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)

Calypso
11:30AM NOV 1ST 2011
Hilda Solis is a Socialist and a racist with close ties to the La Raza movement.

It's no wonder that she would call Tea Party people by the nasty, uncouth term, "teabaggers."

She what's wrong with America.

She, and the POTUS she serves (the worst POTUS in history!) must be removed in 2012 -- that is if we want a vibrant and free American future.
InBreadCat
11:30AM NOV 1ST 2011
Union members need to realize the class warfare this administration is waging will directly affect unions more so than anyone else. As more corps flee this country due to the Attacks by the W.H. there will be diminishing numbers of jobs. This is very obvious over the last 3 years with this administration. UNIONS BETTER WAKE UP TO B.O. W.H. ADMINISTRATION!!!
H. Johnson
11:29AM NOV 1ST 2011
"Looking at 2012, Solis slammed the tea party movement, calling them “teabaggers” and promising the Obama administration will take them on."
Ms. Solis should refrain from using profanity in a political speech. "Teabaggers" are homosexual males that perform a sex act that involves placing the scrotum and testicles of another male in the mouth of another male. I hope there were no children present when Ms. Solis moron used this disgusting term. This matter should raise serious questions about Ms. Solis' morals and personal behavior.
InBreadCat
11:34AM NOV 1ST 2011
I think the Liberals using the term Teabagger know more about what it means from experience that is why they use it soooooo much. Maybe they actually like the act of Teabagging, who knows, that is the only explanation I can come up with.
H. Johnson
11:32AM NOV 1ST 2011
"Ms. Solis moron" should have been Ms. Solis, a moron, used etc.
Kala
11:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis has made OFFENSIVE remarks many times, she needs sensitivity training.
Joe Z
11:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
The entire Democratic party is a disgrace. I'm an American in a capitalist society. The term democratic is totally misunderstood by this party of vulgar socialist control freaks!
J.D.
11:28AM NOV 1ST 2011
The Obama Administration is the most unprofessional institution ever, utterly pathetic. Remember how many times George Bush said offensive, insulting things about Democrats or liberals during his TWO terms? Actually that number is ZERO. Bush may have been a goofy cowboy but he has more class in his little finger than Obama has in his entire administration.

Shame on Obama, shame on his staff and shame on ALL Democrats who think his behavior or that or his administration is acceptable let alone "Presidential". I'd say "shame on liberals" but, I swear, you can't feel shame when you have no standards.
Russ
11:54AM NOV 1ST 2011
I agree with your post almost 100% but please don't refer to anybody as a 'goofy cowboy'. I know some real cowboys - they are hard working, self-reliant and have morals and ethics. I would trade 10,000 street-corner 'homeys' for the life of one cowboy. They are definitely not 'goofy'.
peterwoohoo
11:27AM NOV 1ST 2011
Likewise Hilda, when using a derogatory term refering to the Tea Party, one could call you a "DemBagger". Ms. Solis holding the title of Labor Secretary does not include insulting the other half of the 99 percent!!
normkat
11:26AM NOV 1ST 2011
This is what passes for bipartisanship leadership?

Solis, another liberal success story that has unsheathed the fangs against her own citizenry that don't bow to the 'cause'.

Marxists don't like criticism. I wonder why? Hilda made it to Congre$$ by being born the right color in her district.

You don't like that comment, Tough.

She's from the same neck of the woods of Calfornia as the Sanchez sistas, where they don't win elections, they steal them.
Constitution First
11:26AM NOV 1ST 2011
The TEA Party is going to eat your lunch Barry. Na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, gooooodbye.

Hope your Astroturf Marching Moochers are enjoying the snow. LOL
liberalsarefunny
11:25AM NOV 1ST 2011
Elections have consequences.
Stymie McFarland
11:25AM NOV 1ST 2011
Stop Corporate Musicians and their GREED!
Occupy Eddie Vedders House Now!!!

Music should be free, musicians should work for The People, not against them. Stop Capitalist Musicians NOW!
Betty Barclay
11:24AM NOV 1ST 2011
I feel sexually harassed by her comment. Where's my 5 figure payout? This is certainly worse than anything Herman Cain said or did.
Mike
11:23AM NOV 1ST 2011
It's interesting that Democrats always equate averse actions on public sector unions to be "picking on" teachers, police officers, and other government workers.

I'm sorry, but clearly they don't understand the difference between our support for the institution of education, police, etc. but at the same time, take issue with the UNIONS that "represent them." I want to be able to fire bad teachers and hire good ones without having to cut through miles of teachers union red tape. It is not in our children's best interest to learn from terrible teachers who refuse to teach.

