WE Do Big Things

@gladys46 (1205)
United States
January 26, 2011 6:52am CST
Yes Sir Mr. President, Sir!! Question: Fact or Fiction? As the rebutting say No We Can't ... the sky is falling, duck lest ye be destroyed!! Which message inspires you? Did anybody hear where responsible spending for investments in America can come from?
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
26 Jan 11
For tone and getting people to rally around a mixed message, the award goes to President Obama, hands down. I don't think there's ever been a figure in American history who can say something like, for example, "energy prices will necessarily sky rocket," and then shout "yes we can - hope and change," and have people not only shrug off the former but even justify it. Later on today, I might stop by Kmart and invest in some socks and t-shirts, and then I'll probably stop by Villa Giuseppi and invest in some lunch. Why should American taxpayers be investing in anything at the will of the government? That's the question I have. It's so easy to spend other people's money. It's even easier when your campaign decides to switch out "spend" and go with "invest." I heard the same speech I always hear and I'm seeing the same reactions. The usually folks thrilled each time he speaks remain thrilled. The usual folks skeptical each time he speaks remain skeptical. To me, it seems as if these surefire investments would have been made by private business ages ago if there was any return in it. So that scares me. If our government makes bad "investments," then what? Another few trillion in debt never hurt anybody, I guess.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
You said ... "why should the American taxpayers be investing in anything at the will of the government?" I don't remember the President asking the taxpayers to invest in "anything" ... I think I heard him say "we", Americans must invest in "ourselves" or an alternative "choice" is to remain in the dark ages.
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• United States
26 Jan 11
So you take that to mean what? The President is now calling on the American people to do the job he has suggested government should do for his entire career? I take that to mean: We, the American government, are going to spend more of your money, because we know what's best for you. You, the American people, need to understand that this isn't spending - it's an investment.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Okay, so you didn't hear him as he stated "we" the people sent to DC to respresent the American people need to spend "our" money responsibly ... that corporations enjoying their loopholes at our expense need to come to an end ... that those taxpayers (2%) being gifted billions are not in need of additional billions, not at the expense of the larger percentage of America's betterment! If you heard the President say "we know what's best for you" ... you loose me entirely! Question, why did any American send a representative to DC?
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
26 Jan 11
I'll be honest, I didn't really listen to the rebuttals yet. I did listen to the speech though. To answer your direct question, "Did anybody hear where responsible spending for investments in America can come from?". Nope, I did not. But then again, it is pretty much a given where investment money for great ideas and invention comes from. I don't get what the big mystery is. It comes from people with money who are presented with a good idea to invest in and a good business model. Seems pretty obvious to me anyways.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Hi xfahctor ... hey, to your bottom line, I agree! However, have we any idea how a little seed money can assist in what this nation is in dire need of right now? After reading and listening to many "Wednesday morning quarterbackings" ... I read, what I consider a great read as well as one of the most responsible assessments. In that article, the writer (Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast) writes: "The pundits weren't crazy about the president's speech ... too flat, they said, not enough applause lines, didn't live up to inspiration of Tucson. Well, maybe State of the Union addresses tend to be too long and too programmatic. But, President Obama gave a 'grownup speech,' and folks at home tend to like those more than the scorecard-wielding pundits. He crafted a forward-looking theme that called on America to lift its great game -- and with a 1957 metaphor (Sputnik) that fits nicely into headlines. There was a touch of Reagan-style optimism that belied our 9.4% unemployment (plus, it must be said a touch of Clintonian long-windedness)." (emphasis added) This, IMO, was indeed an adult-styled, fair assessment. I watched the SOTU on C-Span2 ... geesh, do I love that station ... it spares the chatter of pundits while "important" stuff is happening!!
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I know, I know xfahctor! But, what "government" has demonstrated a rather poor investor? Didn't President Clinton, a democratic president (with the help of a repub congress) balance this nation's budget? Didn't Clinton's "government" make many millionairs happen in this country ... oh sure we had a tech burst ... but, prior to that, people enjoyed years of abundance? I think to make your statement fly, we'd need to determine what "governmental administrations" grew our economies and those that did not! I think, therein lies some real good facts.
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
26 Jan 11
Balancing a budget does not mean the government is a smart investor that is far too generalized in it's logic. Besides, much of the wealth during the Clinton administration was created in the online financial sector and yes, there was the inevitable bust that followed.
• United States
26 Jan 11
What I got from the speech is this....we have a lot of big problems...we will work together to get them done...somehow. Ie..he has not clear roadmap or idea how he is going to get it done. Great. Just great. He is the leader of this country and he does not have a clear set out agenda on how he is going to do his job. Wonder....just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. He has been in office for two years....yet he still does not have a clear plan on how he is going to cut spending or balance our budgets or pay off our national debt. He basically said yep...these are our problems and both sides are going to argue over it and hopefully come up with something.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Then, why was there any rebuttal at all? What were they rebutting ... perhaps your bottom line there lilwonders?
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• United States
26 Jan 11
Bottom line...I think the man is clueless about how to fix our problems. Because he may have said YES WE CAN...but he sure as heck did not say HOW. Too little actual substance. Too much of a pep rally. I guess I was looking for a more assertive approach from him. More drive. More determination. More certainty about what exactly needs to be done and HOW exactly it is going to be accomplished. I want to know he has a clear road map on how he is going to do things. To be fair I think most presidents turn the state of the union into a pep rally. which annoys me. I want specifics. I want answers. I want to know the president not only know what our problems are but also knows EXACTLY how he wants to fix them. I want to know that the president has an action plan and exactly what it is. I know I know...pipe dream...but a girl's got a right to dream.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Well, since so many republicans have said that this is a "christian" nation, I'm just wondering ... where is their faith in their own country ... that country that "God" is always supposed to bless, is "HE" not supposed to bless this so-called "christian" nation under this President? The president asks us not just to dream, but to be innovative!!
@anniepa (26283)
• United States
29 Jan 11
Put it this way, hearing John Boehner hollering "Hell No You Can't" is about as far from inspiring as it gets! Hearing Eddie Munster...oops, I mean Paul Ryan speak about the "safety net" turning into a hammock isn't inspiring, it's mean-spirited and nasty. We DO do big things! We ARE an exceptional country that hasn't seemed very exceptional lately and refusing to invest in our future, our children and our decaying infrastructure isn't going to make us more exceptional. So many one the right have been complaining that the President never talks about "American exceptionalism" yet when he does, he gets criticized for that as well. Has anyone else seen or heard about how the UK's huge spending cuts have them possibly headed into a double-dip recession? Annie