Let's dine: Obama launches GOP charm offensive in hopes of winning backing for big budget deal

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 8:38 PM
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notforwardMar. 6, 13 8:55 AM

After the scare tactics from team Obama regarding the sequester (air traffic controllers, police, teachers, TSA, etc.), I think it would be appropriate for the GOP to confront him on pledging 60 million dollars to Syrian opposition and 250 million dollars to Egypt in the last 10 days. It's our tax dollars, and I think we deserve answers and justification from the most "transparent" administration per team Obama.

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ruphinaMar. 6, 13 9:29 AM

What we need is an across-the-board firing of 10% of the management personnel in every department in the government of those making more than $100k. THEN start looking at cutting real services. Bill G.

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Mrs.JackJonesMar. 6, 13 9:33 AM

I guess the weather is keeping Obama in D.C. Otherwise he would be out campaigning and spending $40,000 per mile. I would say it is about time he "lowered" himself to talk to the GOP.

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fishstixMar. 6, 13 9:48 AM

good lord-it's taken this president 5 years to go talk to the republicans. this fact will haunt his legacy for years to come-but thank goodness he finally has-and let's hope the country benefits from it.

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nudaveMar. 6, 1310:46 AM

At some point, Barry has to get off the tax and spend bandwagon. "A new report from the Tax Policy Center found the nation's wealthiest families are paying among the highest federal tax rates in nearly 30 years."

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fisherboyMar. 6, 1312:11 PM

So as Mr. President reaches across the aisle make sure you see both hands. Otherwise be prepared to feel a sharp pain in the back. Or more to the point... take the free meal and exchange pleasantries.

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tranqwhlMar. 6, 1312:18 PM

Wow, AFTER the sequester, he stops talking to the media, and actually talks to the people he should have been "reaching across the aisle" to. Mayhap he should have tried this a long time ago...?

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avejoeconMar. 6, 1312:21 PM

Two interesting facts came out today. 1-When department heads ask about flexibility in making cuts in their department, they were told NOT TO CONTRADICT the message that Obama is putting out about how painful these cuts will be. In other words, they are to make them as painful as possible. 2-Obama has stated that his goal is to get as many republicans out of congress as he can so in his last 2 years, he can pass whatever he wants. VERY TELLING!

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mylittleidMar. 6, 1312:32 PM

nudave - The report you cite shows the tax rates for the top 20% have risen slightly. But if you look at the tax rates for the top 1% and the top 10%, they have fallen significantly in the same time period. Besides tax rates for the wealthy, you also need to consider the fact that income for the wealthy has grown significantly. Average after-tax incomes for the top 1 percent of households more than doubled from 1979 to 2009, increasing by 155 percent, according to the CBO. Average incomes for those in the middle increased by just 32 percent during the same period while those at the bottom saw their incomes go up by 45 percent.

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supervon2Mar. 6, 1312:35 PM

The Quote of the Decade: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

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