declare bankruptcy, the middle class become unemployed, families suffer. Congress will soon get an automatic increases in wage and perks. But......God forbid if the very top wealthyt individuals, with their tax advantage who haven't created any jobs since Bush penned a cut , are expected to also pay more to help our country settle its debt. I never thought that I would witness the greed, selfishness and cruelty of the upper echelon towards their 'fellow man'.

    November 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "It's funny, in two years from now you wont be able to find a person who said they voted for this guy. "

    Yawn. If I had a kernel of popcorn for every idiot Teatroll numbnut who said the same thing LAST TIME HE TROUNCED A GOP POTUS CANDIDATE, I'd ahve a full bowl of popcorn to munch while enjoying the GOP/Teatroll freakout we're all witnessing right now.

    November 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    @Mallory

    Why would you be so hate-filled towards another's off-spring who have inherited weath? Somebody in their family earned the money. In a perfect world I would not have been adopted into a family who wasted resources poorly raising 8 children comprised of two moms and three dads. I would never begrudge anybody who has made good choices that benefit off-spring. I also spent too many years as a bleeding heart liberal which only served to throw myself under the bus. I'm out from under the bus and doing fine as are my children. My insurance policy will serve to enable them resources to further secure their future and that of my grandchildren. A policy paid for with my earned income.

    November 30, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "And they probably will until the world currency and bond markets decides that lending the US over a trillion dollars is year is not a good idea.

    After that? Massive spending cuts leading to Greek style riots in the American streets. But, that is what we voted for!
    Enjoy!"

    HAHAHAHA...if you think that the GOP/Teatrolls have leverage in the form of threatening to cause another downgrade in the nation's credit rating by taking the debt limit hostage and delaying raising unless their demands for the destruction of Medicare and SS are met, then I'm pretty psyched. DO IT. WE DARE YOU. Nothing could possible be more hilarious than watching that backfire on you guys this time. The public has no appetite for it. NONE. Learn that the hard way please.

    November 30, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. TEAPARTY MIKE

    @The Real Tom Paine

    No spin. Howard Dean said it. His words not mine. Is he just one mentally derange Democrat who has gone off the reservation or does he speak for progressive Democrats? You go figure it out. What he said was very clear, see for yourself. Then you explain it. It is very clear he wants the tax increase on the middle class and says the recession would be justified because of some kind of long term benefits. Again his words, do not blame me for what he said.

    November 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Somebody made a comment that elections have consequences: I wonder where they were when the SCOTUS called the 2000 election for a man who squandered our budget surplus in a year, passed a tax cut in wartime, neglected regulation and/or oversite of any industry, expanded government enormously with the creation of a new department, etc, etc: is it any wonder the GOP can't win a national election for 2 straight cycles? The GOP has gone back on every promise they have ever made in the last 3 decades, and they wonder why they can't win? They deny the consequences of their own policies, and won't take ownership of the ones that actually work.

    November 30, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. KRhodes

    Sure he wants everyones taxes to go up...he already raised them through Obamacare, now lets have more of them.

    November 30, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Independent

    @Rudy.....ummm you are high in the night! It was Clinton that passed numberous housing measures to promot home ownership and to have all American purchase a home (even if they could affort it!!!!)!

    November 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. invisleg

    @Mallory

    Why would you begrudge off-spring wealth? Somebody in the family earned the money. In a perfect world I would not have been adopted into a family that wasted resources comprised of 8 children, 3 dads and 2 moms. Why punish those who have made good choices? I spent too many years as a bleeding heart liberal. All it got me was under the bus. I'm out from under the bus and my children are thriving. I may not have wealth but they will benefit from an insurance policy designed to further secure their lives and that of my grandchildren, paid for with my earned income. Life has no space or time for blame. It is what it is.

    November 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Is he just one mentally derange Democrat who has gone off the reservation or does he speak for progressive Democrats?"

    Given that he was lambasted for saying it, yes, he was way off the reservation on that one.

    November 30, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "The state of Illinois may soon issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, which makes a lot of sense. Democrats want them to be able to lawfully drive to the polls so they can vote illegally."

    Nah. That's not it at all. Once we pass the legislation requiring conservatives to be tattood on their forearms and to wear a tinfoil hat shaped brooch on their lapels, we're going to instruyct all the illegals to run them over.

    November 30, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Seen This Before

    This President is sounding more and more like a certain President who claimed he wasn't a "liar".
    The fiscal cliff is a win-win for the Democrats and President Obama. Since the majority of the public and media hang on every word the Democrats spew forth they will believe and air their version so as to have the most positive spin. The Republicans are NOT against tax cuts for the middle class and tax raises for the 2%. They ARE against those things without some serious budget cuts.
    Without budget cuts the tax increases will simply be ate up by new expenditures. So where are we then?

    For the liberals who gleefully call for the demise of the Republicans let me say that since WWII only one party has hada President succeed a two-term president and that was George H.W. Bush after the very popular Ronald Reagan. Obama has nowhere near the popularity and there is no candidate in the wings that can pull together enough electoral votes in America.

    November 30, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "If you don't want to be stereotyped, "angryblack woman," then don't fit the stereotype. Simple."

    Not sure what yuo meant there Gurgyl, but if they'd like to stereotype me as an "angry black woman" then I encourage it. I'll bllind them wih my shiny white irish man bum.

    November 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Gonzo

    So Obama has a naughty and nice list! This is how he negotiates! He uses Clinton to campaign for him, but obviously has learned nothing from him. I'm sure the Republicans are shaking in their shoes. What we have here is an inept president who now thinks it's his way or the highway. I have news for him – Reagan won 49 states in a real landslide, and still had the common sense to not humiliate and antagonize the other party. He NEGOTIATED!
    But, my gut is telling me he doesn't really want to avoid the fiscal cliff. He gets more money, and he's addicted to spending.

    November 30, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Me IN HOUSTON

    Could you imagine if the Republicans worked for the poor the way they worked for the rich...what a wonderful world this would be

    November 30, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Larson

    And of course for those of us who have worked for 30 years and finally hit the income threshold here comes the taxes.

    November 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. John

    Bush tax cuts will expire at the end of the year. The GOP cannot do anything to stop it. GOP are toast and they know it....

    November 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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