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Obama Continues Dishonest War on Republican Party

By Javier Manjarres

ObamaLess than a week removed from his inauguration, President Barack Obama has come out swinging against House Republicans for opposing his highly partisan and polarizing agenda, stating that the opposition to his agenda is primarily coming from “members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican.”

The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies. – President Barack Obama

It’s not often that politicos reference the fact that members of the opposition party reside in “sharply gerrymandered districts” when countless members of their own Party also enjoy such an advantage.  In fact, nearly the whole Democrat Florida congressional delegation resides in “sharply gerrymandered districts”, and odds are pretty strong that if any of those representatives happened to wander outside the confines of those gerrymandered districts into a more evenly balanced district, those Democrats would be out of a job, but I digress.

If you look at these members’ districts both before and after 2012′s Congressional redistricting- members Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch (now representing Robert Wexler’s old seat) not to mention other prominent representatives Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer- all have “sharply gerrymandered” congressional districts.

Obama’s deviousness is shifting into high gear- after having been elected by 51% of voters, he’s now exploiting the fact that a majority of Americans either don’t know or don’t care to understand the mechanics of our two party system as well as how Congress works.  He’s also positing his agenda as something deserving of a broad bipartisan consensus that’s only being opposed by the irrational intransigence of a few Republican knuckledraggers in so-called “sharply gerrymandered” districts.  It should go without saying that the proper role of Congress is not to rubber-stamp any president’s agenda.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Rich January 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Right, but it’s OK to accuse Mr. Obama of not being a citizen, being really a Kenyan and of being a Muslim.

    Who’s the pot calling the kettle black here?

    • Obama the Muslim Supporter January 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

      My earlier response has disappeared. What’s going on?

    • Jason January 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Keep on propping up the strawmen arguments, Rich. They’re diversions from what he’s actually trying to accomplish. We can walk and read the writing on the wall at the same time.

      • Rich January 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        Oh yeah?

        What was the Bush Regime trying to accomplish by practically bankrupting the nation?

        Conservatives have wanted a phony “debt crisis” for years as an excuse to convince the weak minded to dismantle significant parts of the government to pay for more tax cuts for those who don’t need them. Goofs like YOU fall for this crap.

        • TJ January 30, 2013 at 1:53 am

          Hate to burst your bubble again but it wasn’t “The Conservatives” that caused this financial problem. It was EVERYONE.

          First, Washington is mired in an almost bribery mentality that they can only get elected (or most easily get re-elected) if they “Give Stuff” to their constituency. It’s going to take a near or total financial collapse for EITHER side to touch many of the entitlements that currently exist in our government.

          Second, the financial collapse of the housing market bubble was initially stated back in the 1990′s (maybe even earlier) as the democrats wanted everyone to be a home owner (nearly) regardless of their qualifications. So rules were slowly eroded that protected the financial institutions and those same institutions were encouraged and sometimes even shamed into making bad loans to unqualified people. The republicans, many of whom also thought this was a great idea, jumped on board too but it wasn’t until the 2006 congress when the Democrats took control of Congress that this steam roller started getting seriously out of control. As qualifications of home loans dropped, there were a lot more people who were convinced to get a home with a “NINJA” loan (No Income No Job Application). Well this skewed the supply demand ratio so there were suddenly a lot more home buyers than there were available homes and the cost of homes started to skyrocket. Lenders seeing this, convinced more people to buy homes and refinance their homes taking out the equity as cash (it was a great but short ride that would soon come crashing down). Banks had too much real estate on their balance sheet so some “geniuses” on Wall Street came up with the notion that these loans, which were secured by homes, would make a good investment vehicle so they were purchased from the banks (eventually even the bad ones). More people were then able to continue buying and refinancing their homes in this “Pyramid/Ponsi” scheme. Then the buyers of the homes were all “satisfied” with a new home and the lovely Adjustable Rate Mortgages stared to kick in and climb … and climb … and climb. Homes were refinanced … repeatedly … until they were maxed out. Homes weren’t increasing in value at 20% or more per year but now those payments were increasing due to the introductory interest rates expiring and these poor people who were suckered into purchasing homes that they couldn’t qualify for couldn’t make the payments and then the defaults began. Now this is a very over simplified summary of what happened, but basically Congress wanted their constituents to be home owners and when down payments went from 20% to 0% down, a whole lot of unqualified people became home owners … for a short while. It was a very noble and altruistic idea, almost Utopian it that it made it possible for virtually anyone to purchase a home, but the hard reality is that the lending rules were in place for a reason and when those lending rules were relaxed by Congress then the system collapsed and took our economy and much of the world economy with it.

