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"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," Obama said in a fiery weekly address released today. "My message to them is this: So am I."
The president pitted himself against some of the nation's most unpopular industries, and he named names: bankers, insurers and energy companies.
"I know that the insurance industry won't like the idea that they'll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage," Obama said. "I know that banks and big student lenders won't like the idea that we're ending their huge taxpayer subsidies. ... I know that oil and gas companies won't like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks."
Political analysts say it was no surprise he chose those industries. "If you want to demonize the industries that might oppose your proposals, you might want to pick the ones that are most unpopular. That's what he did," University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato told ABC News. "In politics, you can accomplish more by flogging evil figures than you can by spreading hope and love and audacity."
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by LostNemesis
He isn't working for us.
Congress isn't working for us.
Like any other politician, he is working for himself.
Originally posted by universe attracts wisdom
Obama is going to fail even worse than Bush. My prediction will come true. Why because people will realise that the people working with Bush are the same b****** working with Obama.. The exact same agenda is going on. THe exact ssame bad smelling of lies and deception. America
[edit on 28-2-2009 by universe attracts wisdom]
Originally posted by LostNemesis
Just a quick thought, as what you said reminded me of what some people here on ATS were predicting...
Basically that once Obama really started to get things going, we would be begging to get Bush back. I NEVER thought it could be possible, but Obama might just be hell-bent on showing us.