Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty

posted at 2:45 pm on September 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Via TheBlaze.com, an original video that reveals just where the heads of some in this administration really are. If ever I needed proof that 99 percent of policy battles stem from different ideas about the purpose of government, Valerie Jarrett just provided it:

Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett: from Naked Emperor News on Vimeo.

“We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

To be clear, conservatives don’t advocate limited government because they think it will increase poverty or fail to mitigate the suffering of “the least of these” — a phrase Jarrett uses repeatedly. We argue for limited government at least in part because we recognize that government-run social programs often exacerbate the very problems they’re intended to fix, perpetuating dependency. Limited government only works, it’s true, when the majority of the citizenry embraces personal responsibility and personal discipline, when intermediary institutions like the family and church fill in the gaps in our needs. But, in terms of creating happy, healthy outcomes for individuals, history shows us the administrative state virtually never works. That’s why I keep saying I’m waiting for a leader who will give voice to the simple truth that we are our problem (if for no other reason than that we’ve voted in this administration) — and we’re also our solution.


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And it has an excellent track record at doing so!

lorien1973 on September 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I was wondering who was holdin’ on to my bootstraps…

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Yeah, screw the plebs.

mythicknight on September 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Well jarrett, your guy is doing a gosh horrible doing this isn’t he? Just who, besides the union thugs and his solar friends, has bho helped since elected?
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letget on September 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.

Please tell us how buying Draco AK pistols and selling them to drug cartels in AZ for transport to Mexico does that? And, as a followup, do you think Brian Terry would agree?

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

“The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-widens-challenges-to-state-immigration-laws/2011/09/28/gIQA8HgR7K_story.html

ninjapirate on September 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The War on Poverty “Great Society” started by Lyndon Johnson in 1964, destroyed our country by getting the destitute hooked on Federal Welfare. It was especially hard on the black community.

Our nation suffers to this day from that crappy piece of work.

portlandon on September 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Totally. I remember reading that in the bill of rights.

Kataklysmic on September 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

What else would you expect a communist to say.The big problem is she is really the 1st woman president!

tim c on September 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Mini-Mao speaks.

Missy on September 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Yikes! Tina, your photos are always larger than Ed’s or AP’s(especially if they’re of Rick Perry), so you need to be careful about posting a shot of Ratface’s mug.

Doughboy on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The is the effect of an underclass that has felt excluded for generations and a political class which has rewarded dependency even among young, healthy individuals.

This is why The One’ administration was so special. He could cut a deal with the Asians (among other things)and get these guys working.

Baby steps.

IlikedAUH2O on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.

900 Solyndra ex-employees were unavailable for comment.

Electrongod on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Fine talk from this commie who demanded a military office get her a drink.

She’s an entitlement demanding shrew, who only believes this as far as it keeps her in a position of power, and in the tower looking down at those she looks down on.

She’s a walking, talking pile of bs.

capejasmine on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

-Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

portlandon on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

We argue for limited government at least in part because we recognize that government-run social programs often exacerbate the very problems they’re intended to fix, perpetuating dependency.

We have 45 years of LBJ’s “War on Poverty” as data.

Limited government only works, it’s true, when the majority of the citizenry embraces personal responsibility and personal discipline

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

Paul-Cincy on September 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

“We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

This liberal defines poverty, of course, as having a cell phone, clothes, house, refrigerator, TVs, a union job, subsidized heath care & retirement benefits, +/- a car.

Of course! How could I be so stupid?

Danny on September 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Tina, could you use some consistency in your quotations? Sometimes, they’re greyblocked…sometimes, they’re not. As a long time reader of HotAir, the one consistent thing between all of the writers is their use of greyblocked quoting for long quotes.

bloghooligan on September 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Equal opportunity or equal results?

The fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives.

BobMbx on September 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Wasn’t she a some kind of slum lord in Chicago???

‘Section 8 made me what I am today!!”

BigWyo on September 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

“We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video.

Good grief! Even from a slumlord?

a capella on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

She’s a fellow exploiter of the poor and should be in jail with Tony Rezko for bilking the tax-payer by providing ‘low income’ CONDEMNED housing for the ‘po’.

Or… she should be in jail with Blagovich(D) for the attempts to buy her Obama’s Senate seat from Blago.

