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Obama, “An Irresponsible College Kid”

By Javier Manjarres

southerlandPresident Obama’s strong-armed Presidency continues to goad Republican members of Congress, some of whom appear to be at their wits end with latest questionable power grabs and his recent refusal to negotiate with the Republican caucus on the looming debt ceiling issue.

Sophomore Congressman from Florida Steve Southerland is another strong critic of the President and his questionable governing practices. According to the Congressman, President Obama “got what he wanted” during the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Southerland told the Shark Tank that “the President is not a champion for hardworking men and women of this country,” and added that for “the President to get what he wants, he’s got to raise taxes on the middle class.”

The President says one thing and does another, the President is not a champion for the hardworking men and women of this country, you don’t strap them with debt and deficits as far as the eye could see. The President to get what he wants,  he’s got to raise taxes on the middle class. To get what he wants, which is a government-centered society he doesn’t have any choice, and I think that the debt ceiling stance that he’s taking ‘I’m not going to negotiate, I just want you to give me what I want’ sounds like an irresponsible college kid. – Rep. Steve Southerland

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • Walther Ruger

    The ” irresponsible college kid” is successfully dismantling our nation.

  • Michael Osborn

    The real problem here is not a power grab. Rather it is a do nothing Republican House that points the perpetual finger at the President and then, still does nothing. The plus for the President is that he at least does something. If Congress doesn’t like the President’s proposals or efforts, then put up something that works and is passable or shut up. Furthermore, calling Obama ‘an irresponsible college kid’ is a attempt at bullying which this Republican obviously failed at in grade school. Don’ you guys think it is time to put your bg boy panties on and do your job?

  • Anthony Dominick

    Speaking of irresponsible…We’ve just come through a couple years of campaigning, and election, four years of a presidency, two more years of campaigning and another election, during which the blame and finger-pointing were completely directed at the Republicans and past administrations, never taking any responsibility and leadership…and you have the nerve to point the finger again. People are in trouble, loosing their homes, can’t find jobs and suffering. This president has done nothing but spend money, party, play golf and vacation. I point the finger at every politician, everywhere, no matter which party. They should stop the party politics and do their jobs, that is what they were elected to do, that is what they get paid to do, and so far they haven’t performed…including the president.

  • Stan Lee

    Congress people shouldn’t be at “wit’s end.” They have options to pursue by law. If they’re scared of their own shadows, then they have no alternatives to pursue and cowardice will be confirmed by Obama, because he’s pushing to see how much he can get away with.
    If Obama intimidates them, then they aren’t worth their salt anyway, and should be “primaried” out at the next coming election.
    This is a country of 310 million people…surely there are an able majority of 435 souls who’d conduct themselves properly in the U.S. Congress.

  • Adam Baum

    The real problem here is not a power grab. Rather it is a do nothing Republican House that points the perpetual finger at the President and then, still does nothing.

    The time to send a message was when he decided he was entitled to determine whether Congress is in session. Refuse to fund him, call hearings, gum him up. When he successfully bullied the so-called “Chief Justice” into issuing a ruling that ranks with Plessy v. Ferguson that was the final green light.

    Look, being re-elected with 51% against an apparently unenthusiastic opponent, given all the powers of incumbency is hardly a reason to assume he’s the second coming of FDR. Every President’s 2nd term is time of waning enthusiam and growing fatigue.

  • Alan

    OK – well to say Congress is flawed is an understatement. However, to then vomit out hypocrisy on top won’t fly Michael.

    As far as namecalling, nobody takes the cake more than Obama. In fact, liberals in general are far and away the most egregious name callers.

    Listen to the president’s last speech on “gun violence”, parse it, and you can see that. He doesn’t urge Republicans to “put on big boy panties” or assert they “failed grade school” but he does say that they have no common sense. At the same time he lies and says he’s going to ban military weapons. THEY ARE ALREADY BANNED!!!

    However, what does this namecalling have to do with anything Michael? The charge is that Obama lied when he said he was taxing the rich and leaving the middle class alone. The non-rich…. are our taxes going up or not? I’m far more interested in those sticks and stones than liberal name calling Michael.

    How about you?

  • anne

    college? more like elementary school.
    the most overlooked point is that the brat continues to use DISTRACTION. so while congress members are defending, work is not
    getting done–case in point: bo is so busy with gun laws which
    should be delegated to a committee, he has flaunted the law by failing
    to produce a by law required feb dateline BUDGET. he has failed to
    direct the senate to produce a budget but uses more time to campaign.
    the little fella’s priority: campaigning to destroy anyone who disagrees with him. is he “the bad seed” (movie)

  • Jimmy Valentino

    Javier, why don’t you ever have correct grammar in your quotes? You’re getting extremely lazy on this website. Are you looking for a new line of work, and you’re getting distracted? Horrible. Typos..bad grammer.. What the heck is wrong with you ?

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      Why don’t you start your own blog and teach us all how to write? The quotes you point out are just that, quotes. The quotes are written down verbatim to the video. If the interviewee does not speak well, that his on them.

  • way2confused

    Obama may act like an irresponsible college kid with a credit card funded by mommy and daddy but the Republican House is acting like a bunch of cowards–too afraid to go after his blatant power grabs for fear of being called “racists.”

    I don’t know about any of you, but growing up I was always taught ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Maybe it is time for the GOP to realize it and do what is right for the country–not for fear they’ll lose their re-election.

  • CSolis

    You can’t say Congress did nothing. They passed quite a few budgets in the last session, only to have the budgets ‘tabled’ by the Senate. The democratically held senate and the president are holding this country hostage. I would call that treason, and those in Congress should know what to do, but they don’t have the stones to do it.