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BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama’s “make or break” jobs speech
August 31st, 2011
02:44 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama’s “make or break” jobs speech

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Now we know that President Obama wants to deliver his major speech on jobs next Wednesday night before a joint session of the Senate and House. I've been calling it a "make or break" speech because jobs remains issue No. 1 in his bid for re-election and there are still so many millions of Americans out of a job. There are millions more looking for a better job. Unless the president can turn things around between now and November 2012, his re-election will be in very deep trouble irrespective of his Republican challenger.

For the millions who are unemployed, the nation is not only in a recession, it's in a depression. That's certainly what it feels like for them.

There are millions more underemployed. They may have had a job a few years ago earning, let's say, $70,000 a year. They lost that job, ran out of unemployment and eventually had to settle for a job earning, let's say, $30,000 – with fewer benefits to boot. These people are officially counted as fully employed but let's be clear: they are not happy about their situation. For them, it's still very much a recession.

President Obama is going to have to convince these people and millions more who are deeply concerned about the jobs they still have that he's on top of the situation – that he knows how to create jobs. It won't be enough to simply state that his nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus package of 2009 "created or saved" 2 million or 3 million jobs. These folks are nervous and anxious and they want to see some hope.

There is no doubt that President Obama inherited an economic nightmare. Americans understand that. But they also understand that after nearly three years in the White House, the president needs to show the American people that he has a concrete plan for action. They really want action.

Pollsters like to say that the most important question they routinely ask voters is the "right track-wrong track" question. "Is the country moving on the right track or the wrong track?"

If most Americans believe the country is moving on the wrong track, the incumbents usually get pushed out of the way.

That's why I firmly believe that his speech next week will be a "make or break" moment for his presidency. How's that for pressure on President Obama?

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  1. just me

    Poor Gobama, If he does not fix the job market he will loose his own in a few months..sigh......

    August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  2. shared_gum

    I do not think that the people here appreciate the nuances of how things work in the world of economics. If Obama were able to somehow reverse this world-wide recession in three years, that would be completely unprecedented. What's happening now was set in motion long time ago – from Reagan's trickle down economics, to Clinton making it incredibly easy to purchase homes, and to the Bush tax breaks. I believe that Obama cannot get jobs for everyone (and wouldn't you all want the Government to stay out of this anyway), but he could set some policies in motion. I think that he has good ideas, but he has had a tough time implementing them even when the Dems had the majority in both houses because they needed to get 60 votes in the Senate to get anything done. I also believe that he has, in good faith, been putting forward the proposals on which he had compromised internally, in his own mind, but that the other side refused to see them for what they were. In other words, instead of coming up with the public option for the health care, Obama already compromised in order to appease the Republicans. The Health Care Reform was similar to what the Republicans were proposing in opposition to Clinton and to what Romney implemented. And yet he is still called a socialist. Nothing wrong with that, by the way, but that he is not. Anyway, I hope that people will come to their senses and put the interests of "ordinary Americans" first, as opposed to the corporations ("or people", according to Romney).

    August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Citizen Twain

    If you can live on $30K a year, more power to you. I cannot and will not accept this from the richest country in the world!!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Rick CT

    For starters, call for the opening of the Boeing plant in SC that he's blocking because the 5,000+ good jobs don't benefit his union buddies. Many other businesses large and small aren't investing because they're afraid Obama and his NLRB will block potential new plant investments from opening if they don't benefit Obama's union buddies.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  5. Chip

    "... jobs remains issue No. 1 in his bid for re-election and there are still so many millions of Americans out of a job."

    You seem to think the story here is whether the speech will be good enough to get him re-elected. The point is whether the speech will do anything to create jobs. The answer either way is no. I don't give a $&%# about his re-election or the political impact of his speech. The practical impact on the American people will be the same as always – no impact at all.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  6. tillzen

    "Make or Break" is CNN-speak for story-churn. Less news breakers than news framers or news re-framers. Wake me when you get Clue 1.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dr. Kondrek

    "Speeches" will not make-or-break Mr. Obama, only accomplishments on behalf of the American Citizenry.
    This is why Mr. Obama has become completely irrelevant.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  8. john

    $30,000 a year is a good job. Get used to it, the big jobs are going off shore to someone who will accept $30k and NO benefits.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • fred miller

      Face facts..There is no plan from this clown except ...take from you and give to the leaches in this country...what a fraud...what a disgrace this african has become...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Brian

      You are part of what's wrong with our country. $30,000 a year might be a "good job" if your last job was McDonald's, but not for executives making $70,000+ a year.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Me

      Who says 30k is a good job? You? Try living in NYC on 30K. What you need to get used to is that yours is only one of many opinions. You are entitled to it but don't expect anyone else to care. Especially when you are that far off.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Justinstl

      30k a year is a great job!! Thats whas wrong with people they all get and want too much money! If you live within your means 30k is a great job!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • MiddleWay14

      Why should we accept this? Make it illegal for companies to do this. That is the answer.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  9. Tom Hughes

    Why when they make an example, they use $70,000.00 as a figure? They go down to $30,000.00! How about the people who don't make close to $30,000.00 and they lose their jobs? Unemployment runs out and they can't get a job! Wellfare and food stamps are there only option. Politicans say they can't live on $174,000.00 a year but want you to live on $20,000.00 and pay taxes so they can get a raise. I have #1 question? Are the American people this stupid to let this keep happening? I would hope not!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • MB

      Not stupid but we don't have a choice in setting their wages. They set that and 'adjust' the salaries in congress.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • jp

      STOP relying on OTHERS for a job...or a for your future...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Nancy

      Yes, people are that stupid. A lot of poor people like to pretend they are rich and vote aganist thenselves.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Volitionx

      Almost HALF of Americans pay no income tax, so I'm not sure why you think those under 20k pay "taxes." Sales tax, sure, but income tax? NO. The upper 25% of incomes pay 85% of income tax. So who pays for "food stamps" and "welfare"? RICH PEOPLE PAY, THAT'S WHO. It's a fact, so deal with it.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • fred miller

      YES and YES...when dumb and dumber go to the polls we will get more of the same....hoping to get something for nothing...A sad population we have here...laughing stock of the world...with an illegal making the rules..its a joke

      August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Suncatcher

      @ Tom Hughes – Thank you for reminding people of this. Our so called "representatives" have not represented us for decades. They do what they damn well please. It's past time for tax payers and voters to stop this insanity and get back to basics. Congress and the President are SUPPOSED TO DO WHAT WE WANT – not what THEY want – starting with Obamacare. Enough is enough. Time to clean House (and Senate) in 2012 – no matter what party.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • tzvikf

      Yes, they are that stupid. They keep voting for the same POS loser politicians for congress. We never learn.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Brian

      People who go from $70k a year to $30k a year will lose their homes. People who make $30k a year would be lucky to have a mortgage to begin with. When I made $30k a year, I was lucky to afford my rent.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Justin Mikkelsen

      I completely agree with you Tom. I wish I had a job that made 30,000 per year. On minimum wage (in Oregon), if I were to work full time, I would get 16,320 per year. Right now I'm on unemployment, and I'm getting $1,520 per month, or 18,240 per year (it will officially be one year as of December). I am literally making $2,000 more on unemployment, and that is far from being a livable wage, particularly with my student loans that wont' be eligible for financial hardship deferment forever. I love how our leaders push education, but when it comes to finding graduates jobs, it is illegal for schools to officially offer job placement assistance. What a "Great" country we live in–one that screws it's people for the sake of the rich.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • slomoven

      Yea, many are that stupid. They elected the dude and will say he is doing all he can. Food stamps, unemployment benefits. We can't give everybody a house costing 5 times their pay with a two car garage and compete. We can't have a bank in every ghetto. We can't give every union a car company. We can't send manufacturing overseas and do only service work. We all can't work for the government and receive union determined compensation. The government can't take care of all our needs. Somebody has to pay the bill. It's over till people work for just plain food, shelter and clothing again. We wanted all the above and we got it. Now we have to eat cake.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Noni

      I think the politicians need to pay for their own expenses. Why should we?? No body pays for our car, gas, health insurance, retirement etc

      August 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    Presidents don't create jobs, companies do! Presidents don't write the bills, congress does. Presidents can only do what congress allows them to do on certain issues. Maybe if more people knew how government worked, you would not alway post stupid comments!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Dr. Kondrek

      "?"
      Perhaps if you studied some recent US History, you would understand that you DON'T "understand"...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Pixie

      If people actually paid attention to what congress does, holding local politicians accountable and stop idol worshipping individuals who they think are the cure to all their ills the country would be a better place. Congress left unchecked is a dangerous thing. It is unchecked and fixing that will be difficult. But that will require people actaully growing a pair, becoming involved in their local politics (affected them more than they know) and actually standing up for themselves and taking responsibility for the actions of the people they elect.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • John-NJ

      What! You expect intelligence from Republican/TP bobble heads?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • KaraOK

      The Kenyan is One And Done

      August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Me

      If Presidents have no power than how come Obama made so many promises during his campaign? It's funny how when Obama can't live up to his promises anyone who mentions this is "stupid". Also, if Obama can't create jobs then why the big speech? Maybe the president doesn't have the benefit of your infinite wisdom.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • fred miller

      Guess you haven't heard of presidential orders....guess who's stupid now....yup YOU...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Brian

      Companies don't create jobs (despite the current hype), they create PROFITS. Sometimes it is profitable while firing people, or sending jobs to other countries.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • StaciB

      So the first 2 years when President Obama had a majority in The House..?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • AR

      yet somehow people found a reason to blame Bush, please, don't be naive......BHO is way in over his head!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • chris

      that seems a little naive to me. of course the sitting president has an impact on policies that could impact job creation

      August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • g

      That's not true, the President directs, approves, or rejects. If your statement was true, we wouldn't need a president at all.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Sick of BOs BS

      Yes, but a decent President should lead Congress to produce legislation that makes it favorable for companies to hire (and not outsource). That is how you create the vast majority of jobs. The US doesn't have enough money to employ millions more through government projects in infrastructure and energy.

      That is the only thing that the president should be focused on.... not spending more money, not running up more debt, not trying to take more money from those who still have a job, not blaming past leaders, not making empty promises, not trying to fire up the democrat vote while trying to create a further divide in this country.

