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September 1, 2012

Obama: GOP agenda ‘better suited for the last century’

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:20

Obama: GOP agenda ‘better suited for the last century’.

Obama: GOP agenda ‘better suited for the last century’

By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Updated 1h 7m ago

By Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

President Obama launched his “Road to Charlotte” tour in Iowa today by saying this week’s Republican convention in Florida offered “an agenda that was better suited for the last century.” 

Nominee Mitt Romney “did not offer a single new idea, just retreads of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years,” Obama told supporters in Urbandale, Iowa, near Des Moines.

Obama, who accepts re-nomination from the Democrats next week at their convention in Charlotte, N.C., said Romney’s proposed tax cuts would lead to cutbacks in such middle class programs as Medicare and education.

Making his first public comments on the Republican convention, Obama said voters are already familiar with GOP plans because they applied them during the last decade, leading to the financial meltdown of 2008.

“You’ve lived through it,” Obama told the crowd. “You can’t afford to repeat it.”

Obama repeatedly ridiculed the recent Republican convention in Tampa. He said the GOP blamed him for all the nation’s problems, exaggerated Romney’s qualifications for the presidency, and simply re-cycled “trickle down” economic ideas that benefit the rich and fail the middle class.

By Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

“It was a rerun,” Obama said. “We’d seen it before. You might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV.” 

Romney, running mate Paul Ryan, and other Republicans spoke of “hard truths” and “bold truths,” Obama said, “but nobody ever bothered to tell you what they were.”

The president also lodged a foreign policy complaint against Romney, noting that the Republican candidate did not mention the ongoing Afghanistan war in his acceptance speech Thursday night. The president promoted his own plan to withdraw U.S. troops and turn over security operations to the Afghans in 2014.

Obama made similar criticisms at another speech in Sioux Falls, Iowa, and said he would offer “a better path forward” when he accepts the Democratic nomination in Charlotte next Thursday.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said Obama’s pre-convention tour really reflects “a road to declining incomes, higher unemployment and more uncertainty for the middle class.”

Obama “offered no new solutions, just misleading attacks,” Williams said. “Mitt Romney has the plan to do what President Obama can’t — create 12 million new jobs, increase take-home pay, and bring relief to the struggling middle class,

In the days ahead, the “Road to Charlotte” runs through Colorado, Ohio, and Virginia before Obama arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday. The president delivers his acceptance speech Thursday night.

In Urbandale, Obama said he wanted to start this tour in Iowa because the state in many ways created his presidency. Victory in the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucuses launched Obama on his ride to the party nomination, and then on to the White House itself.

“It was you, Iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off,” Obama said. “And it will be you, Iowa, who choose the path we take from here.”

2 Comments »

  1. No doubt, Obama has made mistakes in his presidency (like all 43 of his predecessors), but at least his mistakes are not on the matter of lying to the public.
    I am absolutely certain that he did as well or better than any other politician in his circumstances with the hand he was dealt. And for God’s sake, when you
    suffer a melt-down like our economy took, what kind of miracle do people expect to get things set right again!!?? Anyone who thinks Romney/Ryan has the answer to our problems is either living in their own Disney world, or simply don’t want to admit the truth to themselves. God help our country if the Republicans get the oval office in this election. It will lead to a demise like we have never seen.
    –carlitos

    Hello Carlitos. I also am very worried about the republicans winning the election…and with lies and distractions they create it could happen. I normally try to see the point the other side is making, I normally try to take others at face value..yet I can’t here. The lies and distortions are too much. They keep saying all we have to do is repeat…yes repeat all the policy’s they have been trying for over 12 years. and it is some how now going to cure the ills it created in the first place. The main base of the republican party wants to totally through out science and education. These are people who want God to decide all public policy debates, and who wants us to believe that the earth was created in 6 days, and dinosaurs walked in harmony with humans. They deny anything that doesn’t agree with their ideology first, and all else is second. Sorry but they are not entitled to make up their own facts…what is, is…and pretending otherwise doesn’t make you pure and responsible..it makes you a crazy person. Hugs

    Comment by carlitos — September 2, 2012 @ 15:14

  2. Spending money to solve all the countries problems is also better suited for FDR’s generation.

    Hello Bern. Maybe, but it applies today as much as it did then. How do I know. Because after I met Ron he was in with a very wealthy crowd. While we lived pay check to pay check, we hung around very wealthy people. It stunned me their totally disconnect from what I knew to be the real world. I often found myself in situation where the people I was with thought nothing of dropping hundreds or thousands of dollars down on something..and I simply couldn’t. Often when we got some where I was stopped by the fee to simply get in , which was more than I made a week…yet my wealthy companions, dismissed the entry fee, giving the person a hard time, and acting like they should have known better.. embarrassing me and the person taking the entry fee…See it was not deliberate, but they simply couldn’t understand they way we lived, the lack of funds we have. I once had a guy hand me four hundred dollars because my toaster quit. WTF I was stunned…yet he really thought that was what I needed to get a new toaster.

    I have left those days behind. Ron ran with a very wealthy crowd. He did not have that money, but he was cute, and he was very personable ( still is ) and he had so many skills from a poor childhood they loved him. They simply had no idea what it was like to live a life not their own.

    while we could have been “hanger ones” taken care of by our once friends, Ron and I decided that our life and respect, mandated we earn our way, make our own life….It cost us in friends…those who once were our friends we never hear from.

    What I am saying is there is too much wealth at the top, and too little gain at the lower end.. There is a whole group of people with expectations of entitlement, and it is not the poor…Donald Trump never carried money and never paid when he went out to eat…it was expected he got his meal for free. So do you see, and do you want to for your future country. Hugs

    Comment by Bern Schroeder — September 4, 2012 @ 15:13


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