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#SOTU - The Summary: Minimum Wage, Maximum Genomes, Macs, And Moar Cyber-Security

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5% fewer words, slightly shorter than last year but just as hope-full. From a hike (and inflation-indexed) in the minimum wage to a 140x multiplier of genome sciences investment (now that is Keynesian awesomeness); from extending homeownership (and refinancing plans) even more to energy independence; from Apple, Ford, and CAT's US Manufacturing to Bridge-Building and infrastructure spending; and from Trans-Pacific and -Atlantic Trade to cyber-security; it's all gonna be great - because as President Obama reminded us at the start... "Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding," and this won't add a dime to the deficit... oh and that Student loan bubble - no worries, there's a college scorecard so now you know where you can get the biggest bang for your credit-based buck. Summing it all up:

  • Guns 9 : 3 Freedom
  • Jobs 31 : 17 Tax
  • Congress 17 : 40 Work
  • Recovery 2 : 0 Unicorns
  • Spending 3 : 2 Cutting


Fed heads chimed in early:


That won't help fund all of this wonderfulness...

But we started on an awkward note with Reince Priebus:


and David Axelrod...



Oh well...

The word cloud: Jobs - Years - America (and... people education like)

Full Speech:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:

     Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”

     Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.

     Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.

     But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.

     It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

     It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

     It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.

     The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.

     Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.

     Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

     Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?

     In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.

     Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.

     That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.

     But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful. We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that’s the approach I offer tonight.

     On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.

     To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?

     Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America. That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do together.

     I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.

     Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?

     A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.

     Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.

     After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.

     There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.

     If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.

     After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.

     But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.

     The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

     Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.

     In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.

     Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.

     America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.

     Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America. And let’s start right away.

     Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years, home purchases are up nearly 50 percent, and construction is expanding again.

     But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire economy back, and we need to fix it. Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us back? Let’s streamline the process, and help our economy grow.

     These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.

     Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.

     Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.

     Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.

     We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.

     Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.

     Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.

     To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead.

     Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

     Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.

     Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.

     And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.

     In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.

     But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.

     We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.

      Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.

     Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s virtually impossible to get ahead. Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.

     Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been out of work so long that no one will give them a chance. Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods. And this year, my Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, education, and housing. We’ll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.

     Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity – broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class – that has always been the source of our progress at home. It is also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world.

     Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda. Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.

     Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change. We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip into chaos, and counter-terrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates.

     Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.

     As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.

     Of course, our challenges don’t end with al Qaeda. America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.

     Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.

     America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.

     That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.

     Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.

     We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.

     Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”

     In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.

     All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.

     But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.

     Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.

     It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.

     Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

     One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

     Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

     Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

     The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

     The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

     The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

     Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.      We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.

     We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.

     We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”

     We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.

     When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”

     That’s just the way we’re made.

      We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:

     We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.

     Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.


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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:20 | 3239291 Downtoolong
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 and this won't add a dime to the deficit

To see a dime in our deficit, you would need an electron microscope.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3239319 ACP
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That's technically true. It won't add a dime.


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:32 | 3239353 Buckaroo Banzai
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OK, there's the word cloud for what he said, and then there's the word cloud that was generated in my mind:

Fucking America-hating, gun-grabbing, communist, narcissist, sociopath, lying, disingenuous, phony, cocksucking, thieving, waste of space, Muslim, criminal, money-squandering, incompetent, malicious, tyrannical, sack of shit.

That's MY word cloud.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:43 | 3239398 ACP
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Oh no, Rubio stopped for a drink of water...stay more hydrated there, buddy...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3239407 economics9698
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Rubio neocon statist.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:55 | 3239556 redpill
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Too bad it wasn't the 5th of November!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:28 | 3239596 iDealMeat
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Humm..  Curious.. I didn't see Jon Corzine out in the audience..  anywhere. ??  Mr. Corzine was instrumental in Obama's first election. He can be seen with him hand in hand.. On many occasions..

Why is that I wounder??  Jon, are you out there?  What's up ??  just curious..