DANEgerus on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

“We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

The Gipper: A rising tide lifts all boats.

Anybody getting that sinking feeling?

Steve Z on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

It’s also supposed to crap magical unicorns from its butt. It does that about as well.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

But,in terms of creating happy, healthy outcomes for individuals, history shows us the administrative state virtually never works.

that’s because the right people haven’t done it yet….oh wait! that’s old school 2008 talk right there.

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I heard she built some pretty affordable houseing projects in Chicago towards that end.

NJ Red on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

“We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

So says a rich slum lord from Chicago.

BobMbx on September 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

This reminded me of the story about Stalin and how he took a chicken and tortured it by plucking all the feathers off of it, then offered it some grain to eat. He then stated, ” See this bird, it will follow me the rest of its life…” This is what the current administration is attempting to do to America….

CynicalOptimist on September 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Tina, could you use some consistency in your quotations? Sometimes, they’re greyblocked…sometimes, they’re not. As a long time reader of HotAir, the one consistent thing between all of the writers is their use of greyblocked quoting for long quotes.

bloghooligan on September 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Not for the Quotes of the Day. We don’t even know who said them.

Steve Z on September 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Trouble is, “poverty” keeps getting redefined to anything that isn’t solid middle class. In America you can own a house, two cars, 3 television sets and a cell phone and STILL be considered to be living in “poverty”.

tommyboy on September 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

That would only happen if they decide to lift the boot off your neck. Can she point out which section of the Constitution that requirement is written? Cuz I can’t seem to find it.

Kissmygrits on September 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Another Chicago crook, neo-marxist variety.

Adjoran on September 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

They can’t even lift George Obama out of a shack in Nairobi’s Huruma Flats slum.

Christien on September 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty support me in the lifestyle to which I have become accustomed and so richly deserve

yubley on September 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

And that’s why the Democrats keep getting minority voters…government is a religion….one must only believe…the minority voters have been brainwashed and believe what she says.

albill on September 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty

If that were true Nikita Khrushchev would have buried us by now.

Speakup on September 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I find her repeated reference to “the least of these”, quoting Jesus, particularly distasteful. He was talking about the nature of a rich spiritual life. Never once did he advocate for Rome or the government to provide for people. She talks as if Big Government and love for others are the same thing. And they are not.

Paul-Cincy on September 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

“We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”
Where in the Constitution does it say that?
Perhaps her version says “Provide for the general welfare”.
‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’
Not Promote like Original one says.

ColdWarrior57 on September 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Grove Parc

OxyCon on September 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

the only lifting that we see going on is guns across the border and a bag o’ clubs…..

when does the gov’t get around to us? BTW, does a pivot occur before or after the lift, Val? It seems like there’s been a lot of pivot talk, but this is the first we’ve heard of the lift piece of it.

Movements.

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

No single entity or force has contributed to poverty more than government.

Government is the disease masquerading as its own cure.

fossten on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

99 percent of policy battles stem from different ideas about the purpose of government

Tina, I’d love for someone to do a impartial, nonpartisan analysis of these differences. Because many of us know these “different ideas” or different understandings are the root of our disagreement, while the substance of our disagreements follow as a consequence of our attitudes, ideas, and beliefs as day follows night.

Paul-Cincy on September 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Government jobs have lifted plenty of worthless imbeciles out of poverty. That’s true.

RBMN on September 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM

“No one takes care of me better than I do.”

When the “poor,” whether intentionally poor (through laziness, lack of self-ambition, or content with sub-mediocrity) or the temporary poor (loss of job, hard times) understand that you are never going to get ahead by relying upon the government, they will empower themselves to rise above.

This has been my “motto” since my early twenties. I came to grips with the reality that if I wanted to do well, I was going to have to work my butt off to get there and no one else was going to do it for me.

You get out of life what you put into it. You put in minimum effort, you get minimum wage.

BruthaMan on September 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Notice anything?

Everyone in the audience is BLACK.

These progressives are nothing but “new plantation” owners.

They count on the new slavery of blacks to be dependent on them. She should of been kicked out of there and told to never come back with her promises of low income dependence on her mother ship government.

This country provides opportunity for ALL Americans and black people can be as successful as they want to be. The first step is to shun folks like Jarrett and shame them for pushing such dependency rhetoric upon them.

