I thought I’d share with you a portion of President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day address, in which he offered a message of unity and hope as our nation counts its blessing.
With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.
If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.
But you know what? Some folks in Washington don’t seem to get the message that people care right now about putting folks back to work and giving young people opportunity. So when this bill came up for a vote, Republicans in the Senate got together and blocked it. They refused to even debate it. A hundred percent of Republicans opposed it, even though almost two-thirds of Americans supported the ideas in this bill -– Democrats, Republicans and independents alike. Not one Republican in Washington was willing to say it was the right thing to do. Not one.
Now, I know Republicans like to talk about we’re the party of tax cuts. A lot of them have sworn an oath — we’re never going to raise taxes on anybody for as long as we live –- even though they have already voted against these middle-class tax cuts once. But the question they’ll have to answer when they get back from Thanksgiving is this: Are they really willing to break their oath to never raise taxes, and raise taxes on the middle class just to play politics?
Wait a second. The last two paragraphs are actually from a speech he made in Manchester, N.H. the day before. How did they get in there? Definitely a bad fit. The words seem so contradictory to all this “support each other” stuff.
I don’t know, maybe he has different speechwriters for different types of remarks. They really need to coordinate better.