Wed, 02/13/2013 - 08:35 | 3239852 BeerBrewer09
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take note that he didn't say the word inflation. it will be coming in a big way.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:22 | 3239648 Shell Game
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3239409 Stackers
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You Lie

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:44 | 3239611 Doomer
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Say it like you mean it:  YOU LIE!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 09:58 | 3239998 Hulk
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Thats a word storm BB !!!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:09 | 3239780 Karl von Bahnhof
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1 Trillion dollar ($T) = 1 Trollar

"UD debt is 16 Trollars"  ... looks much better now.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3239320 macholatte
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It's all just bullshit and propaganda. Just another version of American Idol singing an oldie.

Does anybody actually believe any of it?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:28 | 3239337 Bad Attitude
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Everthing Dear Leader says is a lie.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:37 | 3239532 xtop23
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Thank God for Star Trek and Harry Mudd...................... "Everything I say is the truth..... I'm lying."

When does Obama's head start to smoke?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 09:58 | 3239997 bunnyswanson
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Here is a very good example of the teasing leader, willing to dangle a carrot in front of people who adore him (anon 15 min - new one).  He could do an update today.

Heartwrenching isn't it?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:31 | 3239346 saints51
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Does anybody actually believe any of it?


Have you conversed with the sheep lately? These people have no clue. So I would say, yep they believe anything someone tells them. Yet these same fucks wonder why they get scammed out of their money. Critical thinking went bye bye a long time ago.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:25 | 3239509 BLOTTO
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Not the high majority of ZedHeds Mach...


But alas, we are just a few...the dark cloud of masses is over whelming and they do believe, which is perfect for the elite -willing participants...and of course its quite sad actually. It hurts to know i may have to potentially battle someone that isnt neccessarily a bad person as they are poisoned in the ihead, zombified/brainwashed and i may have to defend myself.

If the average person lived 200 years, they would still generation passing controlled MSM brainwashed knowledge to the next = same Hallow' Santa Bunny Hog Day - society demands you participate - or you're an outcast...(tangent stop)


The illusion i think is so twisted, that even sometimes i second guess myself for a nano second that its actually happenning, but it is. Imo, this is beyond greed, keynes, money, financials, etc...i suspect that the truth of whats going on would shock the complete shit out of us.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:59 | 3239803 Anasteus
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The message of the speech is "But this time is different."

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:54 | 3239427 Jam Akin
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I heard that cabin used to be home to a family that subsisted by delivering newspapers.

They should have caught "Dorner" when he was hosting the Grammys the other night.

Did some liberal fascist asshole give a speech tonight?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:21 | 3239293 taxpayer102
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You sir, are no John F. Kennedy.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:36 | 3239374 MiltonFriedmans...
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JFK, our last elected president.....

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:44 | 3239404 economics9698
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Bill Clinton the last Republican president.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:31 | 3239522 Oldballplayer
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Really? Elected by the same goons in Chicago that gave us the Half Black Mumbasa that we have now.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:14 | 3239639 Doomer
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Chicago elected Obummer?  Are you fucking kidding me?

Obummer was bought and paid for by the Wall St. criminal banking cabal, allowing him to sell his "Hope and Change" bullshit.

I would gladly go back to the days when dead people in Chicago voted.  At least they voted for Americans that loved their country.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:36 | 3239528 notadouche
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I think you better go back a tad further.  I think West Virginia was a bit of a problem for the JFK election which pretty much started the modern era dirty tricks during elections.  At least in my lifetime I should say.  

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:37 | 3239375 MiltonFriedmans...
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JFK, our last elected president.....

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:56 | 3239442 Mr. Magoo
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Grover Cleveland the last elected president, then J.P Morgan bought McKinley all went downhill since then

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:22 | 3239300 San Diego Gold Bug
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A lot more spending on the way with no spending cuts.  Gold will move higher for the 13th year in a row!!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:24 | 3239512 augustusgloop
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but plosser just said probably going to stop buying, just like berananke said no new qe / gold not money last spring... 