      Using almost any metric that you can come up with, this President has FAILED even with a 2 year supermajority in Congress. He's not the first...won't be the last. I just hope that people don't get hypnotized by his ability to speak in public this time around.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • gavin

      Your half right. President don't create jobs nor does Congress. But what they do is create policies and programs that can either lead to job creation or job destruction. The right trade and tax policies provide the right incentives for companies to invest in plant, property, and equipment in the US. Conversely, the wrong policies and programs encourage companies to invest outside the US. For the past two decades both Democratic and Republican Presidents and Congress are responsible for trade and tax policies that have destroyed US jobs.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • WilliamFL

      Obama's far left EXECUTIVE branch (i.e. his appointees) are the ones enacting all the job killing regulations, not congress. If the House could stop them, they would. Learn how the U.S. govt works.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • CBREEZE

        WilliamFL: YOU need to learn about our government! When you say CONGRESS that means both Senate & Representatives. House means Representatives. CONGRESS (meaning both houses) pass legislature. If the President vetoes the bill, CONGRESS can pass it with the majority vote. So, please, don't try educating those of us who KNOW how it operates. Get an education yourself!

        August 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • c

      Company do not hire anyone just for the pleasure of hiring someone. Companies only hire to meet demand for their products and services. Until demand starts to increase, companies will not hire more employees. As long as average Americans are taking pay cuts and losing jobs, demand will not increase. The best way to increase demand is to rebuild the infrastructure of the US while the economy has plenty of unused resources. Of course the GOP will not allow this happen because it would help reelect President Obama.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • ObjectiveGuy

      Au contraire, my friend. A) If the president is that castrated, then why do we need him? B) The president shapes policy, and some good policy shaping is what we need in order to rebuild the economy. First, small and medium businesses need access to credit. Period. Without that, we may as well not bother continuing a discussion. The president certainly can and should be shaping this policy. After all, when he wants to get money to banks and auto manufacturers, he finds a way to do it. C) It's Obama that's the problem here, not the "unrealistic expectation". He needs to do what is right for this country, not just what is best for him politically!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
      • CBREEZE

        ObjectiveGuy: CONGRESS MUST pass legislation to give to the President for his signature. If the President vetoes it, Congress can still pass the bill with a majority vote. Policies? Yes, the President can REQUEST THEM, but CONGRESS MUST provide them. It is CONGRESS who gave the go ahead to the bail outs & had Obama NOT signed them, Congress would have voted for it anyway. Congress no longer is ruled by or cares for the general public. Congress only cares about the big guys with the money. Just try getting your Congressman/woman to listen to you. It won't happen.

        August 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • FoolKiller

      But Obama IS going to create jobs. He said so. Uh, right? Or do not even the Liberals believe that?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • GMak

      Bravo! As someone very wise said, "You can't fix stupid – but you CAN vote them out of office!" In the next election, if the American people send the same group of politicians back to Congress, then we deserve more of the same.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  11. Xcalibur

    The Con-mander in Chief likes to say "put the politics aside". Just how political is it for him to attempt to upstage the Republican debate already scheduled for the same time slot...? Great comeback Mr. Boehner!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  12. harold fishman

    Lets see now, for the last few years unemployment has been a major major problem and nothing Obama has said (how often has he asked for airtime to explain what he's doing)has improved the situation. He appoints Jeff Immelt of GE as his jobs czar and GE pays no US taxes and enters into a venture with China to produce airplanes IN CHINA(Immelt its the US that needs jobs not China, you're supposed to be the US jobs czar!)So again Obama is demanding free air time to again try to sell his failing economic policies. If as I expect he resorts to his usual rhetoric, his speech will be a big economic flop and will again send shock waves to our economy.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  13. John-NJ

    I can't wait until Perry 'fakes" office. He will solve the unemployment problem by praying it away. Everyone collecting a unemploy check will have to pray for a job before they get their check. And when you do get a job it will be a minimum wage job from one of his cronies. As for the National Debt, contributions from corporations will be held in a separate fund to be used used by Perry to support his contributors' businesses under the guise of paying down the debt fund.
    Oh yeah! I can't wait until he "fakes" office.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  14. Brian

    The government doesn't create jobs people, they destroy them. The only money the government generates is off the back of hard working people. Anyone they employ costs money, they don't create it!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Dean

      I agree. The government doesn't create jobs. They have a parasitic relationship with the private sector, and the host is dying quickly.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Ted

      In other words, government is overhead.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Other Brian

      Actually, government employees pay taxes, buy commodities, pay rent/house payments, so they actually do contribute quite significantly to the economy. If you don't think so, go to any major hub of government in the US and ask the local companies if government employees help or hurt.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Noni

      Amin to that.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  15. PoliSciMon

    I don't want to hear how the Working/Middle-Class needs to sacrifice some more...If he say's that in his speech while the Government and Corporate Executives continue living high on the hog..we should burn this mutha down. Cut them all out and start over.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  16. Pixie

    Is it me? I find myself just tuning out whenever he speaks. It was truly apparent to me during the election that this guys biggest talent ws reading a teleprompter. Yet I have never witnessed so much idol worship in my life. Are people really that naive? It the dems really wanted to have someone who had experience and a backbone they would have put Hilary up for president. They made a huge mistake with Obama. Now the guy goes on public television and whines about how he is blocked and the gop is against him etc. Makes him look pathetic and naive. The truth is he had a 2 year window with carte blanche – both houses in his pocket. He neither addressed job, the debt, immigration or various other issues – just his personal pet project for his personal gain. It is obvious that this person sees his own politcal legacy as top priority. I only hope whomever suceeds him in 2012 is learning from his mistakes and taking notes.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  17. fritz

    I had to cancel my Martha's Vineyard family vacation this year because I CAN'T FIND A JOB!!!!!!! Barack, got any rooms for rent at your cottage?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  18. MontanaSon

    Just one of Obama's propagandists trying to build up a non-event.

    Prediction: After the speech, CNN gushes about Obama's wisdom and delivery. No doubt the Wolf pup already has the story half written.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  19. Annexian

    There's a simple three way approach to turning the country around, but it needs to be done correctly.

    First, get RID of illegals. Hopefully we can demand local governments do the work. No need for fences or profiling, just make it clear (politely and anonymously) you'll go on Jury Duty and let loose almost anyone to make a statement unless they go after people who employ illegals. Who cares if the government won't let them arrest the illegals, they can already go into any business as the "Safety Inspector" and check the books along with if the light switches are in working order. Close them down, even for a few weeks, fine them, put them to local court for hiring illegals, they won't hire illegals again.

    This will have a ripple effect similar to cutting the wrists of the elites. You see, you think you won't do "Those" jobs, right? Well, the people that would due to illegals couldn't make a living there and so they forced themselves through college and now kiss up/kick down at the office and there are enough of them you are all disposable. Get RID of illegals, if the work needs done there will be workers to do it, but not CHEAP workers. But since those guys will be the guys that say "See you, pencil necks, I can now earn $100K a year roofing working for myself!" and walk out, the boss now needs you, so they can't just raise the prices to compensate.

    THEN we go after the "Tax breaks and subsidies to companies that export jobs". They blocked this backlash in the 90s with the "Media Control". But with their wrist cut, they won't be able to hold or defend their throat, the tax funded outsourcing.

    Right now they have us working on the Media/Politics, but that's the area they invest the most in to counteract. Ignore this, just make sure to network in RL and get the truth out. Get rid of illegals, go after their employers, then end any advantage to sending a job overseas. The media/government control will collapse along the way.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  20. dennis ness

    wolf,
    I usually don't write to these blogs as it is a waste of time; however, it is obvious to me we ALL cannot turn this jobs problem around in less than 6 months or a year. It is impossible. we need fundamental change from the top down. Until everyone puts a dog in this fight, there will be NO progress.
    Thank you.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  21. Annexian

    There's a simple three way approach to turning the country around, but it needs to be done correctly.

    First, get RID of illegals. Hopefully we can demand local governments do the work. No need for fences or profiling, just make it clear (politely and anonymously) you'll go on Jury Duty and let loose almost anyone to make a statement unless they go after people who employ illegals. Who cares if the government won't let them arrest the illegals, they can already go into any business as the "Safety Inspector" and check the books along with if the light switches are in working order. Close them down, even for a few weeks, fine them, put them to local court for hiring illegals, they won't hire illegals again.

    This will have a ripple effect similar to cutting the wrists of the elites. You see, you think you won't do "Those" jobs, right? Well, the people that would due to illegals couldn't make a living there and so they forced themselves through college and now kiss up/kick down at the office and there are enough of them you are all disposable. Get RID of illegals, if the work needs done there will be workers to do it, but not CHEAP workers. But since those guys will be the guys that say "S – – you, pencil necks, I can now earn $100K a year roofing working for myself!" and walk out, the boss now needs you, so they can't just raise the prices to compensate.

    THEN we go after the "Tax breaks and subsidies to companies that export jobs". They blocked this backlash in the 90s with the "Media Control". But with their wrist cut, they won't be able to hold or defend their throat, the tax funded outsourcing.

    Right now they have us working on the Media/Politics, but that's the area they invest the most in to counteract. Ignore this, just make sure to network in RL and get the truth out. Get rid of illegals, go after their employers, then end any advantage to sending a job overseas. The media/government control will collapse along the way.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  22. Joel

    People in America don't get it. What set America apart from the rest of the world the last 60-70 years is R&D and engineers and scientists. We no longer enjoy have the lead we once had over the rest of the world in terms of pure research work. We longer have enough engineers and physicists. Tax cuts don't stimulate job growth. Government spending doesn't create job growth. Bringing back jobs that have been outsourced to India and China wont save our economy. Technological advances are the only way to keep America ahead by creating new jobs in new fields. This is not going to happen overnight, but America has to become the leader in science research again. Divert funding to provide free tuition to any legal US resident who completes physics, math or engineering degrees.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • GMak

      Bravo. As Pogo famously said, "We have met the enemy – and he is us." This has nothing to do with illegals.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  23. jim

    You can't cure a sick economy by essentially telling the public that you are going to try something, and if it appears not to work, skip to something else. Businessmen need stability in the economy to make long-term decisions, not a promise of help one day and virtual abandonment the next.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  24. Jim

    The GOP campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in July, August, September, and October of 2010, and held the federal budget hostage until the Bush tax cuts were extended because extending them would "create jobs."

