Drawing Distinctions

June 2nd, 2010

The President gave a sneak peek into his strategy for 2010 today with his speech in Pittsburg.

 Among the highlights:

 “[A] good deal of the other party’s opposition to our agenda has also been rooted in their sincere and fundamental belief about government. It’s a belief that government has little or no role to play in helping this nation meet our collective challenges. It’s an agenda that basically offers two answers to every problem we face: more tax breaks for the wealthy and fewer rules for corporations.”

“As November approaches, leaders in the other party will campaign furiously on the same economic argument they’ve been making for decades. Fortunately, we don’t have to look back too many years to see how it turns out. … They gave tax cuts that weren’t paid for to millionaires who didn’t need them. They gutted regulations, and put industry insiders in charge of industry oversight. … And despite all their current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record $237 billion surplus that President Clinton left them and turned it into a record $1.3 trillion deficit.”

It’s a theme he hit on bluntly and effectively a few weeks ago at a fundraiser in NYC as well.

I like it.

For the past year, the Republicans have focused on the sausage making that is the legislative process and basically said “America, you don’t want that.” But as the election approaches, it’s time for the Democrats to remind the American people that the same people who drove the car into the ditch now want the keys back.

If the American people wanted these people (Boehner, McConnell) in power they would have voted for them in 2006.

I also like the attempt to pivot from the ever present images of oil spewing into the Gulf to a vision of an America that makes the investments in clean energy and gets us off of the dependence on foreign oil and fuel that pollutes our environment. There’s no better images than those to show what a disaster our energy policy has been for decades.

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