CAT = fall for Chinese scam

Apple = devices bought with student loans

Ford = bought with Fed liar loans

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:23 | 3239305 El Gordo
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Are we finished yet?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:23 | 3239308 Seasmoke
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We are all nigga rich.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:23 | 3239310 Dr. Engali
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I didn't see anything about drone bases in every country in that cloud.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:53 | 3239619 Rusty Diggins
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"Socotra"... damn shame.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3239314 GOSPLAN HERO
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Obama is a Neo-Marxist swine.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:27 | 3239335 Yamaha
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That' putting it mildly. It has been a long time since I have been to a Baptist revival of that quality.........Halalulia!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:26 | 3239514 augustusgloop
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Au Contraire- fascist (drone authorizing, amendment clipping) corporate schill. more national socialist than marxist. 

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 03:09 | 3239676 mumcard
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He's something new.  They took parts from both fascism and communism.  The label doesn't matter, he's a threat to what little freedom we have left and has to go.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 09:58 | 3239996 I did it by Occident
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Freedom lovers need to start calling fascist/communist/socialist what it is basically, freedom-haters or anti-freedomarians I don't know whatever works.  Since most sheep out there skipped out on their civics class and can't remember what fascism/communism actually means, it just becomes some abstaction that doesn't apply to their own life.  But put in concrete terms like the freedom-hater party then that seems easier to convey the message.  Or it's too late and we are just going along for the ride at this point.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:42 | 3239317 knightowl77
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So today the Senate passes the violence against women act, and at the same time obumbler wants women in combat?? WTF? Women are so fragile they need a new act to protect them, but at the same time theyre tough enough for combat?????? OMG!

Just another example of the crap he spews and the crap he does....

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:03 | 3239627 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Women in combat will be a major logistics problem.


Women spend up to a fourth of their time on the rag.

These rags need to be distributed to them in the trenches, plus, here comes the nasty part, what do you do with all the rags in the trenches?  However, our jew overlords have women serving in their zionist army.  Maybe they have a solution to the rag problem.

A Green Beret once reported about a woman who was on an exercise with his team.  She stunk to high heaven.  The guys stunk too, but she stunk to high heaven.

Cunts leak.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:11 | 3239700 SheHunter
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Wow TPTB/TBTF.  Your logic of why we shouldn't be in combat is the most innovative I've heard and I have heard quite a few.  If we stink so bad why not line us out upwind from the enemy and just let us suffocate them?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 15:45 | 3240896 TPTB_r_TBTF
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I have never said that women shouldnT be in combat.


I just pointed out a challenge to be overcome.

Your idea about placing women upwind is pretty clever.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3239321 Everybodys All ...
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Why does David Axlerod's picture remind me of a bygone German fellow?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:27 | 3239333 suteibu
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Reincarnation.  He liked it so much the first time, he thought he'd give it another try.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:14 | 3239493 TuesdayBen
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Because craving of power danced in the angry gaze of both Herr Axelrod und der Fuhrer.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3239326 ak_khanna
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What a genius? Increasing the minimum wage rate will encourage US businesses to employ the local population. They are so looking forward to increasing the cost of production of their products in times when the world economy is slowing down.

The only thing this will do is create more jobs in developing countries and increase unemployment in the US.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:30 | 3239520 augustusgloop
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no win situation. wages increase, jobs go away. wages decrease, healthcare/food costs are subsidized via federal government. prosperous society for all who want it is a pipe dream. no amount of socialist or faux-capitalist rhetoric can make it otherwise. other option is move to a sparsely populated nat resource rich country like canada/australia/norway. 

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:26 | 3239327 suteibu
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"jobs" huge - "business" miniscule.

How do you expect to have the first without the second?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:31 | 3239352 GMadScientist
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Maybe someone will insist the government build a large fence.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:17 | 3239499 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Maybe someone will insist the government build a large fence.

