President Obama's Campaign Trail Led to Brief Q&A Session on Reddit

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tekknyne

"Our government should be run more like a business. A well-oiled machine."

"So what do we do with the lowest performers? Like the bottom 2 or 3 states? Well, in the free-market, there's winners and looser. So they get cut."

"Sorry, Utah, Mississippi and Montana. You have budget short-falls this year, and quite frankly, your state have far too many derelict white trash, so you're screwed. You're going to be absorbed by the states adjacent to you."

Wait, what?! Government should be run like a business!? Are you f*cking kidding me!?

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tekknyne

Reading this forum is reassuring because there's clearly many people who are passionate about our electorate. We're about 30 years too late guys. It's also really concerning to see how many people are totally out of touch and blame Obama and think Romney will be any different.

It also cracks me up how these doosher free-marketers think everything can be solved by capitalism but they blame the President because they're broke. All the while paying 30% of their fill-ups to market speculators and capitalists who do nothing but drive up the cost of oil. ... clueless

Those are the real bad-guys. But I guess it makes things easier for all the grain belt conservatives if we just blame the black guy.

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narbytrout

For me?

Is America better off today than 4 years ago?... NO!

Has this president kept MOST his campaign promises from 2008?... NO!
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The point being...

If you are bad at performing your job, you will be replaced.

The current president has virtually nothing he can point at and say, "Look at my record". He has done almost nothing that makes this country better.

It is time to give someone else a chance.

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tekknyne

I'm happy to give someone else a shot. But he has to have at least one qualification. From where I stand, Romney doesn't. You can't just say "I rescued the Olympics and that makes me eligible to be the President." Like what does that even mean anyway? Did he pour a bunch of money into the show or something?

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gatorXXX

He's looking real serious in that picture. I guess he's trying to fill out his careerbuilder profile for Nov. 7th, 2012 and is stumped....

1. Name: Barrack Obama
2. DOB: xx-xx-xxxx
3. Place of birth: Ken...er...Hawaii
4. Occupation now: POTUS
5. Achievements: I have............um...........I did......um.....

MICHELLLLLLLLLE! Do I have to do this? Can't I just sign an executive order mandating myself for 4 more years???

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Xenite

Shouldn't you be watching Fox news with some foil wrapped around your empty head?

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gatorXXX

Oh please. You can insult me better than that can't you?

Wait! I forgot. Obama has made you spread your insults around (ya know, so everyone has thier fair share)and you don't have any good ones left.

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tony2tonez

Politicians don't even answer the question when standing up on national tv for a debate. What makes people think he is really going to answer the questions over the internet.

Maybe they should change "Ask Me Anything" to "Ask Me Anything but I will only answer what I choose to".

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NavarWynn

OMG he's using a Mac! That's it! I'm voting for the crazy guy!

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tony2tonez

Bet you see this in a future 1) Mac Commerical 2) Apple at the patent office putting a patent on Obama.

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warptek2010

Just some of the questions I would've asked him. Just saying...

1.) Why did you cut $700 billion from Medicare from which seniors depend on?
2.) Why is your plate too full for your own Jobs Council of which you haven't convened in months?
3.) How do you explain the July increase in unemployment and slowing GDP growth?
4.) Did you approve of David Plouffe’s profiting from a sponsor of terrorism?
5.) Can you explain to business owners your “You didn’t build that” comment?
6.) Do you condone your staff using personal email accounts to conduct government business?
7.) Why didn’t you stop the restructuring of Solyndra’s loan?
8.) Why did you invoke executive privilege on the Fast and Furious scandal?
9.) Can you reconcile the conflicting responses to national security leaks?
10.) Why have you not adjusted your economic policy to reconcile with the fact that what was implemented is clearly not working?

