Politics

Carrying Water for Obama, Hilda Solis Picks a Fight with the Tea Party

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: October 31, 2011 3:55 AM
With the team behind President Barack Obama targeting the Sunshine State in their bid for a second term in 2012, the White House sent U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to speak to the Florida Democratic Convention on Saturday.

A day after Vice President Joe Biden told the convention at Walt Disney World that Obama needed to carry Florida to win in 2012, Solis attempted to rally Democrats for the elections and urged them to push for the Obama jobs plan which, with Republicans controlling the U.S. House, has no chance of passing Congress.

Speaking at a luncheon event on Saturday, Solis carried water for Obama, bashing Republicans and praising the administration’s economic policies.

Solis offered harsh words about conservatives. Looking at 2012, Solis slammed the tea party movement, calling them “teabaggers” and promising the Obama administration will take them on.

Combating the noise of a crowd often more concerned with holding their own conversations and eating their lunches than listening to her speech, Solis attempted to defend the Obama economic policies, praising the federal stimulus that the White House backed and the president’s job plan.

Solis claimed that the Obama job plan was backed by 65 percent of the American people and would “put 2 million people, especially construction workers, back to work.”

Besides attempting to sell the Obama jobs plan, Solis took aim at the Republicans. She attacked Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s labor policies, arguing that he is looking to take away collective bargaining and other rights from public-sector employees.

Solis accused Republicans in Florida and other states, including Ohio and Wisconsin, of “picking on” teachers, police officers and other government workers.

Blaming globalization and market changes for the decline of organized labor in the private sector, Solis conceded that government workers retained strong unions. “We’ve seen the movement in the labor house diminish in the private sector,” said Solis.

Solis urged the crowd to back Obama and his jobs plan.“You need to understand that this president is fighting for you,” she insisted.

When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.6 percent. In September 2011, the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

Comments (685)

Ferdinand
11:09PM NOV 2ND 2011
Yeah, there is a lot of wife beating that goes on, come to think of it.
PBurd
3:02PM NOV 1ST 2011
Hola Diane, as a Tea Party Patriot, I denounce your remark. You are typical of racists everywhere, you choose not to learn about other cultures, you think you are superior to others and you insult the entire Latino race for the actions of one person.
Cheyenne
7:24AM NOV 2ND 2011
"Latino" is not a "race".
Neither is "Hispanic".

Hispanic/Latino are made up terms to separate the descendents of the White/Spanish and Spanish speaking members of the White race, out of the White race.
Which in itself is ethnocentric, and therefore "racist".

Latin is a dead languge, there is no country called "Latin". If it is supposed to refer to what is slangly called "Latin America", what nation speaks Latin?
It would be more apt to call it Hispanic America.
What "Latin"s conquered Mexico, Central and South America? The Spanish and Portuguese?
Those were White men from Europe.

Hispanics are White people with Spanish heritage.
Mexican is a nationality, not a race.