The best value for the money would actually be to build an electrified moat, completely encircling Vichy DC, constructed on the space freed up by the demolition of I-495, with no way in or out.

Let the fuckers feed on each other, then cleanse the whole area with fire and bulldoze it into the Potomac.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:27 | 3239329 zkay
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Well, that was interesting. I for one thought he at least spoke the truth about America's infrastructure. Compared to a lot of the nordic countries and south korea for instance, the US is in the dark ages as far as infrastructure.


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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:31 | 3239347 Matt
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LOL he wants tips for his valuable contribution to this thread!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:37 | 3239372 zkay
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Should I pimp a blog instead? I see it as good, at least I just come right out and ask. :)

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:40 | 3239536 notadouche
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Ok but the first 880 billion dollar money grab that he controlled was supposed to be in large part earmarked for infrastructure and those good ole shovel ready jobs.  How many times can you go back to that well?  The only infrastructure I saw come out of that were all the signs on the highway pointing to projects that were going to take place due to the American Recovery Act or some shit like that.  Fool me once shame on me... The only guy that made anything was the sign maker.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:29 | 3239341 PeterLemonJello
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Recovery 2 : 0 Unicorns


This is why I am zerohedge. Hedge accordingly.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:29 | 3239343 suteibu
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Damn.  What do you feed that cat?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:12 | 3239485 Teamtc321
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That fucking cat look's like just snacked on Leon Panetta's blow torch nose.



Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:38 | 3239380 Ms. Erable
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Funny, but most of the words I heard sounded like 'unicorns' and 'skittles' - except for the 'guns' part. THAT got my attention - it reminded me to clean my... ummm... lethal tools before practicing tomorrow...

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:29 | 3239342 chump666
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Wow what genius from thy money printer's mouth "Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding,"

Just like in 2006 let the good times roll, let'em roll...

"Clearly the economy still has plenty of momentum with a little hint of inflation risk in the background," said Ethan Harris, chief United States economist at Lehman Brothers." (2006)

hahahahahahahahahahahah...oh f*ck


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:23 | 3239650 Never One Roach
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Since 80% of the non-cash sales are either zero down mortgages or almost zero down mortgages with minimal documentation, what is going to happen when this batch of 'buyers' defaults on their negative equity houses? Thousands of zero down VA Loans?      Any mention?

How about all those student defaults with no end in sight of more student loans being handed out?

I didn't see 'accountability' in that cloud. How about 'no more bailouts'....No?

Anybody know if it is safe to double the Xanax dose when you're taking high blood pressure medicine?

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:30 | 3239344 Frank N. Beans
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:59 | 3239459 Mr. Magoo
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:31 | 3239351 jcaz
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Once in every generation, a great Facist rises to power......

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:00 | 3239464 Real Estate Geek
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He really should start giving these speeches from a balcony . . .

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:35 | 3239354 SillySalesmanQu...
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A short thank you to the ZH staff and the Tylers for their outstanding efforts on reporting the news and events of today. Your professionalism, attention to FACTS and details are unparalelled and greatly appreciated. Thank god we have this site instead of having to rely on the bumbling MSM. God Bless ZH and FUCK YOU Ben Bernanke!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:32 | 3239356 lolmao500
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Fuck you Obama. You ain't getting the guns. Try to and many people will die.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:40 | 3239386 Suisse
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We live in an upside down world, we cannot have rifles that function in a similar manner to rifles that are nearly a century old merely due to their appearance however Pre-K is a right and we need to increase minimum wage so young people cannot find their first jobs. 

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:32 | 3239357 RideTheWalrus
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"Years of jobs for congress to educate families" in a nutshell



Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:39 | 3239382 nmewn
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"Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, >>>we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction<<< that economists say we need to stabilize our finances."


So, there will be no fight in March over a DEBT CEILING INCREASE?

