Obama on Republicans and Economy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON, 11/22/11 --

President Barack Obama says the end of the Iraq war and action in Libya show U.S. international leadership but the greatest challenge lies within the United States.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Libya and
Iraq are powerful reminders of America's renewed leadership in the

But he says the "greatest challenge as a nation" is rebuilding a weak economy and creating jobs -- with the "same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight."

In the Republicans' weekly message, North Carolina Sen. Richard
Burr, R-N.C., bemoaned 32 consecutive months with unemployment
above 8 percent.

Burr urged action on a Republican alternative to Obama's rejected $447 billion jobs bill.

Burr says people are hurting and the economy is in "grave danger."

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    The Dems took over control of Congress in January of 2006.
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      by Gerry on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM in reply to
      This post is spam and is completely wrong. How difficult is it to check something like this? Dems took control of both chambers in Jan of 2007.
  • by Just Telling U Location: Trailer County on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Puh-Leez, Tea baggies Yall really should stop repeating Fox/Fixed News buzz line. Stop listening to Beck,Rush, and Koch b/c it is making y'all appear to be as silly and senseless as those y'all criticize. The simple two two of it is that republicans can not do their jobs/congressional duties. The proof is repeating deregulation and tax breaks have failed to produce jobs, but thats all republicans have to offer.They scream less tax and smaller government and yet they produce neither. This is no longer a debate it is now a joke. At least the president is up everyday at work looking for answers and trying to solve the average American's problems while the republicans are pledging their support to Grover, give me a break. This kind of leadership is the reason only 37% of Republican voters are backing the RNC nomoninee Cain/Mitt. Democrats and Independents are laughing all the way to 2012. The Joke is on you.
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      by tom on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:43 AM in reply to Just Telling U
      When you quit listening to Oprah, Michael Moore, Jon Stewart, Bono, and Biden.....
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      by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to Just Telling U
      So what are you advocating? More taxes and regulation? What I hear from the business side is regulations are doing the most harm to businesses. With the economy stalled and the increasing regulatory stance, businesses are hunkering down and saying we'll remain status quo until the gov't gets their act together (or implodes).
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        by Just Telling U on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to Jack
        All I am saying is...It doesn't work if the same old same "old trickle down" and government concessions to businesses had worked (30 years) by now we should be up to our fannies in jobs and economic prosparity but REALITY is 25 million workers out of work and business cries more more more and boy do republicans listen. Silly rabbits. @ Tom I am so sorry to hear I did not make your list. And so what are you saying to heck with America(n)(s) I blindly support the rich and I signed up to Grover to prove it? Really?
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          by Jack on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to Just Telling U
          You're still complaining about what might not have worked, but not telling us what you think will work. I specifically discussed regulation, and our need to get gov't out of the regulatory business. Also need to get a balanced budget. Don't think I've really seen either of those come into play for a long term test. I do NOT, though, think that the current course of more taxes, or more regulation, is going to solve our problems. But I will say that if the gov't would STOP tinkering, even if we just freeze everything as it is now, and give businesses time to adjust (the mark keeps changing and businesses have decided to clam up until the dust settles), then we might see some forward progress in the economy over the next 3-5 years. Sorry, no quick fix, unless a lot of roll backs occur. But even then, too afraid that the rules will change again during the next session.
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      by Jack on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to Just Telling U
      Wait a minute, I see your comment that the President is up everyday working to solve the average American's problems. I don't think I see that. I see the President throwing out his own ideas that, in the short term might get him re-elected, and in the long term will probably be bad for Americans. He needs to stop traveling and sit down with the leaders in Congress (both groups) and let everyone start throwing out ideas. When faced with the borrowing cap in July, that's what they were doing. That's what they need to be doing now. Not traveling around and throwing out their own ideas. And it's not just the President, most of the recognized names in the Congress love to get their 15 min of fame. Quit preening for the masses and lock yourselves in a room to discuss the issues and work out some solutions. Vote ideas up or down, rather than debate them to death and use legal tactics to stall the vote. But force our reps to Vote on issues so we can see what they're doing and we'll the re-elect them or recall then based on their actions, not their preening.
  • by Anon on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Agree with the post regarding the Obama trolls. You can smell a nasty non-working fleabagger a mile away.
  • by Badger on Oct 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    Conservatives and their tea party ilk are mindless zombies, caring for nothing so much as themselves. They cloak their distopia in ideological terms that appeal only to other mindless zombies. They are a collective evil set to destroy the American way of life.
