Paul Broun says he’ll sit out President Obama’s speech

Yahoo! News reports that U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has joined other Republicans who intend to skip President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech on jobs before Congress:

“Dr. Broun will not be attending President Obama’s joint address, but he looks forward to hearing the president’s proposal for job creation,” Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti [said]. “Dr. Broun will instead watch the speech from his office where he will host a live town hall via Twitter to interact with his constituents.”

Broun remained in his office during Obama’s State of the Union address in January, providing his own commentary on the social networking website throughout the speech.

Going out on a thin limb, but here’s a prediction: Broun, who in the past has painted Obama as either a fascist or socialist, won’t like what he hears.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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td

September 7th, 2011
10:41 am

Good for Broun. It appears Obama’s speech is going to be nothing more than a political speech with little substance and to try to make Republicans look like they are the problem then I think they all should not show up. There time would be better served going to first NFL football parties or attending fund raisers.

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
10:43 am

Republican have become obstructionist they do not care about jobs.
they want to destroy America.

Keep doing this GOP

September 7th, 2011
10:45 am

He better show up in person. As a constituent living in his district (until the new lines are approved), and being unemployed for over a year, he better listen loud and clear. His district has a combinded unemployment rate of over 11.5% and it has gotten worse.

Its funny, all the Repubs jobs plans include deregulation and tax cuts , which hasn’t worked. I think if was them , i would try something different.

Keep doing this GOP

September 7th, 2011
10:48 am

The Republicans are the problem, as evidenced by the over 112 filabusters over the last 2.5 years. And the public , as the polls show tea party disapproval at near 50%, are getting pretty tired of their game. I know i am.

Dumb and Dumber

September 7th, 2011
10:52 am

Well he wouldn’t listen anyway.

Expect total gridlock in DC until after November 2012. Getting rid of Obama is the GOP’s only priority. The worse the economy and unemployment rate, the better the GOP’s chances in taking the White House. It’s that simple.

GaBlue

September 7th, 2011
10:54 am

R-E-S-P-E-C-T:

Once a common expectation, to have, hold, and share, for the good of self, community, and country, is now a dwindling commodity, withheld and traded for political posturing. How pathetic, “Representative” Broun. If you’re not willing to give it, you don’t deserve a drop from anyone else.

td

September 7th, 2011
10:56 am

Keep doing this GOP

September 7th, 2011
10:48 am

We had a TRILLION dollar stimulus spending plan by the dems two years ago. How much more should the government spend? The President could claim to add 1 million jobs today and not have to have Congress pass anything. All he has to do is to sign an executive order to open up the Gulf and Alaska to drilling for oil, allow more grazing on public lands (collect fees), open public lands to Shale exploration and start cutting regulations. Why are you not asking the President to take these actions?

AB

September 7th, 2011
11:00 am

Broun can’t help himself. He’s a dysfunctional paranoid narcissist.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:00 am

GaBlue

September 7th, 2011
10:54 am

Please do not make this look like Republicans are the only ones that have ever done this. I know there were several members of the CBC that announced they would skip addresses made to Congress by Bush.

Big Hat

September 7th, 2011
11:00 am

Never underestimate the GOP’s capacity for murder / suicide.

TE

September 7th, 2011
11:00 am

Like always, it looks as if I am the radical here. Personally, I am more and more of the belief that there is very little the government can do, in the current economic environment, that will spur the economy forward. I am almost of the opinion that President Obama should just say that the government is done being held hostage by the private sector and it is up to the markets, at this point, to start turning themselves around.

Who watched Romney yesterday? His big 59 point plan will “create” 1 million jobs in the next 4 years…according to his calculations. Obama’s plan has saved about 4million jobs in the past 2 years (unemployment, nationally, has dropped from 10.%1 in October of 2009 to 9.1% this month).

To put Romney’s plan in perspective, assuming the work force population remains constant, adding 1 million jobs, if it happens, will only reduce the unemployment rate by .5%. Now, we all know, hopefully, that the work force is constantly growing…so that decrease in unemployment by .5 base points is a best case scenario and is likely an over-inflated figure.

Now, no GOP nominee has offered anything as detailed as Romney’s plan…which is actually no different than what the GOP has been pitching since 1980. Huntsmans plan, which was fairly detailed, hardly differs.

I bring all of this up because of what is not being talked about: President Obama’s policies have, empirically, been more successful and more efficient than Romney’s hypothetical plan.

Road Scholar

September 7th, 2011
11:01 am

He’ll probably be bailing his kids out of jail for drug use!

Do you think he will actually listen…that is o the president instead of the little voices in his head!

By the way Congressman Broun, where is your job plan? Just saying No?