Cuz we're like, totally, like "half way there"...totally, fer shur, he like said so, yah. Right? Depending on low information voters limited attention span obviously.

I guess thats why Axelrod went straight for the social angle

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:41 | 3239394 NoWayJose
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If we cannot get any inflation going any other way then lets raise the minimum wage!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:41 | 3239396 Jethro
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These Obama word clouds are useless without "uh" and "um".

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:49 | 3239419 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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I watched that hollow rhetorical farce here in New Zealand...poor USA, you guys are in a POWER of shit. Verbal diarrhrea at its 'through the eye of a needle' finest.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:14 | 3239491 JohnG
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Must go shopping for more of these tomorrow:


Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:49 | 3239420 Jim in MN
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Pretty much the whole speech could be given by a Chinese Communist leader.  Minus the voting parts. 

Nothing on liberty, almost nothing on the Constitution, the moral code of a once great nation reduced to 'stand with your neighbor' (cuz no one else will)

We murder at will.  Corruption goes unmentioned.  Markets?  Private investment?  Savings?  Nada.  Just a few more programs to train your kids for retail sales and maybe light assembly tasks.

A disgusting display of elite self-regard.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:51 | 3239428 cherry picker
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Worst and most damaging decievers are the ones who believe their own falsehoods.  This man is supposedly the most powerfal man in the world.

He doesn't learn from his mistakes, is set on controlling lives from the tender age of four.

When do children get to be children anymore?

I am glad he isn't my president.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3239446 rustymason
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Obanana republic now, total tyranny ahead.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3239448 williambanzai7
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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 08:02 | 3239806 lakecity55
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The Best, William!

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3239449 Michelle
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The best part was the Democrats didn't appear to believe the BS either.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3239451 Father Lucifer
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3239452 Towhog
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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:58 | 3239453 Real Estate Geek
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Baby Jesus ignored my prayers that he send down a drone to smite that travesty, in His mercy.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:58 | 3239454 Totentänzerlied
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"Violence Against Women Act"

If it's anything like the War on Drugs/Terror/Poverty/Obesity, I wouldn't want to be a woman if it passed.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:58 | 3239455 Meat Hammer
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Does anyone know the best way to clean vomit off of a laptop? 

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:03 | 3239470 TuesdayBen
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Mail it to the White House

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:00 | 3239458 TuesdayBen
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I sense an omen this evening. Obama's 'brother' Dorner, exposed as bad, goes down in flames very publicly at a critical public moment for Obama who is also finally being exposed as bad. The coincidence may be seen as an omen suggesting that Obama's presidency too is destined to go down in flames.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 23:59 | 3239460 chindit13
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Ooops, he did it again.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:05 | 3239476 Whoa Dammit
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Here's a good laugh that we probably all need after today:

A guy stole a doughnut truck and led cops on a 15 mile chase. "Could you imagine going down the interstate and seeing the Krispy Kreme donut truck with the cops chasing behind it?; Flashing lights? "

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 05:06 | 3239732 Acet
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That's a proper Keystone Cops moment.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 08:00 | 3239804 lakecity55
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what's up, doc?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:09 | 3239479 sangell
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Everyone was watching Anderson Cooper explaining his relationship with Chris Dorner on the extended version of the Nancy Grace Show while a cabin burned in the background. Obama got pre-empted tonight by a police shootout in Southern California. When you lose the TV ratings war to Nancy Grace you have to realize your presidency has 'jumped the shark'.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:10 | 3239482 BullyBearish
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It hit me like a ton of's all about dumbing down our country to the lowest common denominator...those that can't/won't no longer have to worry about anything.  They will be awarded higher wages, free schooling, amnesty, and preferential treatment at the expense of those that played the game by the old rules.  His real message, "why don't you all just die already, we'll take care of what you leave behind".

