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Talk Back to Barack

 

I follow @BarackObama on Twitter–for you, my fellow Ricocheteers. This morning’s gem from the President’s team:

FACT: If Congress doesn’t act, small business lending will decrease by $540 million—eliminating financing to hire more workers. #JobsNotCuts

You just have to admire the government-as-center-of-the-universe axiom planted in this tweet. Instead of addressing the President myself, how would you reply to Mr. Obama, preferably in 140 or fewer characters?

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. Pacific): The Tweet I cite above is only the tip of the sequester iceberg. Have your young children left the room? If so, read on for additional prophecies of Armageddon from today’s official POTUS Twitter feed.

Share why your family can’t afford severe spending cuts to vital services for kids and seniors: OFA.BO/QxoFAf #JobsNotCuts

RT if you agree: It’s time for Republicans in Congress to protect middle-class families—not tax loopholes for millionaires. #JobsNotCuts

FACT: If Congress refuses to act by Friday, more than 370,000 mentally ill children and adults will go without treatment. #JobsNotCuts

FACT: Automatic spending cuts would eliminate more than 4 million meals for sick and homebound seniors if Congress doesn’t act. #JobsNotCuts

FACT: Impending spending cuts would end programs for nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students if Congress doesn’t act. #JobsNotCuts

FACT: More than 800,000 defense employees will be forced to take unpaid leave if Congress doesn’t stop impending spending cuts. #JobsNotCuts

FACT: If Congress doesn’t act by Friday, automatic spending cuts will threaten more than 30,000 teacher and school staff jobs. #JobsNotCuts

Michelle last night and now the President. We may look back and discern this as the moment the Age of Obama jumped the shark.

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  1. Profile photo of PsychLynne Member
    George Savage

    FACT: If Congress doesn’t act, small business lending will decrease by $540 million—eliminating financing to hire more workers. #JobsNotCuts

    Granted, I may be revealing ignorance on this, but do you take out financing to hire workers? equipment, contract services (which I suppose are indirectly workers), etc. But do you show up to the bank/government agency and say “I need an assistant, can I get a loan?” 

    • #1
    • February 26, 2013 at 1:07 am
  2. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    Perhaps your wife shouldn’t appear at the Academy Awards when they could have hired some poor out of work bus boy or dishwasher struggling to find work in Hollywood instead.

    #BubblePeople

    • #2
    • February 26, 2013 at 1:33 am
  3. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    FACT: No money available for business loans because some jug-eared knucklehead borrowed it all and spent it on high speed rail. #whoops

    • #4
    • February 26, 2013 at 1:34 am
  4. Profile photo of Bereket Kelile Member

    This won’t be short enough for a tweet but it got me thinking this morning. If the sky is gonna fall because of the sequester then how did he manage to “cut the deficit in half” without old people dying, lights going off, patients dying, children dying, women getting raped, neighborhoods pillaged, jobs lost (aka furloughs), and on and on? If this is the consequence of a measly $80 billion “cut” then how can we ever make any cuts ever?

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    • February 26, 2013 at 1:37 am
  5. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    Barry, I can smell what you have stepped in. Spray your Narcisse cologne at will, but the stench of your policies shall linger for decades.

    • #6
    • February 26, 2013 at 1:55 am
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    George Savage Post author
    Bereket Kelile: This won’t be short enough for a tweet but it got me thinking this morning. If the sky is gonna fall because of the sequester then how did he manage to “cut the deficit in half” without old people dying, lights going off, patients dying, children dying, women getting raped, neighborhoods pillaged, jobs lost (aka furloughs), and on and on? If this is the consequence of a measly $80 billion “cut” then how can we ever make any cuts ever? · 58 minutes ago

    Bereket, it’s simple: Just plan to raise spending even higher and then refrain from implementing the increases. At my house we do this all the time:

    “Hey honey, I’m going to buy that new BMW 335xi 6-speed I’ve been interested in.”

    “We can’t afford that. We are barely keeping up with the college tuition bills.”

    “Remember the pool we decided not to put in the backyard? We can just spend that money instead.”

    “Oh, okay.”

    I’m sure this goes on in every household across America. Right?

    • #7
    • February 26, 2013 at 2:39 am
  7. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Did my #ChicagoWay comment get redacted or did I just not post it?

    • #8
    • February 26, 2013 at 2:43 am
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    George Savage Post author
    Fricosis Guy: Did my #ChicagoWay comment get redacted or did I just not post it? · 2 minutes ago

    I did not redact anything…but now I am on the edge of my seat wondering what I am missing.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 2:46 am
  9. Profile photo of EJHill Member
    Bereket Kelile: …then how did he manage to “cut the deficit in half” without old people dying, lights going off, patients dying, children dying

    Because the key word there is “deficit” that being the difference between income and outgo. That doesn’t begin to address the debt, which is the accumulation of deficits.

    To get the nation’s fiscal house in order we must not only cut so that revenues show surpluses, and use the surplus to pay off real debt.

    • #10
    • February 26, 2013 at 2:54 am
  10. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    @BarackObama: A very precise number, almost as if you were holding our small businesses hostage. Want it in small bills? #ChicagoWay

    • #11
    • February 26, 2013 at 2:56 am
  11. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Nothing that hard c0re, but that’s what I get for commenting over lunch. I think I killed the tab before sending. 

