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)

JungleCogs
11:03AM NOV 1ST 2011
This administration is desperate; a total state of panic. I’ll bet Obama is chain-smoking like never before.
David
11:03AM NOV 1ST 2011
Cuddling up to Obama is like kissing Stalin in so many ways.
COSMO98
11:02AM NOV 1ST 2011
typical wet-backer.
USA
11:02AM NOV 1ST 2011
obama zombie picture warrants the secret service?? LMFAO. liberal media attacking a black man, and no one is calling it racism. that is sad. they would be all over it. if the candidate was a commie. this country is starting to look a lot like its run by socialist. obama impeach yourself you clown
Emporersnaked
11:01AM NOV 1ST 2011
Pro Mexican (the race), socialist, selfish, power hungry... all requirements to serve under Obama. Honesty Truth and Inteligence not required
BC Punami
11:01AM NOV 1ST 2011
Obumma is going down hard. I am so sick of these stupid F%$@@# libs.
ExSophus
11:00AM NOV 1ST 2011
There is ZERO excuse for ANY Administration official to use such language ("teabaggers") in referring to others...regardless of the political ideology of the official.

It's debasing, it's crude and vulgar, and it says a LOT about the official and the judgment of the one who appointed the official.
GilRR
3:12PM NOV 1ST 2011
you should no you appointed Bush and his dumb ass dick that speaks alot about you.
GilRR
10:59AM NOV 1ST 2011
Funny! you people are something else 1st your all racists and to try to turn it around to make the Hispanic people of La Raza that are fighting for justice the racist is beyond me its almost like something is wrong with this picture you people know what I'am talking about you have a history of bigotry you inslave people you treat your pets better than Humans you know who you are Julie,Patrick,RobbieK,Vink and the list goes on and if the shoe fits your a bigot to. Oh! did i mention Cowards!!!
jim simpson
11:57AM NOV 1ST 2011
if you could spell enslave, maybe people would take your comment seriously
GEORGE WASHINGTON
10:59AM NOV 1ST 2011
DONT FORGET, THIS IS THE SAME SCUM BAG POLITICIAN WHO RAN A VIDEO ON THE LABOR DEPTS WEB SITE INSTRUCTING ILLEGALS ON HOW TO ENTER THE COUNTRY-GAIN EMPLOYMENT WITH OUT A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND REPORT EMPLOYERS THE ILLEGALS BELIEVED WERE RACISTS AND REFUSED TO HIRE THEM BASED ON THEIR STATUS... THIS IS YOUR NEW DEM PARTY..REPRESENTED BY ANTI AMERICAN PEOPLE LIKE SOLIS AND THE REST OF THE ADMIN...
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THIS IS THE SAME DEM PARTY WHO SIDES WITH ILLEGALS, WANTS TO REPRESENT TERRORISTS CAPTURED ON THE BATTLEFIELD LIKE HOLDERS LAW FIRM DID PRIOR TO HIS BECOMING THE ATTY GENERAL.IN FACT HE ALSO BROUGHT 9-11 OF THE LAWYERS WHO WORKED IN THE HOLDER LAW FIRM TO WORK IN THE DOJ
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO REFUSES TO SECURE THE BORDERS AND ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAWS ON THE BOOKS
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO IS NOW SUING 5 STATES FOR THEIR ATTEMPTS TO PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS.
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO WANTS TO PROSECUTE CIA AGENTS WHO WATER BOARDED THE SCUM BAGS AT GITMO...TO THIS DAY, THE DOJ IS PURSUING THESE CHARGES.
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO DESPISES THE TROOPS , YET , WHEN APPROPRIATE, ACTS LIKE HE AND HIS ADMIN LOVE THE TROOPS...YET MANY OF OUR BRAVEST NEVER RECEIVED A VOTERS BALLOT IN 2008..WONDER WHY?
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO THREW AWAY 100'S OF BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS TO SO CALLED GREENIE COMPANIES. THE CATCH..THE GREENIE COMPANIES ARE BEING RUN BY BIG TIME POLITICAL BUNDLERS
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WITH HELP FROM THE ENTIRE GOVT,CLINTONS STATE DEPT,CIA,FBI,HSA,TSA,DEA,BORDER,ICE ,MEXICO AND THE UN..THIS PROGRAMN IS CALLED FAST AND FURIOUS, RUNNING GUNS INTO MEXICO TO PROVE THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH GUYNS MAKING THEIR WAY INTO MEXICO VIA THE USA...THIS COST 90 MILLION IN STIMULUS AND ENDED UP KILLING 3 US AGENTS...
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THIS ADMIN AND THIS PRESIDENT , DO NOT REPRESENT THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. THEY REPRESENT SPECIAL INTERESTS
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THIS IS THE SAME ADMIN WHO HAS A VISION OF A EUROPEAN TYPE LIFESTYLE /GOVT..AND IF WE TAKE A LOOK IN EUROPE..HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT? LOL
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BAMMMERS VISION OF THE USA IS NOT THE VISION WE ALL HAVE. THIS GUY WAS RAISED BY GOD KNOWS WHO AS A CHILD..PEOPLE LIKE FRANK MARSHALL A SELF AVOWED COMMIE WAS HIS BIGGEST INFLUENCE..HIS MOTHER WAS ALSO A COMMIE...GO FIGURE...
calvierto
10:59AM NOV 1ST 2011
If we are teabaggers, then she is the reciever, the teabagged. ha ha
Zain
10:57AM NOV 1ST 2011
Forget passing the congress, it is having trouble passing the Democrat controlled Senate. Obama's proposals don't really do well. His budget was defeated in the Democrat controlled senate 97-0 and Reid is afraid to even bring up the Jobs(Stimulus-2) Bill in the Senate because he cannot round up enough votes to pass it.
nhlfoda
10:57AM NOV 1ST 2011
I don't know about carrying water for Obama; unless she's doing while on her knees.

