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Obama's Toughest Critic? A Democrat

Battered by a once-again slackening economic recovery, Democrats of late have publicly betrayed their concerns about President Obama. That criticism reached a fever pitch Thursday, when Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., issued an unsolicited rebuke to the White House moments after the president's high-profile economic speech ended. 

"President Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and that to in order to create jobs," Critz, who represents much of the late John Murtha's district around the Western Pennsylvania town of Johnstown. "We need to address unfair trade deals that ship jobs overseas and enact policies that allow us to take advantage of our vast natural resources such as coal and natural gas in a safe and responsible manner which will lower energy costs and create jobs and approving the Keystone XL Pipeline would be a good first step."

Ouch. Not even a passing criticism of Republicans or any momentary mention of protecting popular safety net programs like Social Security or Medicare. Just a head-on, unqualified attack at his own party's leader. 

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