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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:34 AM
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NYT Editoral: President Obama, Reinvigorated
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:38 AM by Stuart G

The man America elected president has re-emerged.

"For months, the original President Obama had disappeared behind mushy compromises and dimly seen principles. But on Wednesday, he used his budget speech to clearly distance himself from Republican plans to heap tax benefits on the rich while casting adrift the nations poor, elderly and unemployed. Instead of adapting the themes of the right to his own uses, he set out a very different vision of an America that keeps its promises to the weak and asks for sacrifice from the strong.

The deficit-reduction plan he unveiled did not always live up to that vision and should have been less fixated on spending cuts at the expense of tax increases. It may give up too much as an opening position. But at least it was a reasonable basis for a conversation and is far better than its most prominent competitors. That is because it is grounded in themes of generosity and responsibility that, until recently, had been shared by leaders of both parties.

Because everyone deserves some basic measure of security and dignity, he said, the nation contributes to programs like Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment insurance. He said that we would not be a great country without those commitments.

But House Republicans and many of their partys presidential candidates are trying to terminate that promise, he said, leaving seniors on their own and abandoning 50 million uninsured Americans. They are saying no to rebuilding bridges, sending students to college, to investing in research while giving the rich $1 trillion in tax cuts. "
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