I love seeing Obama go on the offensive, as he did speaking in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Politico reports:
“[A] good deal of the other party’s opposition to our agenda has also been rooted in their sincere and fundamental belief about government,” Obama said. “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.”
Obama, who plans to stay in Pittsburgh for only a couple of hours before flying back to the nation’s capital, said most Republicans “have sat on the sidelines and shouted from the bleachers.”
He added: “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.”
This is exactly what must be done in order to fight the distortions spread by the right wing noise machine. Democrats have been urging Obama to hit the Republicans harder. While the fundamentals do favor the Republicans in this off-year election, perhaps having Obama campaigning this fall can affect the outcome.
Update: The full text is here.