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TerribleToaster

First, here's the link to these questions that you copied:http://www.gop.com/news/gop-blog/why-wont-the-president-take-questions/
I suggest you give these people credit since nothing you said is your own thoughts.
Next:
1.) It was a 700 billion dollar cut to "future increases" a.k.a., over the next 10 years the budget will increases 7% slower. Saying it was simply a 700 billion dollar is simply cherry picking your wording in order to misrepresent what was said.
2.) Excluding that it's storm season and we are in the middle of multiple international crisis’s? Because he's in the middle of an election. Don't ask stupid questions (I know these aren't your questions, you are just a parrot, but the point remains).
3.) Weak Consumer spending combine with the European Economic Crisis kept GDP growth to 1.5%, thus unemployment increased since they are tied. Once again, a stupid question. Everyone can see clearly why the economy has slowed.
4.) First off, after people complained to him, he donated said money to charity so there was no profit. Second off, the story is hilarious as major Republics have even stronger ties with said organizations than giving a speech once, for someone who was sponsored by a group that has worked with a group that supports terrorism.
5.) The "You didn't build that" comment is a quote taken completely out of context. To give the full quote "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that." refer to the fact that the government constructed and maintains our countries infrastructure, and that small businesses could not and would not survive without this aid.
6.) I cannot speak for Obama here, but I can point out that Republican Administrations have done the same thing. Notably the Bush Administration and, Sarah Palin, who had her gmail account hacked.
7.) It was one of many companies that were invested in under the clean energy act, but, as an already noted counterpoint, Mitt supported the loan for Konarka, who have just declared bankruptcy in a similar fashion.
8.) Rather than answer this myself, I'll direct you to this article: http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/
and a little block quote from it:

"The conflict has escalated dramatically in the past ten days. On June 20, in a day of political brinkmanship, Issa's committee voted along party lines, 23 to 17, to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to turn over certain subpoenaed documents, which the Justice Department contended could not be released because they related to ongoing criminal investigations. The vote came hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege to block the release of the documents. Holder now faces a vote by the full House of Representatives this week on the contempt motion (though negotiations over the documents continue). Assuming a vote occurs, it will be the first against an attorney general in U.S. history.

As political pressure has mounted, ATF and Justice Department officials have reversed themselves. After initially supporting Group VII agents and denying the allegations, they have since agreed that the ATF purposefully chose not to interdict guns it lawfully could have seized. Holder testified in December that "the use of this misguided tactic is inexcusable, and it must never happen again."

There's the rub.

Quite simply, there's a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn."
9.) You'd have to list or reference said leaks in order for them to be explained. (Once again, I realize, as a parrot, your responses are limited, so no pressure).
10.) Polices have been adjusted and are attempting to be adjusted; but, are being blocked in congress by the Republican vote. In a wonderful twist of irony, the problematic polices in effect right now are those forced into bills by lobbyists against the Obama Administration’s wishes, and the one's being called for are those that were shot down and originally proposed.

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Chronologist

Could you link me the source of info for your question number 1?

Last year, in 2011, we spent 835b on medicare/medicaid. I'm pretty sure a 700b dollar cut would never pass through congress. Just because he's president, doesn't mean he can wave a magic wand and pass whatever budget he wants, especially if that cut is almost 20 percent of the 2011 federal expenditure.

However, I really want to know how Solyndra fell through the cracks. Of course we have the advantage of hindsight, but Solyndra's financial situation was unstable at best for an entire year preceding the grant.

As for 3 and 10; recovery takes time. We just came out of 1 of 2 ongoing wars, both of which were not supported by any war-time tax raises by the previous administration. These wars cost the US 700-800b dollars each year, which greatly supersedes the normal 275b dollar budget for our armed forces in peacetime.

Strangely enough, the person responsible for economic policies during the prior administration, arguably a key figure responsible our recession, was re-hired by the current administration.