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 16:39 | 3241064 Fedaykinx
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my old man told me a loooooong time ago that was what integration was really all about, i didn't believe him.  i do now.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:12 | 3239484 notadouche
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Can anyone explain to me why there would need to be a special act outlawing violence against women?  Seems to me violence is the crime.  Against whom should not be differentiated being we are all equal human being regardless of race, gender, etc...

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:12 | 3239487 alatnar
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did I miss anything? I was sharpening my knives.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:28 | 3239654 Shell Game
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I couldn't tell you, I was loading .308 

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 09:49 | 3239973 GMadScientist
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Only your entire life.

Remember: cut lengthwise or diagonally for best effect.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:14 | 3239490 knightowl77
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For my money, one of obumbler's worst efforts....No details, just more empty rhetoric....and no obammey you ain't getting any of my guns, now or ever..

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:16 | 3239497 infinity8
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Nobody was watching except us schmucks. It's Fat Tuesday, the Dorner Drama, college basketball. I don't do TV but I'm sure there's some "popular" Tuesday night programming. Some of the sheep will absorb the spun MSM regurge and think they were paying attention. *sigh*, *gulp*

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:17 | 3239500 Freewheelin Franklin
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0 Unicorns


The unicorns are implied. Duh.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:20 | 3239507 bankonzhongguo
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I used to be a political animal - hanging on every word and intonation.

This Obama character - I don't even care to watch or listen.

It's all lies.

The rapings will continue.

He's an ass clown of the democratic (read New American Fascist) party.

Obama and everyone in Washington hates America.

That is all that has to be said on the matter.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:28 | 3239515 Dre4dwolf
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Why do we have a violence against women bill anyway?

Shouldn't it be a bill against violance against human beings bill?


The govt is sexist , racists, classist, socialist, ... and im sure a few other "ists" as well.


What about all those poor men who have to endure verbal violence and flying tupaware from Pms inflicted rage flesh 24/7? where is their recourse, god-forbid they throw the gladware back in their general direction haha

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 09:51 | 3239979 GMadScientist
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Lobbyist, Cronyist, Fascist.

(it's called divorce)

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:35 | 3239527 Meatballs
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O-man= Happy talk bullshit.

Rubio= Goofy teenager.

Rand= Nuts, but everything he said was right.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:38 | 3239533 nothing can go wrogn
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I didn't see or hear anythng that was said. but I"m sure whatever iit was, was "for the children."  Everthing's for the children now.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:39 | 3239534 Apostate2
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 Your tax dollars at work authoring 'the next great chapter in our American story'.

Happy New Year (hissssss). I'm having a laugh.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:50 | 3239550 Curt W
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As long as they champion free trade, our jobs will move to cheaper countries.

Oh and robotic advances have ruined a billion job opourtunities.

Too bad we don't have the free open, greed free society envisioned  in Star Trek  next generation

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:55 | 3239559 ebworthen
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"Grab guns, reduce freedom, oppress dissent, more government gravy for worthless programs, there is no such thing as debt, there is no such thing as the Constitution."

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:59 | 3239564 adr
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Lies, more lies, and fucking bullshit.

Yes, victims of gun violence deserve a vote. If they were killed by a gun, I'll just count that as a vote for me. In fact voting should be mandatory, if you don't vote, I'll count it as a vote for me. Also I passed a law last night to get rid of term limits on the presidency, nobody knew about it, so nobody voted and I counted all the votes for me.

The useless eaters all applaud, OBAMA'S GONNA I'VE EVERYONE EVERYTHING!!!!

The fucker has done more to damage the middle class in four years than all of history up to his coronation, and he has the gaul to say he strengthened the middle class!

HERE'S A NEWSFLASH ASSHOLE. WE WERE BETTER OFF IN MARCH 2009 THAN WE ARE NOW!!! The top 10% were seeing their net worth plumment to the depths of hell but the middle class would have been better off with the ivory towers buring to the ground. See the middle class is productive.