Opposite Day on September 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

But what if you don’t want to be lifted out of poverty?
By the government or anyone else?

Kini on September 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

This can only mean one thing:

Valerie Jarrett’s love mots to Barack.

Video- Valerie Jarrett is Hopelessly Devoted to BO

No Niks on September 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

C’mon 2012! That idiot will be relegated to the dustbin of history!

ultracon on September 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Exactly…”we are gonna make your plantation really nice!”

The audience seems underwhelmed, to say the least.

PattyJ on September 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Um…no.

The people are responsible for working their way out of poverty.

The government’s proper responsibility is to provide certain limited common protections (police powers type things) and to not screw other things up, so as to provide the people a fair OPPORTUNITY to work themselves up out of poverty – and perhaps to provide a modest safety net for those who are utterly incapable of providing for themselves.

krome on September 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do

so benevolent, so kind, yet so untrue. Look at her results.

ted c on September 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Sly and the Family Stone – You Can Make It If You Try

Maybe Valerie and Barry can help lift Sly Stone.

Christien on September 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Alright everyone, line up over here to get your assigned job from Valerie. Wassat? Wha? Why yes she is smarter than you and knows best what job is most suited for your talents. So shut it.

White dude with the medical doctorate…you geeeeeeet…street sweeper.

Next!

Unionized box-seam taper with the 3rd grade education, lessee here, how would you like to be CEO of a large corporation? Done and done!

Next!

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM

OxyCon on September 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

thx for the link on grove parc. I was thinking the same thing, couldn’t remember the details. She’s basically a slum-lord that was part of the chicago machine.

the leftist media did such a good job of lifting on their collective shoulders the worse among us…all to assuage their leftist, collective, pc, guilt, and vanity. I’m sure that they love to pat themselves on the back at their upscale parties and in the private salons of DC and Manhattan.

r keller on September 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM

We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.

What nonsense. Government is supposed to enforce the laws so that people have a fair chance to lift themselves out of poverty.

AZCoyote on September 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

It worked for Val and Barry.

borntoraisehogs on September 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

If that were true Nikita Khrushchev would have buried us by now.

Speakup on September 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

She’s still working on it, and much more effectively than Nikita ever did.

forest on September 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I don’t know. I think she’s wrong. Isn’t government also supposed to help insure sweet heart Chicago real-estate deals happen?

MNHawk on September 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

“the least of these”

Another horrifying misapplication and misinterpretation of scripture.

The reason I, as a devout Bible-believer, don’t want the government trying to follow the Bible is that so many of them are grossly ignorant of the book.

And why are Dems allowed to make policy based on their understanding of “religion” while Republicans are accused of doing the same? Oh, never mind.

mankai on September 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

It’s absolutely an abomination for her to quote the words of Jesus: “the least of these”.

This administration is incredibly immoral from their advocacy of letting aborted babies die, to their lies, their financial rewards to their cronies, their sense of entitlement to their pursuit of power to the extent they destroy businesses and jobs and they sell guns to criminals without caring if people die.

There is blood, deceit and the misery of thousands of people on their hands.

INC on September 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Woman you are a left wing, liberal loon . . . “people” should lift themselves out of poverty. You can take your nanny state philosophy and stick it in your ear, or the orifice of your choice.

rplat on September 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

No single entity or force has contributed to poverty more than government.

Government is the disease masquerading as its own cure.

fossten on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Well said.

mikeyboss on September 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Opposite Day on September 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Amen to that. In the ante-bellum South slave owners used to make sure their slaves got special treats and trinkets on their birthdays and at special holidays. Not because they cared about them but to keep them subservient,dependent and loyal to the slave owner. The Dems do the same thing. “Don’t worry Sambo…we’ll take care of you…we’ll make sure that you have a place to live, food to eat, a car to drive, cable TV, and a poor education to boot, all at someone else’s expense. All you have to do is keep voting for us and we’ll take care of you and keep you safe from those big, bad Republicans who just want you to die. After all you’re too disadvantaged to make it on your own. But Ol’ Massah will take care of you…Yesiree!”

sdd on September 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

This administration is inflicting and ensuring poverty as they attack and destroy businesses and raise the cost of living through their onerous, draconian regulations and orders.