Keep doing this GOP

September 7th, 2011
11:01 am

Of course, this is the same knucklehead who though Bush’s last Treasury secretary , Henry Paulson, was a Democrat and who said that FDR sent people over to Russia in the late twenties to study socialism.
He also voted against banning porn videos dipecting women using their high heels to kill small animals. He’s been an embarassment to this whole district.

Amazing

September 7th, 2011
11:01 am

I may be wrong but I don’t recall democrats being this disrespectful to Bush. They may have disagreed with him but they showed the office the proper respect by sitting through his speeches to Congress. I do not recall any Democrat standing up and calling Bush a liar during any of his speeches to Congress. I have no issue with the policy disagreements. It is the disrespect that Broun and others have shown for the office.

You can not have a real discussion on important issues like this via Twitter. This is not a time to be multi-tasking. Maybe part of the problem is that Broun is only capable of communicating in 140 characters or less!

Hazel

September 7th, 2011
11:05 am

“I know there were several members of the CBC that announced they would skip addresses made to Congress by Bush.”

Date-Time? Facts?

Keep doing this GOP

September 7th, 2011
11:08 am

All he has to do is to sign an executive order to open up the Gulf and Alaska to drilling for oil, allow more grazing on public lands (collect fees), open public lands to Shale exploration and start cutting regulations. Why are you not asking the President to take these actions?

Because a) i disagree with opening up the Gulf and Alaska , b) disagree to open public lands to shale exploration because we have enough people that can set their water on fire and c) disagree to cutting regulations because most of those protect people’s right to clean water and air and plus that is not what is hampering job growth. I have talked to a lot of business owners , large and small, in my job hunt, and the main thing hampering job growth is no DEMAND. As in, there is not a lot of people asking for my product.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:13 am

TE

September 7th, 2011
11:00 am

I somewhat agree with you that the government can not create jobs. They can make the market more favorable for private sector growth. They can cut red tape, they can cut burdensome regulation and as I said above they can use Federal lands and the permitting process to spur the private sector to grow. The government could also take money now being spent on such programs as FS and Medicaid and redirect it to infrastructure repairs (road and bridge repairs). That would make the private sector hire more people.

GaBlue

September 7th, 2011
11:16 am

td,

Yes, please tell us what you know! Names? Dates? Personally, I was not a fan of GWB, but I took the time to listen to my President’s speeches so I could be an informed citizen, as is (IMO) my duty. I presume “Rep.” Broun cashes his paychecks and avails himself of the lucrative government-sponsored benefits that come along with his job. Why then, can he not be bothered to show up to company events that require his attendance? Is he just LAZY? Does he think he is entitled to a paycheck when he doesn’t come to work? Sad.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Hazel

September 7th, 2011
11:05 am

Maxine Watters, Bushes last state of the union speech. I am sure there were more but I do not have the time to look it up for you to just come back and deny it.

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:20 am

Many people LOST their jobs because of the gulf oil spill tourism is what drives most of the gulf coast.
Not many people in the panhandle area support drilling there, left or right and this is a very conservative part of the country.

Tom

September 7th, 2011
11:23 am

You could tell immediately that Romney’s “plan” was not serious when he used the term “death tax.” There is no death tax. Everybody dies. But the estate-transfer tax affects only about 1 in 490 estates.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:24 am

GaBlue,

What do you think about this lack of respect?

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-73879205.html

td

September 7th, 2011
11:28 am

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:20 am
Many people LOST their jobs because of the gulf oil spill tourism is what drives most of the gulf coast.
Not many people in the panhandle area support drilling there, left or right and this is a very conservative part of the country.

I am calling BS on that remark. I have a condo in the panhandle and lost a lot of rental income in last years oil spill (mostly because f the media scare because no oil ever hit the beaches of PCB) and not either I or any other owner in the complex wants drilling stopped in the Gulf.

Centrist

September 7th, 2011
11:28 am

This speech sounds more like campaigning. Why not make it from the White house instead of in Congress?

Jon Lester

September 7th, 2011
11:28 am

Two things: he gets a printed copy of the speech in addition to his option to hear it delivered in person or on TV, but I think we all know he’ll completely disregard the content therein and have his soundbites prepared from the beginning. This is how he rolls, and knowing that district voters keep sending him back is a big contributing factor to our local malaise.

