What’s going on in this election is bigger than just a choice between two candidates or between two parties. It’s about two fundamentally different visions of where we go as a country. – President Barack Obama
WHO IS this guy? I can’t believe my ears.
The man who took a bus to Ohio on Thursday was someone we haven’t heard from in a– have we ever heard from this guy? Not lately like this on the economy, that’s for sure, which is why James Carville told Democrats to “panic” back in 2011 and his group sounded the alarm once again back in June and I wrote about it here.
It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance – and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction. They are wrong, and that will fail. [...] They want to know the plans for making things better in a serious way – not just focused on finishing up the work of the recovery. – Democracy Corps
Could it be that something has shifted inside Obamaworld, with Carville’s message finally making a dent? I went searching to see if anyone else had noticed to see Josh Marshall had written something similar on the subject, so it clearly isn’t just me.
Pres. Obama’s remarks were completely different from what has been putting everyone to sleep for months on end.
See, I believe in an America where no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you can make it if you try. (Applause.)
We’ve never been a country that — we’ve never been a country looking for handouts. We’re a nation of strivers and risk-takers and entrepreneurs, workers. (Applause.) But what we ask for is that hard work pays off, that responsibility is rewarded. The idea is if you take responsibility for your life, if you put in the effort, if you do the responsible thing, then you can find a job that pays a living wage, that you can look after your family, that you can buy a home, that you can retire with some dignity and some respect, that you won’t go bankrupt when you get sick — (applause) — that you have that core, middle-class security that built this country, and that you can pass that on to your kids so they can do things that you never even imagined. That’s the essence of America.
And I believe in that basic promise of America because I lived it. That’s my biography. I had grandparents whose service at World War II was rewarded by them having a chance to go to college and buying their first house — because I had a hardworking mother who raised me and my sister right, but also had some help so that we could end up going to the best schools in the country even though we didn’t have a lot of money.
I got involved in politics. I ran for President in 2008, and some of you joined me in 2008 — (applause) — because we believed in that basic bargain that built the largest middle class in history and the strongest economy in the world. And we felt like that basic bargain was slipping away, that hard work wasn’t always rewarded, that being responsible didn’t always get you ahead, that folks who acted irresponsibly sometimes were making out like bandits while ordinary folks were having a tougher and tougher time.
So we came together in that election — Democrats, but also independents and, yes, some Republicans — to restore that basic bargain that built this country. And we knew at the time it wouldn’t be easy. We knew it would take more than one year or one term or maybe even one President. But what we didn’t realize at the time was we were going to be hit by the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes.
And that’s been tough on a lot of folks, including people here in Ohio. It robbed millions of people of their jobs and their homes and their savings. And it pushed the American Dream even further from reach for a lot of people.
But you know what, this crisis has not changed the fundamental character of America. It hasn’t changed the fundamental character of this town, or this state, or this part of the country. We’ve still got people who are working hard. We’ve still got people who are acting responsibly. (Applause.) It hasn’t diminished our belief in those ideals we were fighting for in 2008. (Applause.)
And our mission right now isn’t just to recover from this economic crisis, although that’s job one. Our mission is to give back to America, to Americans all across the country, what’s been lost — that sense of security. Our goal isn’t just to put people back to work tomorrow; it’s also to build for the long haul an economy where hard work pays off — (applause) — an economy where everybody, whether you’re starting a business or punching a clock, has confidence that if you work hard, you will get ahead. That’s what America is about. That’s what Ohio is about. (Applause.) [...]
…and he just kept going.
THE PRESIDENT: What’s holding us back from meeting our challenges — it’s not a lack of ideas, it’s not a lack of solutions. What’s holding us back is we’ve got a stalemate in Washington between these two visions of where the country needs to go. And this election is all about breaking that stalemate. The outcome of this election will determine our economic future not just for the next year or the next two years, but maybe for the next decade or the next two.
And I want everybody to be clear about what this choice is. My opponent and his allies in Congress, they believe prosperity comes from the top down. They believe if we eliminate most regulations and we cut taxes for the wealthy by trillions of dollars, that somehow our whole economy will benefit, and all of you will benefit, and there’s going to be more jobs and better security for everybody. That’s their basic economic plan.
THE PRESIDENT: …The lack of regulation on Wall Street, the kind of thing that they’re prescribing, that’s exactly what allowed people to game the system that caused this whole mess in the first place.
So, no, I don’t think that Mr. Romney’s plan to spend trillions of dollars more on tax cuts for folks who don’t need them and aren’t even asking for them is the right way to grow our economy — (applause) — especially since they want to pay for it by cutting education spending and cutting job training programs and raising middle-class taxes…
[...] Governor Romney’s experience has been in owning companies that were called “pioneers” of outsourcing. That’s not my phrase — “pioneers” of outsourcing. My experience has been in saving the American auto industry. And as long as I’m President, that’s what I’m going to be doing — waking up every single day thinking about how we can create more jobs for your families and more security for your communities. (Applause.)
That’s why my administration brought trade cases against China at a faster pace than the previous administration — and we’ve won those cases. Just this morning, my administration took a new action to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that harm American automakers. (Applause.)
And let me tell you something. Americans aren’t afraid to compete. We believe in competition. I believe in trade. And I know this: Americans and American workers build better products than anybody else — (applause) — so as long as we’re competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we’ll do just fine. But we’re going to make sure that competition is fair. That’s what I believe. That’s part of our vision for America.
It’s a start in the right direction, at least as campaign rhetoric goes and beats the message that hasn’t been working so far.