INC on September 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM

It’s not the government’s place to mitigate suffering, except that which is immediately caused by emergency or law breaking.

The government is an abstraction. It has no soul (or your favorite atheist euphemism). Government is not ennobled by giving, and indeed earns nothing of its own. It does not facilitate gratitude and love in its beneficiaries, only resentment and entitlement. It does not produce humanity and salvation in its unwilling “donors,” only diminished wealth and more resentment.

Valerie Jarrett’s “compassion,” which moves her to take from unconnected successful to redistribute in the general direction of others via a parasitic bureaucracy, does not make her a better person, but a worse one. Charity is charity because it dissociates the giver from the material and moves them toward human empathy. It costs the giver something of their own free will, and not an imaginary lucrative career in the private sector.

HitNRun on September 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

No single entity or force has contributed to poverty more than government.

Government is the disease masquerading as its own cure.

fossten on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

You beat me to it.

That’s exactly what I meant about this administration (and FDR’s and LBJ’s!!!).

INC on September 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

She’s the scariest and least scrutinized member of Obama’s White House.

She’s a modern-day Rasputin.

BuckeyeSam on September 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obowma have implemented just about everyone of their Marxist/Socialist policies based on their failed ideology…

… Why aren’t they happy with the results?

Seven Percent Solution on September 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

fossten on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

+88 million billion

mankai on September 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

In Soviet America, the government is taxed by you.

Hening on September 29, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Valerie Jarrett – living proof you can’t fix STUPID.

GarandFan on September 29, 2011 at 3:26 PM

So far, all government’s done is put people into poverty.

Ward Cleaver on September 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

What a piece of affirmative-action garbage this little pig is.

Jaibones on September 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty

Our government is not charged with that task, nor is it capable of delivering on it. Furthermore, even if our government WAS actually able to deliver on it, THAT would be the EASY part.

The really HARD part would be finding someone or something that is capable of lifting Valerie Jarrett and her ilk out of their denial, abject stupidity, and moral bankruptcy.

My collie says:

Perhaps only God can do that, CC. But tell me, why do your renowned educational institutions (like Stanford) continue to churn out such “educated idiots”?

“Higher education” in the U.S. went to the dogs a long time ago, collie.

My collie says:

I beg your pardon. Would you kindly leave us dogs out of it? I am certain that no self-respecting canine would be caught dead attending a place like that.

CyberCipher on September 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

For those of you who missed it…

… go back to Ed’s post from yesterday and watch the video.

What kind of person doesn’t see the evidence of their failed ideology right in front of their eyes, case after case, time after time, every single time it has been tried in human history…

… and the only answer is more failed ideology?

The answer is clear, their motives and goals are elsewhere…

… the complete opposite of what this Country was founded upon.

Seven Percent Solution on September 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

We argue for limited government at least in part because we recognize that government-run social programs often exacerbate the very problems they’re intended to fix, perpetuating dependency.

Uh, no. We “argue” for limited government for two main reasons. One, that is what the Framers clearly intended. Two, and more importantly, for liberty. Think about it. Virtually every single thing the government does is an infringement on someone’s liberty. If you build a road, you have to get someone’s property to do that, and if they dont want to sell, you have to condemn it. If you demand clean water, you have to stop people upstream from freely dumping untreated effluent into the watershed. Even if you want to do such a noble and selfless act as feeding a child, you have to obtain the food to do so, which means either stealing it, taking it by force, or extracting tax dollars from the populace.

That is not to say that ANY limitation on liberty is anathema; civil order and National Defense, among others, require a modicum of it. Heck, I even like clean air and water. But the Federal Government’s operating principle must be the minimum reasonable interference with liberty in the service of an enumerated power contained in the Constitution.

Zumkopf on September 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

It depends on what she means by lifting “the least of these” out of poverty. If she means anyone running for office, I believe she is spot on.

If, however, she means what Jesus meant, He went on to say the poor would always be with us and that it was up to the community of believers to take care of them.

It has been a very long time since the words “community of believers” could be said to refer to government.

Lily on September 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty

Uhm, No. Our government is supposed to make it so we can lift ourselves out of poverty. And provide a legal means of support for charity to those who cannot help themselves.

It isn’t government’s job to babysit us and tend to our every need, that is our job for ourselves.

