Quote van de Dag: Obama, vlees noch vis

[qvdd]In fact, 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 – that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America.

Yes, we are rugged individualists. Yes, we are strong and self-reliant. And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and envy of the world.

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.

President Obama in zijn ‘jobs speech’ waarin hij zijn plan presenteert om de economie weer op gang te helpen. Eindelijk wat retorisch weerwerk tegen de libertaristische Republikeinen die niets liever willen dan een kleine overheid, liefst zo klein dat je haar kan verdrinken in een badkuip.

Maar of het voldoende is? Hij zegt bijvoorbeeld ook dit:

The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next ten years. It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas. Tonight, I’m asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act. And a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan – a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run.

Ook gaat hij “beperkt bezuinigen” op Medicare, waardoor hij een belangrijk campagne voordeel opgeeft.

Obama, vlees noch vis.