FIAF – Tour Bus Edition
Obama’s taking a brave, tax-payer funded bus tour to campaign for re-election discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and accelerate hiring. He’s going out to talk to the people – to “hear directly from Americans.” The tour is hitting Minnesota and Iowa – both with have unemployment rates below 7% and Illinois.
Illinois has also had unemployment above 9% — but it is Obama’s home state, and he carried it with nearly 62% of the vote in 2008 against John McCain.
Obama also carried Iowa and Minnesota fairly easily three years ago, winning 53.7% in Iowa and 54.1% in Minnesota.
So, from the safety of home turf and better states with economic conditions, our brave little soldier is facing everyday Americans. The “theme” of the trip is “Putting Americans Back to Work” although I think the primary job is to ensure Obama has work after the 2012 elections.
The tour is planned for August 15 through August 17. The tour will visit swing states, those identified by the MSM as states Obama must win if he is to be re-elected. The presidential bus tour will be paid for by the taxpayers. Obama will start the tour by talking about jobs and the economy. “He is very happily getting out into the country again after a very sustained period here in Washington and he looks forward to talking to folks about growing the economy, creating jobs,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
He looks forward to talking to folks? I doubt that. Unless, of course, we’re talking about pre-screened, Obama supporters. He never gets enough of talking to those folks.
He’s skipping Michigan, but he was here yesterday. A bit from his speech:
Think about it: When things are tight you cut out those things you cannot afford, even if it’s tough, to pay for the things that really matter. You don’t cut out the college fund for your kids. uh, yes you do. If you don’t have the money, you pay for your home and food first. You stop maybe going out as often. ass, you stop going out completely You don’t stop taking care of your parent who needs care. But perhaps you attempt to take care of your parent a bit more cheaply – instead of a visiting nurse, YOU go visit. Or you take your parent into your home. You cut back on some of the things that you don’t really need. The same principle applies to government. yea, sure. And by the way, in your own families, I’m assuming you don’t just keep all the stuff you like and tell your spouse, you got to get rid of all the stuff she likes or he likes. (Laughter.) Yea, well, if you’re wife likes getting her hair and nails done weekly, and YOU like to buy groceries … just perhaps you do just cut what “she like” . That wouldn’t work in my household. You don’t just cut out the stuff that’s important to you and — or keep all the stuff that’s important to you and cut out the stuff that’s important for your kids. Well, no see – I do cut what’s important to the kids, because they’re children and don’t have the sense to determine what’s really important The same is true for us as an American family.
We can’t ask the people in this room — working families, middle-class families — to bear the entire burden. who’s asking that, asshole? We’re not going to balance our budgets on the back of middle-class and working people in this country. Everybody has got to do their part. Oh, except the 50% that don’t pay any income tax and are a net-drain on our economy. Producing nothing, taking more than they can ever contribute (Applause.) Everybody has got to do their part. Everybody has got to chip in. That’s fair. You learn it in kindergarten. This guy has a funny definition of “everyone”. That’s what all this fuss was about in Washington: Are we going to deal with our deficit in a way that’s fair? And that means closing tax loopholes for billionaires before we cut college loans for young people. He keeps bringing this up as if the two are related – closing loopholes isn’t going to fund education. And why do all these kids – many of whom probably couldn’t give a reasonable account of how government works, or who fought on who’s side in WWII – need to go to college at the taxpayers expense? (Applause.) That means ending government subsidies for oil and gas companies that are doing very well before you cut health care for seniors. (Applause.) It means making sure that the biggest corporations pay their fair share in taxes before we gut the investments in technology and clean energy that made this factory a reality. how about you tell me what a “fair share is”? How about you tell me how much the folks from Johnson Controls are pocketing from this taxpayer funded green jobs bullshit
ba. Enough of that. Here’s some Smiths