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Aussie PM on GOP

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  1. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    Since Aussie posters have commented and criticized the US here on Clutchfans here is what Australia's Deputy PM thinks of the Grand Old Party and what it is doing to the economy.

    Personally I think Swan should spend more time looking out for the cranks and crazies in Australia but from my own trip to the land down under last year there is a lot of interest in US politics, I even met a Paulite in Perth. One thing a comment like this could do is if Romney were to win and /or the Republicans control both houses of Congress this might not be good for US Aussie relations but then again this might just show overseas confidence that Obama will win.

    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/...s-and-crazies-in-gop-threaten-us-economy?lite

    Australian deputy PM: 'Cranks and crazies' in GOP threaten US economy

    CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's deputy prime minister said Friday that the greatest threat to the U.S. economy are "cranks and crazies" in the Republican Party.

    Wayne Swan, who also serves as treasurer and is his center-left Labor Party government's ranking finance minister, took aim at the Tea Party during a speech to a business forum on Friday, breaking a convention among Australia's major parties to steer clear of U.S. domestic political debates.

    Swan, one of few world leaders able to boast his country had avoided recession during the global financial crisis, also labelled the Tea Party wing of the Republicans as "extreme."

    "Let's be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world's biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican Party," Swan said in a speech in Sydney.

    The Republican Party's position on the U.S. budget had led a year ago to the deadlock in negotiations, Swan said, to prevent the looming "fiscal cliff" -- nearly $600 billion in planned spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite early next year.

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    The U.S. Congress had been debating whether to increase the U.S. borrowing ceiling but the Republicans would not budge.

    "Despite President Obama's goodwill and strong efforts, the national interest was held hostage by the rise of the extreme Tea Party wing of the Republican Party," he said.

    Australian politicians rarely launch such blunt criticism of their counterparts in the United States, Australia's most important strategic ally.

    Swan, named by banking magazine Euromoney as its finance minister of the year in 2011, also called on the U.S. Congress to resolve an agreement on the budget to support growth in the short term.

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    With the U.S. presidential campaign entering its final weeks, the spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in unless Obama and Congress reach a deficit-reduction deal.

    'Peddling hatred'
    Democrats want to make up the shortfall by increasing taxes on wealthy Americans, while Republicans favor spending cuts.

    The conservative opposition said Swan's speech betrayed his "hatred" of Republicans.

    "The Labor Party is peddling hatred and [they've] got to stop," opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey told reporters. "They hate the Republican Party. I'd like Wayne Swan to say something positive about someone somewhere."

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    Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is due to travel to New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly, defended her deputy's comments as "appropriate."

    "What happens in the U.S. economy matters to the world economy and it matters to us," she told reporters. "Wayne Swan was making that very common sense point today."

    Adam Lockyer, a lecturer at Sydney University's U.S. Studies Center, described Swan's speech as "a clumsy political move" that left him open to attack from his political enemies.

    Lockyer said Swan might have been attempting to link the Tea Party to the obstructionism of the Australian opposition, which has thwarted Labor's legislative agenda in a finely-balanced Parliament.

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    Australia has long maintained that its close relationship with Washington, and its 61-year-old defense alliance, remains strong regardless of who is in the White House.

    Former conservative Prime Minister John Howard was widely criticized in 2007 when he claimed Obama, then a Democratic presidential nominee, represented al-Qaida's interests.

    Howard, a staunch U.S. ally in the Iraq war who lost elections later that year after 11 years in power, created one of the first controversies of Obama's presidential campaign by attacking his plan to withdraw troops.

    The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
     
  2. IzakDavid13

    IzakDavid13 Contributing Member

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    Swan is a tool and Julia Gillard is a confirmed liar, the most despised and hated Prime Minister ever. The Howard government left $0 in debt and $70-$100 billion in the bank for the next government...these left wing socialists, who are puppets for the Green party, blew it in record setting fashion.

    Here is a good article from a usually left wing news broadcaster...

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4022880.html

    If it's any consolation, I don't really like either Obama or Romney...and I was one of the many people cheering when America got its first Black president. I believed his hype.

    But I like this guy...

    [​IMG]

    Sen. Allen West
     
  3. fchowd0311

    fchowd0311 Contributing Member

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    that guy is going to put me in a concentration camp if he is president(i'm a Muslim American). So you would understand if I wouldn't be too fond of him being president... Plus he will be another Bush jr. and spend a **** ton of money on defense and wars while back home our debt ceiling is rising and public infrastructure is going down the ****ter. You thinking this guy would be a valid president just shows how stupid you are.
     
  4. IzakDavid13

    IzakDavid13 Contributing Member

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    Thanks for the personal attack...all I said was I liked the guy, he looks after his people serving in the military, has served his country and seems to be upfront and truthful, and not easily intimidated.

    As for the Muslims in a concentration camp...a bit of a stretch, really?
     
  5. FranchiseBlade

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    It's not a stretch from West. West is insane, and has claimed that there are members of the communist party currently serving as Democrats in congress.

    He also hired as part of his campaign team a women who believed that people should use violence if they don't like the way politics are going.
     
  6. ChievousFTFace

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    You do realize fchowd is a decorated veteran.
     
  7. fchowd0311

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    someone who supports Veterans is not going to put "his people" back to pointless wars. I don't care if he was a former officer in the army the guy is a dick and just because someone has served in the military doesn't make them a good outstanding citizen.
     

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