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)

kbworkman
12:58PM NOV 1ST 2011
Is anyone surprised?
The libs have to call their opponents names. It is built into their whole mindset.

They have to demean their opponents

For a group who considers themselves more intelligent than their opponents they show a really poor ability to communicate with anything approacing an intellgent argument.

They have to use name calling, guilt by innuendo, slander...

They are the epitome of the lower ability group trying to make themselve seem more able by tearing down those who would be able to show the weakness of their ideas if they could get a word in edgewise.

Pathetic.
bob taylor
12:56PM NOV 1ST 2011
if i am a teabagger, you're a slut! So start licking Biatch!
CHANO
12:55PM NOV 1ST 2011
Her comments indicate to me that she is not an AMERICAN for AMERICANS nothing more than a impostor for AMERICANS in AMERICA!!!!!
wazi
12:55PM NOV 1ST 2011
that's about right. a scumbag attacking a teabag.
shirtsbyeric
12:55PM NOV 1ST 2011
Classist and Classless.
Squirrelpoop.com
12:54PM NOV 1ST 2011
Guess Broom-Hilda doesn't realize that every teabagger needs a teabagee, and she is it.
Bill C
12:53PM NOV 1ST 2011
Ah, collective bargaining is NOT a "right." It is blatant lies like from our dictatorship administration that are fueling the civil divide in this nation.
G James
12:51PM NOV 1ST 2011
Construction Jobs will not fix the economy. They tried this with the first stimulus package. And even if they started building bridges now, once built, in 1 or 2 years the projects would be over and we'd be back to square one. There is a lot of corruption with Union Jobs in the form of workers that are on the Payroll but they are "No Shows". They just want to funnel money into the Union Pension Funds and subsequently, money will be diverted to the Democratic Party and Union Influence with be used to bully their members into voting for President Obama in 2012.
martifr
12:51PM NOV 1ST 2011
You've seen nothing yet, solis. Wait until you see the ballot results from next November. You think 2010 was an anomaly? You are sorely mistaken. Next year will be the end of your career with hussein.
Fred Williams
12:48PM NOV 1ST 2011
It didn't pass the democratic led Senate either so if the d@mn democrats won't pass it why is it the the republicans should? Just asking!
Michael Travis
12:47PM NOV 1ST 2011
Democrats have nothing to run on so they resort to negative campaigning as a way to demonize the opposition and to draw attention away from Obama's own failed policies and failed presidency. The opposition being the Republican Party and the Tea Party and conservatism in general. Which are the very political and moral institutions that are trying to "save" the United States of America from not only bankruptcy but also to restore dignity to our Nation, which the Obama administration is systematically trying to demean and diminish in my opinion. Ideals such as capitalism, freedom(s), liberty, constitutionalism and a host of other American ideals, that according to Obama's own words, he is seeking to "fundamentally transform" into what we now know is European style Socialism on a grand scale.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and other Obama-bots are going around the country trying to convince Democrats and anybody who'll listen, that four more years of Obama's failed economic, domestic, and foreign policies will be a good thing and to reelect Obama and his failed administration - so they'll have four more years to continue destroying the economy and many would say the entire country as well. Hopefully the American people will see through the "smoke screen" and kick Obama and progressive cronies to the curb on November 6, 2012. If you care about your country and your family that is. If those two things don't mean diddly to you then go ahead and vote for Obama again. What is that old adage again? Fool me once...?
Dave
12:46PM NOV 1ST 2011
I don't believe it's acceptable for the U.S. Labor Secretary to be using profane language in public. She should resign immediately.
Phillip
12:46PM NOV 1ST 2011
The fact she used the vulgar term "teabagger" indicated she has no
intention of engaging in mature, adult discussion of the issue. She knows it is a sexually explicit term and in her attempt to defame the Tea Party, she only shows her ignorance and partisanship. She is an embarassment to the WH, but the medis tries to prop her up by reporting on her speach. The story was not worth the effort to publish it.
Fred Williams
12:49PM NOV 1ST 2011
Don't forget "no class" either :)
jef
12:46PM NOV 1ST 2011
this radical leftist will be working on Wall Street when she is done, collecting 7 figures and hiring non-union labor. What a scam.
Mike
12:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
Feel free to e-mail her your comments and thoughts on describing members of Congress as "teabaggers".

talktosolis@dol.gov
John Landon
12:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
Maybe you let me teabag you sweety
Terry Poupart
12:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
I wonder if any legitimate reporter will ask the President if supports the use of this homophobic insult. Is this part of his campaign to bring US together?
sauntom
12:44PM NOV 1ST 2011
I submitted the following letter to her this AM:

Secretary Solis,

I'm writing to register my disgust that a United States Cabinet Secretary would stoop to crude street-level sexual language to defame millions of her fellow Americans, people who also happen to be "laboring" for the success of this nation and whom you ostensibly represent. I read with sadness today a report that says you referred to millions of your fellow citizens as "teabaggers."

