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In speech, Obama pushes activist Big government : Do you agree with Obama's BIG GOVERNMENT vision of America?

CAPISCE 2013/01/22 13:17:53
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(Reuters) - Republican President Ronald Reagan declared in 1981 that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Fifteen years later, Democratic President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over."That wasn't exactly President Barack Obama's message in his second inaugural address on Monday.

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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  • Mrs.B 2013/01/22 13:21:27
    No
    Mrs.B
    +11
    Big Gov means big control over every aspect of our life .. that is not what our founding fathers envisioned.

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  • Andrew 2013/01/24 01:12:28
    No
    Andrew
    +1
    No that's what he wants. For the government to control everything.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2013/01/23 16:48:31
    No
    Swampdog PWCM
    +1
    Owebama is a fool. If you heard his speech, he want's more green industries,(Soylindra)at taxpayer expense. Is he that stupid?
  • Larry M 2013/01/23 14:47:41 (edited)
    No
    Larry M
    +1
    Whether good intentioned or not government makes a new criminal every minute. No one can avoid breaking a law and every law has Unintended consequences. We are losing our freedoms and one fits all laws do not searve us well. Reputation and free people choosing the winners and losers keep us safe and give us what we need and want.
  • Bella 2013/01/23 12:52:45
    yes
    Bella
    Majority of The People polled want what President Obama spoke of. http://thinkprogress.org/poli...
  • CAPISCE Bella 2013/01/23 12:55:47
    CAPISCE
    lmao@ a Think progress poll. Basically they polled a bunch of Socialists
  • Bella CAPISCE 2013/01/23 13:04:47
    Bella
    The article contains polls that can be easily checked out. Figures you're not interested in what the American people want. Or are you afraid to take the information and see if the polls are credible?
  • CAPISCE Bella 2013/01/23 14:06:08
    CAPISCE
    If you believe the majority of Americans prefer Socialism so be it---u can believe whatever you want
  • Bella CAPISCE 2013/01/25 13:27:13
    Bella
    Wake up, America is a socialistic country. Think about that the next time thou go online or drive on a highway or interstate. November election proved America is also a center left country.
  • Larry M Bella 2013/01/24 04:54:55
    Larry M
    Some of it, sure. But remember that he won by 51%, that's just making a majority.
  • betz 2013/01/23 11:47:35
    No
    betz
    +1
    It was nothing more than a liberal speech delivered by a liberal prez. We must make cuts to get this economy back on track.
    RR had some great quotes concerning big government. Following are a couple of my favorites:

    "There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."

    "I think the best posibble social program is a job."
  • deidara.trueart 2013/01/23 07:21:26
  • Larry M deidara... 2013/01/23 14:53:44
    Larry M
    We need to protect the safety nets for those in need, can't do that with out balanced budget and economic growth. Government can't mandate or create that. Creative people providing good and services create what we need and the wealth of our nation
  • Tic-Toc 2013/01/23 06:58:56
    No
    Tic-Toc
    +2
    Less is better
  • shane 2013/01/23 03:48:03
    No
    shane
    +3
    This country was born on the idea that people should be free of the Governments that stopped them from living free lives.

    Its a shame that for all of the accomplishments made, That in the end Freedom is only as valuable as the sales pitch.
  • Joves the Instigator 2013/01/23 02:56:47
    No
    Joves the Instigator
    +1
    Yes but Regan said one thing, and turned around and did another. As has everyone since then. And so it is with the two parties, no matter who is in charge governments size grows exponentially. Then the self righteous little hypocrites claim they are trying to d the exact opposite. The problem is that the gullible sheeple buy the BS. The real fact is the 4 out of 5 politicians agree a bigger government is a better government,
  • ur XLNC-PWCM 2013/01/23 01:51:57
    No
    ur XLNC-PWCM
    +2
    He's delusional. there sure are a lot of people that want a 'nanny-state'. Evidently they skipped the classes that tell about the former USSR.
  • Cn2012 2013/01/23 01:05:36 (edited)
    No
    Cn2012
    +2
    NO! Hell No! But I'm clearly in the minority or are we the ignored majority?
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2013/01/23 00:58:05
    No
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +2
    hmmm I wonder how The Paulpukes and Weedbaggers like their handiwork?
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/01/23 00:54:37
    No
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +3
    No patriot does. If Obama said such things, it PROVES from his own mouth that he IS an unAmerican socialist/communist and he wouldn't know mainstream if it slapped him in the face. He is a traitor, plain and simple and anyone who says otherwise after 4 awful years is no longer a sheep but a bloody liar.
  • Drue-AFCL 2013/01/23 00:51:39
  • lee 2013/01/23 00:06:08
    yes
    lee
    or at least a MED sized government.