Isn't it interesting that every time you hear a Democrat talking about hiring or protecting jobs; it's always in the public union arena? (Police, Fireman, Teachers, etc.... They are hell bent on protecting their campaign contributions and laundering their illegal slush funds)
Buck O'Fama
10:56AM NOV 1ST 2011
.“You need to understand that this president is fighting for you,” she insisted.

You need to understand that we are going to grind you to dust on Nov. 2012.
nancy a sisco
10:55AM NOV 1ST 2011
I do not know how in the hell these people can actually stand up before a crowd and spew such untruths and outright lies..I think it is hard for the average american to believe that the PRESIDENT could not tell the truth. But I do believe people are waking up..
ertdfg
10:55AM NOV 1ST 2011
Well thank goodness someone is willing to stand up and fight for the good plan of spending ever increasing amounts of money. I mean we're barely spending 150% of our revenue now, we should be borrowing more so we can spend two or three times our income forever.

Once we're tens and tens of trillions of dollars in debt, so we can't even afford interest on pour debt; that'll be when we really shine economically.

Just ask someone who has tried to borrow and spend their way out of debt, it's a brilliant idea... if you're looking, most people who try this plan are now living under the bridge and panhandling.
jim simpson
12:03PM NOV 1ST 2011
How dare you apply math and economic principles to public spending. Where is your heart?
Fire Her
10:55AM NOV 1ST 2011
Let's don't forget that she is the same secretary of Labor who put American businesses on notice when she swore into the position that "a new shariff in town!" Just tell you how hostile this administration is toward businesses. No wonder no jobs created.
Travis Irvin
10:55AM NOV 1ST 2011
Take us on? We've been ready for you to do that since September of 2009. All we got was either you chickening out or you giving up. I doubt things have changed
OutOfPatience
10:54AM NOV 1ST 2011
I'm not a construction worker. Where is my job.
refreshthetree
10:54AM NOV 1ST 2011
A government official (servant to the public) should never refer to citizenry in such a derogatory manner. The federal government is corrupt, and broken, and needs to be cut down to size. We need RON PAUL to get this mess anywhere close to back in order. He will likely not get the nomination. Instead we will get some guy who will tow the line and maintain the status quo. DON'T BELIEVE ME, IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, YOU WATCH unless we manage to get Ron elected. God help us if we don't, though I doubt he would think we deserve his help.
crooked wren
10:53AM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis doesn't mind using -- in a public setting and a formal "speech" -- a pejorative sexual term for those who are longing for this Constitutional Republic to return to sanity in policy and to the foundational function of a federalist system, for those willing to work for economic prosperity (which will benefit even those who are poor, those who are hungry, those who are unemployed, etc.).