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warptek2010

"I'm pretty sure a 700b dollar cut would never pass through congress. Just because he's president, doesn't mean he can wave a magic wand and pass whatever budget he wants"
Normally, no, it wouldn't have passed congress but Obamacare was not passed through congress in the normal way. It was passed through back room dealings, quid pro quo to solidify votes, and especially through something called 'the budget reconciliation process' which basically means a legislative process intended to allow consideration of a contentious budget bill with debate limited to twenty hours under senate rules. In other words, this hugely unpopular boondoggle was rammed through despite an overwhelming majority of Americans opposed to it, and not having enough votes in the House or Senate (at first). You can thank Harry Reid for that.
"As for 3 and 10; recovery takes time. We just came out of 1 of 2 ongoing wars, both of which were not supported by any war-time tax raises by the previous administration."
Recovery takes time, yes, but with the proper policies in place it would've happened by now. Reagans economic recovery tool less than 12 months to start turning around an even worse economy from Carter. Why? Because he had the correct policies in place. Obama is following an economic theory that should be just that, theory. Much of it was already tried under Roosevelt but it didn't work that well back then either and it took the aftermath of a world war to bring us out of it.
BTW, lowering taxes, historically speaking - is not a Republican concept but actually a Democrat one. It worked for JFK who implemented much of what I am talking about and worked under his administration.

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Xenite

It's not true, it's a complete fabrication.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/debunking-romneys-viral-m_b_1798617.html

Numerous national newspapers have debunked this garbage, but Republicans being complete sacks of ^&$# do not know how to do anything but lie.

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gatorXXX

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/08/15/video_obama_admits_he_cut_billions_from_medicare_to_fund_obamacare

Here ya go. Also, google "obama cut 700 billion in medicare" if you want to look for yourself.

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NavarWynn

What I don't understand is that the people who HATE government waste, entitlements, and taxes argue the loudest COMPLAINING about this mythical '$700 billion medicare cut' in spending....

...shouldn't liberals be complaining about this 'issue'? not 'real' republicans...

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warptek2010

No, because it's fucking called a TRUST FUND for a reason. You know, like Social Security??????? You're supposed to TRUST that no one raids it and puts the money somewhere else like Obamacare. Why would Liberals care? They think government can never screw anything up or do no wrong (at least when it's a Democrat in charge) because they're all masterminds.

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brentrad

Warptek:
Re: the supposed $716 billion "theft" from Medicare:
1) NO money was taken from Medicare benefits. The $716 billion figure is the amount of *savings* in spending. This savings is the result of payment caps to providers, and increasing efficiency and reducing waste in the program. There is NO, repeat, NO reduction in Medicare benefits to beneficiaries.
2) In regards to #1 - I thought Republicans were all about reducing waste in government programs. Why aren't they out there thanking Pres Obama for this? Answer: politics.
3) The VERY SAME reductions in spending that Romney/Ryan decry are in Ryan's proposed 2012 budget. This is hypocrisy at its worst.

As others have stated, this claim of $716 billion stolen from Medicare has been thoroughly debunked by many different fact checkers. But then the Romney/Ryan campaign has stated that they aren't going to let their campaign be dictated by fact checking. In other words, they want to be free to lie.

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kiaghi7

OH!!!

Well that's PERFECT then, they aren't taking money from the "benefits of medicare", they are taking it from the "payments of medicare", which are obviously totally different and not at all linked...

Because of course the people providing the benefits of medicare don't particularly care about being paid right?

Curious too that the money in question is counted in Obamacare, AND within medicare, which has been admitted to before the House Budget Committee. I.E. they are pretending that they can spend the money twice...

Nice of you to leave that one out bentrad.

"3) The VERY SAME reductions in spending that Romney/Ryan decry are in Ryan's proposed 2012 budget. This is hypocrisy at its worst."

Really? Curious that'd you so eagerly lie, when the Democrats are accusing Ryan of trying to steal grandma's medicare when you apparently claim that Obama has already done that...

No, what Ryan has actually suggested is allowing for those 55 and under, to CHOOSE between the current medicare plan, OR to be provided a voucher to get PRIVATE insurance coverage. Those who are already over 55 are COMPLETELY UNAFFECTED... Yep, that mean old Ryan, trying to give people CHOICES and freedom to go with the best option for their own needs!

Meanwhile Obama, has indeed slated for some 700 billion dollars to be STOLEN from medicare PAYMENTS to providers over the next ten years, while simultaneously counting that same 700 billion dollars within the medicare budget so he can pretend like he's not stealing it.

The great (said in the pejorative sense) part about that is that those providers who are already not overly enthusiastic about dealing with medicare payments will even less inclined to accept medicare payment for their services.