    When they got into office they wasted time on abortion issues, defunding NPR, defunding planned parenthood, and fighting gay rights. But nothing about jobs.

    So -– where are the jobs Mr. Boehner?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  25. Jouko

    If only the president could make and break things with a speech, then we wouldn't be in any trouble would we? I hope his speech is a short one and simply tells congress that he's locking the door behind him and none of them are allowed to go anywhere until the economy is fixed.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  26. mikey

    I don't question Obama's desire, patiotism, heart. I do question his view of government and it's overreach. Regulation is fine, but it's way out of control. Business is stiifled with regulation mandates and lawsuits, Cut the rope binding industry like Dodd Frank ,Cap and Trade, obamacare, allow foreclosure and bankruptcy to operate the way it has for many years. This will bring back the economy quickly.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  27. Annexian

    There's a simple three way approach to turning the country around, but it needs to be done correctly.

    First, get RID of illegals. Hopefully we can demand local goverments do the work. No need for fences or profiling, just make it clear (politely and anonymously) you'll go on Jury Duty and let loose Fred D. Kruger to make a statement unless they go after people who employ illegals. Who cares if the government won't let them arrest the illegals, they can already go into any business as the "Safety Inspector" and check the books along with if the light switches are in working order. Close them down, even for a few weeks, fine them, put them to local court for hiring illegals, they won't hire illegals again.

    This will have a ripple effect similar to cutting the wrists of the elites. You see, you think you won't do "Those" jobs, right? Well, the people that would due to illegals couldn't make a living there and so they forced themselves through college and now kiss up/kick down at the office and there are enough of them you are all disposable. Get RID of illegals, if the work needs done there will be workers to do it, but not CHEAP workers. But since those guys will be the guys that say "S- you, pencil necks, I can now earn $100K a year roofing working for myself!" and walk out, the boss now needs you, so they can't just raise the prices to compensate.

    THEN we go after the "Tax breaks and subsidies to companies that export jobs". They blocked this backlash in the 90s with the "Media Control". But with their wrist cut, they won't be able to hold or defend their throat, the tax funded outsourcing.

    Right now they have us working on the Media/Politics, but that's the area they invest the most in to counteract. Ignore this, just make sure to network in RL and get the truth out. Get rid of illegals, go after their employers, then end any advantage to sending a job overseas. The media/government control will collapse along the way.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  28. chero

    The last time we had a Republican president he didn't create ONE job in eight years. The only president in the history of the US to not create ONE job. I'll stick with Obama.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  29. JohnCBarclow

    If reelected, Obama promises to give more speeches.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  30. Blaqmajik

    I see a lot of people saying Obama has not done anything for jobs let’s take a recap of what has been stopping him. First 6mo of presidency fighting right wing to prove he is a Christian not a Muslim; Second 6mo fighting with the right wing about not being born in Kenya; 12-18mo mark, dealing with BP oil spill worse in American History. 18-24mo mark Fight with right wing on balance budget. 24mo to present mark ,fight with right wing on debt ceiling crisis. All while passing Wall street reform, health care reform, killing Somalia pirates to free Americans, Killing Bin Laden, making taxes at their lowest since 1992, and repealing DADT. I ask you....What have you done in the last 3 years?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  31. 69ster

    'dey took 'er jerbs!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  32. done!

    who cares what his speech is about? won't make a difference. there's plenty of jobs for people who want them! don't have a job? work at mcdonald's until the next best thing comes around. america has bigger problems than the unemployment rate! seriously.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  33. Dean

    Let me take a wild stab at this not having read anything at all about his speech. More "investment" (that's code for another stimulus). More Government involvement in the private sector. More regulation of the private sector. Higher taxes for the rich. Did I miss anything?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  34. dhs

    This is like making a speech about an evacuation plan when the building is already burned down.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  35. shannon

    President Obama shot himself in the foot before he even entered the White House. He was under the mistaken impression that the American people were going to be his greatest allies when in actuality, we have about the same amount of power and influence as a housefly. He made a huge to do about changing Washington and the entire political process. First of all, none of those people in Washington want change. Otherwise, we would have had it by now. They like things as they are and someone promising to bring an end to that, well... No wonder he can't find a friend in Congress to save his life. If he was going to make change, that's fine. But don't tell the enemy your plan. You've got to have a little bit more finesse than that. I'll be the first one to admit, he was wet behind the ears. Not only that, he was naive. He probably should have stuck to working in the community because that is where people have the power to affect change. That is where his speeches will do the most good. Getting people to rally together to fix what they can. Washington is not that place. It's a place of back room deals, lies, arrogance, greed, corruption...and the list goes on. I don't think that Obama didn't want to create jobs. I just think he was cut off at the knees. No one wants to work with him. His skin color is a factor because a white man will never allow himself to be grateful to a black man and especially not the rich "educated" white man who would never "lower" himself to such a place.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  36. MarCol

    He should have introduced jobs bills in his first year when he had control of the House and Senate and the support of the country to give him the power to get things done. Instead, he wasted all his political capital on a health bill that should have waited until he built his credibility by doing something to restore jobs and economic health. In the end, the bill was so bad, even liberals didn't like it. If he was going to shove a bill through at all costs, he should have at least shoved through a good one. But he wilted then he has wilted in every tough situation and is now without credibility, no influence in congress, and exposed for what he apparently is – blue smoke and mirrors. Make or break speech? Aren't they all? I want action – elimination of tax loopholes that reward corproations for selling out America by shipping jobs overseas. Tax American products built overseas as imports. Make import levies on foreign products so prohibitive that building in America makes sense. Tax corporations for sitting on huge piles of capital instead of investing in here at home and creating jobs. Reward the corporations that put America first. This economy will continue to sputter out until enough good jobs, paying real living wages, are created to achuieve "full employment." Has it occured to corporate America that no one can afford to buy their products until then?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  37. glyder

    obama is just another tool of global government advocates.sooner or later he will advocate race riots.liars and fools will follow.and of course most of the media will help.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  38. WilliamFL

    Obama and the Dimocrats want to destroy the USA and are doing their best to accomplish the task every day by enacting regulation that put businesses out of business. According to Obama, my healthcare premiums were supposed ot go DOWN after the passage of that monstrosity, intead they shot up by 1/3! Things are only going to get worse as long as Obama is in office, that is a fact!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  39. lessismore

    President Obama has had 3 years to turn this economic nightmare yet he has not delivered concrete plan. Yes he needs to deal with Republicans whole want to defeat him next year, but he needs to step-up and lead on stop being past of the blame game. I would like to see him challenge companies like Apple and many others to move their manufacturing make to the US and challenge the American people to buy American made products

    August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  40. Troy

    A "make or break" jobs speech? What the hell is a speech going to make or break? What, is this his last chance to talk the recession to death?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  41. maurice11

    I voted for Obama, but at the time I thought he was an authentic liberal Democrat. I'm not sure how to define him now since his policies have been one of retreat and weaknes which he calls compromise. He can redeem himself when he speaks to the nation, providing he comes on like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and gives specifics on a dynamic and bold jobs program. It doesn't matter if such a bill will get past the Republicans since they'll shoot down anything he puts forward. But at least he will have drawn a bright line between the two parties. In such a case, i will grudgingly give him another chance. Besides where else am I going to go?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  42. Suncatcher

    Talk. Talk. Talk.

    I lost my job 06/30/2009. I have heard enough talk – by EVERYONE – to last a life time.
    EVERYONE – Put up or shut up.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  43. NudeTruth

    Anyone else find it retarded that a president who has done nothing for the 3 years he's been in office other than ram an unread bill, mind you, down the throats of the American people is finally decided to do something.

    As an employer, in real life, and as you are all employers and in charge of placing a competent, partisan, official who is for the people, you must do your duty and fire this do nothing slacker.

    Take a good hard look at the Republican Candidates, because those are your choices, and I'll hope you see that there is at least one who stands out as being creditable with a track record to back it up.

    Ron Paul.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  44. freakey toney

    i dont want to hear anything else he got to say or for any other politician for that matter..

    August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  45. YassoufAhmahd

    This speech is like yelling "fire" when the house is already burned down.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  46. truth talker

    tea party folks is just old retired people who suffer from chronic anger and depression, too old to understand and appreciate change, too irrelevant for the future of america.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  47. Ghost

    A speech is his make or break moment???? Thats an odd thing for a journalist to say. Obama is a great speech giver, and has his teleprompters there to help him out. What makes or breaks presidents are their results, not their speeches. Obama has abysmal results even with his majorities in the house and senate, he did nothing, and accomplished nothing (unless making things worse is an accomplishment). He has shown us what his priorities are... and its not the people, its not jobs, and its not responsibility. Its covering the fringe parts of his party, (i.e. Homos3xuals and environmentalists) at the expense of the middle class, covering his benefactors (GE paid no taxes, and he put in his cabinet a ton of lobbyists, more than Bush had), and supporting Unions at the expense of Jobs and business growth (Suing Boeing for trying to open a plant in South Carolina, just because its a right to work state). His moratoriums on drilling and his shameful use of the DOJ has killed job growth. He is a cancer, his presidency is like AIDS to this country, it is slowly killing it and there is the point of no return coming up soon where there will be no cure for it. He should be ashamed.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Ghost

      The only thing that qualifies as "NEWS" on the CNN homepage is the story about how Texas A&M is moving to the SEC... everything else is liberally slanted garbage, even the articles that have NOTHING to do with politics they put in liberally slanted bias... Except for the Texas A&M story... they did alright on that one....