When people try to separate themselves in order to procure special priveleges (like funding), by making up names to call themselves something other than what they are, that smacks of racism. This is exactly what the terms "Hispanic", and "Latino" are all about.
Racism.
PBurd
2:07PM NOV 2ND 2011
Cheyenne, I will not argue your point, however, I will add to your definition of Hispanic as indicated in Wikipedia. It also defines someone who is born in the Americas, North or South. Hispanics here in Northern California often refer to themselves as Hispanics or Latino's or Latina, and have no Gringo blood line. They hardly think the terms are racist.
Bobby
12:08AM NOV 2ND 2011
B.S. .......B.S. Diane is NOT racist. I resent your remark as a longtime Taxpaying American citizen. You are the one that is racist. Have you never heard of groups like LA RAZA, MECHA , LULAC, MALDEF, CASA DE MARYLAND, CASA DE........IN EVERY U.S. STATE. There are thousands of fifth columnists in these radical hispanic groups, and you are totally clueless, OR trying to snow the good citizens on this forum. You've got no business defaming someone that has an opinion different from your, obviously uneducated one.
PBurd
1:50PM NOV 2ND 2011
Your lack of discernment as to what qualifies as a racist indicated your inability to see beyond your own biases. It is difficult debating such ignorance of this magnitude. I am a California farmer who has had Mexican immigrants and Hispanics in my employ. I have half Hispanic and Brazilian grandchildren. I am immersed in the culture and I can tell you from experience, your ignorance precludes you from understanding racism.
Having said that, as a TPP I fully denounce illegal immigration so don't even go there. And if you question my patriotism, I am retired Military, a Vietnam veteran and have participated and supported every TP demonstration from the beginning. Buenos Dias!
Bobby
3:02PM NOV 2ND 2011
You were making a value judgement about Diane's right to have a view on an important issue. You called her racist. I have found that people who regularly use that term are themselves racist.
PBurd
9:22PM NOV 2ND 2011
Ok Bobby I concede, I over reacted to Diane's post. My love for my grandchildren occasionally overrides my desire for diplomacy. However, Diane has thrown a blanket over the entire Hispanic community based on the actions of a few. I do not blame the illegals for coming here, I would do the same. It is our Federal government and sanctuary cities that should bear the responsibility for this crisis. Let's focus on resolving the cause of the problem first. And you innuendo that it is me who is the racist is an indication that you agree with Diane's comment which is still a racist point of view.
Bobby
11:21PM NOV 2ND 2011
Again, I disagree. If anyone would read Diane's post, they would find very little in it to come to the grand conclusion that she is racist. Was it not a few years back and continues today, that hundreds of thousands of "Latinos" marched in the streets of so many of America's beautiful cities across this nation? Didn't millions of Americans see them carrying signs that read things like "Go back to Europe", "this is our continent", and even language and messages that were unmentionable. Now you talk about racism? Excuse me sir, but it seems to me that your thinking is a bit inverted. It was Latinos' by the hundreds of thousands that were expressing racism, against citizens belonging to a country that they are illegally in.
The Bobster
9:03PM NOV 1ST 2011
I call BS, wetback. You're not a patriot; you're a Reconquista. When you come here, you learn our culture. You don't try to impose yours on us.

BTW, "Latino" isn't a race, so don't try to pull the race card.
PBurd
1:00PM NOV 2ND 2011
You are showing your ignorance. One, I am a Gringo and because I used the Mexican greeting, "Hola" you made an erroneous assumption, no surprise there. Two, splitting hairs over the word "Latino" exhibits your inability to support your premise. Look up "latino" in Wikipedia and then come back with a cogent argument. Oh, and your use of the term "wetback" puts you in the same cesspool of racism as Diane.
D W White
2:40PM NOV 1ST 2011
I'm a 48 yr old Army vet and have heard most crude and vile language. I had no idea what a "teabagger" is, And first heard it used in reference to the tea party. For a member of the Presidents admin to use this disgusting term is reprehensible and juvenile. You can believe it that if this type of word were said about a liberal there would be the usual "off with his head" campaign.
Bobby
12:12AM NOV 2ND 2011
How about this, for a person that has a powerfull position, that should take into account all Amerians, Solis using this term reflects more on her than it does on the Tea Party people.
plumberone
2:38PM NOV 1ST 2011
The people of this country will, on election day, win back this country from the left wing, lay-about, entitlement freaks who have stolen and given away our language, borders, history and culture. Too many men and women have died believing in the Judeo-Christian foundation that this country was built on. I suggest these socialists "OCCUPY GREECE".
Jsmith
2:34PM NOV 1ST 2011
I am shocked, but probably should not be, that a cabinet secretary feels it is necessary to describe me, and millions of other Americans, using a disgusting sexual reference. What ever happened to the administration's call for restraining ourselves in speech?
Bobby
12:14AM NOV 2ND 2011
Your shocked? Really? Why? This is typical leftist language. I've never known them to talk in any other way.
LindaInNY
2:32PM NOV 1ST 2011
See the information below to file a complaint against her for using a vile and derogatory sexual phrase to address a large portion of American Citizens:
Labor, Department of
Daniel Petrole, Acting Inspector General

