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GOP: Obama "choking" America's economic growth
CBS ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Jake Miller

Posted on 08/31/2013 8:20:47 PM PDT by Innovative

Five years of the Obama presidency have produced nothing but economic "roadblocks" that inhibit growth and job creation, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., charged in the weekly Republican address on Saturday.

He accused the Obama administration of "choking the engines of our economy," singling out the health-care reform law, the administration's energy policy and the government's excessive taxing and spending as areas of particular concern.

Republicans have a better plan to "simplify the tax code" and "eliminate excessive regulations," Fitzpatrick said, touting a GOP jobs plan that would break down "the government roadblocks that are hurting our economy."

"People want Congress to focus on expanding opportunity instead of expanding the government," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 113th; abortion; bho44; bhoeconomy; carbontax; deathpanels; economy; energy; jobs; kenyanbornmuzzie; mikefitzpatrick; obama; obamacare; obamarecession; obamataxhike; obamataxhikes; opec; pennsylvania; zerocare
Republicans should make these points forcefully more often...
1 posted on 08/31/2013 8:20:47 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

“Obama “choking” America’s economic growth”

No.....Obama’s “choking” America.


2 posted on 08/31/2013 8:33:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Innovative

The problem is that Republican’s haven’t figured out how to fix it either. Obamacare is not helping but our economic was hurting before Obamacare.

The problem is that 40 years ago we lowered the import tariffs and they now average just 1%. Low wage countries are taking our jobs and industries. And we have all been taught protectionism was a bad thing. Even though the USA had tariffs of 15% or more it’s first 190 years.

And there are still several hundred million of Chinese waiting to come in from the fields and take a factory job.

America needs to raise the tariffs while we still have enough capital and know how to rebuild our industries.


3 posted on 08/31/2013 8:33:51 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Innovative
the boy isn't smart enough to understand the business model of a lemonade stand...
4 posted on 08/31/2013 8:40:06 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SandRat

And he’s choking his chicken.


5 posted on 08/31/2013 8:41:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Innovative

The fact that they don’t tells me they are as much of the problem as the democrats.

We have on party rule - the statist party.


6 posted on 08/31/2013 8:56:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Innovative

Mike is my congressman. He’s a good man who played an instrumental role in launching the Washington Crossing National Cemetery. My wife and I were there for the ground breaking ceremony, and we go up from time to time to lay wreaths. I only hope Mike throws away the Jim Greenwood “moderate” playbook and votes with the conservatives.

Mike screwed up his first time around when he actually voted with the rats to prevent drilling for oil in a pinhead-sized barren wasteland in Alaska known as ANWR. He sides with the enviro-nazis a little too much for my taste (in line with the Jim Greenwood strategery). I look forward to seeing if he’s another “Tuesday clubber” or a genuine conservative. Helping Cruz conservatives defund Mengelecare will be a key test.

Mike talks the talk - - let’s see if he walks the walk.


7 posted on 08/31/2013 8:57:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Innovative

I’m waiting for a leader who is smart enough to take advantage of all the disgruntled voters who have had it with both parties. Wars all over the place, America acting as the world’s police force, crony capitalism, immigration amnesty, gun control, etc., even cramming the social issues down everyone’s throats rather than letting voters in individual states make their own decision, these are all issues that clear majorities of Americans are concerned about. The left, frankly, has pushed too hard too fast, and Americans are sick of it. They’re also sick of Republicans who do the exact opposite of what they’re elected to do.

There are large percentages on both the left and right who are sick and tired of the status quo in DC and want real, fundamental change. Contrary to what the media sycophants say, most Americans don’t really want all these edicts from the idiots in DC. Most voters, I think, I tired of both Republicans and Democrats.

This is an excellent opportunity for a return to federalism. If California wants to create a socialist “paradise,” let them try. If other states want to open up the free market, then they should have the right to try, too. There are many issues that both the left and right can come together on, or at least reach a reasonable compromise that does not involve more edicts from DC.


8 posted on 08/31/2013 8:59:13 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: CitizenUSA

Liberals know that federalism works. That’s why there’s a ton of federal laws so EVERYBODY can suffer. They know that people can simply move when taxes and other liberal policies destroy a state.


9 posted on 08/31/2013 9:07:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Innovative
Republicans should make these points forcefully more often...

Where have the Republicans been (lately) on this?

10 posted on 08/31/2013 9:08:50 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: tumblindice

...and Reggie’s chicken.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 9:16:12 PM PDT by tatown ("So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquited by women, but it's still white men's fault.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The far left is not going to support federalism, because they love to force their edicts on everyone. I’m talking about the millions upon millions of voters on both left and right that will listen to reason and who reject the crap pouring out of DC these days.

Fact: clear majorities oppose immigration amnesty.
Fact: clear majorities oppose endless wars overseas and American interference in foreign states.
Fact: clear majorities oppose crony capitalism.