What did Mugabe Obama do? He fucking gave the propblem a pass and granted them more wealth in four years than they made in the past 100. Put a burrito company's stock into triple digits, and drove every commodity to records.

You want the state of the union, rainbows and unicorns for the government welfare whores on both ends of the economic ladder and a pile of shit for the people in between. I'm surprised our glorious leader didn't have the followers in the seats hold colored cards to make pretty background images when the cameras panned.

Fucking disgusted to be an American.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:57 | 3239800 lakecity55
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After the last pope is selected, you serfs will be bowing down to me, the super fly.

Forward, beelzebub!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:08 | 3239575 donethat
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Anyone want to bet that The Westminster Dog Show had more viewers?


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:09 | 3239577 CitizenPete
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Was tthat tonight? Yawn.


Obummer SOTU word cloud:







Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:10 | 3239578 Diogenes
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I don't have time to read the whole speech. Is anything in it true?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:34 | 3239598 Curt W
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He had a couple good spots, but it was hard to hold out for an hour.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 01:43 | 3239607 Prometheus418
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YAY!!!! Another Fucking Pay Cut.  USA is #1!!!!

Seriously.  Can this guy really not know exactly what he is doing?  So, while today 12 fucking years of studying nights and weekends got me to just barely over 2x the minimum wage, this fuck is going to take away three years of pay increases by declaring that useless eaters who work retail "deserve" more?  After all, they can make change when the register a guy like me designed tells them what to do- all I can do is calculus, computer science, and metallurgy. 

Guar-an-fucking-teed, my company won't raise a single skilled worker's wage so much as a dime when the minimum wage increases, but it will sure as hell raise the prices at the gas stations, the grocery stores and all other retail outfits.  That will not "create a thriving middle class," it will just push those of us on the edge back down into the lower class.

Fuck this country, and fuck that guy.  That minimum wage passes, and I'm going Galt.  I cleaned every bill but the mortgage off the table this month, so I may as well go jockey a register part-time so I can smoke fat joints and play video games every day after "work." [sic]  If it turns out that that's not enough, well, the hell with it- the SNAP card will fill in the gaps.

I know life isn't fair, but this shit would make even Kafka blush.  I'm tired of being punished day in and day out, year after grinding year for doing the right thing.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:06 | 3239634 Max Power
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I missed the SOTU. I was working tonight at Burger King. Did I miss any thing? Oh? The narcissistic, mentally ill president. Lower case p and I'll take a fry brained congress with that order.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:08 | 3239635 847328_3527
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Solyndra...did he mention that? How about "Fast & Furious"...No mention, eh?

And the postal rate increase that is soooo favorable to the Middle Class he is (evidently) fond of, not to mention crushing small business owners (who also happen to be Middle Class).

Internet sales tax?  Forgot to mention it?

Student loan defaults?  Zero down mortgages?  Banker Bonuses?   Illegal money flooding into Cali?  Fed bailout of European bankers?  No mention?


Well, maybe in the next SOTU address.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:13 | 3239638 Rick Blaine
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"Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years."


You can't make this shit up.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 03:14 | 3239679 FerretBrain
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Apparently you can -- Obama's crew continues to push the credibility nvelope and nobody outside of these pages seems to notice.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 05:03 | 3239728 steveo77
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Yup to leave with a $120,000 anchor, and no job, no boat, no pot to piss in unless you bought it on a credit card!   LOL ouch

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 02:28 | 3239655 Judge Crater
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Unlike Britain, in the USA at least TV dinners and kebabs and other foods prepared using beef are not 40% to 100% all horsement.  Wait a second, no one is checking those TV dinners and kebabs here.  To many, the State of Our Hamburgers is more important than the State of the Union.  Maybe that hamburger isn't a Big Mac but a Big Mr. Ed.   

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:11 | 3239701 AnAnonymous
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Decentralization is good. Why try to centralize production of meat? Havent you heard 'americans'?