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      by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:19 AM in reply to Badger
      I thought the American way of life WAS to care for ourselves? I take care of myself and expect others to take care of themselves. I can then choose, of my own free will, to help others as I can. That is my understanding of the American way of life. So if my caring from myself is evil, what is the American way of life that you support, that is being corrupted by conservatives and tea party people?
  • by mc on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Gerry you still did not answer the questions. Do you believe in that President Obama and what the Democrats are doing to the economy is a good thing ? It must be hard to be as brilliant as you think you are.
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      by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM in reply to mc
      I believe what the republicans is doing to our economy is a worse thing!! Is it easy to be a republican tea party puppet??
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        by Keep The Change! on Oct 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM in reply to conservative democrat
        what the republicans is doing to our economy? What is you doing to english? When the day comes that all of you stupid Obumbum worshipers wake-up in a communist society only then will see the error of your ways.
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        by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:19 PM in reply to conservative democrat
        @ c.democrat, you want a larger Govt. because you work for the Govt. The Tea Party wants less Govt. waste, intervention, and taxes. WOW you are REALLY upset at those policies. How is that bad for America and the economy? All you do is criticize but never explain why you have that point of view. GO TEA PARTY
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        by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:06 AM in reply to conservative democrat
        Conservative Fleabagger.
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        by tom on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to conservative democrat
        I believe they are both doing damage. When America had little government and low taxes we thrived, as both parties have added layers of laws, regulations and taxes we have gone in debt with our federal budget and our trade budget. Communist China opened up a free trade zone with little regulation and little government and they have been riding the tiger around the world. Democrats and Republicans are the problem. Just see where Obama hired a big bank lobbyist to run his campaign.
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          by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to tom
          I like Tom's thinking
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:09 AM
    Federal Government interference in the form of loose lending laws, requiring loans to people bankers KNEW couldn't make the payments and wouldn't have made otherwise, caused the housing implosion. And guess what? Now that has been stopped, loans are hard to get, and the Feds are wanting to loosen the rules AGAIN! When will these idiots learn? Not even four years from the same policies failing catastrophically and they want to repeat it.
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      by Gerry on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:22 AM in reply to Georgia Boy
      I think you are describing subprime mortgages. Correct me if I'm wrong. How did subprime mortgages result in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the collapse and sale to JP Morgan Chase (for $10 per share, after a 52-week high of $133.20) ) of Bear Stearns? Both events took place in 2008.
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        by Jack on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:13 AM in reply to Gerry
        I have read the book ' The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine' by Michael Lewis (who also wrote 'The Blind Side'). Non-fiction book about the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000's. Somewhat over my head, but interesting reading. Amazing what people will do for money (the big bankers) and power (the congressional leaders). Limit the power of the congressional leaders and the economy will control the bankers.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM
    Love all the Obama trolls who post here as "conservatives". You Flea Partiers are fooling nobody. Now take a shower, shave and go find your first job. You can do it!!!
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      by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to Anonymous
      us "conservatives have a job, you tea party republicans stop drinking the tea and wake up!! open your eyes and see the truth, tea party republicans are only for the rich and big corporations!!
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        by Moishe on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to conservative democrat
        "Conservative Democrat", is an oxymoron.
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          by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM in reply to Moishe
          tae party republicans are blind puppets!!
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          by tom on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Moishe
          any real conservative believes in self and small limited government. any democrat believes in giving the government all their money and letting the government make their education, health, and retirement decisions. Now, who thinks for themselves.
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        by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:28 AM in reply to conservative democrat
        @ conservative democrat Have you even met someone who agrees with the Tea Party or who attended the rally in Tall.? You are obsessed with that movement and you don't even know one person who is apart of it. They are YOUR neighbors. Why do you keep saying lies? Do you even care that they are personal insults and complete lies? Your a piece of work...
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          by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to Reagan Republican
          yes they are my neighbors just like you, but the tea party movement says they are far the people but when it comes down to it the only people they are for is big business, and oil companies they have destryed America. THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!!
