Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I know that many fellow progressives have wondered where our Obama went. Where was the guy who would fight for the middle class? Governing from the middle and compromise are important, but why hasn't he ever offered a story to counter the Republicans myth that all government is bad? Where's the Obama from the 2008 campaign?
Fortunately, in this budget proposal speech, Obama seems to take a hard line stand against the Republican budget. The video is long, but it's worth listening to. He talks about the positive role of government, that Republicans would like to ignore. He explains that tax cuts for the wealthy are coming at the cost of health care for seniors. He says we need to cut wasteful and excessive spending everywhere (military included), but that we also need to fix the tax code and raise taxes on millionaires, who have the lowest tax rates in half a century, and any of whom are willing to give more to help us through this crisis. He says we should tackle the deficit problem with an all of the above approach rather than only thinking about cutting vital services.
It's good to hear Obama stand for something again, and specifically to talk about the positive value of government. I hope his actions will match his words, and that in the continuing budget fights he will not compromise away everything he believes in.