    George Savage
    Fricosis Guy: Did my #ChicagoWay comment get redacted or did I just not post it? · 2 minutes ago

    I did not redact anything…but now I am on the edge of my seat wondering what I am missing. · 9 minutes ago

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    • February 26, 2013 at 3:01 am
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    EJHill
    Bereket Kelile: …then how did he manage to “cut the deficit in half” without old people dying, lights going off, patients dying, children dying

    Because the key word there is “deficit” that being the difference between income and outgo. That doesn’t begin to address the debt, which is the accumulation of deficits.

    To get the nation’s fiscal house in order we must not only cut so that revenues show surpluses, and use the surplus to pay off real debt. · 20 minutes ago

    Of course, that’s just crazy talk.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 3:16 am
  13. Profile photo of Colin B Lane Inactive

    Just tried to answer your challenge, George, and realized how absurd Twitter is.

    • #14
    • February 26, 2013 at 3:21 am
  14. Profile photo of dash Inactive

    I don’t tweet, and this is a prime example of why. But if I did, does dog doo take one “o” or two?

    • #15
    • February 26, 2013 at 3:45 am
  15. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member
    Colin B Lane: Just tried to answer your challenge, George, and realized how absurd Twitter is. · 23 minutes ago

    It takes loads of practice to chunk things down to 140 characters.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 3:45 am
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    George Savage Post author
    dash: I don’t tweet, and this is a prime example of why. But if I did, does dog doo take one “o” or two? · 16 minutes ago

    Dash, the 140-character limit is a wonder of Twitter that encourages novel formulations. So, for efficiency’s sake only, I recommend no o’s at all: Voila! I give you, “dog du”.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 4:06 am
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    George Savage Post author
    EJHill
    Bereket Kelile: …then how did he manage to “cut the deficit in half” without old people dying, lights going off, patients dying, children dying

    Because the key word there is “deficit” that being the difference between income and outgo. That doesn’t begin to address the debt, which is the accumulation of deficits.

    To get the nation’s fiscal house in order we must not only cut so that revenues show surpluses, and use the surplus to pay off real debt. · 1 hour ago

    There is another way out: Cut the annual deficit to below 1% of GDP and grow the economy in excess of 3% of GDP. Each year. Keep doing this long enough and the debt, while not repaid out of annual budget surpluses, is whittled down to a manageable share of the nation’s total output of goods and services (c.f., Reagan, Ronald: 40th President of the United States).

    The austerity trap must be avoided, lest Republicans wind up identified as the party that comes into the hotel ballroom at 6 a.m., picking up the spilled drinks and emptying the overflowing ashtrays following the prior night’s debauch, while Democrats have all the fun.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 4:10 am
  18. Profile photo of Grendel Member

    FACT: If the gov pays people to make things no one wants, the “jobs” stop when the gov stops paying. How many buggywhips can we “invest” in?

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    • February 26, 2013 at 4:41 am
  19. Profile photo of Bob W Member

    Sell all that ammo back you bought to inflate the price, should be able to pay for some of that pork.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 5:01 am
  20. Profile photo of Grendel Member

    We’ve known since your exchange w/JoeThePlumber that you are an economic dunderhead. These tweets are just icing.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 6:15 am
  21. Profile photo of Anne R. Pierce Inactive

    This one is particularly egregious. “FACT: If Congress doesn’t act, small business lending will decrease by $540 million—eliminating financing to hire more workers. #JobsNotCuts

     Every domestic act of this administration has hurt, not helped, small businesses.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 6:25 am
  22. Profile photo of dittoheadadt Member

    @BarackObama Resign now you incompetent unqualified anti-America manchild seeking the destruction, er, transformation, of America.

    • #23
    • February 26, 2013 at 6:34 am
  23. Profile photo of lisa smillie Inactive

    Or you could go “line by line through the budget to eliminate fraud and waste, as promised and you wouldn’t have to hurt “ordinary folks” Mr. POTUS.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 7:18 am
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    POTUS chooses to furlough regular folks, cut funds for needy, rather than cut back funding for Solyndra, et al.

    • #25
    • February 26, 2013 at 7:21 am
  25. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    More garbage thrown at the people who pick through garbage for their daily sustenance. $540 million for small businesses to hire people? Businesses do not take out loans to hire people – unless they’re hiring contractors build a new capital asset like a factory.

    You don’t take out loans to hire the IT department, chief. If you have to take out a loan, it means you’re running cash-negative.

    Oh, wait. Sorry, Barry. I know how troubled you are when it comes to math. Here’s a cookie for your self-esteem ouchies I just inflicted upon you.

    My bad.

    frowny_face.jpg

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    • February 26, 2013 at 8:16 am
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    George Savage

    Michelle last night and now the President. We may look back and discern this as the moment the Age of Obama jumped the shark. · · 8 hours ago

    I really don’t think so. Obama’s team are masters at Twitter and other social media, and they know what works. You and I and the rest of Ricochet can smell the BS, but the rest of the credulous populace is buying it all, hook, line and sinker.

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    • February 26, 2013 at 8:29 am
  27. Profile photo of RushBabe49 Thatcher

    BHO: AX entire ED DEPT, return all $$ to TAXPAYERS.

    • #28
    • February 26, 2013 at 9:02 am
  28. Profile photo of R. Craigen Inactive

    Dear Mr. Obama, I have only one question: Was this a calculation you made when you initiated the sequester in 2011?

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    • February 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  29. Profile photo of Astonishing Inactive

    [expletive]

    • #30
    • February 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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