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          by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM in reply to Reagan Republican
          why is it when the tea party rallies, its all good, but when ocuppy wall street rallies oh, they need to go to work, get a job it's all negative. to all you republicans corporations are reporting record profits, BUT WHY ARE THEY NOT HIREING?? as for Bush's trickle down economic's, how much trickled down to you??? But you complain and talk about President Obama, Wow, congress fights him tooth and nail!! you people continue to vote crooks like Rick Scott in office then complain when he lays you off!! WoW!! My statements are not insults sorry you took it that way but the truth hurts!!
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          by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to Reagan Republican
          @ democrat: You are the biggest liar about the Tea Party and I not going to let you get away with your deceptions. That is the Truth... I don't know where you come up with big business and oil??? That is lunacy!
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          by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:32 AM in reply to Reagan Republican
          @ democrat - The Tea Party rallies generally last a few hours, or maybe all day. Then they disband and go back to wherever. Some of the Occupy groups participate in these same type of rallies, which is great. The more noticeable events, like Wall Street, have been going on now for weeks. Don't they have a life that they need to tend to? How long does it take to make your point? As for business making 'record' profits, that's what they're in the business to do. Are you suggesting that we cap their profits to say 5%? Why that's twice as much as the big oil companies make. As for hiring, if the company can make the money with the workforce they currently have, why hire more people? Too many regulations to be concerned with. It's difficult enough to try and keep up with current regulations based on the workforce in place. There are new regulations coming that suggest it would be better to maintain our current workforce as is, rather than hire new people and get muddled up with meeting all the requirements.
  • by NOMOREOBAMA on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    Over these past years, have made me sick to my stomach! Before Obama took office, I would have never thought, that our country would be at the current situation today! I have lost most of my life savings in the market and was making more money in my younger years with no college education! I get my education, 3 years ago and I can't find work! Where is the CHANGE, but the NEGATIVE! I had to deal with all of the young college kids cheering, when this idiot made office! I bet you feel the change NOW, no jobs, more debt and nothing positive has been made for AMERICA! Only Billions of dollars wasted and given to other countries. After a few moves, pulling out soldiers from Iraq and wasting over 1 billion dollars for Libya! Obama's own party has blocked his job bill and you think that this idiot should be our President for another term? Vote on stupid liberals and free riders! You keep on voting for this idiot and the United States will loose the role as the Head Hegemony! China will take over and Communism will replace our structure! Of course most liberals will deny this because they are too stupid to even know the United Nation structure, or the course how things are going!!!!!!!!!
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      by Tallynole on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to NOMOREOBAMA
      Wow... Drink a little more of that Tea...
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        by tom on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:49 AM in reply to Tallynole
        Tea baggers or Flea baggers?
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      by Gerry on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:05 PM in reply to NOMOREOBAMA
      There are 2 posts on this page that explain that Senate Dems can't prevent unified Republican Senators from filibustering legislation. 60 votes are needed to invoke cloture, i.e., kill a filibuster. So 41 Republicans can keep a filibuster going. The vote on cloture was 50 to 50 with ALL 47 Republicans against cloture. Obama's jobs bill never received an up or down vote. An up or down vote was prevented by a Republican filibuster.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:39 PM in reply to Gerry
        Some things don't deserve an up or down vote.
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          by Gerry on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:16 PM in reply to
          It was not Democrats who killed Obama's jobs bill. It was united, obstructionist Senate Republicans.
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          by Jack on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:16 AM in reply to
          I think all legitimate bills should be voted on. And a bill presented by the President should be legitimate, regardless of how you or I feel about it. The nation elected him or her to lead and they need to have their guidance voted on.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:26 PM in reply to Gerry
        What about the last 3 years with no budget and the senate will not even allow a vote on any budget from the house. When will the country again have a budget and not just voting for stopgap measures to keep running. As long as the senate will not allow a vote on a budget, you really do not know how much money they are wanting to spend.
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          by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to
          Obama has signed every continuing resolution,. Why doesn't he require a real budget? How can we cut the budget if there is no budget? obama should not sign any bill until the budget is on his desk
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        by God Bless America on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to Gerry
        I'm speaking for Gerry....Gerry to Obama...!Quit.
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          by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to God Bless America
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      by Larry on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:37 PM in reply to NOMOREOBAMA
      You can thank the previous president for all your troubles my friend. We were already in the ditch when Obama was sworn in. The damage was already severely done. Direct your sorrow and whining to the correct source and be thankful that somebody other than the former old guard is trying to fix things.
