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Obama – Reaching out Again – knife in hand!
The President who campaigned on hope and change, has steadfastly refused the opportunity to unify the country, to show respect for our heritage and our people, or to attempt to bridge the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Instead, he has given us 2nd rate theater.
This comment was made before the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
“…we don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they got to sit in back. (Laughter.)”[i]
How can we doubt the unifying power of these words. This is indeed, change we can believe in.
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No Solutions – We Just “Don’t Like Yours”
As Obama talks about intractable Republicans and his determination to work around, rather than with and through Congress in a bipartisan fashion, small debates continue to play out. Some – like this one with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democrat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner seem to show a combination of serious effort, theater and condescension.
In the following exchange, Rep. Ryan and Secretary Geithner seemed in agreement on some issues, seemed to somehow acknowledge the expertise and savvy of the other, but while it appeared Ryan was actually looking for answers, Geithner seemed satisfied to blame the Bush Administration, lay out what they apparently see as an insurmountable problem, with 10,000 Americans retiring each day, and in a pretty cavalier fashion, admit that they have no solutions – they just don’t like the Ryan plan.
Paul Ryan: “…Our Government is making promises to Americans, that it has no way of accounting for them. And so you’re saying, yeah we’re stabilizing it, but we’re not fixing it in the long run. That means we’re just going to keep lying to people. We’re going to keep all these empty promises going. So what we’re saying is – in order to avert a debt crisis – I mean, you’re the Treasury Secretary, of all p… If we can’t make good on our bonds in the future, who’s going to invest in our Country? We do not want to have a debt crisis and so it comes down to confidence and trajectory. Do we have confidence that we’re getting our fiscal situation under control? That we’re preventing the debt from getting at these catastrophic levels – and if you go back to the preceding chart – Number 13 – you’re showing that you have no plan to get this debt under control…”
Timothy Geithner: “…You were right to say we’re not coming before you today to say we have a definitive solution to that long term problem. What we do know is we don’t like yours.[ii]
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[i] President Barack Obama, (Oct. 25, 2010), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President at DCCC General Reception at the Rhode Island Convention Center, retrieved December 18, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/25/remarks-president-dccc-general-reception