#SOTU: Democrat Opposition to Obama’s Agenda

#SOTU: Democrat Opposition to Obama’s Agenda

obama-sotuAfter President Obama’s combative State of the Union address on Tuesday, the level of Republican backlash was expected, but now he is taking unexpected flak from members of his own party – and they could prove to derail any of his goals for the remainder of his presidency.

Some Democrats spent Wednesday tearing the president’s agenda to pieces. Those in the Senate could prove to be a particular problem for the president because if they defect, they could help provide the numbers the Republicans would need to pass important legislation – possibly overriding the presidential veto Obama continued to threaten us with on Tuesday evening.

Key Democrats want Obama to slow diplomatic talks with both Cuba and Iran, they were not pleased with his push for new free-trade deals, and it is likely that Democrats in the Senate will play a key role in advancing legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

On Wednesday, Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, writing some of the toughest Democratic criticism aimed at the president’s foreign policy. Menendez, a Cuban-American and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned Kerry about the Castro regime.

Senator Bob Menendez
Senator Bob Menendez

“Mr. Secretary, after five decades of authoritarian, one-party rule, we must recognize that the Castros will never relax their iron-fisted control over Cuba unless compelled to do so,” Menendez wrote. “As the Administration pursues further engagement with Cuba, I urge you to link the pace of changes in U.S. policy to reciprocal action from the Castro regime.”

Menendez also expressed concern that the political prisoners that had been released as a part of the deal have since been rearrested, and about U.S. fugitives hiding out in Cuba.

At a Senate committee hearing shortly afterward, the senator scorned the Administration for their pushback on Congress’ effort to set new sanctions against Iran. This legislation would set new sanctions on Iran if it does not reach a deal with the United States and other nations to end its nuclear enrichment program. Of course, King Obama threatened to veto the bill, saying that it would “all but guarantee that diplomacy fails”.

“Iran is clearly taking steps that can only be interpreted as provocative,” Menendez said. “Yet the administration appears willing to excuse away any connection between these developments and signs of Iran’s bad faith in negotiations.”

Liberal House and Senate Democrats also spoke out against Obama’s agenda to fast-track pending trade deals with Europe and Asia. In the State of the Union address, the president not only talked about raising our taxes, he made another power grab, but what do you expect from a man who has basically run unchecked for 6 years, being given everything he demanded, including more power?

On Tuesday night, Obama asked for yet more power to “protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but are also fair.”

Everything has to be “fair” with this guy. The downside is that his idea of “fairness” steps on the toes of every single tax payer, and increases their burden.

House and Senate Democrats, and union leaders, say the kind of deals that President Obama is trying to create will cost U.S. jobs, hurt the American worker, and Representative Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., vowed to fight the president’s proposal “tooth and nail.”

With enough opposition from the Democrats, Obama’s vetoes could be overridden. Can you imagine the hissy-fit he will throw then? I hope next two years are full of the excitement of watching Congress pushback to the president’s ego driven power grab.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Maybe at long last some rightward leaning Dems are seeing the light. But more likely they are sensing that their party has become the party of far Left extremism that the majority of people are disgusted with and want to distance themselves from the loony leadership to save their own skins. In any event, any help in slowing down the Obamaniac would be welcome.

  • Penny says:

    It’s about time that Dems come to their senses about this Bolshevik in Liberal clothing…..they will suffer the most in an American dictatorship!!

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