March 1, 2009

Sweeping change?

NPR is reporting that the budget battle may kick into another gear;

Republicans are continuing their entrenched opposition to President Obama's $3.6
trillion budget proposal, warning that instead of spending, the government should be sacrificing to safeguard the future.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said he was ready for a fight. "I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak," he said. "My message to them is this: So am I."

The president directly challenged the "powerful and well-connected interests" that have run Washington for what he says is far too long. "I didn't come here to do the same thing we've been doing or to take small steps forward," he said. "I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November."

[emphasis added]

One question: Wasn't the slogan Change We Can Believe In? I don't recall seeing the word "sweeping" in there. Was it implied? Should it have been inferred? Okay, that's really 3 questions but they are variations on a theme.

Another question - how long until you get sick of hearing President Obama say "the special interests"? Does that include the AFL-CIO? Teachers Unions? ACORN? UAW? Okay, that's really 5 questions but again, variations on a theme.

Yet another question - do the lobbyists the President refers to, who are invested in the old ways of doing business include the ones appointed into his administration?

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