Good Morning! It's a little late, but President Obama finally stepped up to the plate and started fighting back against the Republican idiot-machine that's been blaring for far too long now. It's been driving all reasonable Americans crazy, and it's time for it to be drowned-out by a more robust, intelligent messenger - President Barack Obama, our new hero in the White House!
President Obama finally launched a set of attacks on Republicans that including speaking off-the-cuff during some speeches, slamming Republicans for their lack of new ideas, repetition of old ideas, and pure obstructionism. Obama said Americans had not voted for "false theories of the past and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics."
"They didn't vote for the status quo, they sent us here to bring change. We owe it to them to deliver," a fired up Obama said at a resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. HOW FANTASTIC! He knows the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS support him, and he's using the bully pulpit to speak and rail against the Republican repetitive-monkey-machine. It's a beautiful thing to watch. GO FOR IT MR. PRESIDENT!
The president is rejecting the Republican LIES that the stimulus plan should be defeated because it will expand the budget deficit. He's saying YES, it is a spending bill. That is what is required to create good American JOBS! "I found this deficit when I showed up," Obama said. He knows we know - how Rumsfeldian - the deficits are a Republican creation. It doesn't stop most Americans from understanding our current plight, and that deficits are only part of the problem. Jobs are even more important.
The president is telling the stubborn, obnoxious Republican hypocrites in the Senate that the "time for talk is over" and that immediate passage is necessary to prevent the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. The clock is not only ticking, it's about to break and stop working all together. President Obama is right to demand passage soon; there is no time to waste.
Republicans from hard-core, low-risk red state seats in the Senate seem unconcerned about national unemployment, despite showing around 600,000 job losses last month. They also appear unconcerned about their own constituents, because their states feature some of the highest unemployment figures in the nation. Instead, they continue to hammer on tax cuts for the rich and increased infrastructure spending - what economists call a single industry solution. Creating jobs across multiple sectors is of no concern to them.
As I keep repeating, the main Republican positions are absurd based on their past economic performance. The Democrats and President Obama agree; we tried it their way, and now we plan to go back to what works. "The time for talk is over, the time for action is now because we know that if we do not act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse," Obama said.
I must admit he had a rocky start, but it's good to see him get angry and stop pulling his punches. He can play chess instead of checkers all he wants, but that shouldn't stop him from speaking out when the Republicans are out there lying to everyone and anyone who listens.
The Republican manipulation of national data and media lies about middle-class America often leads to ignorant public support - aided by bad journalism - and ultimately bad legislation. In my opinion those negative Republican tactics must be torn from the national fabric and discarded forever. We need a new awakening as a nation.
Unlike many Democratic leaders of the past, President Obama needs to carry the biggest stick possible and beat the liars over the head with it every chance he gets. Only then will the bullies of the selfish Republican right back down and allow us to repair their damage. We have your back Mr. President. WE WON, and now WE NEED THE REPUBLICANS TO GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR WAY! Show us the way forward!
Friday's Political Rant #1 - Michael