In speech, Obama pushes activist Big government : Do you agree with Obama's BIG GOVERNMENT vision of America?
In a spirited defense of government's role as a protector of society's most vulnerable people, the Democratic president signaled a determination to protect costly social programs that have been targeted by Republicansseeking to reduce growth in the $16.4 trillion U.S. debt.
In a series of implied jabs at uncompromising conservatives who have fostered gridlock in Congress and cast him as an un-American socialist, Obama essentially portrayed such critics as being outside the mainstream of U.S. politics.
"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate," Obama said during his 18-minute speech.
Laying out a broad vision for his second four-year term, Obama delivered a speech that struck many of the themes that ran through his re-election campaign.
Cutting back on those "entitlement" programs is widely viewed as a significant part of reducing the budget deficit. Obama spoke favorably
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