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In his address to a joint session of Congress laying out his $400 billion economic plan, President Obama said that “every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight will be paid for. And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities.”
But he also pointed out positions that have separated the White House from congressional Republicans, such as rolling back consumer protection measures, his health care reform plan and collective bargaining rights for union members.
Obama drew a line with hard-liners who have demanded only spending cuts, rejecting “this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own.” [CNN]
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It seems like a long time ago, but, it can be measured in a few months. Speaker Boehner was asked if republicans would be able to reach a compromise with democrats. Boehner said, “I think we can reach common ground.” What happened to that hopeful approach to solving our political problems? What happened is the rise of freshman TEA PARTY House members who never shared the Speaker’s dream. Speaker Boehner and the President were on the heels of a “big deal” in our recent crisis. And, then we lost momentum and ran out of gas. Perhaps if we refresh in our minds the optimistic and fresh approach republicans had, we can reach common ground, again. Watch this video:
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On Labor Day, President Obama gave a stirring speech in Detroit. He was introduced by Teamsters leader, James Hoffa, whose remarks ginned up the crowd with colorful language:
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