Main Phone Number: (202) 693-5100
Mailing Address: 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.; Room S5502, Washington, D.C. 20210
Hotline Number: (800) 347-3756; (202) 693-6999
Hotline Email: hotline@oig.dol.gov
Rick O'Shea
2:59PM NOV 1ST 2011
I've done my part.
Jsmith
2:40PM NOV 1ST 2011
Thanks. That's good info that I will be sure to use!
Tony
2:32PM NOV 1ST 2011
If I am a teabagger that would make all of them the teabaggies ENJOY!
terry teabagger
4:12PM NOV 1ST 2011
The rumors in Chicago is that the Prez IS one of those. Check it out.
DVD_Charlie
2:31PM NOV 1ST 2011
Barak Obama surrounds himself with a lot of "Haters", or is this a trend with him.
Reality Sandwich
2:30PM NOV 1ST 2011
Just proves the saying, "its is a sign of ignorance to make fun of something you don't understand." Looks like the prez has his attack O-bots on overdrive.
Steve in AZ
2:29PM NOV 1ST 2011
A "Teabagger" is a homosexual man who licks the scrotem of another man. Solis's use of the word, "teabagger" as a demeaning term makes her a,........(say it with me brother and sisters) ....'Homophobe'!!!!

Now, if you want to talk about the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party, that's another subject.
John C
2:29PM NOV 1ST 2011
Rush Limbaugh is right, the left is in panic mode and has to resort to blaming Republicans and capitalism for the problems caused by liberal-progressive (socialist/communist) policies over the last 40 years. Democrats should never have pushed allow people without, money, credit, or income, to buy houses. It's almost as if the Democrats wanted to collapse the capitalist system in order to install socialism. If 61% of Americans support passing Obama's "jobs plan" (creating jobs by increasing taxes and spending during a recession/depression), then why are democrats worried; Obama's reelection should be assured if Repbublicans continue to block it. By the way, what's the reference for the 61% figure quoted? And if the Tea Party is so irrelevant and illegitimate, why is Solis still obsessed with them?

The Tea Party isn't a political party, it's a group of people that represent and support traditional American values, and is made up of traditional Americans of all races, ages, income levels, professions, and both political parties. Their influence derives from American traditions of freedom of speech demonstrations, and democratic principles of majority rule. Their agenda is smaller government, a balanced budget, and less government intrusion unless it is supported by the Constitution or the will of the majority of The People.
Leadrunner
2:28PM NOV 1ST 2011
Ms. Solis, although I sympathize with a large part of the Tea Party agenda, I am not a member. However, I find it extremely offensive when you use a sexually perverse descriptor when referring to Tea Party members. How would you like it if I referred to you as a "Spic" or "Beaner?" I don't, so please do not describe my friends as "teabaggers."
terry teabagger
2:27PM NOV 1ST 2011
So, this Spick Democrat paperpusher calls me a "teabagger!? Go back to Mexico, Hilda.
PBurd
3:04PM NOV 1ST 2011
You are disgusting and you are not a Tea Party member. Don't even think you can get away with that.
terry teabagger
4:09PM NOV 1ST 2011
I've got a t-shirt to prove it, so stuff it.
Bobby
1:53AM NOV 2ND 2011
That's funny man, the comment about the T-Shirt. On the other hand, you have to admit that your'e full of [filtered word], but a funny troll nonetheless.
UtahAlumnus
2:27PM NOV 1ST 2011
I am ashamed that I work for this woman.
Jeff
2:25PM NOV 1ST 2011
We all need to thank our Founding Fathers for giving us a government WE can replace every two years. People like this need to get off the government band wagon and onto the citizen band wagon (i.e. the TEA party)
John
2:23PM NOV 1ST 2011
Just another juvenile rant from a member of the obama administration. They have to create an enemy and target them so people will hopefully forget about unemployment, home foreclosures and the high cost of food, gas, power and water. Well, this is the change the majority of voters wanted and like always, you get what you vote for.
Dr J
2:22PM NOV 1ST 2011
The Tea Party is a group which opposes high taxes and tax increases.