These and other issues resonate with American voters, many of whom sit out elections because they’ve realized that Republicans and Democrats are pretty much nothing more than opposite sides of the same coin.

I think there’s a massive opportunity here for leaders who are on the right side of these issues. For those issues where we vehemently disagree? Federalism is the right answer, and I think it’s an answer that’s acceptable to most Americans. You’ll have the holdouts on left (and right) who want to enforce their will on everyone else from DC, but that’s probably not the mainstream (the real mainstream) opinion.


12 posted on 08/31/2013 9:19:54 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Innovative
No-

Say it isn't so.

Everyone learns in ECON101 that more regulatory framework, higher taxes, uncertainty about what a government might do next, a complete lack of any coherent energy policy creates economic growth and prosperity.

13 posted on 08/31/2013 9:20:18 PM PDT by Red6
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

More production, and in our economy energy self-sufficiency (followed by energy exports) is the only thing that works in the long term — the only sustainable economy is one based on surplus.

Thanks Innovative.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 9:26:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: CitizenUSA
I know the left doesn't support federalism. That's my point. They're not going to allow a candidate who supports federalism to frame the issue in a way that resonates with the people.

When was the last time you heard a Republican advocate abolishing the Dept of Education, for example, and simply letting states handle it as they're supposed to? You didn't, because if a Republican had, the narrative is that the evil Republican doesn't care about the children or schools and that only the federal government can provide a "quality" education for everyone.

The only possible candidate who can make this case succinctly is Sarah Palin.

15 posted on 08/31/2013 9:29:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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Rand Paul’s immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2998395/posts

...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.

[but he’s not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]


16 posted on 08/31/2013 9:31:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Hi There Neighbor!

I had the conversation with him personally.

I understand the district and the pressure that he is under..... BUT... it is principle that we are talking about. This country fundamentally changed when they rammed that healthcare bill down our throats.

It is a fight that Republicans, “NOT JUST CONSERVATIVES” can win! Better than half of the demonuts hate this law too! We have the crazys on our side with this one!!!

Just FIGHT!!!!
You would be surprised how quickly a bully backs down!


17 posted on 08/31/2013 9:39:47 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: DannyTN

union bullsh**


18 posted on 08/31/2013 9:50:02 PM PDT by Figment
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To: DannyTN

Raising tariffs aren’t going to fix it. That’s just more money to the government. More taxes. Good idea.

China is already in danger of food shortages. The stories of tons of low wage labor just waiting to crush the USA is BS.

Automation has replaced many manual labor jobs. The fact that these were ever good paying jobs was the result of the false economy resulting from the USA coming out of WWII unscathed. Those days are over and will never come back.

We need 21st century jobs, not 1950’s jobs. Unfortunately, our horrible education system leaves us unprepared for such jobs, even if they did exist.

Tariffs do not address any of this.


19 posted on 08/31/2013 9:56:09 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Innovative

Choking? How about “has strangled”?


20 posted on 08/31/2013 10:32:38 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: CitizenUSA

I want a like button for this!!


21 posted on 08/31/2013 11:00:59 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: SandRat

More like Obama and the marxist Democrats are gang raping America and leaving her to die in the dust.


22 posted on 08/31/2013 11:40:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

More like Obama and the marxist Democrats are gang raping America and leaving her to die in the dust.+


And drugging her with all manner of drugs, humiliating her internationally, poisoning the legal system, brain washing all college students, hamstringing the economy, slimeing the entertainment industry, propagandizing the media, making gasoline/diesel hardly affordable, making Zombies of Unions, making doing business unprofitable, destroying the insurance industry, making Martial Law viable, dividing the races on purpose, making lobbyists the new royalty, lifting sodomy to privileged choices, and thats just the start...

Fully tens of other degradations advancing daily..
with the end nowhere in sight..
***


23 posted on 09/01/2013 2:13:31 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: DannyTN

Tariffs have been falling since the WTO replaced GATT. Can anyone say Bill Clinton?


24 posted on 09/01/2013 2:25:03 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: CitizenUSA; Extremely Extreme Extremist
I’m waiting for a leader who is smart enough to take advantage of all the disgruntled voters who have had it with both parties.

Waiting for superman is not a liberty saving strategy.

If federalism is the means to restore liberty, it can only happen if we push our states to amend the constitution. Mark Levin has some great ideas.

25 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:20 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Innovative
CZAR B.O. is the Gobbels of the Democrap Party. The economic policies that CZAR B.O.is implementing are the very essence of the Democrap Party and that is why they are not doing anything to stop him!

He is merely there to enable the Democraps to brand any objector to their initiatives as RACIST!
26 posted on 09/01/2013 3:18:17 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: DannyTN
America needs to raise the tariffs while we still have enough capital ...

Yeah, that'll work out reel gud! Any economist will tell you that government pays all the higher prices, not the consumers (who already can't buy the gas to go to the beach!). We surely need more burdens added to the cost of living!