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:34 am

tb I am from the gulf coast you are just a condo owner therefore a tourist,I know manyRESIDENTS of the area left and right that do NOT want drilling in the panhandle

Red

September 7th, 2011
11:37 am

I love the liberals on here repeating like parrots what their masters have told them – the GOP is obstructionist. I guarantee you most of the people out there making speeches using that word could not spell it much less define it. What these sheep do not realize is the reality that the Dems have controlled Congress since 2007 (that is over 4 years for the slow people). Democrats held the White House for two of those years. Strange that even with filibuster proof Congress the only thing Obama could do to help the economy is bail out the auto industry and the banks. Wow. Strange but that sounds like Obama did more for Wall Street than Main Street. But isn’t that what Dems claim the GOP does? Odd that Obama, the champion of the average American, has done more for corporate interests than the working, or not working, man. The GOP just took back over Congress this past January but somehow all of the previous years’ failures are laid at their feet. You liberals are pathetic in logic.

As for an example of skipping out, Sen Robert Byrd skipped out on a Bush state of the union speech. How is that for an example?

GaBlue

September 7th, 2011
11:42 am

td,

A 100-day lunch celebration is an optional, social-type “work” event, (hence the noun “celebration”) much like when the boss invites people for a Dave & Buster’s happy-hour outing. It’s not the same as skipping the CEO’s address at the company meeting. If my “Rep” were to attend such an event for a President of the opposite party, I would consider it a show of respect, and appreciate his or her effort. I’ll go on the record as being pro-participation and pro-respect, for both sides. To skip a joint-session address — regardless of who’s doing it — is disrespectful not only to the President and the Office thereof, but also to the office the representative holds, and the people he or she allegedly represents.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:42 am

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:34 am
tb I am from the gulf coast you are just a condo owner therefore a tourist,I know manyRESIDENTS of the area left and right that do NOT want drilling in the panhandle

Show me the statements from local government or chambers of commerce that want to stop drilling? Now go and find the statements from local governments and chambers of commerce criticizing Obamas moratorium.

I have been a property owner in the PCB for about 20 years so that is a more than a tourist. If it was not for us then the whole panhandle would still be nothing more than little sleepy fishing towns.

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:44 am

and what has the GOP offered to create jobs…TAX CUTS hahahhaha FAILURE

Zelurishinique

September 7th, 2011
11:44 am

I don’t believe that many people are paying attention to what President Obama says anymore. The poor guy is way out of his depth and it shows. He’s becoming an object of pity, just counting down the days till he can depart the White House. Much like Jimmy Carter.

Red

September 7th, 2011
11:48 am

And what has Obama, the actual President, offered? Paving roads? Building bridges? And lastly, tax breaks for business? Ooops. The guy actually in charge hasn’t panned out now has he? I know you liberals are chomping at the bit that your guy has really and utterly failed but you can do better than use the ‘obstructionist’ and ‘racist’ bit as the only response.

findog

September 7th, 2011
11:48 am

td, you need to quit with the trillion stimulus
It wasn’t a trillion and some 80% went to keep states afloat, so places like Georgia did not have to raise taxes, something around 80 billion went to TIGER – which is what they called the transportation shovel ready portion of the bill
Now lets try to use more facts in our debates…

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:51 am

tb if you think your overbuilt condo gives you anymore statue than a tourist i am calling your bs

Malaise

September 7th, 2011
11:51 am

What is leaking out is actually more of the same that has given no results. All it does is run up the debt and give some one month fluffed up numbers before sinking again. Obama is trying more fluff to try and inspire people to spend just in time for the holidays. If this Christmas is not a positive for spending, we see a full fledged recession yet again. This is desperation folks. The bag of tricks has nothing but lint and Obama’s wadding that up trying to see if something works. Hail Mary pass at the end of the game.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:52 am

GaBlue

September 7th, 2011
11:42 am

Did the Speaker of the House make this a mandatory meeting for the members of the House? If this was a company the Obama (The so called CEO) would have held the speech tonight, during the Republican debate (which was his original intent and how is that for respect), but the Speaker said he would not allow the use of the House. Respect goes both ways and when the President tells the Republicans to get in the “back of the bus” and lies to the Speaker on a debt ceiling deal then he is getting the respect he deserves. He deserves none of the Republicans to show up for the speech because it is not going to be about jobs and what can be done but instead it will be a campaign speech and a chance for him to bash and set up the House Republicans.

td

September 7th, 2011
11:56 am

frankleedarling

September 7th, 2011
11:51 am
tb if you think your overbuilt condo gives you anymore statue than a tourist i am calling your bs

I am willing to bet you that I have meet with and had more influence with your local politicians than you have? They come to our HOA annual meetings do they come to your house?

double

September 7th, 2011
11:56 am

The republicans are mostly responsible for the mess we are in.Starting with the Bush clan.They lost the presidental election,for revenge they want to defeat Obama, any way possible, if it means starving the public.Mr.Boehner is a great representative for the group cry babies,we get our way or you suffer.Keep on until you give them a total monopoly then it will be hell to pay.If a man has no food or is in poor health,no money, then why in hell would he need bridges and roads.I agree we need to cut welfare,but it must be gradual,and work be available.Elected need work together.Ignoring speeches,showing disrespect,vengence,we sure are a civilized people.

