Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Obama: "Make or Break Time" for Middle Class

Today, President Obama was in Osawatomie, Kansas, making what some observers believe was a speech that contained the outlines of his reelection strategy: attack the Rethuglicans' core belief that a laissez-faire approach to governing a modern society, including letting the "job creators" get richer at the expense of the middle class, was unworkable:
“It’s a simple theory - one that speaks to our rugged individualism and healthy skepticism of too much government. It fits well on a bumper sticker. Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It’s never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible post-war boom of the 50s and 60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade.”

From all indications, the White House and the Obama campaign are preparing to fight the election on the economic justice front, and the concepts of fair play and common sacrifice. If the electorate pays attention to the contrasting visions, it should be a winner for Democrats.

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