Do I need the /sarcasm tag?

27 posted on 09/01/2013 3:31:19 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Our nation endures and our government... has not perished from the earth."-Sarah Palin 7/1/13)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yes we’re swimming in oil. A pro oil energy policy would send a sell off in the crude oil futures market .If we could pound it down to $60.00 a barrel or would stimulate economies world wide.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 4:09:07 AM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Innovative
GOP: Obama "choking" America's economic growth

To GOP: Do something about it! Start with Obamacare, right now. Oh, and here's an idea. Show some guts for once in your worthless lives!

Otherwise, shut your useless mouths and stop wasting our time while you ASSIST in destroying what's left of the country!

29 posted on 09/01/2013 5:31:31 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Innovative

Well they are right about Barry choking the economy. But under GW the GOP had 8 years to simplify the tax code and what happened? Nada. What will happen when they get power again? Nada.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 8:53:03 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Figment
"union bullsh**"

Let's off shore all American jobs and really teach those unions a lesson! /s

31 posted on 09/01/2013 9:08:41 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Henry Hnyellar
Raising tariffs aren’t going to fix it. That’s just more money to the government. More taxes. Good idea

Cut the individual income tax by an equal amount. That'll make it revenue neutral, except for the economic growth from more Americans working.

China is already in danger of food shortages. The stories of tons of low wage labor just waiting to crush the USA is BS."

China puts out a story every week for the last 10 years about how they are about to crash. It's propaganda to keep us from reacting to the huge trade deficit with them. I don't care about Chinese food shortages even if they exist. That's their problem. We've got 100 million Americans on food stamps and AP says 4 out of 5 Americans are facing poverty. This didn't happen because of Obamacare. Remember the 2008 banking crash happened while Bush was still in office. This is the result of decades of bad policy. Our stores are full of Chinese made goods and Americans are out of work.

"Automation has replaced many manual labor jobs."

If unemployment was high and the stores were full of American made goods, I'd say Automation was the cause. But the stores are full of Chinese made goods.

"We need 21st century jobs, not 1950’s jobs. Unfortunately, our horrible education system leaves us unprepared for such jobs, even if they did exist."

No this is pipe dream crap. This is Obama's claiming he want's only high paying jobs while Americans sit out of work. We are innovating and shipping the new jobs overseas just as fast as we innovate. And we will continue to do so as long as the import tariffs stay low.

32 posted on 09/01/2013 9:17:52 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: D Rider
"Tariffs have been falling since the WTO replaced GATT. Can anyone say Bill Clinton?"

It's both parties. Nixon was the one who normalized trade with China. Neither party has an economic plan. Both parties are afraid to point to international trade as the problem. In some cases it may be apathy caused by putting globalization interests above American interests. But I suspect a lot of it, is simply fear of being labeled a protectionist. And fear of going against the "free trade" ideologues.

33 posted on 09/01/2013 9:21:43 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Georgia Girl 2
"Well they are right about Barry choking the economy. But under GW the GOP had 8 years to simplify the tax code and what happened? Nada. What will happen when they get power again? Nada."

A friend's tax attorney said he loved it when politicians talked about simplifying the tax code. To simplify the tax code they always grandfather the decisions made under the old code. So then you end up with multiple methods. Every time they try to simplify it, just makes it more complicated.

Besides you can eliminate all taxes and all regulations and you still won't compete with China's $2/day labor rates.

34 posted on 09/01/2013 9:25:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: WVKayaker
"Any economist will tell you that government pays all the higher prices, not the consumers (who already can't buy the gas to go to the beach!). We surely need more burdens added to the cost of living! "

Lower the individual income taxes by an amount equal to the tariffs. That'll make it neutral on the average consumer while providing some protection to American industries.

Our founding fathers viewed this as taxing foreigners for the privilege of doing business in our country. They viewed it as maximizing liberty because it helped avoid taxing the American citizenry.

It served our country well for it's first 190 years.

Founding Father's Original Tax Plan"

35 posted on 09/01/2013 9:30:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: WVKayaker
"Any economist will tell you that government pays all the higher prices, not the consumers (who already can't buy the gas to go to the beach!). We surely need more burdens added to the cost of living! "

Lower the individual income taxes by an amount equal to the tariffs. That'll make it neutral on the average consumer while providing some protection to American industries.

Our founding fathers viewed this as taxing foreigners for the privilege of doing business in our country. They viewed it as maximizing liberty because it helped avoid taxing the American citizenry.

It served our country well for it's first 190 years.

Founding Father's Original Tax Plan"

36 posted on 09/01/2013 9:30:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

I’m sure thats true.


37 posted on 09/01/2013 10:59:55 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Innovative

More like 0bummer and the ‘rats have aborted it.


38 posted on 09/01/2013 3:49:30 PM PDT by Paladin2
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