Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace falsely claimed Democrats had a 60-vote Senate majority for the first 2 years of Barack Obama's presidency.
"For the first 2 years he had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate," Wallace told LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, making the case that Obama has only himself to blame for his poor economic record.
In fact, Democrats had a 60-vote majority for less than 5 months between Sept. 24, 2009 and Feb. 4, 2010. Before and after, Republicans had enough seats to mount filibusters, which they often did.
It tells me that the President was set up from the start..when he sat at his desk he had 2 unpaid wars, we were losing thousands of jobs daily, a congress that set him up and he still managed to add jobs daily, take out terrorist and the economy and housing market is turning around. Why would we go back to the failed policies that put us in this mess?
He accomplished a lot while fighting the right. Imagine what he will do when he has the house and the senate...You may want to look at the latest polls...The Republicans are going to lose those seats and the Democrats will have control of the house and the senate...
Sebekm- The proof is in the pudding....He's ahead in the polls and will win a 2nd term despite the lies, voter suppression and so called failed economy ( republicans failed the economy) I call that "Savvy" :)
@ Sebekm...I'm glad to be back..I'm passionate about my belief too... so I understand. The debate/dialogue is great (no mud)..Glad to be here.
I agree with Politics that Obama will be re-elected but by a narrow margin. He will get the electorial votes not the popular vote. I think Obama is a decent guy, loving father and husband. A man who does not like to miss more than two dinners a week with his family. That is great BUT we need someone in office willing to put in the long hard hours. Someone who doesn't care if everyone thinks he's a nice guy or not.
I understand. However, he's a great leader and he cares about the 47%..that's why he ALSO pushed health care reform...He had no idea every bill that was put fourth by his administration would be shot down...if he knew those men were meeting to plan his demise..He was blind sided...He had no Idea the Right would hurt the country because of their hate for him. They voted against bills that would have provided millions of jobs (manufacturing jobs)..The right set America back...
Please stop repeating the lie about the 47%, you lose crediablity when you do. Even if what you say about the right is true, which I do not beleive it is, he still has to find a way to make it work. That's his job. I haven't seen any benefits to his healthcare plan but the fact it is driving up the cost of healthcare making it even more out of reach.
@up2-The 47% issue isn't a lie...He said -that he didn't care about the 47%. I listened to the tape and that's my conclusion. If I lose creditability with you- that's okay. I want back down on that. However, I do acknowledge that what he said could be viewed several ways -It's like Obama's gaff "you didn't build that"...People viewed it several ways good and bad.
He said he didn't care about their vote not he didn't care about them. I like things to be accurate. If someone posted here and was twisting what BHO said or talking birther nonsense I would just as strongly defend him.
Politics, during the healthcare process in 2009 can you tell me why none of these ideas introduced by Tom Price wasn’t implemented into the healthcare legislation. President Obama said he would reach across party lines and the Republicans attempted to do so; however Nancy Pelosi sent this legislation to committee without going to the floor for a vote?
The actual truth is that BHO isn’t a LEADER and didn’t triangulate the best ideas of both parties to promote prosperity in America like JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton!
Healthy discussion of our political system.
There are two parties represented in our Congress and they (on both sides) often get caught up in the battle to stop the other side from achieving a particular goal.
They fail to work together due to their respective leadership and that leaderships ability (or lack thereof) to actually work with others for the common good of the nation.
George Washington warned us about this in his farewell address.
"The actual truth is that BHO isn't a LEADER and didn't triangulate the best ideas of both parties to promote prosperity in America like JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton!"
President Obama is a gifted public speaker but apparently that is about all there is to him.
He was too young and held too little experience especially in the real world of capitalism.
His complete history of employment has been in public service.
Free enterprise is what made this country prosperous and what derives the revenue to sustain the government.
President Obama is a socialist and his disdain for self made people who have earned their wealth in our free enterprise system has been his downfall.
I do not want to minimize the dialoge but...It seems some of us feel that the failed last four years is not "his fault" When someone is in any type of leadership position, they accept the good and bad of what occurs on thier watch. We for some reason are giving the obamonator a get out of jail free card in this regard. I ask why. As for the 47% statement, Romney did not say he did not care, only that he cannot focus on a percentile that is swayed by entitlments. Of course we all have our interpretation; However, four years of the worst economic crisis since the depression should be easy to comprehend, and act.
The question "are we better off than 4 years ago" is indeed foolish. A more intelligent question would be based on the economic reality of the time. The recession had great momentum and a very strong downward trajectory. All of the factors were going south fast. The Republican side of the aisle openly worked to prevent progress – as they stated in their "only goal". A better question might be "Given the worst recession of 30 years was it even possible completely recover when Republicans obstructed all progress?". Could any coach win a championship with half of the team actually trying to lose?
IKY, please name one Major Legislation Bill that the Republicans stopped in 2009 and 2010; for Christs sake Obamacare passed without Constitutional Muster and even though there wasn't a filibuster proof Senate the whole two years it still can't be regarded as half the team with a minimum of 55 Senators and 255 Congress Persons. Thats 310 of a possible total of 535, that's not half.
@sebekm- you seem to focus a great deal on your perception that the President was unable to persuade congress and lead lead..What about Mitt? He would rather write 47% off than work for their vote..He should work to change their minds, get them on board, compromise and bring the 47% and the 53% together...
@sebekm..."This election is not a referendum on Romney ability to lead"?! Romney ability to lead is key...What career?? Making money off shutting down plants and taking employees 401K and other benefits...sending their jobs over-seas...He didn't create one job...he took jobs that were already created and sold/outsourced them... Please watch video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhQlnx...