In Case You Missed It Yesterday, Watch President Obama School House Republicans in a 68 Minute, Televised Q&A

While this type of Q&A happens frequently in England, it never occurs here (C-SPAN used to run it every Sunday night from the House of Commons).  President Obama took 68 minutes worth of questions from House Republicans and it was televised.  It got so bad for Republicans that they later told reporters that it was a big mistake to “let the cameras in”.  Furthermore, instead of televising the end of this bloodbath, FoxNews cut away with 22 minutes left.

These 68 minutes show how out of touch with facts and reality Republicans really are. The last question, from a so-called rising start, Jeb Henserling, who sits on the Budget Committee accused, Obama of running $1.3 trillion deficits A MONTH. A MONTH!! I do not know if he knows how to add, but that would be a yearly deficit of $15.6 trillion, which is more than our national debt. As Senator Moynihan (I think) used to say: you are entitled to your opinions but not your own facts. This forum was great for the President because he got to confront his opponents at the same time they made they ridiculous charges. If they are dumb enough to agree to it, Obama should do this more often.

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2 Responses to “In Case You Missed It Yesterday, Watch President Obama School House Republicans in a 68 Minute, Televised Q&A”

  1. bassackwards Says:

    Don’t blame the republicans…

    It’s not Obama vs. republicans. It’s Obama’s progressives vs. the democrats. Technically, Obama and the dems OWN everything and can pass ANYTHING they want.

    Obama is a progressive. Not all dems are progressives. That’s Obama’s problem. He can’t get Democrats on board with his progressive counterparts that claim to be democrats. Thankfully there are still Democrats that believe in the Constitution as it is written, not in the way progressives want to rewrite it.

    Obama and his progressive ilk think originalists are a pain in the you know what. Thankfully, there are still enough democrats that stand on the side of the founding fathers, not on the side of the intellectual elitists who think the masses are just too plain stupid to know what’s good for them.

  2. mschonholz Says:

    I would completely agree with you if the Senate functioned and had the same rules as the House. There, the Democrats have passed comprehensive health care reform, financial regulation and cap and trade. The House Dems have been able to do all of that, even with blue dogs and conservatives in their caucus because the house functions like a democracy–majority rules. In the Senate, as I have said previously (see http://wp.me/ptnGW-6r), you need 60 votes to get anything done. Therefore, because the Democrats do not control 60 seats, and I argue never controlled it because I never viewed Benedict Lieberman as a Democrat (only a Democrat for purposes of retaining his chairmanship), they can’t get anything done they want.

    And the Democrats who are obstructing are not doing so because of Originanalism. They are doing so for their own political survival or at least that is what they think. There is no shred of evidence that Evan Bayh, Blanche Lincoln or Lieberman, to name a few, are opposing health care because they believe it exceeds the Congress’ tax and spend or Commerce Clause power. They are opposing it because powerful interests in their states oppose it. Just look at Lieberman who comes from a state that is home of numerous health insurance companies.

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