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 05:02 | 3239726 steveo77
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Dude, quality horsemeat is really fucking rocking

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 03:00 | 3239670 Gidas19
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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:53 | 3239798 BTFDemocracy
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LT is stepping on Russia's feet

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 03:00 | 3239671 mercy
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I just spent the entire night trying to explain to my wife why the minimum wage is such a detriment to the job market and at the end of it all, the only thing she had to say was "why are you so mad that people will be making more money?"

Sigh, I give up.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 03:16 | 3239681 syntaxterror
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Milton Friedman did a great interview on Donahue back in the day where he argues your point quite persuasively. I watched it on YouTube back on Friedman's 100th b-day a while back.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 10:03 | 3240011 GMadScientist
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You might stop pretending that the reason people aren't being hired is the expense of their labor, and start looking at the fact there's no work for them to do in the economy due to lack of demand.

Maybe the suppositions of an economist are a little less relevant than actual data showing similar jobs across a county line with vastly different minimum wages didn't have differential unemployment.

Labor costs can, for the most part, be passed on to consumers, the only party really affected by the minimum wage, and not much at that. Pretending that it's deeply meaningful in an economy that is 40% underground is also silly.


Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:06 | 3239696 AnAnonymous
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No words count on the middle class?

The middle class, the middle class, the middle class.

Poors are only good if they try to turn into middle class.

The rich have to submit to the middle class.

Middle class, middle class, middle class, middle class.

'Americanism' is the reign of the middle class.

And the fine 'american' servant known as Obama stated that once again.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:08 | 3239697 AnAnonymous
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The US is destined to centralize all the consumption in the world.

Tough news for the 'american' middle class outside the US as they are being pushed under the train so that the US american middle class can thrive. Hello Japan, hello Europe, welcome to an 'american' world, welcome to a US world order.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:10 | 3239699 AnAnonymous
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One point left aside: the big O hinted again at the next stage of blobbing up as performed by 'americans'

The merge between Europe and North America.

'Americans' are currently working on it so expect this to become more pressing in 50 years or so.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:35 | 3239706 Karl von Bahnhof
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I read:

"congress need tax"  yeah

"children just must work"  ok, now we get somewhere

"change country time"  to what?

"reduce people education"  done already

"parties tonight million ways government"  can imagine that

So far for SOTU.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:33 | 3239708 IridiumRebel
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Federal Reserve was never mentioned....I wonder why...

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:35 | 3239711 lakecity55
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Forward Soviet!

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:57 | 3239723 steveo77
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What a  fucking socialist fucking asshole

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 04:59 | 3239724 steveo77
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We weren't born into slavery for a socialist agenda.    We weren't built for it.


We are tired of your shit Mr president.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 05:57 | 3239752 Sudden Debt
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Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.





Wed, 02/13/2013 - 06:54 | 3239771 Bicycle Repairman
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If Obama had a son, he would look like Droner.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:52 | 3239796 smacker
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"Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned."


Lol. So it's not *too many guns* that Obama's concerned about, but WHO has them. And it's fine by him when it's agencies of the State.

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 10:07 | 3240023 GMadScientist
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File under "neither fast nor furious".

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:52 | 3239797 GCT
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Spend spend and lie nothing new here.  Thanks ZH for posting the transcripts I could not suffer through his bullshit. 

The only thing this adminstration wants is more taxes from us working stiffs and the rich.  Raise the minimum wage is a joke.  There is no such thing as a living wage.  I know I will get junked for stating it.  Why not raise the minimum wage to 20 bucks an hour!  LOL

As more and more college grads realize their degree in political science and other useless degrees are basically worthless, more and more will be flipping burgers at McD's.  Oh and they pay 11 bucks an hour where I live. 

My neice was majoring in Spanish.  I sat her down and told her I could hire an illegal to translate for alot less money.  Her parents were livid.  She came by last month and is now majoring in advanced mathmetics.  Her parents will still not speak to me.  She got it and that was all that mattered.   

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