Lawrence on September 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I wish a judge would order her to live in one of her slum apartments.

Christien on September 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

“Government is supposed to lift …”

Heh. Reminds me of an old and crude rejoinder a colleague from my college days used often: “You want a lift? Then stick a jack up your a$$!”

Gubmint: jackin’ you yesterday, today and tomorrow …

ya2daup on September 29, 2011 at 3:58 PM

“…or at least shell out some Section 8 cash that I can take from them in return for the privilege of living in one of my rat-infested slums!”

mojo on September 29, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I’ve gotten used to leftist lying to disguise their true intentions but she’s letting her hammer and sickle flag fly.

forest on September 29, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Biden owns the economy, for this admin.

Valerie admits that this admin. has dunked the folks, economically.

Castro called Obama “stupid”.

Talk about accountability!

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: ‘Government is supposed to lift people out of poverty.’

Oh so wrong, typical liberal thinking. There has always been poverty from the dawn of man, and there will likely always be poverty because of a multitude of reasons that cannot be overcome.

GFW on September 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Just a reminder this is the only “other” woman is SCOAMF life.

Never will there be such a stance difference in party than this. No matter how RINO one is they are not dripping with this much god complex with redistribution that the people in the WH now.

tjexcite on September 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Valerie Jarret is a liar.

There is nothing noble in this crook.

She is a fraud spewing rhetoric to distract from the BILLIONS she has funnelled into the pockets of her friends. Jarret only cares about staying in the White House and directing more cash into her corrupt friends.

Jarret does not care about anyone that is actually poor and cannot donate cash to her!

Also of importance. Look for Valerie Jarret to be given a Presidential Pardon by Obama before he leaves office.

Freddy on September 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

-Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

portlandon on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

With this ugly prog cabal it’s more like -”I’m from the government and I’m here to redistribute your income.”

slickwillie2001 on September 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The reason I, as a devout Bible-believer, don’t want the government trying to follow the Bible is that so many of them are grossly ignorant of the book.

mankai on September 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I’m not going to do there but I will point out Obama is the one who said the Golden Rule is

So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper; treating others as they would treat me.

Whether he truly believes this, or is a slip of the tongue, I believe it may well reflect his attitude. Which not only has nothing to do with the Golden Rule, but is scary, if that’s the height of spiritual wisdom to Obama.

Paul-Cincy on September 29, 2011 at 5:14 PM

slum lord millionaire

uber-con on September 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Mini-Mao speaks.

Missy on September 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Good one!

Gang-of-One on September 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

This woman has never read the constitution.

karenhasfreedom on September 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

What she said: “We have to give people a livelihood so they can provide for their families,” Jarrett says in the video. “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”

What she didn’t say: “So we will tell you where to live, where to work, what you can eat or drive, how to raise your children, how much money we’ll let you keep…”

RebeccaH on September 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM

That is what she says with her words… What she and her Boss say with their actions is that it is government’s job to put people into poverty.

And we can all be unhappily poor together. When we are all poor who can we blame? The less poor?

petunia on September 29, 2011 at 7:18 PM

“Obama’s brain” is a slumlord.

Teddy on September 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Govt has no role in the issue of poverty. She is a criminal, along with Obama.

proconstitution on September 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

This while another US refinery is going to shut down.

http://www.bluecollarphilosophy.com/2011/09/conocophillips-to-close-refinery-in-philadelphia-killing-blue-collar-jobs-victory-for-obama.html

Obama is at war with the middle class, seeking to make it/us dependent on the Leftist vision of the State.

Blue Collar Todd on September 29, 2011 at 11:33 PM


“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

-Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

portlandon on September 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

No single entity or force has contributed to poverty more than government.

Government is the disease masquerading as its own cure.

fossten on September 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Government jobs have lifted plenty of worthless imbeciles out of poverty. That’s true.

RBMN on September 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Can’t improve on ‘em. :)

listens2glenn on September 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Ms. Jarrett, where is this stated in the Constitution? I believe if you look it is among the items the Federal government is not supposed to touch.

{^_^}

herself on September 30, 2011 at 4:18 AM

Miss Jarrett, how many ashtrays has Michelle thrown at you?

Coronagold on September 30, 2011 at 9:06 AM

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