The Snark

September 7th, 2011
11:58 am

My comment is that same that I would have had for any Democrat who refused to attend a joint session of Congress to hear a Republican President speak:

Shameful and utterly disrespectful. Not to Obama, but to the American system of self-governance.

Edward

September 7th, 2011
11:59 am

Broun and the rest of the TEAliban care only about political gesturing and nothing about actually helping the country. They are the Brownshirts of 1930s Germany all over again.

td

September 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

findog

September 7th, 2011
11:48 am
td, you need to quit with the trillion stimulus
It wasn’t a trillion and some 80% went to keep states afloat, so places like Georgia did not have to raise taxes, something around 80 billion went to TIGER – which is what they called the transportation shovel ready portion of the bill

So what you are really saying is, since it was the Democratic controlled states in the most trouble, the totally controlled Congress was more worried about bailing their friends out then creating jobs in the private sector. What else did they do. Saved the unions by bailing out GM and saved their political contributions by bailing out the banks. Nice record considering they had filibuster proof super majorities in Congress.

Common Sense

September 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

57% of the President’s plan is already in action. That leaves 43% of his proposal as new.

So in essence, this has failed before it starts….

And this is the best he can do?

Barbarian at the Gates

September 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

Not saying anything about union thugs and your own Vice President talking like sailors is disrespectful as well. Going to war? Taking people out? And then when asked about it responding with “can we move on?” and that he’s not going to be the speech police? And this was after all the crap about tones when Giffords was shot. The whole “do as I say not as I do” attitude doesn’t exactly instill confidence or respect. The fact that his numbers are tanking even among his core constituencies show the American people believe this President disrespects them. The fact there are people who are saying they would rather watch football than the President conveys that Broun’s stunt is actually more in line with the pulse of the country than just a random fringe move.

We’re done with speeches. The whole Nuremberg rally effect Obama had during the campaign has worn off. Speeches got him elected but speeches are not creating, much less saving, jobs. He’s wasted over a week piddling with when to have a speech. If jobs were important, this “plan” should have been pushed long ago. Instead we have this amateurish effort that “we’ll keep trying things until something works” nonsense.

Ultra Violet

September 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

Republicans refuse to work unless they’re calling the shots. Our political system is set up to allow them to do just that. The key to breaking the deadlock lies with the voters. Unfortunately, Congress is a reflection of America, which is deeply polarized and worsening every day. I admire everyone’s desire to stick by their principles, but it’s no way to problem-solve on the short term, and that’s exactly what we need right now.

ncgreybr

September 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

“the ‘only’ thing Obama could do to help the economy is bail out the auto industry and the banks. Wow.”

Ya gotta luv it! If a Republican had done so apparent little, it would be considered the culmination of an entire career!

findog

September 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

td @ 11:28
The only state that W didn’t want to drill was Florida because his brother was concerned about tourism
So, lets stick to facts and not some, me and my condo buddies malarkey

td

September 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

double

September 7th, 2011
11:56 am
The republicans are mostly responsible for the mess we are in.Starting with the Bush clan

Which party controlled Congress since 2006 to 2010? If Obama can not be blamed now because of the obstructionist congress then how can you blame Bush when the Dems controlled Congress? Can not have it both ways. If you want to blame Bush for starting the recession then you must blame Obama for not getting us out of it and probably starting a double dip.

findog

September 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

Red, can you spell moron? The bank bailout was by W and company

MrLiberty

September 7th, 2011
12:15 pm

Just read Murray Rothbards “America’s Great Depression” and see that everything Obama is doing is exactly the same kinds of things that FDR put forth that made the Depression last as long as it did. Every time business got a foothold the government would step in and knock it down a peg or two. His proposed jobs program will be just another Hoover Dam, CCC, TVA, or similar make work program that may create some pile of steel and concrete that can be photographed for campaign brochures or picture postcards but will not be what anyone really wants, needs, or can afford.

Only business creates jobs. All government does it take from the productive sector to create the jobs it has. Theft cannot be the basis of sound economic policy.

td

September 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

findog

September 7th, 2011
12:11 pm
td @ 11:28
The only state that W didn’t want to drill was Florida because his brother was concerned about tourism
So, lets stick to facts and not some, me and my condo buddies malarkey

Yes, let us stick to the facts. Could or could not Obama help create a million high paying jobs by opening up the Gulf and Alaska to drilling by leasing more Federal land for grazing and opening up Shale exploration on Federal lands? Is it or is it not true that with a million more jobs open then more taxes would come into the Federal Government, more money would be spent into the private sector and the government could cut programs like FS and Medicaid?