Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Barry was scarin' me

I guess I should have gotten through all of the days news before posting, but this just in from Greg Sargent, formerly of TPM, now one of the few shining beacons of hope in the WaPo family.

This blog has spent a fair amount of time wondering when President Obama would more aggressively take on the Republicans opposing passage of his economic agenda.

So it’s noteworthy that today Obama amped up his rhetoric, making a
clear attempt to draw a sharper contrast with his foes — in
philosophical and ideological terms. In his remarks on the economy
today at an event where he called for a cap on executive salaries,
Obama said (according to the prepared remarks):

Now, in the past few days I’ve heard criticisms of
this plan that echo the very same failed theories that helped lead us
into this crisis –- the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our
problems; that we can ignore fundamental challenges like energy
independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our
economy and our country to thrive.

I reject that theory, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.
So I urge members of Congress to act without delay. No plan is perfect,
and we should work to make it stronger. But let’s not make the perfect
the enemy of the essential. Let’s show people all over our country who
are looking for leadership in this difficult time that we are equal to
the task.

It's about time. Barry was scarin' me there for a while. But he still needs to drive the point home that bipartisanship is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. Bipartisanship could also be a dead end, especially if the other party is undermining your party at every step.

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