          Not a conservative problem, not a liberal problem, it was a problem with our entire system that both sides were shamed (by accusations of racism among things) into allowing poorer people and uncredit worthy people to purchase homes. If the rules were gradually relaxed then (perhaps) we would not have had such a massive influx of home buyers (demand) in a system with fixed supply (housing). As it was, demand rapidly and drastically out paced supply for a while whenever demand exceeds supply then the cost of the item increases in an attempt to balance the supply-demand scale. It’s not too hard to understand when you think about it a bit, but assigning blame is much more difficult because nearly everyone involved in the process began with the best intentions but as the saying goes, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

  2. anne January 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

    this identifies the level of bo’s thinking. he doesn’t have the vision to be at the top of the heap. he still doesn’t get the connection of what happens in the middle east or latin america impacts what course this country must take. doesn’t understand budgets, deficits (how could he–he’s never had a check book because someone else paid for everything). great water boy; bad head coach.

    • Rich January 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Oh, and YOU understand all the intricacies of foreign policy?

      You could comprehend the United States budget? I know that it’s difficult to comprehend, but after the Bush regime allowed Wall Street greed to almost bankrupt the entire world, if the government hadn’t spent into a deficit, the recession could very well have deepened into a depression which is exactly what another republican administration after the failed Bush regime would have done.

      You have all fallen for the right wing crap. Remember the good Mr. Cheney’s remarks that “deficits don’t matter”? How come they didn’t then but do now that Mr. Obama is President?

  3. Nancy Celano January 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Obama has been programmed from childhood by his communist parents, grandparents and mentor in Hawaii, socialist “clergy” in Chicago, and terrorist friends in Chicago, to be just that—a true socialist. His real aim in life has been to tear down our country by gradually eroding the Constitution, bringing us to financial ruin, and by shaming us in the eyes of the world. Despots in foreign lands laugh at us realizing that we have a wimp in the oval office, enabling them to continue their plans for further attacks on us, our diplomats, and our reputation. Conservative Americans must begin now to support and strengthen our party and potential candidates. We must take back the oval office and the senate, beginning with winning all seats in our local governments. America is doomed if the liberals continue in office.

    • Rich January 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Please explain how, if everything Mr. Obama had done is so bad how the wealthiest 1% is prospering at unheard of levels, the stock market has recovered what was lost in 2008 and corporate profits are going through the roof?

      Please explain this, OK?

      • TJ January 30, 2013 at 1:23 am

        @Rich, very easy to explain the 1%. They are the ones in a capitalist society that sets the rules and the trends, they invest in areas that are necessary before it’s even evident to many financial “advisors”. This is somewhere between borderline and blatant insider trader but they are the insiders and will have access to more resources and information on which to base their investments than the average person ever will have. They also dedicate a lot more time to their profession that the average 9-5 worker. They are the “trail-blazers” of an economically driven society and although they will occasionally lose large amounts of money, they will more often than not make much more. And if you’re so afraid or worried about the rich just think of who writes the paychecks in our country … it’s not the poor people writing all of these weekly paychecks. If I had a choice, I choose the rich guy to sign my paycheck (but frankly, I don’t really care who signs it just as long as it’s not “Uncle Sam”).

  4. Obama the Follower January 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Obama folows an extreme national welfare takeover. American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the current welfare system with a Leftist national system. Cloward and Piven pinned their hopes on creating disruption within the Democratic Party.

    Obama’s other playbook is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He uses it in every major program he advocates. Cloward, Pivens and Alinsky are contemptible American radicals. Obama continues his dishonest war with the Republican Party using the teachings of these extreme leftists.

    • Rich January 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

      You know, the GOP is doing a pretty good job of destroying itself.
      I don’t know how you can be the party of “legitimate rape” and expect to connect with voters, especially the female ones.

      Candidates spewing foolishness may win a primary with the teabaggers voting in droves, but in a general election their dog just don’t hunt.

      The key to success for the GOP would be to embrace fiscal responsibility and social liberalism. Until the GOP recognizes the value of hard working, tax paying middle class Americans they’re doomed to fail in a national election. Voters don’t want the silliness, they want men and women who will do what is right for the country in general, not just a specific slice of the electorate, the oft mentioned special interest groups.

      I’m liberal/progressive as can be, but I also embrace fiscal sanity. Government waste needs to be eliminated, including waste in the Defense Budget and massive corporate welfare before we even discuss cutting one penny of anything else.

      I want to see the politicians, particularly in the House and Senate offer to give up some of THEIR retirement benefits before they want to talk about hard working, tax paying Americans giving up theirs. When has Mr. Paul Ryan ever discussed cutting any of HIS benefits? He’s wealthy and doesn’t need anything but he’s going to get it but wants you and I to give up ours!! Where’s the justice in that??

      Take all the money out of politics and watch the politicians become responsive to what We The People want and need!!

      • Obama Demonizes January 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

        Rich, try as you will, you can’t make Obama into anything more than a socialist who is out to destroy the free market. He follows the playbooks of Cloward & Pivens, of Alinsky, and of Frank Marshall Davis. All hated capitalism.

        Obama offers nothing to the productive Americans so he demonizes them.

  5. Kilroy39 January 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Reading this exchange of comments reminds me of why conservatives and progressives just can’t have a rational conversation. Conservatives this progressives are stupid and progressives think conservatives are evil – and if you dig just a little bit you can find tons of “facts” to support your irrational discourse.