When she ran for Congress (2000) the Communist Party USA supported her. In 2001, she made a trip to Cuba -- for undisclosed purposes. In 2005, Solis was KEYNOTE SPEAKER for the Democratic Socialists of America national conference "Twenty-First Century Socialism" in Los Angeles. She made a second trip to Cuba in 2006. There's more -- all documented. (See Trevor Loudon's New Zeal blog.)

WAKE UP, AMERICA. The Socialists/Communists, their fellow-travelers, and their "useful idiots" wield the power of the media, our educational system, and local, state, and federal governmental positions -- along with their bureaucratic "workers of the world."

You want to retain individual liberty? Then we need that federalist system, small, limited federal government, that the Founders prescribed for us.

WAKE UP & GET TO WORK.
eyearedan
10:52AM NOV 1ST 2011
Face-It (a Pun), she LOVES-IT when Obama TEABAGS HER.
Durazac
10:52AM NOV 1ST 2011
Solis "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"

Of course public unions are ok - there is no racket there. The government claims they have the trust and faith of the people, yet government employees trust each other so little that they have unions to protect each other from their untrusted co-workers.

What a beautiful circle of waste and abuse: Governements can't be trusted by their own employees, and so the employees get protection from their own actions and people by forming a group of themselves to protect each other from themselves.

And they want the NON federal employees to do what they say, how they say it, and be content as fed employees retire richer, in shorter time with many more benefits.

It's called a "racket." and we the people want it to stop.
alan
10:52AM NOV 1ST 2011
How dare a member of the Obama administration call Americans Teabaggers. They are Americans and they pay his F--en salary. Because they disagree with Obama's policies they deserve to be called teabaggers? This administration has got to go asap. Obama tells his supports to get in the face of those who disagree? What kind of garbage is that? The man wants a civil war.
alan
10:51AM NOV 1ST 2011
How dare a member of the Obama administration call Americans Teabaggers. They are Americans and they pay his F--en salary. Because they disagree with Obama's policies they deserve to be called teabaggers? This administration has got to go asap. Obama tells his supports to get in the face of those who disagree? What kind of garbage is that? The man wants a civil war.
rick
10:51AM NOV 1ST 2011
Even Obama's people must have to hold their laughter at continued lies from his clowns. A nice lunch is way more important than an Obama lie session.
Cassandra
10:49AM NOV 1ST 2011
It's good to know that she's labor secretary for ALL the people.

If a Republican secretary had disparaged a significant percentage of the populace, he/she would have to resign the next day.
Vince
10:49AM NOV 1ST 2011
Tea baggers?? Is this the civility and toned down rhetoric that Obama asked for after the Tuscon massacre? Why isn't Obama asking her to resign? Oh, I keep forgetting. Obama was only talking about those who are politically opposed to him.
Cassandra
10:49AM NOV 1ST 2011
It's good to know that she's labor secretary for ALL the people.

If a Republican secretary had disparaged a significant percentage of the populace, he/she would have to resign the next day.
rudedog
10:46AM NOV 1ST 2011
I C E should check on her resident status... Sorry I forgot Obama's administration prefer's Illegals over Americans....
So.florida
10:45AM NOV 1ST 2011
Bring it on Hilda.Want some tea?
BR
10:43AM NOV 1ST 2011
These same "tea baggers" and Republicans are a good share of the "public" in her "public service" job. She needs to remember that she serves the public, at the pleasure of the president. Not the president at the expense of part of the public. No doubt she can support the merits of the job proposal -- that's a fitting role, but she took this a bit too far. There is a reason they don't put (D) and (R) next to cabinet positions -- while the President selects them, they are supposed to be apolitical positions.
BillB
10:42AM NOV 1ST 2011
"holding their own conversations and eating their lunches than listening to her speech"

.... so that translates into a room full of very rude democrats right in step with the speaker being just as discourteous using the term 'teabagger'.

