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  • Five Questions for President Obama's Twitter Townhall

    The jobless rate in America hovers at 9.1 percent. The national debt ticks upwards of $14.3 trillion and small businesses collapse daily due to costly bureaucratic regulations. The President has failed to offer a viable plan that will put America’s economy back on a path to prosperity. It is in this context that President Obama invites questions about jobs and the economy via Twitter tomorrow afternoon for the nation’s first presidential Twitter town hall.

    If you ever wanted to put President Obama on the spot for these things and more, the Twitter town hall may be your opportunity. The President will sit in the East Room of the White House for a live webcast answering the selected Twitter questions in a forum moderated by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Dorsey recently announced that Larry Summers, the President’s former economic adviser, will join the board of directors of another company he started, Square.

    The handle @townhall will summarize the President’s answers, though he will not respond via Twitter to the questions. According to the New York Times: “Twitter will select the questions, using curation tools and a group of Twitter users to help identify the most popular questions raised both before and during the event. Twitter will be relying on its own search and curation features as well as a company called Mass Relevance to help find questions and topics that are most frequently mentioned.”

    So using the hashtag #AskObama, you should have the opportunity to ask the President all those burning questions you have about the broken economy, especially if enough of you ask the same question. The Heritage Foundation has a few questions for the President. We’d love for you to follow suit, or tweet these. It is important that conservatives make their voices heard using #AskObama tomorrow.

    1. Background: Conservatives in the House of Representatives passed a serious budget proposal with necessary reforms and responsible steps. Liberals haven’t passed—or even offered—a budget in over two years, making their concerns voiced about America’s fiscal future seem false. The President’s own budget was defeated 97–0 in the Senate.

    Twitter Question: Your budget was rejected by Senate 97-0 & Dems haven’t produced budget in 700+ days. Where is your economic plan? #AskObama

    2. Background: America’s unemployment rate has been near 9 percent for the majority of President Obama’s time in office. While he might have truly believed that trillions of dollars in stimulus, the time has come to admit that he was wrong.

    Twitter Question: You said your stimulus plan would keep unemployment below 8%. Do you agree that was a trillion dollars wasted? #AskObama

    3. Background: Countries like Greece are experiencing great financial tragedy because they failed to address their overwhelming debt issues. If the U.S. continues federal spending at the current rate, it will face the same scenario, something President Obama doesn’t want to admit. Mandatory spending has increased at more than five times the rate of discretionary spending, and America is headed for fiscal doom without a quick turnaround.

    Twitter Question: You said it wasn’t a good idea to raise taxes in a recession but that is all you offer now to fix debt. Why? #AskObama

    4. Background: Small business owners are suffering due to burdensome regulations and new requirements in Obamacare. IHOP franchise owner Scott Womack says that “if the health care reform law is not repealed or if the employer mandate doesn’t go away, we’re going to have to take drastic action.” As a Midwestern job creator currently employing nearly 1,000 people, Womack fears regulations like these threaten the livelihood of many employees.

    Twitter Question: You’ve added more costly regulations in 2yrs than any of your predecessors, who all reviewed. When will it stop? #AskObama

    5. Background: President Obama opened up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release 30 million barrels of oil onto a market suffering from his moratorium on domestic drilling. His own Energy Information Agency estimates that as a result of the President’s moratorium, we’ll lose 90 million barrels of oil just this year.

    Twitter Question: Gas prices are high. We’re losing 90m barrels of oil due to your moratorium, plus jobs. Why release 30m from SPR? #AskObama

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    34 Responses to Five Questions for President Obama's Twitter Townhall

    1. OhioHistorian says:

      Debt "ticks" upward? What would it take for you to use the word "races" instead?

      The only ticking going on in this debt discussion is that of a time bomb.

    2. randy brown says:

      why are you trying to destroy the united states?

      • @epitygxanwn says:

        Why is Ericka trying to destroy the US by repeating Republicunning propaganda? Good question.
        The President is the ONLY one to propose job programs that actually work by raising aggregate demand. It is low AD that is causing small business collapse, NOT regulation.

    3. Craig Hearn says:

      What could possibly be the point of asking the single geatest liar in American political history anything!?
      His time as president to this point have unquestionably demonstrated his two most prominent intents. One is the destruction of the free-market democracy and the other is a willingness and ability to lie without remorse to anyone at anytime.

