Obama sought to put himself on the side of voters who he said could not care
less about the political consequences of his speech, and he did. Obama said in
a high-stakes address to Congress that the United States is in a "national
crisis" and called for urgent action on sweeping proposals to revive the
stalled economy and avert another recession. "Those of us here tonight
can't solve all of our nation's woes," Obama said in a nationally televised
prime-time speech. "But we can help. We can make a difference. There are
steps we can take right now to improve people's lives." Taking aim at
Republicans who have consistently opposed his initiatives, Obama said it was
time to "stop the political circus and actually do something to help the
economy." Obama is seeking to seize the initiative in his bitter
ideological battle with Republicans, ease mounting doubts about his economic
leadership and turn around his presidency just 14 months before voters decide
whether to give him a second term. If Obama can push through his plan, it might
provide an economic boost quickly enough for him to reap political benefits.
It's time to play Obama hardball now.
I'm all for tax cuts but who going to pay for this new plan? Sounds like more
promises of pie-in-the-sky that are just too good to be true.