Obama: Congress focused on politics, not the middle class
September 20th, 2013
02:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama: Congress focused on politics, not the middle class

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."


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  1. Tampa Tim

    Unions stand with republicans? What a major crock of crap!

    September 20, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Drink Tea not Koolaid

    Obama wants the government to shut down just like he wanted his sequester to go through. This way he has some new "Blaming" to do. What a piece of crap. Obamacare is unpopular base on a CNN poll (37% for / 57% against). Hang in there House and support the majority of the American public, not the takers.

    September 20, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Me wrote:

    So what has Obama done to change these laws??? NOTHING. He had the senate and house the first year and still did nothing but Obamacare. The past is the past and yes I would say mistakes were done how about living in the present, what about the past 5 years. And don't give me the house would not pass it bs cause Obama has not even tried!!!!!!!
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    Actually, the Medicare/Medicaid rate was just raised. Republicans blocked raising SSI. I'm surprised that you've forgotten about the Stimulus bill during the first year. BTW, the ACA was passed during his second year. And, as far as the present goes, the annual deficit has been reduced by 60% since FY2008-09, Bush's last budget.

    Finally, I will not tell you that House would not pass Pres. Obama's budget. I won't because earlier this year, when the Senate did pass the President's budget, one Senator Cruz blocked the process to allow the Senate budget to go to the House for negotiations.

    September 20, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Just as fair said, 40k individuals without insurance might have died but it is not because they don't have it!"

    48,000,000 people in this country are without insurance. Approximately 2,630,000 people a year die in the U.S. At a population of 300,000,000, so we're talking about a rate of approximately 0.88%. Applying that rate to the number of people without insurance, 48,000,000, indicates that of those 48M without insurance, approximately 420,000 of them die each year total. The studies show, taking all of what Fair said into account, that approximately 10% of those 420,000 deaths were caused by lack of health insurance and the lack of access to preventive care, major medical procedures, etc., that goes with it. You can try to "folksy wisdom' you're way out of these facts, but you're going to lose.

    September 20, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. smith

    @Sonny-40,000 die each year with out health insurance and that is somehow the GOP`s fault. How about buying health insurance instead of sitting around blaming people you don`t like. Geez, cry me a river already. Have you libs ever heard of being accountable or being responsible. I guess not. BTW, Im not for the GOP or some right-wing religous person. Im an independent who believes in America and hard work. I see and know alot of hardworking folks of all backgounds, races, and genders busting their butts while lazy people sit on the couch and complain that life isn`t fair.

    September 20, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Sonny-40,000 die each year with out health insurance and that is somehow the GOP`s fault. How about buying health insurance instead of sitting around blaming people you don`t like. Geez, cry me a river already. Have you libs ever heard of being accountable or being responsible. I guess not. BTW, Im not for the GOP or some right-wing religous person. Im an independent who believes in America and hard work.
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    I, too, am a moderate, one who used to believe in America and hard work. The meritocracy that made America great died a lfew years ago. Remember, the Bush years that saw 8 million manufacturing jobs leave this country and ended with that Great Recession. What made America great is buried right there beside the American dream.

    September 20, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. tom l

    @Rudy
    "I suggest that you practice what you preach. In the end, Republicans made so much noise that the "kickback" was removed and Nelson still voted for the bill. Nelson was the 60th vote need to pass the ACA ... not the reconcilliation that you lied about."

    Wow (I lied about...strong words). My bad. There was no kickback. But I guess the point that only democrats passed this wasn't important. It was more important for you to point out that I was wrong with regards to the "kickback". The whole point is that no repubs supported the original law. None. The funny thing is, the only reason there was no kickback was due to the repubs complaining about it otherwise it would have gone through, kickback and all.

    So, the point is that not one repub voted for this. That doesn't trouble you whatsoever? To give context to that, the Bush tax cuts were passed with 25% of Senate democrats voting for it. That is much more bipartisan support than this law. How can't you understand the frustration of a law passing with zero people from one side voting for it? Now, would you also like to concede that you are really splitting hairs with your "Pelosi never called Bush a loser" mantra. She certainly did call him a total failure and it was REID that called him a loser and a liar. Their treatment of Bush was no different than the repubs treatment of Obama.

    September 20, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Cassandra H.

    This is so true. Congress just keeps making things difficult. They should try to work with Obama so he can get things done for the better,

    September 20, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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