Yes, no reduction in benefits, but you won't be able to use those benefits since the payments of those benefits will be fleeced to the tune of some 700 billion dollars.

So by all means, split hairs, and defend the thievery from medicare through semantics... That'll make grandma feel SOOOO much better to know that her benefits are perfectly in tact when the place she wants to use them at won't accept them as a provider...

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sallystudios

(5) The "you didn't build that" comment was in reference to roads and highways. He was making the point that people receive help from others - whether its your parents raising you and helping you afford college or the government building roads and infrastructure so that your business can operate.

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tony2tonez

Sorry, that just not justify what he said. No small business owner is sitting around thanking the government for their support. Only US banks are.

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sallystudios

I'm not justifying what he said, I'm telling you what he said and the context he said it in.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia

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warptek2010

The context he meant it in was that government is ENTITLED to share in your success. Look, no body wants to not pay taxes it's in how much. When you factor in Federal, State and local, 50% of your income goes to taxes. That is clearly over reaching, intrusive and burdensome.

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brentrad

BS. Nobody pays 50% taxes. Since OBAMA and THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS reduced everyone's taxes in 2009 lame duck session, I've been paying about 15% federal taxes. State income taxes in Oregon about 20%. I own a house, so I can deduct my state property taxes from my federal taxes, further reducing my federal taxes below 15%. So I'm probably paying, at maximum, no more than 35% taxes. My taxes are pretty simple, just income and property taxes for the most part, and I do my own taxes so I know what I'm talking about. I know for damn sure that I'm paying LESS taxes under Obama.

People complaining about "taxes being 50%" are lying, plain and simple.

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Carlidan

And why not? You know the how our government works right. We pay them taxes. They in turn dole out services like police, firefighters, schools, public roads, bridges, public transportation, military, FEMA, other infrastructures, EPA, FDA, and the list goes on. Now if you think the services your are a waste of your money. Then that's another topic. But what he did say is true to every citizen or "small" businesses. YOU DID NOT BUILT ALL BY YOURSELF, GOVERNMENT DID HAVE A HAND IN YOUR BUSINESS. Sometimes directly and indirectly. But government has always been in YOUR BUSINESS.

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warptek2010

And when your business fails does the government have a hand in that too? Not really. Suddenly it's not their problem. I would argue they would at most times be the cause of the failure but they'd never admit that. When you prosper and are doing good they're your best friend and take some of the credit. When you fail... eh, just go Chapter 11, you're on your own pal.

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Carlidan

I think you just answered my question if your business fails. You file for Chapter 11. They liquidate your assets. Try to salvage your buisness if you can. But if they can't. They try wipe off your personal debts. Do I really have to answer you snide remarks? Because if you want me to I will. You and I know that the business and government is intertwined. If you don't believe that then you're just like Silencer, who basically talks things up his ass.

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tony2tonez

Yes I know how the government works. And their function. He was stating those things well before his comment. He also mentioned about the people you met along the way, before making his comment. His comment came out with the wrong meaning. But the way people see him and his comment is what they think he is about.

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Carlidan

And why not? You know the how our government works right. We pay them taxes. They in turn dole out services like police, firefighters, schools, public roads, bridges, public transportation, military, FEMA, other infrastructures, EPA, FDA, and the list goes on. Now if you think the services your are a waste of your money. Then that's another topic. But what he did say is true to every citizen or "small" businesses. YOU DID NOT BUILT ALL BY YOURSELF, GOVERNMENT DID HAVE A HAND IN YOUR BUSINESS. Sometimes directly and indirectly. But government has always been in YOUR BUSINESS.

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dmonkyking

Good questions

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I Jedi

It wasn't really an AMA. He answered a few questions that weren't really that tough and left. I'm not trying to demean the fact that the head of the U.S. was on Reddit, but it just wasn't really a great AMA.

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EKRboi

Have to agree with Jedi on this one.. I was a fly on the wall and he answered generic questions with generic answers.

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Ilander

For just once, can we all agree to not have a giant political flamewar in the comments about off-topic things? Please
Anyway, it's pretty cool of Reddit to get people on their site who aren't just "internet famous."

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