      August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  48. PAPilot

    It is wrong for the President to abuse his privilege of speaking in front of a joint session of Congress in order to give a campaign speech.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  49. Carlos

    We are really screwed with these "NO GOOD" Polititians. ALL OF THEM!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  50. Jesus Cristo

    Mr. Obama you are another repukkke! Dont lie to us! Come election I am staying home and watching cartoons!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  51. mabear87

    It is admirable that the GOP wants to cut spending. They should start with salaries of Congress, eliminate franking privileges, reduce their retirement to a normal corporate 401k account and cut their staffs to no more than six. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. But, with their massive cuts, no commentator or member of the other party has asked the question, "How many obs will be lost because of these cuts? What will that do to unemployment? What will that do to states having to increase unemployment compensation? And, with all those additional people out of work and cutting their own spending, how will that help a recovery? These people are just playing politics and do not care about anyone making less than a million dollars, but they should, because these mammoth cuts are going to cut severely into the incomes of their consittuents. I now Cantor has more than 50% of the people in his district making over one million dollars, because that is the only reaason to vote for him. Let's get people who care about America, not those who would have been supportive of the English King in 1776. These people are not tea party, they are anti tea party!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  52. American Worker

    Let's just send all the off-shore imports back home, that should create several million jobs for Americans.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • mabear87

      Yeah, jobs in hotels at minimum wage, jobs in the fields, and jobs at McDonalds. Are ou ready to flip burgers?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Zach

      right.. we can make products here in America that no one will possibly be able to afford.... you wanted free market.. you got it! quit complaining and either learn to adapt to the new economy or get left behind.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Ghost

      What about all those poor slaves in China? You want to put them out of work??? Geeze no wonder the Dems think republicans are heartless.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • MB

      Why can't we break the norm and get another democrat or two in the race instead of having this guy in there. We need more options and I don't see anything good on the republican front. Not to say the democrats can put up anyone better but lets have more options. We all know Obama is doing a crap job so lets open this to having a couple more democrat "contestants!" in there as well.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • tzvikf

      That would require congress to do something like protectionism or penalizing companies that outsource. That means leadership and taking positive action for the American people. Congress has not lead for decades and their constituents are the corporations. They are not on your side. Stop voting them in election after election.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Elephant in the Room

      Totally agree. I work for an American company here in the United States and the Indians out number the Americans 3 to 1. Totally discusting. No one is even talking about this. Or the off-shore tax havens enjoyed by Amercian companies wishing to avoid paying corporate taxes.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  53. chris sithers

    More words without meaning or substance. He gets in front of the teleprompter and speaks great words, but none of it ever happens. It's called an empty suit folks, and I hope you all catch on by NOV 2012........

    August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Mike

      What are we supposed to catch on to by Nov 2012? That Obama's challenger is also an empty suit?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Devan

      Thank you thank you thank you. Someone with sense. He's been nothing but smoke and mirrors since he got into office. He'll continue to put on a good show without results. Hopefully, America won't be ignorant enough to vote him in a second term.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • John-NJ

      Disagree...it's called an Empty House of Representatives thanks to the Tea Party. Just vote NO!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Jose Wan Sekiavich

      And what, elect another person that will only make things worse? I'm sure you meant to type that but just hit reply to quickly. If the congress would get off their butttttttsssss and so would the public, quit listening to all the stupid news pundits, than things might change. Until people like you quit making everything into a political statement, things aren't going to change.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Michael E

      I'm a Democrat, but I concede you have a valid point that words without substance are meaningless. Show me a Republican (or Independent) that has an actual honest to God plan for fixing things, rather than the valueless, partisan opposing rhetoric we've seen so far, and I will change parties on the spot.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • len

      You need to check all your facts. I will not go through them for you........November 2010 was the downfall of America. We were gaining jobs and the economy was recovering. We elected Tea Party Folks and GOP governors are cutting programs that effect the middle class and poor and cutting jobs. Cutting education. Advantage the upper 2%.....you need to wake up.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Bonescrusher

      I don't think anyone could have said that better. You just summed up his entire presidency in one sentence!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  54. gtbdave

    It seems like such a waste, everyone knows that the republicans in Congress are adamant supply siders. They won't accept anything but more supply side economics, which is the tax breaks to the rich, which ruined the economy, destroyed all the jobs, caused a massive recession, increase the debt, and produced no jobs. As far as wrong track, it could be anything, lieft undefined, it could be that most think that we don't have enough tax breaks to the rich, or not enough supply side economics. The whole thing is a choice between the proven failed supply side economics and Keynes economic policies, and 99% of politicians, and 99% of the media, and 99% of the people, can't tell the difference between the two, many think that we are using Keynes economic policies now, they really can't tell the difference between supply side and demand side, and think that Keynes is shoring up the supply side in a recession. It's mostly the media's fault, they are economic illiterates. They won't define whether Obama is a Keynesian, or that all the republicans are supply siders, by straight party line, and adamant in their positions, they would ruin the entire economy if they didn't get all supply side economics, they showed that in the debt debacle debate. Obama won't talk about 20+ million jobs, he'll just have enough to hopefully get him re-elected, not the least bit concerned about the 20+ million who need good jbos. Still, he's a darn sight better than the repulbicans, who's answer to everything economic is supply side economics, that is, more cheap labor, and massive tax breaks to the rich. There really is no solution, the situation we have now, is what we get, from here on out, there will always be a massive labor surplus, nothing will ever change that. Too many economic illiteates.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  55. Allah Akbar

    I want Bush back.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • truth talker

      if you are over 50, a tea party member, and dont like obama, you will be an endangered species in 20 years.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Beck

      Obama has landed himself and the country in a mess. He has less than 12 months to bring the country out of the mess. I doubt he has the guts or the brain power to get us out.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Daniel6

      Nothing new here-I jumped in to see what CNN thought of the LATEST Racist remark by an elected congressman (Carson)-? nothing-? not news worthy with the latest example of hate speech from the Democratic party?? The utter silence from the media, top Democrats AND THE PRESIDENT suggest this rhetoric is endorsed and perhaps encouraged?? This is the MOST DIVISIVE ADMINISTRATION we have had–and allowing this hate speech to proceed will certainly fuel physical confrontation. ? Is that the plan to allow/spark riots to then let the federal government usurp even more power??? Very dangerous-

      August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Jeff

      Really?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • slomoven

      Although a little better, Bush governed liberal. Perry is the man. He does keep church and state in the proper prospective. The man is a logic thinker. The one we have isn't.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • itzmeman

      Allah,

      Actually, you can have him. I don't think anyone in this country would fight you on that demand. Him and a tricky Dick Cheney would get you a stick of bubble gum. I would even through in Con-woman Rice for a full pack. How long do you think it is going to take to clean up their messes. Please........

      August 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  56. slevine

    I wonder how many jobs his speech will create. Or rather, how many jobs it will stop killing. All the Obama administration has done is create one job-killing regulation after another, the worst of it being Obamacare, looming over the head of every employer like a sword of Damocles.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Crooked Bridge

      Provide specific examples because I keep hearing this and I want make sure it is based on fact. Thanks

      August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Jim

      Bet you can't name even one "job killing" regulation that's gone into effect since Obama took office, or how many jobs it allegedly killed.

      Vague screaming from anarchists.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • John-NJ

      It's not that corporations are holding trillions of dollars and not spending the money? It's not that CEO's make more than the taxes that their company pays? It's not that in American Greed the rich give not a damn about supporting the country that gives them their riches? Where are the Republican/TP?Libertarian solutions other than giving more money to the rich?
      Trickle down has not worked and never will. Companies and Wall Street Monitoring themselves did not work. Who suffered, The Middle class or what is left of it. Obama is noty perfect and far from it but what is being offered in ideology and candidates on the Republican side is far from what we need to put this country back to work.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • tzvikf

      Congress created a lot of job killing reguations over decades. You cannot blame Obama. It is congress at fault. Congress writes the laws. Stop voting for these POS garbage. Vote out all incumbents.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      And what about the tax credits given to companies TO HIRE? That's NOT JOB KILLING! The healthcare has barely kicked in and the Employers DON'T HAVE to provide insurance. Employees can opt for the other plan. Your coin is one-sided!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  57. Smitty33

    Here's a plan, how about puting all those collecting unemployment be required to go work in the fields that the Mexicans are crossing the border to work in. Oh yeah that is beneath most Americans isn't it. As far as Obama, he had his chance the first two years when Dems were in charge of the Congress and House yet all he was concerned with was an illegal law called Obamacare. All he wants to do is give handouts to anyone who doesn't want to work hard for a dollar. No business is going to hire right now because of him, look at the deal today they just turned down with AT&T. I would like to see someone stand up and take responsiblity for their actions. It has been three years, He can't keep blaming Bush, it still irritates me when they still call them the Bush era tax cuts, I'm sorry but Obama extended them so he now owns those tax cuts. Wake up America, stop being so lazy and looking for free handouts get a job or two and work hard instead of taking the handouts.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  58. George Gray

    Dear President Obama, I'll consider a "job" after I receive back wages, punitive damages, interest, late fees, and a forty (40) page single spaced typed apology for the human rights violation you politely describe as an "economy." How long before America wakes up?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • slevine

      I agree!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • mabear87

      Ask Bush and Cheyney for your money. They put us in this spot along with GOP idiots like my rep, Jerry Lewis, who was known as the king of the pork.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • 1manthousand

      You are part of the reason why companies are shipping jobs to other countries.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • PoliSciMon

      I think you should re-direct that to Bush & Cheney.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • edsr

      America will NEVER wake up as long as we have CORRUPT employees in Washington....that is right!........Obama iis OUR and Bush was OUR employee and they are stealing from us!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • reality

      and this "economy" was caused by one man? One thing this country needs is a massive dose of ExLax. Pull your collective heads out of your hind-ends. Most of what has happened happened well before Obama took office, and since he has been in office it has been a political quagmire. You can blame one person if you wish...but you aren't making the problem any better by doing so.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  59. epicjourney

    Obama will get re-elected. He can play partisan politics and obstructionism and have the Repubs blamed for it. He will do what Reagan did in his re-election campaign and say the alternative will crush the fledgling and fragile recovery. The sheep will buy it. Not that he has any serious contenders to run against anyway.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  60. barry t duke

    It just amazes me how people always blame the President of the USA for all that he inherited: skyrocketing health insurance premiums, a failed mortgage market, two wars, etc.! Sure, our economy has certainly experience a horrible decline and that is something most Americans are not used to, but give me a break! Do you really think our President should have seen all these things coming and furthermore, done something about them?? What counts is that, on every front, our President is addressing! We do not always know what is coming next as a solution to our prblems, and that is why we hire one person, to help us find those solutions, usually for a period of at least 4 yrs, not to exceed 8! Now, is it possible that our current President, who got hit with so much, is doing what he can, with others who are also trying to find solutions?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  61. David

    The gov. can only truly create jobs through what would be criticized as socialism by the GOP, tax breaks and incentives have not worked as corps are quite happy taking the extra revenue as profit or to expand their global markets. The pres. has done what he can but as this is not a dictatorship it is the house and senate that need to step up.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  62. johnny popper

    I love how the one sided, greatly left leaning CNN always puts terrific pictures of the left wingers on their site, Obama looks so darn earnest here, so honest and Presidential, and then you put the worst pictures of Republican or god fobid, Tea Party cnadidates on your site.

