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Obama: Change, or Shortchange?

Obama today traveled all the way to Wisconsin to bash Republicans, charging that their politics were political and their principles unprincipled. Here is an excerpt of his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Now, some of this is just politics.  Before I was even inaugurated, the congressional leaders of the other party got together and made a calculation that if I failed, they’d win.  They figure if they just keep saying no to everything and nothing gets done, they’ll get more votes in November.  It’s no wonder folks are so cynical about politics.

So they never even gave the Great Healer and chance to do some great healing. They plotted from the beginning to derail his crusade for bipartisanship. But the next quote begs the question of why he would ever want to deal with such evil people.

But to be fair, the other party’s opposition has also been rooted in their sincere beliefs about how the economy works.  They believe that our economy will do better if we simply let the banks and oil companies and insurance industry make their own rules.  They still believe that—even after Wall street crashed and the BP oil well blew. They think we should keep on doing what they did for most of the last decade, leading up to the recession. Their prescription for every challenge is pretty much the same: cut taxes for the wealthy, cut rules for corporations and cut working folks loose to fend for themselves.

That is, “to be fair,” the other party is evil, and they just can’t help themselves, so it’s not all politics. Who was Obama fooling? How could he have hoped to strike deals with such devils?

I just want to know if Obama realized that the Republicans were so awful before he promised us he could change them. Because he seemed so sincere.

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2 Responses to Obama: Change, or Shortchange?

  1. If he really wanted to share credit (if he ever earns any) or be bipartisan, wouldn’t listening and sincerity be involved instead of the repeated reach for Mr. Straw Man at every turn…”The other side…” “Some say…” “They say…” “You’d hink they…” Or favorite du jour…said pityingly, croc tears flowing…”I can’t believe he is so out of touch…”

    • Star, you are so right, he is the king of the Straw Man argument. He sets them up in every speech and knocks them down.