      • JJJ says:

        "What could possibly be the point of asking the single geatest liar in American political history anything!? "

        My wife told me she'd play this game with her sister over a mutual friend who had a habit of lying to make herself look good. She'd tell her sister "Watch her lie to your face by asking her this question" and they'd both have fun with the liar by getting her to repeat various different lies. Then they'd change the angle of the questions to get the liar into a corner just to watch her squirm. It's really quite fun.

      • Tony DelSoft says:

        Way to go Craig.

    4. DSC says:

      My budget question – How much does the benefits the congress get FREE cost the american people? As a small business owner, my health insurance costs me 53% of my gross each month. My guess if our elected representatives had to follow the same rules as the people they represent we would not be in this mess.

    5. Bobbie says:

      In his own words he stated energy costs would necessarily increase under his leadership. As man-made global warming is found to be fraudulent for what reason and why is this continuing to happen when America's natural resources are abundant and efficient and will increase employment and grow economic freedom?

    6. Pookiebear 60 says:

      It's so sad that this is such a pointless effort. He WON'T hear our questions, let alone give us any straight answers. But…if I were to venture a question, it would be this: Mr. President, you paid over $800 MILLION to 'inherit' the highest office in the land and all the baggage that came with it. Was it worth it, sir? And what has been the most pointed clue that you won't be winning a second term?

      • Delsoft says:

        I pray to God, you are right Pookiebear,60, When are the American people going to smarten up, Get rid of the Editorial Collage, so every vote counts, and stop the big city's from electing the president.

    7. Michael says:


    8. michael says:

      . then we think! Then our fire season are getting worse and all the home that are in wooded areas are in danger, in the last few years there was Tahoe, CA now there is Los Alamo's, NM burning right now, and those fire burn out of control and for a long time. It's not even August or September the worse fire months! Think Vote/Revolt and change the make up of the people who represent us!!!!!!!VOTE RESPONSIBLE!!!! these are thing that need to be thought about, when we celebrate the revolution that our 4 fathers and the men who gave the lives so we could think and even write about our problems, all you need to do is look at the world around!

    9. michael says:

      all I aknow I moved back home to where my folks are after 19 years of military service and there are animals and bird here that were not here 20 years ago, there are squirrels,tons of crows, snakes, deer, and many more(I like the deer part!!),then there are the insects and new plants, the insect are reaping our trees, and plants. not to mention crops and then there is the Beatles that are not from here, that migrated and killed all the Monterrey Pine Trees(these trees are now rare) all the Monterrey pine trees on my parent's four acres died and the entire county and the adjacent county have died or are being attract by these Beatles.Then the new plants are squeezing the native plants The plant add to or summer fire season too! I think the migration of the insects are less noticed but are a bigger problem on our ecosystem

    10. Mike Bronson says:

      Why do you not believe in American expectionalism?

    11. Handyman says:

      I have a thousand questions to ask, but like pookiebear said they would not be answered with any truth.

    12. Lilia says:

      President Obama, People elect you to solve the problem, how you going to solve this problem without blaming others? Even we are not a member with the Union, we are still AMERICAN???? Can you please tell me WHY the Union have more favor than everyone???

    13. Bob DeBiase says:

      why not implement the Blue Ribbon's commission suggestions to rein in the DEBT I believe they put a lot of hard work into showing a pathway of cutting out excessive WASTE 4 trillion was the number I believe Ask King Obama if he favors the Commissions suggestions
      Bob DeBiase Marina Del Rey Ca

    14. Mohammed Haseeb O says:

      I strongly hope these questions will make Obama to rethink about his policies on economy.This may certainly help the richest country in the world to come back to good track.

    15. The answer to all 5 questions will be I INHERITED THIS SITUATION FROM BUSH!

    16. Jason James says:

      Please explain to me how private property that has not yet been confiscated can be considered "government spending"? #AskObama

      If a business-owner listed "sales that didn't happen, but should have" as an expense on its income statement, he would go to jail.

    17. Susan says:

      When is michelle and "the family" going to stop going on tax payer dime on all these "vacations". The people who pay for them can't afford even a trip across the city much less a trip across the world. And don't start claiming your doing state buisiness

    18. Mike Gabel says:

      "OK, you've proven your point that America is not perfect. Americans were stupid enough to elect you in 2008 while falling for your deceptive campaign, which was aided by a white guilt ridden, star struck media. I will agree to increase the national debt to buy you out of your remaining term, with the understanding that you leave the country. What is your price?" #AskObama

    19. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Give us a brake. Does Ericka really think Obama will actually answer any questions with substance? This is more of the same parlor tricks. Designed to devert and decived the American people until it's too late
      to stop his transformation of this nation.

