By Carole on Jun 16, 2012
Today's weekly addresses from President Barack Obama and Governor Scott Walker speaking on behalf of the GOP both centered on jobs and economic growth. But the similarities end there as their comments demonstrate the stark contrast between left and right, recklessness and responsibility, failure and success.
As he has in virtually every speech since taking office, the president called for more government spending saying "Congress should pass a bill to help states put thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job. They should have passed a bill a long time ago to put thousands of construction workers back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges and runways." He also repeated his familiar refrain that "the wealthiest Americans” should pay more taxes.
Of course there was no mention of how his plan to spend our way to prosperity has failed miserably over the past 3 years; just calls for more of the same. According to President Obama, "What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington." In his view, the anemic economic growth and high unemployment rate are Congressional Republicans' fault for not allowing him to double down on a losing bet.
Meanwhile, Governor Walker's speech outlined the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans with regard to employment saying, "Sadly, the president and many of his allies seem to measure success by how many people are dependent on government programs…In contrast, I and many other Republicans define success in just the opposite way - by how many people we can free from government dependence by growing the private sector."
Then, where President Obama tried to cast blame on others to explain away his failures, Governor Walker told the story of his success. "In Wisconsin," he said, "we faced one of the biggest budget deficits ever when I first took office last year. During the three years prior to my tenure, my state lost more than 100,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was above 9 percent. Today, Wisconsin has a budget surplus. For the first time in history we were able to put money into our state's rainy day fund for two years in a row. Since taking office, Wisconsin has gained more than 41,000 private sector jobs and the unemployment rate, well; it's below 7 percent for the first time since 2008."
As an obvious expert in what works, Governor Walker then turned to the national economy and declared that, "More big government is not the answer...instead, we need to confront the powerful special interests in Washington and put the hard working taxpayers back in charge of our government."
Back at Team Failure, President Obama ended his message to the American people by urging them to join him in blaming others for the results of his bad ideas. "Remind your Members of Congress why you sent them to Washington in the first place," he said. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, they were sent there to say no to his disastrous economic policies and his out of control spending sprees.
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