President Obama has been accused of coddling Republicans for most of his first term. And for the most part, President Obama has indeed allowed Republicans to control the message and take advantage of his attempts to compromise with him in an effort to fix the country. But in recent months, President Obama has shown the spirit and fight of the man America elected to the Presidency nearly four years ago. And on Tuesday, President Obama struck back at Republicans once again.
During a speech at the Associated Press luncheon, President Obama slammed the Republican budget plan as an attempt to destroy Medicare, hand the wealthy even more tax breaks, and renege on the debt deal struck by Republicans and Democrats in 2011 that mandates defense spending cuts. The President described the House-backed and Mitt Romney supported plan as a Trojan Horse that continues the failed policy of trickle-down economics that has plagued the American economy since the 1980s. Here is part of what the President had to say.
“You would think that after the results of this experiment in trickle-down economics were made painfully clear, the proponents of this theory might moderate their views a bit, but that’s exactly the opposite of what they’ve done. This Congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly-veiled Social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it — a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last — education and training; research and development; our infrastructure — it is a prescription for decline.”
Here’s the video via ThinkProgress:
President Obama is absolutely correct. For the last three years, the Republicans have had only one thing on their minds: making President Obama a one term President. To reach that goal, Republicans have made every effort to sabotage the economy with plans aimed at destroying Medicare, Social Security, infrastructure, revenues, education, and programs that help the poor and middle class. Thankfully, these efforts have failed at the national level. But Republicans in red states across the country have managed to pass similar pieces of legislation in an attempt to cripple the economy and the American people so that they can blame President Obama. Liberals have been hoping to see President Obama fight back against the Republican agenda, and now they have gotten their wish. If President Obama continues to fight back against the Republican Party and adopts a strict populist stance, the GOP is looking at an even steeper climb to an election victory this November.