    CNN is no more than a tabloid pushing the left's agenda. I use the site, but have to laugh at the blatent bias.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  63. Tony 14-0

    OK. Can we all agree that we are tired of speeches – especially from BHO. It's getting harder and harder to watch. Either can't believe what he says or know that there is nothing substantial to back up his words. I believe the federal government needs to stop with trying to fix the economy. I bet that if we just let it be, it will recover a lot sooner than if these "academics" keep dinking with it.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Beck

      I agree. I am not sure how his speech is going to help him "make or break". Actual job numbers would "make or break" him. Wolf Blitzer is just trying ti hype his speech but we need action and not words.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Whaaa

      What kind of CoolAid are you guys drinking? Are we really going to bring back trickle down economics to solve our unemployment problems? Until corporate leaders become responsible for their catastrophic manipulations, this cycle downward will continue with CEOs making more and more and workers making less to nothing. Who creates wealth? It is not our illustrious titans of industry. They will always want to bend the rules so that they pay less. Someone needs to mind the shop and it is not a self regulating Wall Street that thinks that Ponzi shell games are economic innovation. Wake up people including you, Wolf B.!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  64. Insight

    Neither Obama nor GOP, Tea Party has any idia about job creation

    August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • chuckwagonxx

      It amazes me that people who cannot spell have very specific idies (sic) on how to run the government. They put forth specifics on difficult concepts that people in government have a tough time grasping, and then enunciate these ideas on public blogs. Wow!!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Zach

      that's because there are no jobs to 'create' ... manufacturing etc. "blue collar" is dead in the US and accounting "white collar" jobs aren't far behind. America should be leaders in new industries, and that takes time and money. I think obama honestly had that in mind during his election campaign but the hard reality of the way our gov't works got in the way etc... capitalism at its core is going to try to make as much profit as possible. That means getting cheaper manufacturing in China and cheaper accounting, lawyers etc in India ...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • jp

      That is NOT true.....here is the Tea Party solution...STOP adding NEW regulations and TAXES to businesses (Obama has added thousands of pages of regulations most thru the JOB killing bill called OBAMACARE..the rest from the EPA or the labor relations board, and Dodd/Frank....STOP it already) NEXT ...the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT needs to STOP spending money....(the federal government has grown about 20-30% under Obama) STOP GROWING GOVERNMENT!!!! the federal government is NOW about 28% of GDP....it needs to be about 12% or even less....the federal government's JOB is to defend and protect our LIBERTY and NOTHING else...not to give handouts to everyone who asks for one (and NO IDIOT....a tax break is NOT a HANDOUT...it's not the governments MONEY!!!) the tax revenue of the federal government this year is 2.5 trillion...the MOST in HISTORY!!! spend that and STOP borrowing!!...END the Social Security PONZI SCHEME!! my 8 month old infant should NEVER have to pay into SS...ever...he has 65 years to SAVE for his retirement...without the intrapment of a failed government ponzi scheme (individual responsibility...learn what it is ...and LIVE by it....)

      August 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Ted

      Right. That's why the government needs to get the heck outta the way and let people live.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • ah0794

        RIght, Ted. Because without the government we people can regulate corporations and demand that they create more jobs. Right? Stop with your mindless government criticism and educate yourself on how the government's oversight of large companies actually helps diminish the unemployment rate.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • RB

      So let's just re-elect Obama then since no one has any ideas... good logic lol

      August 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  65. Jason

    Instead of banging the party drum on this one (Republicans, Democrats, etc), how about we all do the one thing that will get this ego-maniac's attention...Boycott the speach. Nobody watch the speech next wednesday, maybe if we don't tune in, Mr. Obama may finally understand we're done listening to speeches.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • koshka

      Excellent idea! That's exactly what i'm going to do and recommend others to follow your advice.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • chuckwagonxx

      Another genius, probably on unemployment, who believes he's a conservative and has all the answers because he listens to Rush (a multimillionaire intent on lowering his tax liability) who espouses a philosophy that Jason thinks is absolutely correct. Jason will vote for Ranger Rick Perry (if he gets there). Eventually, Jason will be living in tent city because Ranger Rick took away his unemployemnt, SS and Medicare.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Scot

      Just like red-penny day, where a grass-roots group tried to get people to not spend a single cent for just one day. Great idea, and I'm more than willing to participate, but with so many still blindly buying into the two-party battle royal, it's hard to get people to actually DO something that will get attention/action. I, for one, who did not vote for obama, yet still understand that I live under his thumb, like to watch his speeches to see how many times I can count that he reads a line, and bobs his head from left to right to 'imitate' actual speech. It's a fun drinking game. Highest count so far is 43.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  66. ThisGuy

    Inherited? WHAT? He's been in office for three years dammit!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Bob

      Correct... He didn't inherit a bad economy.....He fought for it in 2008.....

      August 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Jim

      to ThisGuy – Bush took 8 years to wreck the economy. It's far easier to tear something down than it is to build.

      Speaking of that, so many people here whining about what Obama hasn't done, but I haven't heard any proactive statements about what the GOP clown party is going to do that will fix things. Is that all the GOP can do, tear things down?

      And please don't say "cut taxes". Taxes are already at a 60-year low. If cutting taxes worked we would be where we are.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Sarah

      Yes, and for a majority of those three years, every single thing he's tried to accomplish has been met not with "compromise" (no matter what the media wants to portray it as) but with over-aged children squealing and kicking their feet to get their way. You try and get anything done when your 'opposition' has a strategy to paint you a incompentnt slob when they get their way and an evil socialist communist Maxist foreign baby-eater when they don't.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Brian

      ... And the economy was crappy 3 years ago. In fact, it's not been good since 2000. So yes, he's inherited a decade of bad economy. What makes you think he can fix it in 3 years?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • East African Man!!!

      You got it right!!! This guy is still making excuses for what happened 3 years ago. This proves that he is not qualified to be a leader. Wakeup America!!! As we voted him in office, it is time now to vote him out before destroying our country further.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • NYC REPUB

      Yes my friend he inferited the Great recession......Look around the world buddy........We're working our way out of a Global Recession!!!!!! Global! Unemployment rate was was at 6+ % and rising when Obama took office.....Answer this honestly, when was the last time u saw America losing close to 1 million jobs per month? When? How long do you honestly think it takes to get out of that mess? FDR it took 8 yrs....Reagans recesssion 3 /12 yrs......When ish hits the fan it takes awhile to get the machine fully functional again.....Period point blank.......Any real economist will tell you that 1. The Stimulus worked (not in bringingunemplyment to 8%) but stabilizing the economy.....2. The unemployment rate will remain high until 2014........Any politician or pundit who tells u otherwise is a LIAR.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Ty

      Come on man!! It took Bush 8 years to totally destroy your economy, and you expect him to turn it around entirely in less than 3-4? I'm not saying he's done a great job, but please, give him a bit of credit, he's pushed as hard as he can and had the GOP fighting him at each turn. He made some mistakes with the package and expected returns on it, but look at the alternative you had!!! A white haired grampa with a bad heart and NO PLAN at all to turn things around.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Noni

        Why blamed Bush?? Why not blamed ourselves, American spent more that what they earned. Bought houses that they couldn't afford. Bush did not twist your arm to purchase those expensive houses that you couldn't afford and created this housing colapse

        August 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      3 years! Oh, wow! We should all be rolling in the dough according to you! Get an education! The lower you go, the harder it is to come back. Go ahead, run up all your credit cards to the limits and then let's see how long it takes you to pay them off with little income, nothing in the bank or on reserve, excess bills like medical, car breaking down, kids that need clothing & school supplies, etc. You see.....it takes a long time to come back. NOT just 3 years! Some people are just not to bright!! Or, are you still living with Mom & Dad and they are paying for everything. When you get into the real world, and have some experience in this, come back & post!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  67. G Brunig

    My suggestion would be to judge this (yet another) speech a "make" if it creates the jobs he promised he would
    preserve and create since he took office. That must be the yardstick, no less! The numbers are very clear, trillions of dollars later we are nowhere with unemployment. Yes, some like the President's lecturing speeches, but they end up as hollow promises, again and again. So an A on ability to deliver what other write for him, an F for performance on the job. He is free to continue to lecture his children if he likes. But with his record of reckless spending he has re-defined the term "the moral high ground." He is a leader of blaming others and of avoiding responsibility. He will be judged by succeeding or failing to deal with our challenges and problems, not by whom he can blame for those.

    G Brunig

    August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  68. Jerry

    I am no economist, but if incentives in the form of payroll tax credits, or tax credits for hiring certain people who receive entitlements is what Obama will need to create jobs ... that is spending and Congress will not approve. All I have heard from the opposition parties (Republican, Tea and Conservative Dems) is NO MORE SPENDING; GET THE FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. These are the same people who continue to approve tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy 10% – another form of SPENDING. (People, when you forego billions in tax revenues from those who have it, that is SPENDING) These are the same people who vowed to make certain that this president failed -by any means necessary, including attempts at character assasination at the very beginning of his presidency. These are the same people who use code words like patriotic, to disrespect the office of the president (Mr. Perry, have all US Presidents worn a military uniform?). And these are the same people who would hold this nation hostage and bring it to the brink of financial disaster to add another negative historical notch in the era of no-compromise, ensuring the actons of the S&P downgrade. Watch God change things as only He can because if Obama fails, we all fail!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  69. Christian

    Make or break speech???? Obama is a disgrace and a complete failure. The best thing to happen during his presidency was that the strike teams (AKA Dick Cheney Kill squads) were still active to get Bin Laden. Everything Obama touches is a disaster.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Me

      This Presidency has been 'broke' for a long time. No need to 'make' another speech...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • NYC REPUB

      Christian your lose facts are a disaster......Thanks for voting in Bush twice!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  70. Elephant in the Room

    It not about creating jobs...it's about bringing jobs back to the USA that have gone to India, China, etc... Seems like America supports every other country in the world but falls short on taking care of it's own people.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • MB

      Yup it's very very sad. The best thing he can do is intact a flat tax rate so everyone pays the same...EVERYONE!
      Then add a substantial tax on companies who outsource work to other countries when it could be done here. Tax them the equivalent of the difference between what they now pay and what it would cost an American to do the job. Sure price on products will go up but it's worth it.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Offshore

      110% agree. No jobs for US Citizens only for offshore person.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • 251bamafan

        My husband left Saturday. For a job in Bangkok. Its the only job he could get that would pay the bills. He has been out of work since the revolution in Lybia. The company is a U.S. company. I just long for the day when the work is here instead of overseas. It makes it hard on the whole family.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  71. JP

    Obama should just hire the 9.1% unemployed to be his official "Speech Listeners." Give them 80K/year, health coverage and a retirement plan. Problem solved. Hooray Socialism!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • sharky

      LOL That was priceless!!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      Do you even know what socialism is JP? Our Congress lives on socialism, but I guess that's ok with you. They have high pay and health insurance and pensions and staff and we pay for their offices in their states..... why do you think the people who pay these taxes don't deserve something back from them?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  72. getoveritvegas

    Why blame Obama alone? Why not? The lefties are STILL blaming Bush alone for everything. Does anyone actually remember that the Democrats held both houses of congress for the last 2 years of the Bush administration? How soon we conveniently forget!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • u so mad

      you sound quite upset

      is it because the republican congress is also mad as hell at their complete lack of progress on the economy

      August 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • Ted

        Republican Congress?! Are you joking? If only...oh yeah, there's an election coming up isn't there?