I respect the police forces of most cities, as well as most teachers, but certainly not the unions who give most of the compulsory union dues they collect to democratic candidates and causes through their political action committees.
Really Now
11:44AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obama has never proposed changing the current laws that deny federal employee unions the ability to collectively bargain. Hypocrisy exemplified -- this smooth-talking president manipulated himself into office and his administration will continue that very practice until the day they are shown the door
Joe Z
11:23AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obama has a labor secretary? What does she do? Biden in Disneyworld, now that makes sense.
Lone Gunman
11:22AM NOV 1ST 2011
Yeah well, if this POS called me a "teabagger" to my face she'd be wearing the results of a knuckle sandwich for about a week! If she can't refer to a Conservative political group by the proper name, then I'd like to suggest that she S. T. F. U.!!! Typical liberal progressive scum I guess!
Steve
11:21AM NOV 1ST 2011
Please look up the definition of teabagging. Then tell me why it is accaptable for Obama (and his water carriers) to accuse an entier group of doing this?
JonInVa
12:18PM NOV 1ST 2011
Exactly! Why are top-ranking administration officials allowed to get away with demeaning millions of hardworking, middle class Americans by such a sexually grotesque remark? They do this all the time, but what do you expect? You have media people using the same term, including our favorite non-out fruit fly, Anderson Cooper (who would certainly know).
Slappy Rimshuck
12:18PM NOV 1ST 2011
My thoughts exactly! Only the left and their loose, relative definition of morality and class would continue that type of trash. And from a CABINET MEMBER, no less!
Howard
11:20AM NOV 1ST 2011
@Julie Sauvageot
I think Jack in the Box has standards.
Chris
11:19AM NOV 1ST 2011
This is typical and has been for a while. When those on the left have nothing substantive to say about whomever they are opposing, they resort to name calling and vulgarity. Shame on you Ms. Solis! As a moderate who doesn't claim any party affiliation, you need to know you are losing support because you and those like you can't seem to carry yourselves like adults!
Travis
11:46AM NOV 1ST 2011
I think people refer to them as "teabaggers" because ignorant, bigoted, religious mob is too much of a mouthful.
Chris
1:05PM NOV 1ST 2011
So they make themselves look ignorant by using base rhetoric that has nothing to do with their argument? Yeah, that makes sense. The term is noting more than a "humorous" tagline designed to mock their opponants while at the same time diverting attention from the fact that they have no real response.
darrell7887
11:17AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obama has to be the most disgusting and devisive "leader" I have ever known. He can suck my testicles if he can get Barney Frank off of them!
Xeo Rad
11:17AM NOV 1ST 2011
Funny, I looked up this tool in Wikipedia and there is no mention of her La Raza comments. But then again, Wiki is run by idealistic leftist retards (ooops, the "R" word LOL).
agNau
11:15AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obama surrounds himself with like minded idiots!
Where are the jobs this administration assured us were coming with all the $Trillions of dollars from our pockets, and the pockets of future generations, that were promised by you??!!
Just how stupid do you think we are clowns?
Jack clay
11:15AM NOV 1ST 2011
Hay Hilda Solis, You are the type of person that has angered small business owners like me to fear your agenda!
Sham on you! Everything I read about the tea party is please lower the cost of government! Your response is use a gay slandering terms to address this? Your resume say your are educated but your actions say your not!
Do the right thing for our county and resign!
Constitution First
11:15AM NOV 1ST 2011
The TEA Party is going to eat your lunch Barry.
How's the frostbite with your mob of Marching Moochers?
NOBAMA 2012
11:14AM NOV 1ST 2011
Are you better off today than you were in January 2009?

'Nuff said.