    just big enough to do the things that states cant' (or won't) do on their own...

    just big enough to to the things that corporations can't (or won't) do on their own...

    just big enough to ensure we are not challenged in the word (at least not from outside).
  • Captamerica 2013/01/23 00:00:16
    No
    Captamerica
    +5
    This country was built by rugged individuals succeeding or failing on their own. Let people live their lives without government interference!
  • lee Captame... 2013/01/23 00:06:34 (edited)
    lee
    in other words let them starve.

    let them die in misery

    let them eat cake.
  • CAPISCE lee 2013/01/23 00:54:59
    CAPISCE
    +4
    Let them succeed or fail on there own---they Gov is not our rich uncle, especially being 17 trillion in debt.
  • lee CAPISCE 2013/01/23 01:25:15 (edited)
    lee
    tell that to the rich ppl who got most of that money.

    they are the ones who have been using uncle sam as their benefactor.
  • CAPISCE lee 2013/01/23 01:26:33
    CAPISCE
    +3
    They worked hard to get rich, maybe they were lucky---good for them, as long as they aren't breaking laws so be it
  • lee CAPISCE 2013/01/23 01:29:51 (edited)
    lee
    they worked hard to get the playing field tilted toward them... they are called lobbyists.

    we don't have lobbyists.... just democrats.
  • betz CAPISCE 2013/01/23 11:49:30
    betz
    Oh but unfortunately is has turned into just that Capisce. We are all suffering from it.
  • Aqua Su... lee 2013/01/23 00:57:46
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +2
    Survival of the fittest-get a job, if you can FIND one in ObamaNation.
  • lee Aqua Su... 2013/01/23 01:26:28
    lee
    whatever i can take from you by force is ok with you then?

    lord of the flys
  • CAPISCE Aqua Su... 2013/01/23 01:26:55
    CAPISCE
    +2
    Thank you
  • Captame... lee 2013/01/23 02:04:57
    Captamerica
    +1
    No one starves in America, but they need to loose their houses, cars, etc. and start over! Hunger is a big motivator! I'm thinkin' you really need to learn a little more about human nature!
  • lee Captame... 2013/01/23 02:07:30
    lee
    so homelessness is ok, but you are willing to feed them....

    that's mighty kind of you.
  • CAPISCE lee 2013/01/23 02:08:26
    CAPISCE
    17 Trillion in debt we shouldn't feed anyone
  • lee CAPISCE 2013/01/23 02:26:44
    lee
    there you go..

    the "let them eat cake" camp has spoken.
  • Captame... lee 2013/01/23 02:12:55
    Captamerica
    +1
    Heck no, I'm not willing to feed them (through the government)! As a Christian, I cannot condone the government feeding the hungry! That's our job as neighbors! I'm sayin' you should show a little compassion!
  • lee Captame... 2013/01/23 02:24:45
    lee
    if that worked there wouldnt' be any homeless hungery ppl.

    it doesn't work... that's where gov comes in.
  • Captame... lee 2013/01/23 02:39:02
    Captamerica
    +1
    It used to work, until LBJ started his "War on Poverty"! Talk about an effective leader, LBJ was the opposite of Obama! He started 2 wars, both were controversial, and we lost both! Even so, we were better off when LBJ was president! Just sayin'!
  • betz Captame... 2013/01/23 11:53:26
    betz
    +1
    And very nicely stated, Captame.
  • Mr. Smith 2013/01/22 23:28:47
    No
    Mr. Smith
    +5
    Since you posted a pic of Jefferson, I'll use one of my favorite quotes from him on this particular topic. "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

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