        August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • jp

        ??? lack of progress??? they STOPPED many of the NEW laws being proposed by the left....stopping BIG GOVERNMENT is a good start at reducing big government

        August 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      Trust me, people haven't forgot. They are just tired of fighting and listening to the liberal dribble. Come voting time, Obama, and the liberal dems, and lets not forget the media will see how the people feel about their abuse of power. Just like the last election dems will lose except in California, New York, and Mass. I'm not to sure they will hang on there either. Then the media, Dems and liberals might start to figure out insulting Americans wasn't the way to go............Imagine that........idiots

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Steve

    While there is no chance in the world the Republicans in Congress would every agree to his proposals, he needs to lay down a marker. Unfortunately, the whole country is being held hostage until the next election. If President Obama succeeds in making clear that he will fight for the middle class and working poor, no matter what, then we have a chance of regaining control of the House and keeping the Senate. Otherwise, we are in for a very long, dark period in this country.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Volitionx

      So you want us to spend out way out of this problem by adding to our debt? Keynsian economics (I assume you support this) proposes that gov. spending + tax breaks (you probably want tax HIKES) in bad economies will resurrect them. This does NOT work. First, America is bankrupt, and second, Dems want tax hikes, not cuts, so they can't even follow their own Keynsian dictates in the first place. Let's not turn the U.S. into socialized (and collapsing) Europe...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • MontanaSon

      Soooo....politics. No surprise here.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • reality

      I agree partially, but I don't think the goal is taking back the House. The goal is getting the Country back on track. Remember the Global Economy? The New World Order? There isn't a President since George Bush the first that isn't to blame for some of this. But, while you may disagree, the biggest blame is on the American people for setting an example to everyone else in the world how you can live outside of your means for too long, eat away at your infrastructure, borrow until your credit is downgraded, spread yourself too thin being the policeman of the world, etc. Our "quality of life", i.e. our consumptive lifestyle that we love so much and blame Obama for taking away is part of the problem. There are many problems, but not any ONE of them will solve the problem. People on this forum that think Obama, or Perry, or Palin (god help us) can solve the problems of the country are just beyond daft. I hear the Russians are sending another rocket to the space station soon...maybe they can reroute to the moon and leave you morons there. Please....

      August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Toby

      The U.S. is really held hostage by the exorbitant interest it must pay on the debt.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • jp

      Steve....your prospective is 180 in the wrong direction....the President's Keynesian policies are HURTING the recovery...with every FAILED stimulus he passes...it puts the tax paying people DEEPER in a hole that we WILL NEVER dig our way out of...the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT needs to STOP spending money it does not have..PERIOD!!!!..and whle they are at it...REDICE the SIZE and SCOPE of this OVERGROWN..and bloated government

      this President has SPENT 6 trillion dollars all by himself (that includes the raised debt ceiling or 2.5 trillion he got last month...face it...that MONEY is SPENT)

      August 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • iab

      TRUE. The biggest mistake Pres O made is to try to include the GOP in the very beginning. The hateful comments began immediately. He had an ideal to create jobs long ago when he had control of the house and senate and his own party (BLUE DOG DEMS ) did not support him. Just check records you folks who hate him so.

      You smart educated folks do some research, name the three branches of the govermt, the purpose of each, why did unions come to exist, anti trust laws, Check Glass-Steagall, GRAHM-LEACH-BRILLEY, You folks can't have it both ways when disasters , wars, unsafe products are imported who do you call on? What about the roads, bridges, dams, soc sec, medi care, Amry, Navy, Air force, Coast guard, who is responsible for all of the above. Your lack of knowledge is one reason Pres. O is pushing for education. Many comments on this site shows lack of education, research , and how little you know about your own government. The Pres has the vision, ideals relates it to the congress who writes the laws, (mostly to their advantage) the supreme court is to interpret, make sure laws are followed. What happened Oct. 2010 with Roberts, Alito, Skilia, Kennedy, and Uncle Tom was a slap in the face. You smart folks check it out.. I bet over half of you have no clue as to what I'm talking about. Until you know what our government is all about, how it works do not criticize unless you have something better offer, try to post intelligent comments PLEASe.
      steagall steagall, tjen

      August 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  74. Tired of change

    Obama can't even get his Illegal family to leave the USA. How is he going to create a single job?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  75. Jim

    I voted for Obama because he is intelligent, well-educated, and well spoken, and frankly wasn't an embarassing, swaggering "bring it on" cowboy.

    Obama will walk into a second term because all of the GOP candidates are religious psychotics. The evangelical right sees Rick Perry as the second comming, but the majority of Americans do not want another theocracy where the president crams his or her religious beliefs down our throats. The religous right is all about the "Constitution" except the part about separation of church and state.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  76. Special Ed

    Gotta disagree with the headline here. If speeches determined success or failure, this President would have a place on Mt. Rushmore. This President has mastered the art of the speech. I, like most, have grown tired of speeches about how he will fix things, sprinkled with the usual blame Bush/Republicans/Tea Party/Big Business/Wall Street Fatcats/Insurance Company/ or anyone else he can think to blame, rhetoric. Let's assume for a moment that all of his accusations about everyone else but him being to blame is true... so what? Aren't you now the President? Didn't you campaign on the premise that you would fix things, do them "smarter", change the way business was handled? All I have seen is more of the same old Liberal playbook, with lots of failed promises of transparency.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Silencer7017

      You American are all a bunch of lazy children. instead of making things happend you complain and want things now!! Mr Obama told is its not going to be an easy road to recovery specially when you have people who try to stop him at every turn. Stop whing like kids and call your representatives to act. its not the presidents job to create jobs, All those regulations are there to protect you from coporate greed. or did you fogot what happend the last 10 years?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Mike

      So you supported the idea that Obama should have just used his executive powers as President to uphold the 14th amendment, and raise the debt ceiling by executive order. That is what a decider would have done.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • 251bamafan

      I have noticed this same behavior in my children. I can't because of.... I needed to but..... I should have but...... To me it is just an immature action of a man who is in over his head. Some people need a little more time to mature than others. When they responsibility for their actions, and then set things right. Thats when we will start moving as a whole country.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Donnie_Rains

    President Obama did have a very good plan to put everyone to work with rebuilding our infurstructure,electrical grid,railways,roadways,building factories to build the things to rebuild america and all kilds of other jobs but he and the people of america are being helt hostage by people like john bohner(the house speaker that thinks hes president) and the republicians for republician politicial gain,they don't care how bad the people of americia suffer just as long as they get there votes and there all for the rich only !! please don't forget this when it comes election time !!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  78. WakeUp

    I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing…aaand I have never and will never know what I’m doing. Sooo, I resign immediately so someone who does know what they are doing can take charge… Ahhh, Jokes on you America for electing someone who has never run…anything. That’s what his speech should be.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Jim

      Maybe someone with experience in quitting is needed. Maybe Sarah Palin?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • gavin

        Let's face it. We have an intern for a President. He has absolutely no experience running or managing anything. Since he has no experience, he doesn't even know how to resign or quit. Most folks would hand in their resignation with his record. They would be too embarrassed to continue. The honorable thing would be for him to resign, but he can't do that because it would be a first for him.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Harold Trainer, USAF RET

      More talk and no walk. Until he goes out and fights McConnell and REpubs he will accomlish nothing. It is all words with Obama and no action.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • MB

        all words and flying all over the place. That costs SOOO much money to ply air force 1 and from what I understand he so far has flown it more than any other president.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      The sad truth is that you are right. I voted to Obama only to be very disappointed. Having said that, I don't see anyone running against him that I feel could do any better.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • u so mad

      you sound quite upset, perhaps you've been drinking too much tea and attending too many parties

      August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • egm11

      this clueless creep just loves to hear himself talk and talk and talk. if the debates go on as scheduled, i will be listening to people with real ideas and life experiences to back up their rhetoric. obama will say and do the same ole thing, blame bush, blame ilene, blame earthquakes blame tsunamis, blame anyone and everyone except the person responsible for this miserable mess of an economy. socialism will not work in this country therefore the only thing obama is good for it stand on a soap box with his monkey on his shoulder on a chicago street corner and convence his black breathern that whites are evil..

      August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Pixie

      and I might add that even though I do not know what I am doing, and am oblivious to European and their efforts to try and turn around their socialist nanny countries, I have sucessfully started us down that path. Many years from now, when you see the true costs and limitations (because we never really explained the entire bill – Nancy handled that part) of my healthcare, you will spend millions more trying to correct it. I, however, will get to list the "historic" heathcare legislation under my name in the history books. You all know how fond I am of the word "historic". I would also like another "historic" moment – please carve my head into Mt. Rushmore. Yep, well, my friends. This is an historic moment and "yes we can" has come to fruition. Sorry, but that applied to me and members of congress. sorry if you mistakenly thought you were include in the game plan.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  79. Kenneth E

    This is a wonderful dialogue. This isn't about Tax/Spend. This isn't about Smmal/Big Government. This isn't about ALOT of things.

