For all of those who needed to hear uplifting words from President Obama,you got them tonight! Really,I didn’t need our president to paint a brighter picture of America’s future for me in his State of the Union address. All I’m expecting to hear is honesty,whether it is brutal or not. But, apparently there are many out there who are looking for more optimism.Why everyone is worried about how grim President Obama sounds is puzzling to me. If the situation is dire, then I’d rather be told that directly.
But, he did try to encourage those who were worried that he has been too gloomy about the current state of affairs!Here’s more on President Obama’s speech from the Times Online:
“Laying out an extraordinarily ambitious agenda that Republicans and some economists have said is unattainable, Mr Obama called for kick-starting the economy through massive stimulus spending, while expanding health coverage, reforming education and creating new sources of alternative energy — simultaneously cutting the ballooning federal budget deficit in half within four years.
“The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care; the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.”
Tomorrow Mr Obama will release details of his budget for the coming fiscal year, and in referring to it last night he made clear his determination to place the blame for the economic crisis on the Bush Administration.
He said the budget “reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession. Given these realities, everyone in this chamber — Democrats and Republicans — will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars.“
In a clear reference to Republican opposition to the massive government intervention Mr Obama believes is needed to halt the economic crisis, he added: “But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges. I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.”
He vowed, among other cost-cutting measures, to end waste and fraud on money spent in Iraq and to reform the Pentagon “so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use.”
Again, in a remark aimed at Republicans, he said: “I know that we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways. But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months.”
New polls released yesterday showed that Mr Obama has overwhelming support for the way he has tried to tackle the economic crisis, with congressional Republicans’ approval ratings at barely 30 per cent.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
What I am most concerned about is not the tone of President Obama’s speeches. But the fact that,bipartisanship is a huge issue! I mean,you’ve got Michael Steele threatening to punish the three Republican senators who voted for the stimulus. Here’s more from The Huffington Post:
“During an appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday, Michael Steele told the host that he was “open to” punishing Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Arlen Specter for their votes on the stimulus package, by withholding RNC monies for their re-election bids.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
And then you’ve got Mitt Romney sending checks to those who voted against the stimulus,as reported by the L.A. Times:
“But anytime you see these guys like Romney, and more recently Gov. Sarah Palin, create their own PACs to support like-minded politicians (and their own political forays), they’re also creating a financial means to accumulate owsies from those fellow party members they help for use down the road.
Then Sen. Hillary Clinton sent a last-minute e-mail fundraising blast to her vast donor lists just before Nov. 4 to round up funds for Democratic candidates like Mark Begich, who won the Alaska Senate seat and will forever feel fondly toward the current secretary of State.
Today, as ABC’s perceptive Rick Klein notes, Romney’s PAC — Free and Strong America — donated $1,000 each to 11 Republican congressmen targeted in a retaliatory ad campaign by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for voting against President Obama’s economic stimulus bill. Romney praised the Republicans as “standing up for fiscal responsibility and saying no to spending abuse.”
This as the president, speaking to the nation’s governors gathered at the White House, was suggesting that opposition to parts of his spending bill was politically motivated. “There’s going to be ample time for campaigns down the road,” The Ticket quoted him as saying earlier today.
So opposition to the spending bill is politically motivated. As opposed to opposition to the opposition to the spending bill, which surely is pure-minded, well-meaning and just plain OK.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
Yes, “America will emerge stronger than before“, but only if we all pull America up by it’s bootstraps. That’s going to take a whole lot of manpower. Both Republicans & Democrats have to be willing to come together for the good of the country. Pledge allegiance to America instead of your party, Mitt Romney, Gov.Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele,Rush Limbaugh,etc…
Stop being the party of oppositon & try to become the party of solutions instead.
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