Though too perhaps that lie about 65% got them all going around the table... 'Joe, you support this second same as the first, jobs plan, 'NO', 'Betty, how 'bot you? NO, ...... that same question just spinning around , table to table .... sad so sad those at the top remain so clueless.
Thomas Peschke
10:41AM NOV 1ST 2011
What does some old bag know of thosewho use tea bags? Obviously she prefers the Kool Aid to the teal
Bob Jones
10:41AM NOV 1ST 2011
This unamerican SOB needs to be tried for treason and put in jail along with that piece of crap he calls attorny general!
both violate the constitution by not enforcing federal law.
At every chance he sings a so called ex order and thats Bull [filtered word]y. Thats wat we have Congress for!! Impeach the Bastards!!!
joannejoanne
11:27AM NOV 1ST 2011
Could not have said it better. This lying socialist agitator has to be kincked out on hes a** with all his little communist czars.
2012 can't come soon enough. We have to stop this America hater from destroying us completely.
Bob Jones
10:41AM NOV 1ST 2011
This unamerican SOB needs to be tried for treason and put in jail along with that piece of crap he calls attorny general!
both violate the constitution by not enforcing federal law.
At every chance he sings a so called ex order and thats Bull [filtered word]y. Thats wat we have Congress for!! Impeach the Bastards!!!
Hussein
10:40AM NOV 1ST 2011
I hope these cretins continue this and ratchet-up the rhetoric and vulgar name-calling into the 2012 election. This kind of behavior along with Debbie Clueless and Alan Grayson daily inanities will ensure a complete conservative sweep in 2012!
DudeZXT
10:40AM NOV 1ST 2011
Labor Secretary? Is that the person who's really doing the work when Obama keeps going on vacation trips on my dime?
Lulu Jones
10:40AM NOV 1ST 2011
Ms. Solis is a servant of the PUBLIC, not Obama, and the public includes the TEA Party. She said Obama will 'take the Tea Party on', whatever that means. The TEA Party and most of the rest of her employers (the public) will 'take on' Obama in 2012.
Dr. Albert Gortenbull
10:40AM NOV 1ST 2011
Ms. Solis is symptomatic of what is wrong in Washington today. Albert
rudedog
10:49AM NOV 1ST 2011
It's called The Obama Administration.......................
Jeff
10:39AM NOV 1ST 2011
so... what if they subvert the vote?

I trust electronic voting as much as I trust electronic poker machines. Not that physical counting is much better, as recent history shows...
Jim50
10:38AM NOV 1ST 2011
I'm sick and tired of the teabagger term. This b1tch can roll it up really tight and shove it where the sun don't shine!!!
DudeZXT
10:42AM NOV 1ST 2011
Maybe that's happened already and that's her problem...
Larry Croft
10:36AM NOV 1ST 2011
From what I read, business want to add employees to their payroll but are reluctant to do so because of uncertainty of the future business climate. There isn't much "the people" can do about it individually.

Ms. Solis and the Washington politicians can - but won't - by taking away all business taxes and by repealing job stifling regulations.

Read the article "4200 New Regulations in Obama Pipeline- so far" at http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2011/08/25/4200_new_r...

It should shock every astute American.
Nancy Bakos
10:35AM NOV 1ST 2011
commieblaster.com for all your info regarding who is complicit with the communists Both parties have soldout America liveleak.com for ALL info about the FOGBOW OBOTS paid by our government to spread disinformation and lies under search enter fogbow or obot watch the videos the birth certificate released in April is a forensic fraud-new info regarding Sheriff Arpaio's investigation wnd.com
AdultAmerican020450
10:35AM NOV 1ST 2011
I can't get beyond the use of minority women messengers to deliver this President and administration's specious claims......

It's like I'm being dared to challenge the message being delivered because of the gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc. of the messenger.........

Pathetic..................

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