GALESBURG, Ill. — President Obama tried to move past months of debate over guns, surveillance and scandal on Wednesday and reorient his administration behind a program to lift a middling economy and help middle-class Americans who are stuck with stagnant incomes and shrinking horizons.
Returning to the site of his first major economic speech as a young senator eight years ago, Mr. Obama lamented that typical Americans had been left behind by globalization, Wall Street irresponsibility and Washington policies, while the richest Americans had accumulated more wealth. He declared it “my highest priority” to reverse those trends, while accusing other politicians of not only ignoring the problem but also making it worse.
“With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington’s taken its eye off the ball,” Mr. Obama told an audience at Knox College. “And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop. This moment does not require short-term thinking. It does not require having the same old stale debates. Our focus has to be on the basic economic issues that matter most to you — the people we represent.”
via Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class – NYTimes.com.
Do you ever get the feeling that nothing is going to change? Do you have the feeling that you hope things don’t change because things are going so well for you? Do you want things to stay the same so you keep feeling good? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you ought to be very happy with President Obama. He is Mr. Status Quo.
Sure he made a speech today at some overpriced college in some Mid Western town. He spike about helping the middle class. Good luck middle class. Do you know what the tuition at Knox College is per year? Don’t worry I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up. It is $47,352 per year! And in case you’ve had your head in your ass all these years. Tuition at this average college costs more than the average family of four makes in a year. If giving a speech at an out of reach college about helping the middle class is not the definition of cynical then please enlighten me. I went to a state school so maybe I am wrong about this.
I’d love to see the President actually be a leader, but I don’t hold out much hope. He kind of lost me early in his first term when he kept the same old policies going. Good luck getting to the middle class if you aren’t already there. The road is littered with broken promises. This president is all talk, but when it comes to taking a stand, he always caves. I guess he needed to something to do this week so he decided to make a speech. It was a good speech like most of his speeches, but that is about as far as it will go.
All the Banksters who ruined the economy are still working their magic. Climate change is still lurking out there waiting to be taken seriously. We’re still at war. And some guy who tried to tell us that we are all being watched is stuck in a Russian Limbo Land. Oh, but the President felt it necessary to say something about an argument that got out of hand and left a 17 year old kid dead. So at least he has his priorities straight.
How is it possible to have any hope for the Change we were promised? If you are still holding out hope then you have way more patience than most of us. It would be nice if this President were honest with us. On second thought, maybe not.
PS sorry I’ve been a slacker lately. It’s hard to get motivated in the summer.