Read up: The Text from President Obama’s Deficit Speech

14 Apr

 

Good afternoon. It’s great to be back at GW. I want you to know that one of the reasons I kept the government open was so I could be here today with all of you. I wanted to make sure you had one more excuse to skip class. You’re welcome.

Of course, what we’ve been debating here in Washington for the last few weeks will affect your lives in ways that are potentially profound. This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It’s about the kind of future we want. It’s about the kind of country we believe in. And that’s what I want to talk about today.

From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America’s wealth and prosperity. More than citizens of any other country, we are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people with a healthy skepticism of too much government.

But there has always been another thread running throughout our history – a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation. We believe, in the words of our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves. And so we’ve built a strong military to keep us secure, and public schools and universities to educate our citizens. We’ve laid down railroads and highways to facilitate travel and commerce. We’ve supported the work of scientists and researchers whose discoveries have saved lives, unleashed repeated technological revolutions, and led to countless new jobs and entire industries. Each of us has benefitted from these investments, and we are a more prosperous country as a result.

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One Response to “Read up: The Text from President Obama’s Deficit Speech”

  1. WizardG April 14, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Those who even bother to listen to this shyster are as foolish as those who celebrated the Bush regime. Those who bother to hear the lies and deceit coming from this front-man for the ‘Anglo-Elite’ oligarchy, are sitting by and watching the world being torn apart under the auspices of this facade of a government. Those who rally around this poser are trapped in the web of “hope” that was never meant to be.

    I voted for him but I knew what to expect going in. I also knew that if the same actions Bush was a front for continued, It would surely confirm that neither Bush and now Obama are the true nefarious power sources for our peril, and the perils of the third world nations. So why bother listening to a man who is working for the same crooks who ransack our nation as they ransack other nations? Without recognizing our true enemies we are truly handicapped! What can we do? Believe it or not!

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