Comments on: When Republicans critique Obama, they critique their own policies http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: GA_Chris http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70686 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:27:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70686 When the GDP data was released, i took a look and it’s obvious that reduced gov spending drove it, whereas increased private sector spending did not increase enough.

2 clear questions…:
– why did Obama not come out and say that the contraction was gov driven and that private GDP had expanded?
– why are my fellow citizens generally too stupid to look at numbers and mindlessly follow FoxNews or MSNBC (depending on perspective) both of which spew rubbish.

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By: krimsonpage http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70684 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:45:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70684 @SanPa true. But don’t expect the GOP to address that until the disaster begins. No doubt they will blame the President when it does.

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By: Beauciel http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70681 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:14:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70681 Where is the outrage at the American media’s failure to point the finger at the Republicans for wanting America to fail? They are trying their darndest to send America down the path of global irrelevance, by opposing every little thing the Obama administration proposes. The American public must be more vocal on every issue or America will actually become more broken down and irrelevant!

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By: americanguy http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70676 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:36:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70676 Republicans need to listen to real Americans instead of Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh is dragging the Republicans down to his pathetic level, and that will destroy the Republican party.
But anyone or any group stupid enough to listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck, deserves to be an irrelevant nothing.

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By: SanPa http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70671 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:26:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70671 I am actually more concerned by central bank balance sheet expansion than borrowing per se. Bernanke and Company have been monetizing junk collateral, and at some point will need to cash in collateral.

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By: blah77 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70670 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:29:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70670 tougar: It’s not that simple. Just because a company holds a lot of cash in reserve doesn’t mean that they aren’t taking on debt at the same time. Corporations issues debt instruments with varying maturities just like our federal/local governments.

With that said, despite the cash hoarding, capital expentures for these same companies have also risen during the same time frame. How are corporations funding these expenditures if they aren’t actually deploying that cash reserve? Simple, debt issuance. Rates have been been at a historical low so the cost of finance is far less than before. In essence, what’s true for people refinancing their mortgage also holds true for companies. This brings up the next question of why are they sitting on large piles of cash then? Are they using it for share buybacks or dividend payments? Nope, both of those figures have actually decreased or flatlined since the great recession.

Frankly speaking, the S&P 500 corporations are trying to have their cake (abnormally large cash reserve) and eat it too (low cost to finance debt). Is it any wonder that despite the sluggish GDP expansion, anemic wage growth and tepid economic recovery, most large U.S. corporations are still managing to post record profits quarter after quarter?

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By: flashrooster http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70669 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:01:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70669 Though the last election results were promising, I’m not at all convinced that the Republicans don’t have another volley or two, at least, yet to unleash on a nation whose people are suffering from too much financial burden as it is. Whether they are able to convince a majority of unsuspecting, uninformed, Americans that they, the GOP, need to be put back into a position of greater power in order to “prove” that their policies are good for America, or that they are able to continue thwarting all other attempts to make improvements in how we’re running our country, either way paints a dangerously ugly picture for our future. Sometimes a wounded beast is the most dangerous. Right now the Republican Party is a wounded party, and they’re wasting no time in trying to devise ways of regaining power, including tampering with the electoral processes in important swing states and coming up with more effective ways of bamboozling the American public regarding their plutocracy-promoting policies.

It’s clear from the election results that a majority of Americans think we’re better off with policies promoted by Democrats than those espoused by Republicans. What hasn’t happened is a majority becoming alarmed enough at what Republicans have done, as well as what they want to do, to shoot the wounded beast once and for all so that they can no longer continue their dismantling of all that works for Americans.

Republicans have made themselves the enemy. I hear it in their rhetoric, the way they attack our government and a majority of the American people. Everyone’s bad but them. Also, there seems to be a rejection of democracy that has been sweeping through a majority of people on the right. Increasingly, they are unwilling to accept policies that a majority of the country supports. I worry about where it’s going to take us. I hear some crazy things from otherwise intelligent people, people who consider themselves conservatives. The majority needs to be more demanding, and less accepting of rightwing policies that a majority believe are bad for America.

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By: tougar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70668 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:50:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70668 blah77: the government should operate like the private sector and have cash reserves instead of just adding more debt.

neither the left nor the right has all the answers, this divisive mentality fuels this mess.

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By: Bob9999 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70665 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:25:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70665 To be completely fair, both parties make completely stupid and untrue digs at the other party. The Republicans did not invent it, although it is true that they appear to be masters of mendacity.

The main stupidity of the GOP, however, is that the Republican Party — far more than the Democratic Party — has defined itself in terms of President Obama, to the point that the Republican Party will cease to exist on January 20, 2017, because someone else will become president at that time.

The Republicans do not appear to be able to comment on an significant policy issue without doing so in reference to President Obama. This increases perception that the Republicans are themselves devoid of ideas and are not capable of doing anything other than stare in disbelief at the fact that Barack Obama is president of the United States. (And that perception is almost certainly true, since, if it were not true, the Republicans would have been able to do something in the last four years that was not in some way a reference to President Obama.)

If the Republicans want to mean more than nothing, they have to stop defining themselves as the anti-Obama party. The fact that Obama has won two national elections should underscore that fact. “We hate the guy you voted for” is not the way to appeal to the electorate.

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By: Yashmak http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/02/05/when-republicans-critique-obama-they-critique-their-own-policies/#comment-70661 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:40:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17731#comment-70661 This, as today mouthpieces on the left are madly spinning the threat of sequestration as the GOP’s fault, when in fact it was Obama who first proposed it, insisted it become law, and then famously said he would veto any attempt to circumvent it.

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