GOP tells Obama to tone down attacks

No breakthroughs yet in closed-door meetings

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  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 15, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Does anyone know how many on food stamps are on drugs and use alcohol and how many have large screen TV's and cell phones and ipads? The answer to that would be very interesting. We must remember the informed words of Nancy Pelosi, "For every dollar we give in food stamps, $1.10 is returned to the government." So many swallowed that line.

  • happy2bhere LAYTON, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    I'll bet there would have been no "charm offensive" from Obama if the polls had stayed in his favor after his chicken little sequester rant. I am beginning to think that one of the biggest obstacles to politicians getting anything done is the polls which seem to come out daily. They look at those things and decide what they have to do to stay in favor with the public. How can anyone govern when they are always looking over their shoulder in fear that what they do will be poorly received by some constituency. In earlier times politicians went ahead and made policy decisions and waited for public reaction at the ballot box. Now they seem to poll test and trial balloon everything before acting. I don't think it's working.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    If the President is complaining about the budgetary process, budgets are made to get people and government in line with the principles of learning to spend less than you earn to have a potential nest egg.

    When the President had both the Senate and House in his party, he still didn't pass a budget with them. He was too worried about his social agenda of Obamacare that wasn't going to spend a dime more than what we already had. His Speaker of the House said to pass the bill and get it off their backs and then read it later. They found out that it would cost more, way more and now a budget will probably never work as they promised the people more than they could afford. However, if you don't pass a budget or take appropriate actions on a budget for the next 3 years and blame the Republicans, then there is time to get elected, again. He is still running a campaign for someone for the next 3 years and not Govern. In 1972, McGovern didn't get the opportunity to govern and must have shown little kid Obama how to do the same.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 15, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Our President is an event organizer. I wake up every day wondering what event he will organize today. He never disappoints on that point. But one day, I truly hope he decides to be a President. Then we will have news!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 15, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Barack Obama's sincerity level meeting with the GOP on a scale of one to ten is about... oh I would say a 1. The man is a circus act and nothing more. One week he is calling the GOP the devil over his sequestration side show and then next he is ready to kiss and make up once he finds out the public didn't buy into his sequestration doomsday nonsense. I listened to Mike Lee talk about his 'brief' visit with Barack and it was all that Mike could do to hold back laughing. Barack is a non-serious man playing a cheap brand of Chicago politics and he thinks that the low information American public will swallow his side shows. The sad truth is many low info American's do.

  • nhsaint PETERBOROUGH, NH
    March 15, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Regarding the following: "A record 46.7 million Americans -- or roughly one in five adults -- used food stamps in June,2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported." Facts about food stamp usage can be found on the FDA website.

    Roughly half of those receiving food stamps today have two working partners- this cohort has doubled since the year 2000. And it is important to note that not all those who receive food stamps qualify for the same amount of eligibility. Just an extra $50 per month is what those 'working poor' typically get, and it just helps to keep milk in the refrigerator for their children. The proportion of recipients getting full food stamp benefits is actually less than half.

    We have a crisis in our country where working people can no longer expect to feed their families, even with both parents fully employed. This crisis is about far more than the fact that so many are using food stamps. The number of food stamps recipients is a symptom, it is not the issue. Our government is filled with individuals who do not represent Americans' best interests. They represent the world's money machine, because they are spawned therefrom.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 15, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Both sides need to cool their jets. The speaking over one another is rude and insulting. Compromise, and the nation might actually get up and going again.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    March 15, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    How can it be reported that the president is conducting a "charm offensive" one day, and then "attacking" GOP members of Congress the very next day? It's enough to cause whiplash.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    @ Furry The President is working for the welfare of ALL the people in the United States.

    Close but no cigar. The President is working to have ALL the people on welfare. And he is doing a great job. A record 46.7 million Americans -- or roughly one in five adults -- used food stamps in June,2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported.

    Food stamp use has spiked 51 percent since October 2008. Go Bama Go!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    One downside of the recession is the fear and anxiety that it caused for a lot of people that were in the process of buying homes and property. That is what had driven people for decades from generation to generation to have private property. Our country is different than all the others as we can still own property, not just the rich and powerful. The ownership means that a person buys into the process and not just a mentality that it is someone else's property. The ownership is an important issue for people that feel empowered to do something about what they own. They take care of it, usually, and take pride in it. They don't want for the leaking pipe to ruin all the floors, cabinets and carpets. They fix the leaking pipe, roof, windows, doors, and siding. They keep up the yard to make their house be a place for their children and grandchildren to enjoy and are welcomed there.

    We lived in Illinois side where public housing was developed for 1000s of families. They had the niceties that went with apartment dwelling, even elevators to get to the higher apartments. Now torn apart and down.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    March 15, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Furry 1993
    Thanks for the laugh. For ALL People? unless making over $250K, right?(except my taxes went up and I don't make anywhere near $250K) Oh but they can afford it though. That is not the point.

    "Property is the fruit of is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
    -Abraham Lincoln

  • happy2bhere LAYTON, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Re: Furry1993

    What your comment tells me is that you are only getting one side of the debate. If you would watch or listen to conservative media as well as liberal media you would see as I do that attacks come equally from both sides. Obama and the Democrats are far from innocent in this debate. I see Obama and his people often running down people like Boehner, Ryan, Fox News, ect. But liberal media never shows you that. They only show the attacks from the right.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    There you go again,
    the GOP has actually formulated plans, passed bills and budgets (at least in the house) and put forth other proposals. BO has done bothing but sit back and throw barbs. Nothing.

    'Politics ain't beanbag,'" the president said.

    Yes, BO, but there comes a time when the politics stop and you govern. You have yet to learn that, and I doubt you ever will.

    your comment that he's working for the welfare of all the people. How FUNNY!! Thanks, I needed a good laugh to start my day!

    You do know that he has issued executive orders that effectively discriminate against older people, whites, and straight males, don't you. but I guess in the leftist view of the world, that is not only OK, but highly desirable.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    The President must still be running a campaign for something as he tries to bully all the Republicans to think as he does, which would be a significant job. Missouri is not the best example of talking to people of Utah as they just got rid of the extermination order in 1978. The President has his philosophy deep into the Chicago type politics and people in Chicago have existed for a long time with that machine in power.

    The President forgets on the budget process that when he controlled both House and Senate he didn't put out a budget then either. His Obamacare was too vital and was figuring into the budget process so he didn't want people to see what the real costs were going to be. Remember, pass it and then read it was the Speaker of the House words to her members. The Senate also gave into the President's tactics of bullying the legislative process, even within his own party. Some of those elected legislators found out their districts and states were not happy with them in 2010 elections. However, his processes blame the Tea-Party and Republicans for those falls instead of his healthcare.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    The Repubicans are the ones who need to tone down their attacks. The President is working for the welfare of ALL the people in the United States, and to strengthen the United States as a whole. The Republicans are playing politics to satisfy their puppet masters and benefit the top 1%. As a Republican, I find what my party is doing to be reprehensible.

    Sen. Carl Schurz (R-Missouri, 1869-75) said "My country, right or wrong. When right,
    keep it right; when wrong, put it right." I am now applying that sound advice to my political party and trying to make it better. That means taking it away from the puppet masters who are driving it now.

    It is time for the far right wing Rpublicans to start working for the good of the country. They sure aren't doing that now. And that's sad -- they could be so much better, and do so much more good for everyone, than they are now.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    And the gop has toned down their attacks?