    This should be about coming together in teh center and negotiating a middle ground compromise that gets onerus regulations out of the way, extreme taxes out of the way, wasteful tax-loopholes out of the way, and makes educatation affordable and incentivizes growing industry(ies), so that jobs open up and we all can earn a living wage.

    Neither party alone will ever get that done, since it has something for both sides, and something against both platforms. But governing, and politics, is about "horse-trading".
    I'll remove a regulation, you give me a school. You give me a tax decrease, I'll remove a loophole.

    The Tea-Partiers won't have compromise, and the career politicans on the GOP side won't risk losing the far right in favor of the Independents. So, as we had a few decades ago, we have gridlock-politics. With that, comes debt.

    Simple truths. Sorry.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  80. Citizen

    Obama even plays politics with this serious issue. So he schedules his long awaited speech the night of the Republican debates. It's all about politics for Obama.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  81. MirrormanXKL

    Personally I feel bad for obama...I think maybe he really meant well, but he got duped by his staff of advisers on the economy I think. Truth be told he took too long to clean the economy out...yeah he wanted to ease some of the pain but the truth is that this extra comfort he tried to give the American people is now costing him.....the problem is there is no money left...his party wants him to make things up and pull rabbits out of the hat mainly to cover a whole lot of bad governance by both parties! but It cant happen...WE JUST DONT HAVE THAT MONEY! YOU CANT MAKE JOBS BY BORROWING MORE MONEY WHILE OWNING AS MUCH AS WE DO! This is not strictly speaking obama's fault...I think you put the blame where the blame should be at..always...or at least try.and honestly its not his fault...the real culprits here are the two parties who have for decades now done very little that would make this nation strong. Instead they supported their sponsors and his done tremendous damage that Obama is supposed to pick up after frankly. As for Obama...unless something unusual happens he is going to have to run on hope...because I just dont see this economy going anywhere frankly...just to be honest. We are in real deep ....this economy is severely hampered...not only here but the entire world...its a global problem now and there are not going to be any easy solutions no matter what anyone does..its just too late.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  82. FZMello

    Correction: His Jobs speech is going to be the typical blather. His ECONOMIC ACTIONS and POLICIES are what's crucial. If past precedent is any indicator, I don't have much hope for the near future. Even worse, the alternative basically consists of "Vote for me while I misdirect you on the issues and then let my rich friends continue to exploit everything they can!"

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  83. StephMSellers

    Identify illegal immigrants. Enforce the law. Make them leave. Each costs legal citizens approx. $1,117.00 per year. The jobs they leave can be easily be filled from the masses of unemployed.
    Identify English as the American language. Make knowing English mandatory to attend school. All legal immigrants can take classes which the government can fund.
    Stop incentives for outsourcing. Force large corporations to bring their manufacturing jobs back to us. Immediately.
    Cull all horse breeding tax incentives and research on global warming. Mega millions.
    Apply these funds towards rebuilding the East Coast after Hurricane Irene. Then build better trails in our park systems.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  84. edsr

    A movie was made about a politicians last stand years ago with Spencer Tracey entitled...."The Last Hurrah"...........this will be Mr Obama's "swan song"! Hopefully!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  85. Duffminster

    The problem is that what is now good for the Too Big to Fail Banks that Bush and Cheney and Hank Paulson decided to send nearly a trillion of borrowed money to save are controlling Congress and the White House and it is a rare day in Washington that the business of the People is done. They are too busy talking about cutting social security and medicare and the pensions of our armed services members while outsourcing the military, prisons, schools and anything else to their highest paying lobbyists interests or in cow towing the increasingly effective vitriol of the Koch empire propoganda machine. I say that during the next election, I vote for whomever both receives the least lobby money and overall campaign finance and also who's voting record shows them against cutting into programs for the American People to help pay for the trickle up economics for the very small number of people and nationless and heartless multi-national corporations and the CEO's who have willingly turned their backs on America and its People by outsourcing our jobs and dreams to the communists and 3rd world nations that treat their citizens like slaves. The trends towards a two tier society, the super rich and their highly educated Machiavellian administrators, and then every body else, the poor, will either be stopped or the full implementation of a Banana Republic in America will be realized and the new Mussolini will come in under the banner of the Koch party, sorry "Tea Party". Bing Duffminster

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  86. Paul

    Wolf, sorry to disagree with you, but it is the results, not the speech, that is make or break for Obama.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  87. oldtimer

    Jobs speech is three years late. If he really cared about people's jobs, he would not allow the 30-50 million ILLEGALS in this country to take our jobs from us. Don't kid yourselves that they are only doing jobs we Americans won't do. If you allow this socialist another four years, we all should be prepared to move to Canada.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • S Plourde

      That 30-50 millions jobs youa re talking about no native american would take them anyway, so they are not steeling jobs. You can look at it the way you want that is the plain thruth...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Crazy Eights

      Hey OldTimer. Zip it before I break your hip. Ha...Love Adam Sandler. An illegal took my job, so I got a better one. That illegal is now cutting grass at $4/hour. Thank you illegal for taking the job that I did not want.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • DeeDee

        If you've ever talked to an illegal, they don't work for less than $15/hr under the table. They don't want a regular job and pay taxes. Your $4/hr scenario is outdated. Take it from someone that lives in So. Cal.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      He would have bailed the people out instead of the BANKS. It is, after all, the people's money he is spending. We the people should benefit from our own Government or why bother.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • reality

        dippity do – the government by definition always spends the "people's money". We spend it on wars, on roads, on flu vaccine, on getting rid of drugs and porn. Think

        August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • egm11

      no we should be prepared for an armed insurrection to take our country back and forcibly remove those who do not belong here, including obama if necessary.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • MB

      read my mind!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      Crazy, you are crazy. So, you are trying to make people believe that Illegals are only working in the fields and lawns. When is the last time you passed a construction site, or visited one of the few manufacturers left in America. Sorry, but I don't believe you to be as dumb, as you think we are.......Keep spinning Dora,...Just keep spinning.........

      August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • ryanrory

      We here in Canada old timer don't mind paying more taxes to get health care etc. We have an amazing standard of living and our politicians are actually working for the people,not just re-election. Three cheers for Canada. A great country with diverse ethnicities and no immigration problem. Who would have thunk.....

      August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • CanadianLady

      We Canadians are not interested in having you. But thanks anyway.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  88. Thomas Jones

    also want Davis Bacon repealed. I want road construction and maintenance to be free of union coercion and corruption. I want highway projects that actually finish, unlike corruptocrat areas like Chicago where projects seem to last forever without completion. And I want approvals streamlined so that 10 years and tens of millions aren't added to the front of every project for "impact studies" and other incredibly wasteful regulatory hurdles.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  89. American_Voter

    It seems to me those in Congress have lost their purpose. To be in congress was to be a public servant, servants are not usually rich. Those currently in congress seem less interested in representing the people and more interested in representing their reelection funds. Congress votes for laws that favor big business not the people that voted for them. How can we fix this? Term limits for Congress. Who in congress would vote for that?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • 1manthousand

      Yep! He has no choice at this time. He's going to have to run against the Republican controlled Congress for the 2012 election; not Perry or any other republican candidate. Republicans have no interest in supporting any bill that will make Obama look good next year. For the Republicans its about self interest first, followed by party then comes country.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Elephant in the Room

      Agree. Have always thought that imposing term limits would resolve a lot of the challenges we currently face. Don't ever see that happening.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Mike

      Term limits for Congress will make things even worse, because term limits don't apply to lobbyists and campaign donors, who will be the only ones with any Washington experience.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • tzvikf

      The people need to institue our own term limits. NEVER vote for the two term incumbent.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  90. george in texas

    there is no way a black president can progress unless the white republican congress people co-operate. the next budget should be presented by the whitehouse, not by congress, to make deep cuts in spending and elimination of vast waste that dc inflicts on the nation.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • edsr

      I don't believe this is true about a black President......Colin Powell would do just fine with Congress........Barack Obama just does not have the finesse nor the ability nor the experience needed to sway or negotiate with Congress.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • Nancy

        Have you forgotten the most important issue before this congress is to make sure this black president a one term president

        August 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Patty

        Experience is the key word there......he just didn't (and doesn't) have that political experience.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • CEEBEE

      White Republican Congress people?? What about the black Republican Congress people – are they okay??

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • FedUPwithFEDS

      Race card much? Pathetic. How about looking at all the good Obama did for Chicago, it's a very short read so don't allow it to intimidate you. He has done nothing but hurt the working class of this country. Those on the hand-out systems just love him, imagine that.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Tired of change

      He had control of BOTH HOUSE for 2 years and did NOTHING but run the debt up 3 TRILLION DOLLARS.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • k210

      George.... are you a Racist?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Brian

      You do realize that the Republic-controlled House has a racial demographic that is very similar to the racial demographic of the country, right? Now, look at the Democratically-controlled Senate...

      If you're going to race bait, at least do a modicum of research, first.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • egm11

      george, unless you recently arrived on this planet or just crawled out from under a rock, there are black folk in congress. there are also black folk in the senate, in the democratic party who have NOT PRODUCED a budget in two years. hello george, wake up or just roll over and pull a rip van winkle and go back to sleep for another 100 yrs.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • MarCol

      This has nothing to do with race. This is about an economy that is still tanking and the continuing loss of middle class jobs!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Volitionx

      I voted for Obama, and he proceeded to help convert me from a hardcore liberal and registered Democrat to a conservative and registered Republican. The socialist had his chance. He failed. He deserves to lose in 2012.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Mike

        Obama has done nothing but bow and scrape before the GOP minority. He should be a spelunker, he likes to cave so much. Obama's biggest mistake was not running on the GOP ticket, where he belongs.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      AAHHH, what you are trying to say is we are all racist for disagreeing with Obama. At least you toned it down a little. I mean the way you say that everyone is racist without coming out and saying it point blank. But I'm sure that only because of the loss in the polls. Dems are desperate, Obama is even more desperate. With the oddly timed bus tour, and addressing the nation on the same night that the republicans are having their debate that has been scheduled for months. We waited till you got back, whats another day? The only reason he is doing this is to disrupt the debate. One thing is for sure, If I decide that I want to hear Obama again, I'll tape it, but don't count on it......I coould probably listen to a speech from two years ago, and hear the same thing......

