Open Phones: Question for Obama?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

President Obama on Election Night 2012. (Getty)

Today, the President will have his first press conference in 8 months. Listeners: What question would you ask him if you could? Call 212-433-9692 or post your question here! The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich helps field your calls.

Comments [18]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

@MC -

You're detached. Time to up the tri-cyclics. Your bomb-throwing these days amounts to name calling. Your last post is better suited to Little Green Footballs.

Nov. 15 2012 01:16 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The punk COMMUNITY ORGANIZER Obama (the Butcher of Benghazi) gets tough.....
LOL... not with Putin
.....not with Hameini....
.....not with Hu Jintao.....
but with his adoring White House press corp.

What a loser.

Nov. 14 2012 09:02 PM
Carl from NJ

Pease just speak the truth in plain language: We have a BIG problem, we need to fix it, it will take more revenues as well as cuts. Those most able to pay more will be required to do so -- anything less than this approach is unpatriotic, as well as financially unsound. Stop resisting AND GET ON WITH THE SOLUTION.

Nov. 14 2012 12:17 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Obama's tax message is off. It shouldn't be "tax the rich". It should be "balance the tax code" and/or "add equilibrium to the economy" and/or "equalize opportunity" and/or "help increase aggregate demand", or something similar...I generally don't find him very persuasive.

Nov. 14 2012 12:00 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Lost a teaching moment there, Brian. The caller doesn't understand marginal rates. If your bonus pushes you into a new bracket, you pay the higher rate ONLY on the higher income. No effect on the lower income.

1) The government spending is the equivalent of 42% of the national income. How fast can that number reasonably come down WITHOUT impacting national income?

2) Since Nixon, GDP has outpaced the growth in the average wage by 2% - as a result we are ALL becoming poorer. Average American incomes can no longer buy the things that they used to a generation ago. How did income distribution become so skewed. And what alternatives, other than tax policy, can the nation use to put buying power back into middle class earners pockets?

3) Can Mr. Romney's business skills be put to use to help the nation? Studying how to 'storm-proof' our infrastructure and economy seems like a natural fit.

Nov. 14 2012 11:59 AM
Mike from Inwood

To the caller who 'knew somebody who advised' that a bonus be refused if it put their total income over the threshold for the marginal income tax increase: If you are that financially ignorant, you don’t deserve a bonus. Only the income above the threshold is taxed at the higher marginal rate. The proof of this is obvious: Look at the tax tables included in the 1040 instructions. There is never a threshold where your tax increases by substantially more than the additional income. Your earning an extra 2 dollars might put you across a threshold where you pay an additional $9 in tax, but that is an artifact of the $50 brackets, not the tax rates.

Nov. 14 2012 11:59 AM
Edward from NJ

Caller Mary needs to get a better understanding of *MARGINAL* tax rates. Anyone who refuses a bonus because it would put them into the next bracket is incredibly stupid. I honestly don't think that has ever actually happened. Perhaps, someone would have the bonus deferred for tax reasons, but they would never simply give it up.

Nov. 14 2012 11:58 AM
Mariah from Avon by the Sea, NJ

Living at the Jersey Shore, I want to know if he is going to do anything about climate change. It seems like the economy has taken all focus away from other issues, but billions of dollars will have to be spent on fixing the shore and nyc areas. How is that good for the econonmy?

Nov. 14 2012 11:57 AM
John from NYC

I would like to know how many years does it take to close down a Navy base. I'm aware of one case in Maine where personnel have spent about half their career in just the closing of a Navy base.

Nov. 14 2012 11:54 AM
barlow from LIC

QUESTION FOR PRES: Echoing Doris Kerns Goodwin on Meet the Press Sunday: How will you work with corporations TO BRING JOBS BACK FROM CHINA

and for WNYC: when will you replace the takeaway?

Nov. 14 2012 11:54 AM

Yes, Rosemary. That is the question I would ask as well.

Nov. 14 2012 11:54 AM
Jf from Ny

Now that cannabis has been proven to cure cancer, what plans do you have to mass produce cannabis oil and free all nonviolent victims of prohibition mr presideent?

Nov. 14 2012 11:51 AM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Mr. President why do you continue a useless war in Afghanistan which supports a corrupt government and continues to put the bodies of Americans and Afghanis in the ground?

Nov. 14 2012 11:51 AM
Leo from Queens

My Question to the President: Why don't you bring up the fact that the wealthy and Republicans are being unpatriotic by their refusal to contribute a couple of extra hundred dollars a month to pay off the debt incurred during the Iraq and Afghanistan war? Why not make the case? To be honest, any deal that is made to increase taxes or 'raise revenues' will not be going to invest in our country, it will be used to pay off servicing and to pay down the debt incurred to pay for the wars, which by the way we had to do because Bush decided that the wealthy should sacrifice by having to figure out what to do with their extra money while the rest of us had to make 'minor' sacrifices like sending our children and cousins and nephews and nieces to be butchered or drugged up in the Middle East. See, the wealthy made huge sacrifices so they should not be expected to contribute a bit to pay down the debt.

Nov. 14 2012 11:49 AM
tom from astoria

Todd was fair in comments so far and last night on Newshour. THETKEAWAY is such trashy biased 'journalism' I can't believe WNYC tolerates it.

Nov. 14 2012 11:45 AM
Leo from queens

Brian, the reason Obama is not giving too many press conferences is because the media and the Republicans complained at the beginning of his term that he was making himself too available. So he dialed it back. He obviously should not have listened to the talking heads and to the Republicans and should have been out there once a month making his case and pushing back on the 'messages' from the MSM

Nov. 14 2012 11:44 AM
Leo from Corona

Brian, your comment that it's mostly black youths who would end up in jail for smoking pot or 'doing blow' is misleading. It continues to promote the racist misconception that minority young man are the ones that mostly consume pot and 'blow'.. IN fact the opposite is true!> You should have phrased it differently in that these laws are used to target young men of color primarily even though white youths and young men are the primary consumers of pot and coke. THe problem is that many racist police departments and politicians target minorities in order to feed the prison industrial complex and to deny men of color the opportunity to advance in society. . A conviction or small jail time for drug possession means that they are disqualified to hold most jobs and are disqualified from getting any financial help for education. It's an easy way for the powers that be (NYPD and Kelly anyone) to just block a large segment of the population from getting ahead.

Nov. 14 2012 11:23 AM
Ian from Northern New Jersey

My question to the president would be simple: Why haven't you/your administration, in this time of 'debt awareness', taken any action or made any significant comment, to reduce the Homeland Security budget?

Alternatively: Why do you continue to endorse the Patriot Act(s)? Why haven't you addressed or taken any action to reverse the warrantless bugging of Americans; breaking and entering into domestic homes/offices; extraordinary renditions; targeting and neutralization of American targets without due process; etc...? I don't expect instant action, but responsible leadership and some appropriate outrage would be, at the very minimum, reassuring.

Nov. 14 2012 10:28 AM

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