NOBAMA 2012

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Winston Churchill
John
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
I don't hink Ms. Hilda Solis knows what the term tebaggers means. If that's how the democrats are refering to a group of Americans, it would serve her interests to know the meaning:
A man that squats on top of a womens face and lowers his genitals...
If this is the kind of disrespect that the servants of the American people have for their citizens, then she is right in saying that we should bring it. This is going to be one of them most divisive elections since the civil war.
thefedupamerican.com
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
This woman is just about as dumb as her employer--Obama--he's fighting for us--yeah right. What he's fighting for is to keep his job. And he won't. We're fed up! www.thefedupamerican.com
kimdi01
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
She left out that everybody against Obama is a RACIST! Wasn't that in the text Obama's speech writers gave her to read at the convention? This Solis is just fighting to keep her job come the 2012 elections and she knows the only way is to parrot Obama's mantra: ignor the facts, blame Republicans and Tea Party members for all the bad things and never mention that the President has spent more than any President in the past to accomplish nothing but more and more debt.
Thought patrol
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
That's one classy and professional broad! Seriously though, if anybody knows what a pair hanging in your face looks like its probably her.
pmg25
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
Hilda Solis, in name calling American citizens she doesn’t happen to agree with “tea baggers”, proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that she doesn’t possess the moral fiber or character to be the US Secretary of Labor for all Americans. She reflects very poorly on Barack Obama, in particular his judgment for appointing her.
Obama’s re-election brain trust, Plouf and Axelrod, can’t really be that stupid to believe using Obama and surrogates to deliver increasingly divisive rhetoric is a winning political strategy. After all, Obama was elected because he claimed he was a UNITER. But Plouf and Axelrod’s strategy is making him the DIVIDER.
mikec711
11:34AM NOV 1ST 2011
She should do well in Florida because she wants total job security (or entitlement programs) for illegals (er uh, undocumented) ... and wants to attack any employer who may forget to follow one of the thousands of pages of new regulations this admin has created. This admin has no clue on economy. I'm sure they are good at some things (can't name any off the top of my head), but the economy is something they don't have a clue about (or worse, they may have a clue and are going to continue corporatism ... which is the gov'ts way of destroying the economy and blaming capitalism ... thus being the problem, and the proposed solution).
pmg25
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
Hilda Solis, in name calling American citizens she doesn’t happen to agree with “tea baggers”, proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that she doesn’t possess the moral fiber or character to be the US Secretary of Labor for all Americans. She reflects very poorly on Barack Obama, in particular his judgment for appointing her.
Obama’s re-election brain trust, Plouf and Axelrod, can’t really be that stupid to believe using Obama and surrogates to deliver increasingly divisive rhetoric is a winning political strategy. After all, Obama was elected because he claimed he was a UNITER. But Plouf and Axelrod’s strategy is making him the DIVIDER.
Gordon Campbell
11:13AM NOV 1ST 2011
We don't "need to understand...."anything this apparatchik commissar tells us-we already understand quite clearly.

We also now understand much more clearly due to her obscene slur that the resoluteness of the Tea Party terrifies the Left and the laughable "Fleabagger" useful idiots temporarily unoccupying their parents' basements.

She "needs to understand" that she and her boss will be unemployed in 2012.
robert ellington
11:10AM NOV 1ST 2011
the obama people seem to think the public is stupid.
you tell a lie long enough, or as goebels once said if you are going to lie tell the big one, they will believe it. i beleive the American public has woken up and will not go along with this cogatta.
Brian G
11:10AM NOV 1ST 2011
Today's Democrat leadership and academics :
They were punks when they were burning their Draft Cards.
They were punks when they were burning their Bra's.
They were punks when they were burning R.O.T.C. buildings.
They were punks when they were collecting money for Ho Chi Minh.
They were punks when they received tenure.
They were punks when they were confirmed as judges.
By golly ! they are still punks !
Fourleaf Tayback
11:10AM NOV 1ST 2011
I have a special tea bag that Solis can dunk in her tea....drink up Madame Secretary.
Adam
11:09AM NOV 1ST 2011
No matter you political beliefs, when did it become acceptable for Cabinet Members or other high ranking political leaders to refer to the citizens of this country in such a manner. It is a sad day in America when this is the way we deal with each other.. I feel badly for the lack of decency and respect for each other that we are passing along to our children.
Greg
11:08AM NOV 1ST 2011
DEM 2012 EXIT POLL*
WHITES 24%
ASIANS 24%
LATINOS 50%
BLACKS 99%
ILLEGAL ALIENS 100%
THE DEAD 100%
SEIU 200%
TEAMSTERS 250%
ABSENTEE MILITARY 000%
(ballots arrive to late to qualify)

*obamma runs unopposed in 7 of the 57 states
Crewmax42
11:07AM NOV 1ST 2011
Stuck on Stupid Marxist, like her boss.
MIgbait
11:05AM NOV 1ST 2011
This should have been the whole article--no even a freindly crowd cared!!

"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"
theJackal
11:04AM NOV 1ST 2011
This utter filth will be gone with B. Huessien Obama in one year. I can't wait to see the look on these pinkos faces when the American people let these lefty loons know who they feel about socialism. Obama and his educated idiots are about to get a lesson from the people. 65% agree with Obama?!?!?!? This chick is whacked. NOBODY but hardcore leftist and radicals are voting for him again. WORST PRSIDENT EVER!!!
David
11:51AM NOV 1ST 2011
Let them scream, yell,l call names, etc etc as we get the last laugh next November 2012. It will be a tidal wave compared to 2010 and they know it..
Dave
11:04AM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis is far left socialists... already embroiled in a scandal involving the use of taxpayer money to illegally and directly support Union causes, she is a political hack of the worst kind...

and BTW.. someone should tell this nit-wit that "teabagger" is a deragatory and disgusting word that has no business being used by someone in her position... shameless

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