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Mario Piperni - September 2, 2012
I’m loving the push back from President Obama after the GOP spent three days reinforcing the notion that they really are the party of NOthing.
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.
“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.”
There are hard truths but you won’t find Republicans speaking about them. Ryan has spent two weeks running away from his budget plan’s position on Medicare and Social Security. He won’t even defend his hard-right position on abortion and rape. Romney, for his part, has spent a year running away from every position he’s ever held…gay rights, support for Roe v. Wade, gun control, Romneycare, the stimulus and the GM bailout to name a few.
The entire RomneYAN campaign has essentially come down to: the economy sucks, Obama sucks, blame Obama for everything and ‘Bush who?’ – therefore, close your eyes, block your ears, shut down your brain and trust Mitt and Paul to fix it all.
Down in Tampa, you heard Republicans paying lip service to the middle class, minorities and women. In fact, the policies they’ve proposed (but don’t speak of much) would destroy the middle class, make second class citizens of minorities and take women’s rights back a hundred years.
This choices in this election could not be any clearer. On one side you have a political party that believes that the only real contributors to society are the rich and therefore every effort should be made to make them richer, even if it means raping the planet and destroying the social safety net that protects the poor and middle class in difficult times.
On the other side you have a political party that believes the exact opposite.
As I wrote, it could not be clearer.
Note: Special thanks to E.A. Blair, our resident linguist, who came up with the MiddleClass part of the Obama equation. I was looking for a way to translate Einstein’s e=mc2 into something meaningful for the election and within minutes of asking E.A. for ideas, he came up with MiddleClass. Brilliant.
I’ll be adding the graphic to the store later today. Obama=MiddleClass² on a bumper sticker or t-shirt? That works.
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