You might not agree with the aims of the Tea Party, but your choice of words to describe them is inexcusable. You are not Bill Maher, Keith Olberman or Janeane Garofalo, who all seem to revel in usage of the term. You were appointed by our President, confirmed by our Senate and took an oath to uphold the Constitution and represent the interests of ALL American citizens, not to be a crude political hack.

I have never written to a public official before, but I felt compelled to
register my disgust with your actions. I am not a Tea Party member (and don't know if there is even a formal way to join), but I would remind you that among the ranks of those who call themselves Tea Party members are veterans who have bled for you and all Americans, grandmothers who are certainly worthy of your respect, and others from all walks of life in this great nation.

I read your biography on the DOL website and you are rightfully proud of authoring seventeen anti domestic violence laws in California. I wonder how many of the domestic violence victims who were raped by their own spouses or domestic partners were also subjected to "teabagging" during their ordeal. They probably would not appreciate your lighthearted use of this sickening term.

On behalf of all American citizens who have not yet lost their sense of
propriety, decency and civic duty, I am requesting that you offer a public and formal apology and that you do the honorable thing and resign. You have tarnished the office to which you have been entrusted and do not deserve to claim the title of United States Cabinet Secretary.
jackieaxe
12:44PM NOV 1ST 2011
So this spic wetback beach thinks I'm a teabagger? How polite. What class!
Connie
12:44PM NOV 1ST 2011
What a sleaze bag.
Roger
12:43PM NOV 1ST 2011
There is nothing like being ignorant. Hilda Solis takes the cake. I am a veteran, Mr. Obama hasn't fought for me since he has been in office. He should be impeached due to violating his oat of office. He has lied to the American people over and over. IA's (Idiot A--holes) like Solis keeps giving him a pass. I guess we know who butters her toast. The IA comment is no worse than calling Tea Party members teabaggers. I humbly apologize to my conservative friends for my attitude, but not to the liberals who want to run my life and this country into the ground.
ken
12:43PM NOV 1ST 2011
Since when is it ok for a government employee ( which she is regardless of party affiliation) to call her bosses ( US taxpayers, citizens) " Teabagers" a disgusting, foul term akin to " Fagott"? What's the difference? To me it's the same as saying all Americans apposed to governments current spending policies are fagotts!
Jack
12:42PM NOV 1ST 2011
"Carrying water?" Hey douchebags--she's in his Cabinet! It's her job to defend the Administration's policies. Why don't you rightie a-holes grow up and turn off Fox "News" for a while?
K
1:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
Hey dip[filtered word]! Why don't leave this country now since you don't care about the freedoms we have here. You are a stupid moron!
Connie
12:53PM NOV 1ST 2011
Of course - she is a vulgar mindless liar - what else is new regarding Obama lackeys? Anyone who uses vulgar terms to call others names (how mature) doesn't have the intelligence or originality to add something useful to the dialogue. As I said, she is a SLEAZE BAG - and I might add, a stupid one.
Really Now
12:52PM NOV 1ST 2011
So you're defending her use of the word "teabaggers"?

My people expect a little more class from someone in the cabinet. (and would feel the same regardless of political party)
Roger
12:51PM NOV 1ST 2011
Hey Jack, very typical, when you can't defeat the message then slander the messenger. The douchebag is Solis. She is to serve the people, mind you all the people. It is obvious those in the Obama administration can only serve those of like mind and then pay them off with crony capitalism. We have lost Washington DC to Chicago style politics. It is now Chicago DC
Jack
12:57PM NOV 1ST 2011
"Crony capitalism." Looks like you've been reading your Malkin/Coulter echo chamber bathroom lit.
Typhoon
12:42PM NOV 1ST 2011
A racist idiot in Obama's cabinet?
Gee, what a surprise.
onthedot
12:42PM NOV 1ST 2011
That is so unnecessary, disrespectful, and beneath a government official. Just what you would expect from this President and his henchmen.
mikesvoice
12:39PM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis forgot that Barry said they were going to "tone down the retoric" & instead is making slanderous allegations....she also will be out the door and on the curb in 2012...not soon enough but will have to do...Can't tout what he actually has accomplished, because he hasn't accomplished anything acceptable to the public!!!!
Roger
12:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
Mike, Obama also forgot what he said.
Jack
12:45PM NOV 1ST 2011
Well, he accomplished the mission Dubya f***** up for starters. But maybe they didn't report that on Fox "News"
darrell7887
1:26PM NOV 1ST 2011
I never knew W f--ed up a mission. I do know Odumbo had zero to do with our successes in the Middle East. He is only a community organizer, and a bad one at that.
Really Now
12:58PM NOV 1ST 2011
You're basically defending Obama by saying Bush did the same things.