Teabaggers are liberals who are too stupid to pronounce Tea Party.
jc
2:20PM NOV 1ST 2011
If you don't know who she's and what her agenda is, please pick up the phone and call the La Raza organization for all the details. That's all you need to know...FLUSH.
Huuf Arted
2:20PM NOV 1ST 2011
If one of these Leftist 'tards ever uses the term TEABAGGER in my presence they are either going to the ER or the fricking MORGUE ! I'm tired of these subhuman PIGS talking TRASH !!!
Rick O'Shea
2:35PM NOV 1ST 2011
Those bozos seem to have a short fuse. I don't know what state you're in but make'em mad enough to put hands on you and then go to work.
jay murphy
2:20PM NOV 1ST 2011
Who thinks it's appropriate for a paid representative of the U.S. government to use derogatory sexual comments about millions of American voters? Isn't that what Herman Cain is in trouble for allegedly doing?
Fortunately Ms Solis does not have to worry that the Tea Party would stoop to her crass level and describe Latinos as Beaners. She needs to be muzzled if she can't think and speak like an adult, cabinet member or not!
gw
2:20PM NOV 1ST 2011
This women is a reptile, and so are all the liberals.
LindaInNY
2:19PM NOV 1ST 2011
I'm offended by her disgusting sexual innuendo & she makes me uncomfortable.
ges
2:18PM NOV 1ST 2011
They are all a bunch of A-holes. 2012 is not very long anymore, I expect it to make Jimmy Carter (ex-worst President) defeat look puny by comparison. No,we are not socialists,we are Americans and proud of it,I believe we can restore our country,hopefully.This admin. should be tried for treason including Eric (it's ok to pick on white people)Holder.String em up.
Bobby
1:56AM NOV 2ND 2011
O.K.,O.K. I'm with ya man. Just don't allow Jimmy Carter to monitor the election results. Oh, never mind, He's probably off in some dictatorship doing that. He wasn't around to monitor some of the Crooked Democrat elections in California. Well.....like I said, he was too busy elsewhere.
timothius
2:35PM NOV 1ST 2011
AMEN!
LindaInNY
2:16PM NOV 1ST 2011
I'm not surprised she used a disgusting phrase like that. Most conservatives had to look that phrase up while seemingly, all the progressive libtards already knew what it meant...hmmmm makes ya think doesn't it? Those that accuse, do? .Hey, just sayin'....lol
tea bagger
2:15PM NOV 1ST 2011
Always better to be tea-bagger than tea-baggee
carlb
2:15PM NOV 1ST 2011
you belong with the scum standing out in front of wall street. your clown and chief praised the vile and disgusting people. while the tea baggers were clean and courtious. your people deficated on cop cars. caused millions of dollars in damage. while you heaped slander on the tea party. i will tell you this get your resume ready you are history next year. and like the last 3.5 years wasting that so called billion you plan on boring us with next year. as for florida. you better worry about the other 57 states your clown needs. your pparty and your clown car are finished in fla!
Stephen Maio
2:11PM NOV 1ST 2011
Anybody suprised by this classless bitch acting and talking like the rest of the classless scum in the Democratic party? Really how could any decent normal person support these people anymore.
Chet
2:06PM NOV 1ST 2011
GO CAIN!!! Those liars can drum up all the scum they want but we won't believe them!!! They stand on a record of out right lies and streaching the truth. JJA is right they are very childish along with their twisted, in-Obama-pocket, biased MSNBC, CNN etc.
MWTexas
2:05PM NOV 1ST 2011
".... urged them to push for the Obama jobs plan which, with Republicans controlling the U.S. House, has no chance of passing Congress."

It won't pass with Democrats controlling the Senate either dickhead.
Paul
2:05PM NOV 1ST 2011
People need to call out these scumbags that are supporting racists, communists, nazis and other assorted losers at the OWS sleep-ins/slack-a-thons while at the same time ripping into the freedom-loving, American values that inspired the Tea Party. Speak up people. These two groups ARE NOT the same. The Tea Party must help the GOP take back the White House and the Senate to undo all of the damage that Barack the Destroyer has inflicted on our country. Then we need to keep the pressure on the Republicans not to stray back to big-government policies.

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