      August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • stan

      Give the racism card a rest, had he been born with his mothers skin colour you'd not be calling him 'black' at all. Eminem is more 'black' than barry obama.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  91. DP

    Uh like a speech is going to do jack squat about the jobs scenario. Talk all you want, the jobs aren't coming back. How many of these speeches is he going to give? Does he have to hit some kind of magic number of speeches to generate these jobs? Is this the magic number speech?

    Obama has no plan. All he can do is say "it's going to get better sometime in the future for unclear reasons that we will take future credit for." Seriously spending a trillion dollars to buy lottery tickets is more of a plan than anything he has come up with. What has the plan been so far exactly? Lets just let Wall Street run out of control and hope that works? He has no idea what he is doing, and that is being optimistic about his role here.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  92. Ed Newell

    Have you heard of "CRAZY CHECKS'. If a student acts crazy disrupting classes in public school, parents are paid about $400.00 per child. The schools which are majority black are close to 100% participation in the "CRAZY CHECK' program. Parents actually tell their children to act crazy so they can get the money. A teacher says some black families are getting between $4 and $5 thousand per month. I understand why they call them "CRAZY CHECKS'. This is disgusting when our lawmakers want to cut medicare and Social Security.

    4 and $5 thousand

    August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Mikey

      Let me guess – Glenn Beck said it so it has to be true, right?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • MB

      Say what? Ive never heard this. If this is true this is crap.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  93. jon

    NO President can actually CREATE JOBS. This is pure nonsense. Companies and corporations have given our jobs, and whole industries (shoes, clothing, toys, appliances, steel, cars, electronics, sports equipment, etc, etc, etc.), away over the past 30 years. It is like the story about boiling a frog in water, one degree at a time. After 30 years of slowly doing this, we now have 15 million (at least) people who have lost their gainful employment, and won't be getting it back any time soon. I remember when Ohio put George Bush over the top in 2004 – and then that state lost more than 10,000 good manufacturing jobs during the next 2 years. Same for most other states.
    Stop blaming Obama for this job loss – it has gone on since Reagan – although I am not even blaming him for this mess.
    Our companies don't really have the best interest of the American people at heart – (understatement of the year.).
    Of course, we could just elect another Republican president and have that party rip us a new one again. Yikes!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  94. dp

    hmmm... big jobs speech by obama... i bet he gives a rousing speech; he seems to be good at that, but then nothing will happen. blah blah blah. both parties in this country suck.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  95. Get Real

    The fastest way to create jobs is to order a pizza, or go to a bar, and drink a beer while Obama give his "I have a Dream" speech. We can then sit down, and watch all the clowns on tv clap for each other while "Rome" burns.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  96. JD

    What happened to the jobs he promised during his two year campaign to be President? I need to remind people that he promised jobs, but hasn't delivered. What makes people think he'll deliver now? Do the right thing this time. Even the BOJ put a halt to the ATT/T-Mobile merger because it's going to hurt people. Please consider your decision long and hard this time.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • JD

      correction: DOJ. This economy started tanking when the Democrats took control of Congress in 1987, and Obama rode those coat tails.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Steve

        @JD.. 100% correct

        August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • robin

        you must have forgotten the 90's when Clinton and the democrats turned ours into the strongest economy going and wiped out the deficit. things were going quite nicely until the Bush era

        August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • ryanrory

      You need to remind people! wow you must be the expert. What you seem to conveniently forget is the US economy was bleeding 400000 to 500000 jobs a month when O took office. None of this was his gig. He has attempted and has succeeded in moderation( no thanks to Republican grandstanding) to crate an environment that is slowing digging its way out of the free fall that was occurring when he took office. You don't remember that?

      August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  97. Brian

    Didn't he already make a jobs speech last year and the year before? Dims controlled Congress and the WH for 2 years. We got a trillion dollar stimulus that was useless, a bank/Wall Street bailout, a health care bill no one wanted and we can't pay for and a lot of pretty speeches while things deteriorated. These are the facts. Did Obama cause these problems? Maybe not but most leaders don't get to pick their problems and he hasn't made them any better. Not even close

    August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  98. Daniel6

    wow–the moderator must be a staunch democrat??

    August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  99. Ganan

    This will be his what-15th speech on jobs. You are almost 3 years into your presidency-why haven't you done something before now? You are useless......just admit it. You have no idea what you are doing.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  100. 1mjk

    How is Obama supposed to deliver when a Republican dominated Congress is committed to seeing Obamafail/ no jobs only tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations/elimination of social security and medicare? Congress will not legislate for more jobs.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Brian

      yawn...the Dims controlled Congress for two years, passed their stimulus and bank bailouts plus their health care debacle. What did they accomplish, nothing...so spare us the "it"s the TP and GOP bit"

      August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • MiddleWay14

        Spare you...no, no, no. ALL OF THEM are to blame–his Democrats and your GOP, especially your Tea Party who has been an obstruction more than anything else.

        The Tea Party is not even its own movement. Nearly from the get-go, it had been co-opted as of a subsidiary of the overarching GOP agenda–a "Grassroots" LLC pandering to the ignorant and bigoted religious illiterate voters of the conservative base if you will.

        You probably don't even realize that the initiator of the Tea Party movement was Ron Paul. Ron Paul does not even qualify as being part of the Republican Party. He clearly is an independent conservative with a heavy libertarian leaning. While I don't agree with him on all issues, you can clearly see that he bases his ideas on reason and logic (many of his solutions would work but changing the American lifestyle so drastically and so quickly would lead to dire consequences as a byproduct of the ensuing paradigm shift). At this point, Americans (Conservatives and Liberals alike) are used to living with and have come to expect and depend on some level of social safety nets and entitlements. They affect the way we live and go to the core of the lifestyle choices we make. We, as a nation, would not be able to take as many risks in the name of progress as we do without them being there. These benefits have led to greater mobility across state lines and upward mobility within the ranks of social strata, as well as the intermingling of peoples from disparate backgrounds which in itself leads to the creation of new ideas, invention, and innovation.

        We are no longer a nation of geographic frontiersmen; all the land has been claimed. Thus, we are no longer a nation of rugged individuals. Rather, we are a nation of cooperative individuals.

        This is why the Tea Party's loosely libertarian economic tenets are not realistic with the immediacy that they want them implemented. The canvas is no longer blank and hasn't been for a while. We must live with the picture that we've painted thus far. We can either decide to improve it or we can decide to throw up our hands and proclaim failure. The latter (bunker mentality) helps no one, the poor and disenfranchised least of all.

        Pushing trickle-down economics doesn't help either. The problems we currently have stem from low consumer demand; they are not supply-side issues. The reality is that large, multinational corporations and Wall Street have no allegiance to America or Americans, yet they thrive off the business environment we provide for them. They are hollowing out the middle class by selling our accumulated knowledge base and intellectual property (i.e., engineering and manufacturing capabilities) down the river to foreign, unregulated markets–markets without labor or environmental laws. They are skimming off the top while doing this, getting incredibly rich at our expense in the process, and then taking their ball with them to play on another court (i.e., taking their business abroad). At the end of the day, the average joe has less money in his pocket to spend, drastically decreasing consumer demand. This reinforces the belt tightening, as companies are then quick to reduce the workforce to mirror diminished demand.

        How do you fix the problem? You support the American worker by making it illegal to outsource without stipulations/conditions regarding our labor and environmental laws (i.e., if you want to sell goods and services in the American market, you must comply with our labor and environmental laws). This will put local and foreign labor on an even playing field, thus curbing the continued devaluation of labor. This would also discourage outsourcing from happening in the first place, as it would be as expensive or more expensive than using local labor.

        You also make it difficult to move money across country lines. You could tax total assets / net worth at an absurdly high rate if a business incorporated in the U.S. or individual U.S. citizen decides to bail on the United States (e.g., 80%+ transfer tax). This would ensure that the wealth created here stays here.

        These are just two ways that we could solve the jobs / demand problem here in the U.S., while bolstering American competitiveness and continuing to build our knowledge base / intellectual property base.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • FedUPwithFEDS

      The race card and the blame game are played out... When will Obama be responsible for his actions? Typical democrat blame game is such a transparent ploy.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Steve

      Republican dominated congress? What are you smoking? Where have you been the first two years of his presidency when the Democrats controlled everything? Their #1 priority was the health care sham. The GOP seized the house as a result. Sober up.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • 1manthousand

        I may be smoking what you are smoking. There is no way you can reverse unemployment in just 2yrs when Bushes unemployment spree lasted nearly 1 yr into Obama's term. Besides healthcare is a major aspect of the economy. Reduced healthcare cost which Obamacare supports means more money to spend on other things which helps the economy. I will take Obamacare at anytime instead of RepublicansdontCare.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • TJ

        And what are you smoking the republicans care for you....are you super rich...did you get a tax break or are you like the rest of us who suffer under all these crazy policies....everyone needs to wake up and start telling all these politicians to get it together or get the hell out of the way

        August 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Shawn

      LOL...Maybe he would of tried to create jobs when he have the House and Senate. I know know that is crazy talk. But at some point you he will have to produce....right? Oh wait, no he does not. He can blame Bush and Congress now.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Bob, Vegas

      1st 2 yrs of his presidency was a Dem 'Super Majority'. No GOP opposition. How do you think we got obamacare. where was the job push then?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • 1manthousand

      He has no choice at this time. He's going to have to run against the Republican controlled Congress for the 2012 election; not Perry or any other republican candidate. Republicans have no interest in supporting any bill that will make Obama look good next year. For the Republicans its about self interest first, followed by party then comes country.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Steve

      Good points.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Dr. Kondrek

        Mr. Obama has made the GOP task SO much easier, as he has made himself the epic failure we see today.
        The GOP simply CAN'T make him "look" any worse than he actually is...

        August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Volitionx

      Do I really have to give you a civics lesson? "Congress" means House of Representatives (now Republican controlled) AND also the Senate (now Democrat controlled). Where's the "Republican controlled congress" you're talking about?

      Plus, since Congress was ruled by Democraps for the first two years of Mama Obama's presidency, we have the health care bill and all of that other crap that other posters have so aptly mentioned. He's going to spend this country even DEEPER into oblivion...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
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