Obama = Bush (the worst president in history)
Mark woodworth, phd
12:38PM NOV 1ST 2011
After several years of doing practically nothing about jobs, apart from being focused like a laser, Obama now, in the election, trying to blame it all on Repulicans. He and the other Progressives in the administration, are supposed to represent Americans, not the Democratic Party.

The use of bagged instead of Party is a deliberate attempt to disparage fine American citizens that simply disagree with the way out of this mess that croney capitalism has caused.
Russ
12:38PM NOV 1ST 2011
That 'teabagger' name is a vulgarity, and it does not surprise me that some classless Marxist in Obama's administration would sink low enough to use such a disgusting term. The Left immediately starts out by calling names because that is often the only thing that they can turn to. How do you argue against following the constitution, or running the government legally and efficiently? Easy! Call your opponents a vulgar name.
Really Now
12:35PM NOV 1ST 2011
Ohio and Wisconsin = "picking on" public employees because they won't allow collective bargaining

Despite the fact Obama has never proposed changing current laws that deny federal employees the ability to collectively bargain = “You need to understand that this president is fighting for you,”

LMAO
Really Now
12:35PM NOV 1ST 2011
Ohio and Wisconsin = "picking on" public employees because they won't allow collective bargaining

Despite the fact Obama has never proposed changing current laws that deny federal employees the ability to collectively bargain = “You need to understand that this president is fighting for you,”

LMAO
Walter
12:34PM NOV 1ST 2011
Funny how the libs scream and squawk when any uses the "derogatory" term Obamacare; but they have no problem using an actual derogatory term towards those who don't agree with them. Oh those laughable libs!
Radical1a
12:33PM NOV 1ST 2011
When Hilda Solis uses the word " Teabagger " she should envision Barney Frank squatting down over her face naked .
Russ
12:39PM NOV 1ST 2011
They would certainly deserve each other.
Randy
12:33PM NOV 1ST 2011
If she is going to call me a teabagger, I'm going to cal her a dirty sanchez.
Vink
12:33PM NOV 1ST 2011
Here's the bitch's email: talktosolis@dol.gov

Send her a love letter. Copy in the Imam and make him force her arse to apologize. She is a paid servant working for the Taxpayers. ALL of the taxpayers, not just the Libs.
Michael
12:32PM NOV 1ST 2011
I dont like the term teabaggers because it is used as a sexual term also. So stop using the term. Second Obama isnt creating a damn thing or the republicans for that matter. We need good paying jobs for all people not these f...in 10 $ dolla $ an hour jobs. They dont cover basiic costs of living in the Northeast states. Cut the crap and lets start doing something already.
K
1:53PM NOV 1ST 2011
DUH! Repubs can't go anything until 2012. They don't hold both houses. So many of you that don't have a clue. All they can do is block their crap right now unless they actually come up sith something right for the people....which so far......has never happened. His goal is to destroy while well knowing that all the the dull knives in the drawer who hears his dumb speeches will believe him and that he doing all he can to work for us. Horse Hockey!
Mapache
12:36PM NOV 1ST 2011
Why don't you start a company and don't even think about paying $10/hour. Of course you have to put your OWN capital at risk, hope your business can survive all the government rules, regulations, taxes and the whims of the public.....go ahead a do something...its easy.
Doug
12:32PM NOV 1ST 2011
And so this vacuous administration rolls on, degrading its enemies on low notes instead of facts and actual points. It will continue too. All while our illustrious leader stays above it all. Even his wife will soon be using this vulgar term and Obama will remain commentless. When the left has its back to the wall, folks, they truly know no bounds in how nasty they can be.
Mapache
12:31PM NOV 1ST 2011
Another CLASS act. It is one thing for a political pundit or talk show personality but quite another for a member of the executive branch which is supposed to be working for all Americans to refer to Tea Party members as Teabaggers. We will remember come next November.

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