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        by Reagan Republican on Oct 23, 2011 at 09:01 PM in reply to Larry
        @ Larry Are you seriously STILL blaming all of the current problems with our Govt. and the poor economy on Pres. Bush? The housing market collapse in 2008 was the main reason the economy took a downward spiral. The banks were required to lower their home loan standards to approve loans to buyers, who in the past, would have NEVER been approved for a home loan. These home buyers could not afford to put $1 down much less pay the high mortgage payment, property taxes, home insurance, maintenance, etc. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed up these loans from the banks and the ditch was inevitable. Prior to 2008, Legislation was blocked to curtail the sub-prime loans and the ditch was inevitable. Pres. Obama has made the economy exponentially worse with further bail outs, Obamacare, $4 Trillion economic policies, and now the divide the country to win at any cost rhetoric.
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          by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 09:29 PM in reply to Reagan Republican
          Pretty sure that Obama was sworn into office in 2009 after the 2008 election. Thanks for proving it was all Bush's fault.
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          by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to Reagan Republican
          @ Anonymous You can't even comprehend my post because all you want to do is point fingers a ONE man. Pres. Obama was in the Senate during this time period and was apart of the problem along with others. Wake up you sheep.....
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        by One Shot,One Kill on Oct 24, 2011 at 01:03 PM in reply to Larry
        Obumbum had the Senate and House for his first two years. He got his useless **** passed and it failed. President Bush spent four trillion in eight years,Odumdum,less than three years for the same amount. People like you make good poster kids for birth control.
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          by Gerry on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:28 PM in reply to One Shot,One Kill
          This is a very foolish post. The debt increased $4.9 trillion in Bush's 8 years. That means that spending was at least $4.9 trillion in those 8 years. Good spam.
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          by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:25 PM in reply to One Shot,One Kill
          @ Gerry Why did you leave out the mathematical facts on the national debt? The national debt increased approximately $5 Trillion during the eight years of Pres. Bush's presidency. The national debt has increased approximately $4 Trillion (and counting) during Pres. Obama's presidency.
  • by jr Location: la on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    4 more years of obamaand america will be destroyed
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      by Rush L. on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:38 PM in reply to jr
      Glad you're taking what I say hook, line, and sinker! Sucker! Let me continue to do the thinking for you. LOL
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        by Reagan Republican on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to Rush L.
        @ Rush L. Why don't you post your point of view on the important issues of today instead of posting sarcasm. Sarcasm is pointless to your cause. Whatever that is.....
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      by conservative democat on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to jr
      4 years of a republican president and china will own us, they are selling us out!!!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to conservative democat
        Stop listening to the media. China isn't even a largest debt holder, our entitlement system is!
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          by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to
          Wow you really need to lay off the tea!!
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          by Reagan Republican on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:33 PM in reply to
          @ c. democrat The word tea in the Tea Party movement is an acronym for "taxed enough already."
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          by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to
          that is why our national debt is actually 80 to 100 Trillion in the hold. All the money you paid into Social Security and Medicare has already been spent on wars, medicaid, the dept of ed and the dept of energy. You have have a big pile of IOU's to the tune of 80 trillion dollars. Feel better?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    community reinvestment act......lowered standards for loans....financed by the Federal Reserve....abused by lenders and lendees.......not one ceo prosecuted despite lying about aaa mortgages.....taxpayers foot the bill....bankers got bonuses on way up due to fraud and way down due to bailouts.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to
      and the democratin congress was told 5 years ago that fannie mae and freddie mac was in trouble and needed to have something done, but wouldn't do anything. this could have been taken care of a long time ago, and I think it was Bush that told them where it was heading and no one listened because they wanted to play politics instead of doing their jobs.
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        by Gerry on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to
        Good post. Except that 5 years ago in 2006 both chambers of Congress were controlled by Republicans and Bush was Prez. You don't know what you are talking about. When did the housing bubble burst? When did the subprime mortgage business collapse?
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        by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:41 AM in reply to
        It was in 02 and in 05, Frank with the backing of Dodd, said that no oversight was needed.
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          by Gerry on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:49 AM in reply to
          @ Anonymous You are silly. How much power does Barney Frank have right this minute with a Democratic Prez? He has the power to vote "no" on ridiculous Republican proposals. He is in the minority. You don't know how the House works today and don't know how the House worked in 2002 and 2005. The minority gets steamrolled in the House. Plus there was a Republican Prez in 2002 and 2005. I hear your ideology but no facts. It is simply not credible. Keep thinking or rather, start thinking.
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