Skip to comments.Obama strikes back at budget critics
Posted on 02/28/2009 1:04:10 PM PST by topfile
President Obama on Saturday struck back aggressively at critics of his $3.6 trillion budget proposal, casting himself as a populist crusader whose "sweeping change" has angered Washington's entrenched special interests, and promised to fight them.
"I realize that passing this budget won't be easy. Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington," Mr. Obama said in his weekly video and radio address.
Mr. Obama's language was combative and confrontational, as he promised to fight for "American families."
"I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: So am I," he said.
Since he unveiled his budget blueprint on Thursday, the reaction in the financial markets and among the business community, not to mention the Republican party, has been decidedly negative.
Influential conservative economist Lawrence Kudlow wrote Friday that Mr. Obama was proposing "anti-growth" tax hikes that make "absolutely no sense" and are intended to promote a "left-wing social vision."
Mr. Obama, he said, was "declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds."
One day after announcing that U.S. combat troops would leave Iraq in 18 months, the president's weekly address was his first major response to budget criticisms. He portrayed critics as fat cats and power brokers who have enriched themselves at the cost of every day Americans.
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When idiots get criticized, they lash out uncontrollably.
Actually it sits pretty well with them. The people are the ones that are outraged
I guess with him taxpayers are some of those despised special interests. We certainly are a minority.
Bring it beanpole.
Why would the lobbyists and special intersts be upset? Everyone got some pie.
Unless he now considers taxpayers to be a “special interest” whose voices must be silenced.
“”I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: So am I,” he said.”
OH YES Obama “calling us out” again. Must be the Chicago way!
He wants a street fight!
Exactly. This budget is a lobbyist’s dream and any Washingtonian’s dream. It enriches their power beyond their wildest imaginations.
Who did he run and hide behind after he said this?
Mr. Obama, he said, was “declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds.”
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that’s what class warfare and redistributing the wealth entails...
Ho sounds more like an ACORN activist that a sitting US president. Which is understandable since ACORN activist was his top of the line job under the Peter Principle..
This is right out of the Marxist handbook. America, what have you done!!
I certainly hope that means exactly what my dirty mind thinks it does. LOL
BWAHAHAHA!! Good one.
Its not just the lobbyists that the plan is not sitting well with...
Its about the 150 million other PROUD Americans the 92 percent of working Americans that are doing the best they can sometimes working two jobs or strapping their budgets to make ends meet. 8 percent national unemployment is not the Sky falling crisis scenario that Obama wants to use to force through his multi Trillion dollar socialist plans that are doomed for failure. The people that are upset are those responisible Americans that are being called on to pay for the 8 percent of unemployed worker of which some do not even desire to work and find it more beneficial to remain on the welfare rolls and accept the handouts from the government wait whats that secret the Government doens’t want you to know... Thats right The Government is the PEOPLE so common sense which Obama sorely lacks says that for every dollar spends that does not create a dollar of private sector investment is a dollar that has been removed from the economy and that must be paid back with interest at some future date and so the government will rape the people force them into severe debt to embolden a generation of laziness and dependence on government.
THIS IS CORVEE LABOR. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA PLANTATION.
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