Obama speeches renew budget debate as deadlines loom
July 24th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
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Obama speeches renew budget debate as deadlines loom

(CNN) - The great budget battle of 2013 begins in earnest Wednesday with speeches by President Barack Obama that will emphasize his economic fairness message in the face of Republican demands for more sharp spending cuts.

Confronting deep partisan divide over the 2014 federal budget, tax reform and raising the debt ceiling later this year, Obama's remarks in Illinois and Missouri will seek to frame the budget debate by focusing on the nation's recovery from recession during his presidency and his call for equal opportunity that helped win two elections.

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  1. the facts is the facts

    Here we go again.... more class warfare rhetoric from the Divider-in-Chief. If it isn't class warfare, it is racial division. The endless divide and conquer strategy of the leftist Democrats is tearing this country apart at the seams.

    July 24, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Ron L

    Here we go again "the facts is the facts" showing once again he just plainly hates the President. Here are the REAL FACTS, the nation is attempting to recover from one of the worst economic disasters it has faced in years. This was because three major factors, starting two wars (increasing spending), cut taxes (the revenues needed to pay for the wars) and the implementation of the Plan D program to help seniors. Then the banks collapsed because we found out the housing market growth was artificial and many of the top people in the banks were actually aware of it. well now we have this huge deficit and one party thinks you can cut programs and taxes at the same time and it will reduce the deficit and you have another that says you have to provide stimulus to the economy by having the government institute jobs programs that focus on the infrastructure of the country. I frankly believe we need to do a little of both. The President is correct in attempting to get a major infrastructure program started ASAP, it has been proven to be a win – win for the country. We need everyone to focus more on the IDEAS and less on who suggests it. That is the reason I have become an independent voter. Neither party is always right.

    July 24, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    the facts is the facts
    Here we go again.... more class warfare rhetoric from the Divider-in-Chief. If it isn't class warfare, it is racial division. The endless divide and conquer strategy of the leftist Democrats is tearing this country apart at the seams.
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    @ the facts ARE the facts

    You didn't have any problems with Ronald Reagan doing these things did you? I thought not.

    The president alone cannot give us a thriving economy. It takes a willing/working congress who want more than to see the president fail, to step up to the plate and enact legislation to help. No president can get much done without some cooperation from congress and this president gets absolutely no help whatsoever. When will you quit blaming the president for failure of YOUR congress to get anything done?

    July 24, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    more class warfare rhetoric from the Divider-in-Chief.
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    How can the President be the Divider-in-Chief when the Senate Obstruction Leader McConnell is blocking all of his proposals and hell bent on seeing the President fail.

    July 24, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Bill Clinton Economy =Good; George W. Bush Economy= Bad.

    July 24, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    "class warfare"

    You bet it is. The article says the GOP is going after Social Security and other stuff that I'm entitled to because I paid into those programs. Don't touch my stuff, Republicans. Instead, stop wasting a billion a day on wars, oil subsidies, surveillance, and all that jazz.

    July 24, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Hey "facts is fact"- ever hear of guys like George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Lee Atwater & Dick Nixon ? Or political strategies like Fire Up Your Base, Throw 'em Red Meat or Willie Horton or a Southern Stratecgy ?

    July 24, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    FACT-if Got. Employment was now at the same pctge. level that it was during the Two Bushes or St. Ronald Reagen, unemployment would be @ 5%.

    July 24, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein

    There are options that the President wants to do. Some of which are proven to be good for the country. My question is why is this kind of spending that puts people to work and improves the road, etc bad? Since the interest rate now is so low, why not borrow the money now and watch the taxes come in during the jobs that it creates?

    July 24, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. the facts is the facts

    sonny chapman
    FACT-if Got. Employment was now at the same pctge. level that it was during the Two Bushes or St. Ronald Reagen, unemployment would be @ 5%
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    What the heck are you talking about??? We have record HIGH unemployment, record LOW labor participation rate, record HIGH underemployment with Obama. As faras jobs is concerned, Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for 5 years and there is no sign of improvement as now the Obamacare disaster has begun. Even Democrats and the unions know they are in deep doo-doo.

    July 24, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "If you're not with us, then you're with the terrorists." George W. Bush, making his case to invade Iraq.

    July 24, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. tom l.

    @Ron L.
    This was because three major factors,

    starting two wars (increasing spending) – this was a bipartisan vote with so many demos voting for the wars that you can't be intellectually honest and not recognize that both parties voted for this
    cut taxes (the revenues needed to pay for the wars) – you are aware that from 2002-2007 revenues to the govt went up and even John F. Kennedy has confirmed this?
    and the implementation of the Plan D program to help seniors – couldn't be more correct about this but again it was a bipartisan vote and how could you, as a democrat, not be supportive of this?
    Then the banks collapsed because we found out the housing market growth was artificial and many of the top people in the banks were actually aware of it – you are also aware this housing growth was due to the relaxing of qualifications to obtain a mortgage with less stringent requirements and GWB (who I am no fan of) went to congress to talk about this and he was denied?

    So, be intellectually honest when you make comments rather than just being a partisan hack. The fact is that Obama is absolutely using class warfare. How can you deny this? Or am I wrong that when he says the "rich need to pay their fair share" that he is not utilizing class warfare tactics?

    July 24, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. tom l.

    @Rudy
    "If you're not with us, then you're with the terrorists." George W. Bush, making his case to invade Iraq"

    Very well said. GWB was very divisive. I'm glad you recognize it when you see it. Here's another one: "Reward our friends and punish our enemies" or “After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can’t drive." or "elections have consequences" or.... shall I go on or would you like to be honest and admit that BHO is just as divisive, if not moreso...

    July 24, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |