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.

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Comments (685)

No One Important
7:29AM NOV 1ST 2011
Always nice to see the whitehouse cabinet now insulting representatives that represent a "majority" of the nation now (they do have a majority in the house). . . . .always a good move. . . .insult Americans. . . . .
Tom McCue
7:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
I wonder why Solis didn't mention that federal workers don't have the same bargaining rights as the state workers to whom she was speaking?
DaveB
7:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
It astonishes me that a cabinet secretary is calling any group a name associated with a gay sex act. Perhaps she has some experience with it. What a shameful, despicable crowd in this White House. Utterly disgusting.
TxSon
7:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
It is high time the public and media started challenging these leftist attack dogs using such derogatory terms about patriotic American citizens. Where's the civility the Big O demands. Funny how the left only care about civility when they are challenged on their "facts".

I'm sick and tired of the left being allowed to be as inciting, hateful, racist, and insulting as they want to be without being called out and put down by their leaders and media.
No One Important
7:27AM NOV 1ST 2011
Always nice to see the whitehouse cabinet now insulting representatives that represent a "majority" of the nation now (they do have a majority in the house). . . . .always a good move. . . .insult Americans. . . . .
Big Dog
7:27AM NOV 1ST 2011
Isn't it amazing that these people will disparage the TEA Party, a group that obeys the law and is peaceful, by calling them a sexually explicit name and all the while they will support the Occupy crowd. The FLEA (Free Loading Enemy of America) baggers commit rape, violence, vandalism, drug use and assault and the liberals love them.

It is also amazing that the keep screaming that the stimulus worked (so well we need more) and that it is supported when most people do NOT support it. As for public sector unions, no bargaining. We pay them and we should decide. They should not be able to launder money through their groups back to the Democrats.

Big Dog
http://www.onebigdog.net
Ken
7:26AM NOV 1ST 2011
The re-election there for Obama seems to be, send in the Boss, then the buffooms, then send in the clowns.
Obama makes a Florida appearance, then sends in Obiden, and finally organized labor. I wonder how else they are going to buy Florida votes. A chicken in every pot? Payouts to government workers?
God luck to a bad idea, heh.
Lipstick
7:24AM NOV 1ST 2011
Another Teabagger fool. The more you criticize us the stronger we get. I guess you like masturbating protesters on Wall Street better. How will this put construction workers back to work. It's the same recycled mess you spent before and no jobs came from that. Do dems think all people are stupid as the democratic party is? The more Washington spends the worse it gets here on Main St. If they were poor and worked for a living they would see it just like we do and stop what they are doing. Unless they truly do wish to hurt the American People. I bet most of these folks ruling over us have never worked at any of the jobs where we are hurting today yesterday and will still be hurting from tomorrow. 2012 cannot come fast enough for me. It is truly time for a change and Herman Cain is the man.
slwrig2
7:24AM NOV 1ST 2011
Once again the regime displays it hypocracy and arrogance. These marixist want to destroy America!!!!!!!
Glenn
7:24AM NOV 1ST 2011
Who cares about the Tea Party these days? Their popularity is as bad as Congress'. Their congress critters have proven as irresponsible as we all thought.

The reduction in unions is not because of "globalization" or "market forces" but stupid free trade policies that funnel all the profits to the top 1% and completely screw everyone else. Whoever addresses this nonsense policy will get my vote but it looks like both parties are only interested in taking money from me and handing it to the rich.
Earl Lee Swagger
7:23AM NOV 1ST 2011
Very, very little of what the Obama or the members of the Ad. does or says is going to be believed. To little, to late. Even the Dem. are falling away. ABBO is now the word on the street. Individuals know that the Pres. is campaining with hollow words, or worst.
slwrig2
7:22AM NOV 1ST 2011
Once again the regime displays it hypocracy and arrogance. These marixist want to destroy America!!!!!!!
Glenn
7:22AM NOV 1ST 2011
Who cares about the Tea Party these days? Their popularity is as bad as Congress'. Their congress critters have proven as irresponsible as we all thought.

The reduction in unions is not because of "globalization" or "market forces" but stupid free trade policies that funnel all the profits to the top 1% and completely screw everyone else. Whoever addresses this nonsense policy will get my vote but it looks like both parties are only interested in taking money from me and handing it to the rich.
PBurd
9:14AM NOV 3RD 2011
Spoken like a true Socialist. The 1% are the jobs makers, those that own the businesses that most of us work for, if we are lucky enough to have a job right now. The money is not "funneled" to them, they are called "profits". One owns a business to make a "profit". They are entrepreneurs, the backbone of the American economy. Many whom have moved their businesses to other countries because of over-regulation and the tax burden imposed by Federal and State regulators. The top 1% paid almost 40% of the FIC. The top 10% paid 70% of the FIC. The top 10% receive only 6% of the total income and their combined income would barely make a ripple in the National Debt. The Liberals have done a great job creating class envy and we keep falling for it.
Bobby
11:39PM NOV 1ST 2011
Excuse me, but "free trade policies" = Globalization. I agree with you that profits are funneled to the top 1% who are absolute believers in globalization, or the taking of factories and businesses right out of the country and to places around the globe for the benefit of the one-percent involved in Wall Streets criminality.
DVD_Charlie
7:22AM NOV 1ST 2011
Madam Hilda Solis, if you want to see who is picking on the Police, go check out the FleaBaggers at any of the Occupations.
slwrig2
7:21AM NOV 1ST 2011
Once again the regime displays it hypocracy and arrogance. These marixist want to destroy America!!!!!!!
The Bobster
7:21AM NOV 1ST 2011
It's a disgrace that "La Raza" Solis even works for the White House.
fred
7:19AM NOV 1ST 2011
This person is very misinformed. The pres's economic policies have FAILED! The stimulus FAILED, GREEN ENERGY has failed, the pres has WASTED many billions of taxpayer funds on solar energy and it is gone! If it were private business that did this fine, no skin off the taxpayers back but NO this pres is too arrogant for that. Wasting other peoples $ is what he does best!
Ellie Light
7:17AM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis is a full blown OBamanot RACIST -- she will be gone in 2012 along with Wasserman a fellow racist I love wassermans famous quote"The Republicans want Illegal Immigration to be against the Law" what a empty headed looney tunes
Peter Courtenay Stephens
7:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
The use of the Term TeaBaggers from a member of the Cabinet is exactly what you would expect from a Democrat. They use terms that are the most vile and disgusting or Pornographic in nature. Stop the filth Democrats. Leave our nation and OUR Constitution alone and go live in a new world order slum you create somewhere else.
Mike
7:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
You can call people who favor the Tea Party teabaggers if you want... but what they are is Americans. Don't expect that insulting Americans will make them like you.
Chris
7:10AM NOV 1ST 2011
The homophobic in the White House seem to think that disparaging people by using homophobic slurs is a good strategy. Where is GLAAD now?
Herr Stig
7:08AM NOV 1ST 2011
She should go to New York and sleep with the FLEABAGGERS. 2012 can't come soon enough.
Chris
7:07AM NOV 1ST 2011
The homophobic in the White House seem to think that disparaging people by using homophobic slurs is a good strategy. Where is GLAAD now?
catherine
7:02AM NOV 1ST 2011
this is what happens when you let dictators TAKE CONTROL. HOW DARE THIS PUBLIC SERVANT WHO WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS PICKING HER FAVORITE UNION THUGS AS THE WINNERS---

AND THE POOR, POOR TAXPAYER SERFS AS THE LOSER---no wonder 6 million poor Americans have lost their jobs under these thugs

LISTEN FREAK - 11 MONTHS AND WE REMOVE YOU GUYS THAT ARE JUST FRONTS FOR UNION THUGS - THE 80% of the rest of the nation are sick of your hatred and socialism............THE WORKERS, THE REAL WORKERS ARE THE 80% that carry the union's water and ARE DONE WITH IT............teachers go down first - there are 400,000 unemployed americans every week that will take their jobs for less money, no tenure, no pension and no free healthcare - NO MO MONEY guys - the rules have changed in your face
Eddiebutch
12:04AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obama used these tactics against his opponent in the state senate race. He campaigned against her using every dirty tactic available. It Worked he won. Then went on to the presidency , but he, nor the left, or the right for that matter ever dreamed of a force like the Tea Party. We watch as the left shows their fear with the same tactics. Racist, terrorists. nazis and our brilliant vice president using terms like this. This reads fear to me . The right is trying to use the Tea Party to get re-elected. this could backfire on some of the progressive republicans and many of the good ole boys. Thus we see the biased media reporting that the Tea Party is losing favor with the public. They are the public , they vote, they want very positive things , less spending, smaller government and more constitution involved with law and life.
Eddiebutch
11:40PM OCT 31ST 2011
Like almost everyone associated with Obama, Solis sounds like a female version of Axelrod. What nerve to brag about his economic policies. Once again they address the public as if we were brainwashed victims of this administration. He wants to put more cops and firemen to work including more teachers. Why didn't he address this in the original stimulus package instead of his focus on unions and city government workers. All his cronies benefit from his policies except the public. We are still at 9% unemployment and he is still putting more restrictions on small and big business. The community organizer was not ready for prime time and neither was his Chicago band of theives. So lets hear it Solis, Tell us what we missed besides a great economy and blaming Bush three years later. Another term for Obama-nation could be the nails in the coffin
Sherrie
9:02PM OCT 31ST 2011
What’s hilarious is who hears about the Tea Party these days? You ladies think the majority has mysteriously evaporated? Nope, they’re just flying under the radar and will speak for themselves and their families in that voting booth. They’ve made their point and as most are middle class American’s took the time off work for those couple of demonstrations. Just know this Solis, Wasserman Schultz, et al., you will hear from the Tea Party once again, in November of 2012.
Dana
5:44PM OCT 31ST 2011
Maybe if she wasn't so concerned about the administration she could pay attention to what kind of a job she's NOT doing!
KLSmith
5:06PM OCT 31ST 2011
Better a teabagger than a #ows fleabagger.
Katherine
4:47PM OCT 31ST 2011
Obviously Hilda is a member of the Obama cry for civil discourse group. Her use of such an obscene word to describe a group of people who support smaller government, is par for the course.

Of course, to her, they are just old and white. Her comment is racist to the core. Isn't this what SHE would claim if the situation was reversed and a Republican politician referred to La Raza with an obscene word.

I don't think we should let this go. Obama should be pressured to remove this racist woman from office.
LH
4:40PM OCT 31ST 2011
Solis slammed the tea party movement, calling them “teabaggers” and promising the Obama administration will take them on.

teabaggers: homosexual slur meaning to take the others scrotum into their mouth.
Is this now acceptable for Politicians and Obama? How low can they go. Stay tuned.
RickS
10:13PM OCT 31ST 2011
Yes, this is the kind of filth the American people elected in 2008. God help us if these people get another term in 2012.
Groscoe
1:29PM OCT 31ST 2011
Hilda Solis is a radical open borders Hispanic......remember that when she says anything

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