Posted by Jax Hawk on Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:28:57 PM The arrogance and audacity of the new President in office only 50 days is illustrated by his response to questions from those who believe he may be taking on too many issues at one time. In a speech on his 50th day in office outlining his plans to reform education, Mr Obama said: “I know there are some who believe we can only handle one challenge at a time.” Obama recalled that “Lincoln had laid the transcontinental railway during the civil war, that Roosevelt “didn’t have the luxury of choosing between ending a depression and fighting a war” and Kennedy didn’t “have the luxury of choosing between civil rights and sending us to the moon”. “And we don’t have the luxury of choosing between getting our economy moving now and rebuilding it over the long term,” he said. The president and his advisers believe that unless they begin to fix long-term problems now, short-term efforts to save jobs and revive credit flow will be useless.
Mr. Obama has not only passed a $787 billion (£542 billion) stimulus bill but introduced a budget that looks ahead ten years and contains ambitious plans for reforming health care, energy and education, setting the stage for several time-consuming and draining legislative battles over the next two years. Every day seems to bring a new policy speech or the announcement of a forum or initiative. Even supporters are questioning whether or not the president would be better advised to concentrate all or most of his fire on reviving the economy, and in particular, finalising the details of saving the banking sector. Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor and an early of support of Mr Obama, has criticised the government for a “muddled message”. David Brooks, a sympathetic if conservative columnist for the New York Times said that “Democrats apparently think that dealing with the crisis is a part-time job, which leaves the afternoons free to work on long-range plans to reform education, health care, energy and a dozen smaller things”.
To begin with Kennedy openly stated that Americans were taxed too much, and had little to do with the Civil Rights legislation that made Blacks and people of color equal to white people. President, Kennedy initially believed the grassroots movement for civil rights would only anger many Southern whites and make it even more difficult to pass civil rights laws through Congress, which was dominated by Southern Democrats, and he distanced himself from it. As a result, many civil rights leaders viewed Kennedy as unsupportive of their efforts. And Kennedy was certainly pro-military not a diplomacy freak like Obama. And somebody should tell Obama that JFK.jr. had the FBI wiretap the telephones of hundreds of suspected Communists including Martin Luther KIng, jr.!
AS for FDR. All his NRA and welfare programs pushed the USA deeper into the depression, and the War saved us from bankruptcy. And by the way the American people bought Victory Bonds to help pay for the weapons of war, the Government did not print billions of worthless dollars to finance the war effort.During his three terms the average unemployment was 13% with a high of 17.2%! He redeined modern Liberalism with a coalition of labor unions, racial minorities, intellectuals, big city machines and people on the public dole(Relief). He also cut the military veterans benefits by 40%, and removed over 500,000 widows and veterans from government pension rolls!
I harldy think Obama wants to have the public reminded of these facts. Then there is Abraham Lincoln. He was not in favor of freeing the slaves in the states that would agree to stay in the Union, and he was a Republican who spoke what he meant and did what he promised he would do.In other words, “he talked the talk and walked the walk”. He wasn’t a double talking President whose promises were steeped in Left wing philosophy. He tried to maintain the Union of States, not separate the people by highlighting class hatred!His enemy was the break away South, not the Capitalist system. Source: Wikapedia and London Times