    20. Mr_d says:

      Why do you want to protect the Afghanistan border with Pakistan but not the US border, especially the porous border with Mexico? You are supposed to defend the constitution and the people from ALL enemies.

    21. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Regardless of what questions are asked, does anyone really expect an honest answer. How many time must Obama prove he is not capable of telling the truth. This is yet one more attempt to divert attention away from Obama's failed policies and to make the people to think he's just a regular guy that is doing
      the best for all of us. Stop being fooled and deceived by this imposter. He is not honest or truthful.

    22. giraffee2012 says:

      regulate oversight regulate big corp – including Supremes

    23. giraffee2012 says:

      If you take Social Security & Medicare to vouchers without closing loop holes for hedge funders & banks, oil, etc. then I'll take my pickup truck and fill it with other old folks and come after Congress.

    24. giraffee2012 says:

      When can we expect oversight of the banks — including prosecuting any/all who have STOLEN (definition is clear) our economy?

    25. Eric in ATL says:

      How about: If your healthcare legislation was such a good thing, why were so many companies (over 1300) given waivers so they would not have to comply with the employer insurance requirements of the bill? Were you trying to buy votes in certain swing states?

      For information on the waivers granted so far, see:

    26. Greg says:

      This man has a serious problem with telling the truth. His outright lies are sobering and well-documented. His biggest lie was his campaign promise to get our military out of Iraq in six months, if elected. That would have been May of 2009! That was a despicable LIE, bargaining in our soldiers' blood for his political gain! As a vet, my opinion is that once we are committed to war, our politicians should take a back seat as our military experts execute our strategy to victory. As a civilian, suport the troops regardless of your pro or anti-war feelings! Now, to save his own political hide, he decides to announce an exit strategy from Afghanistan which goes against the advice of his military commanders. While committing to military action in Libya, and circumventing Congressional approval in doing so, he is now past the 90 day mark to cease operaions there. And he is intent on making budget cuts to our military in the near future? The sad truth is that he continuously remains unaccountable to the American people. My question? Why do we want to ask a liar a question?

    27. indipendant says:

      What is up with all the guns to Mexico? Are you working on your non military-army? I feel I am living in Rome and waiting for the third world countries to redistribute the wealth.

    28. Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~~ THE ONLY real THING needing CHANGE !

      Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

      Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values )

      Who who is A " SELF PROCLAIMED Enemy " ~ of responsible, Morally Conscious HARD WORKING Americans.

      oBOMAS supporters KNOW~ that Barack Hussein Obama II, WILL FORCE YOU to paY THEM, out of your PockeT ….

      This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to Inspire VIOLENCE.

      THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. saying “Bring it on” To his supporters.

      Oboma ~ Demands Saying “Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans”

      – Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his Supporters

      “I want all Americans to get in each others faces!–

      Obama demands !

      “You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” – Obama Cant wait to get everybody involved in some kind OF CONFRONTATION of some sort….


      Obama has ALSO DECLARED "Republicans are our enemies"-

      ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

      ANGER VIOLENCE and more taxes….. THIS IS OBAMAS Change for america

      /“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands !


      *Obama on the private sector: ~~ “We talk to these folks…~ / so I know whose ass to KICK.“
      OBOMA wants to KICK your ass /

      Shouting THAT Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”

      HE IS EXPECTING people to kill & BE VIOLENT / for their immoral CAUSES

      * Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.” !

      PLEASE go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~ ! Oboma *( Just like Adolf Hitler~~ In that oBOMA~~~ Demands ! — [ THE FINAL SOLUTION – ~ For Un~Wanted Children

      Barak Obama A MURDERER .~Torturing UNWANTED babys on DEATH ROE


      OBAMA supports TAKING a little NEW BORN innocent child.. / BORN. ALIVE ~

      sTabing it iN the head & SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

      He also demands, that a Child SURVIVING a FAILED ABORTION, Has no RIGHT to Life or medical care.

    29. Phillip says:

      President Obama I recently read in the Detroit Free Press that the millioners are coming to the front door with their check books in hand wanting to pay their fair share of taxes and are being turned away at the door. Who is responsible for the rejection.. My prognosis,.The work of the Republic Party? Your speech today is on point. You have my vote as well as others. Keep the faith and the fight for success of America. Keep up the great work you do even though the Republican Party wants to pull the wool Over the publics eyes. God Bless You and God Bless America.

    30. Julia says:

      I wonder how many 'hums', 'ah's' and more 'hums we would get with his attempt to respond to these five great questions? I can also imagine his red phone rigged up to ring causing an interruption to the question process in the big oval office.

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