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The Quote of the Decade:
4 years ago
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
4 years ago

 It speaks for itself and the question is will he remember this right now as they are going to be discussing and debating raising the debt limit?  That is the real issue; will he remember this and if so, it seems that he would be opposed to even consider asking that it be raised again.

4 years ago

Thanks for posting this, Linda.  One would never know Obama is the same person or did he just speak the words to con people?  Someone needs to remind the former senator of his own words.  In fact, I think I will copy that and send it to my senators so they can.

4 years ago

Facts are stubborn things (John Adams), but the fact that he uttered those words during a Republican administration means absolutely nothing to him now.  To the left, it does not apply when Democrats are in control.

Certainly, with Obama as president, Americans do deserve better.

Thomas Friedman wrote the most obscene diatribe I've read from him in a long time:

Our Democracy Is at Stake

which ends with "...President Obama is not defending health care. He’s defending the health of our democracy. Every American who cherishes that should stand with him."

4 years ago

Great idea Margaret, I am going to do the same and maybe others will, too.  We need to flood Congress with this one so they all can remember the President's words and act accordingly.

4 years ago

Sandy, what is the most frightening of all is that no matter what we say, no matter what we believe, no matter how right we are, the Democrats honestly believe this to be the truth.  It is not just stubbornness on their part, they honestly believe that Obamacare is going to be the best thing for them, that it will provide them with medical care they can't afford on their own.  They believe that Obama honestly is trying to help the people and that the Republicans are standing in his way.  They don't just say it, they truly believe it.  

And it is not just students, poor, Black, other minorities, etc., it is well-educated, middle class, hard working individuals, people that pay their own is not just those we target to be his supporters.  There are professionals that believe him as well.

They can go back through history and show you that legitimately there have been many economic problems that have happened under Republican leadership.  They feel that the Republican truly are all about big business and have their interests at heart and that they do not support those people in need, truly in need, and they don't mean those on welfare for generations, they are talking about those in real need.

They point out that right now it is not about the typical people that we have seen in the past that are getting food stamps, as an example.  It is people that have always been middle class people but with the job situation and the Republicans standing in the way of economic recovery these people now need help, too.  And what is hard to see is that they truly do believe this; they are not listening to the media, it is the way they see the situation.

I have no clue at this point as to what to do to try to prove this wrong and to try to reach them.  In some cases they are right.  I have talked to some of them and they feel that even though they don't care for Obama, they don't see the Republicans doing anything constructive to change this so where are the Republicans different is their question.

We all know that Reid and the rest of the Democratic leadership has not helped in any of this, but what so many people see is that they are making their efforts even if it is not best while the Republicans are not doing anything; and it is the Republicans fault as they are not getting the word out as to WHAT they are doing.  To say "we sent the President and the Democrats our proposals twice" doesn't tell people anything.  WHAT is in those proposals and maybe if the Republicans would tell people they would see things differently, they would see there is significant and acually constructive proposals being made.   That lies the problem, the Republicans are NOT TELLING the people anything so they have something constructive to consider.  And in fairness, they don't want to listen to the right-wing media and more than we want to listen to the left-wing media, they want to hear it, as we do, from the Republicans and/or Democrats themselves.  Why won't the Republicans do this?   Why won't they actually get out there and tell people?

This post was modified from its original form on 04 Oct, 8:52
4 years ago

"That lies the problem, the Republicans are NOT TELLING the people anything so they have something constructive to consider."

That is so true and so frustrating.   They do have very constructive proposals, but act like they've been struck dumb.  All they look like they know how to do is say "no" or be vague when there needs to be a vocal follow-up with exactly what they think should be done. 

4 years ago

Agree with you Diane and Sandra, but it is hard to get the word out when few will print it and those that televise it are not watched by many democrats.  I do think the GOP needs a much better media team though.

4 years ago

Margaret, surprisingly CBS has been (on the morning show with Charlie Rose) been having more and more of the Republicans on for interviews of late and this is when they can make their case; stand firm and state it, tell the truth.  And what is interesting is that even if the hosts of the show try to spin it, these people that they have had on are able to get it right back on track; Condi Rice did an excellent job of explaining why we need to leave Iran alone; give them a shot at giving up the nuclear but do not trust them and forget negotiations, they are not to be trusted at all.  She said it just the way it is.  She also talked about the shutdown and state the facts, both parties need to stop trying to get their way and work to find a way that is best for the people and Country and that means that the Democrats need to work hard at this, too.  She did say that the Repubicans do, too.  Her feeling is that nothing is accomplished when they both are obstinent and that is true.

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