POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Obama versus Boehner in 2010 … brilliant!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2010

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press (9/19/10) …

  • President Barack Obama is faulting Republicans for refusing to help him turn around the sluggish economy or support some proposed new tax breaks for businesses that the GOP has backed in the past.
  • Obama is trying to convince voters that they have a choice between
    • going back to GOP policies that led to the economic crisis
    • or going forward with policies he says will grow the economy over the long term.
  • Obama this week unveiled a package that would
    • expand and permanently extend a tax credit for research and development that lapsed in 2009,
    • let businesses write off 100 percent of their investments in equipment and plants through 2011,
    • and spend $50 billion immediately on highway, rail and airport projects.
  • House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio has offered an alternative plan:
    • freezing tax rates for two years and
    • cutting back government spending to 2008 levels.
  • Obama also wants to let taxes rise next year on the highest wage earners while keeping existing tax cuts for families with annual incomes of $250,000 or less and individuals making $200,000 a year maximum.
  • Republicans insist on keeping the lower tax rates for higher incomes, arguing that doing so would help small businesses too.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100910/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama

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keep these facts in mind …

President Obama’s policies have so far …

raised GDP between 1.7% and 4.5% in the second quarter of 2010;
lowered the unemployment rate between 0.7 and 1.8 percentage points;
increased employment between 1.4 million and 3.3 million.

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LMW COMMENT …

President Obama has, brilliantly I believe, selected John Boehner to be his opponent in the 2010 elections. As in all of the Congressional and Senate races, Democrats will do much better once voters actually compare them with their opponents, instead of viewing them alone in the cloud of general disapproval of government.

Instead of simply attacking Obama, voters will be able to compare Obama versus Boehner. Guess who wins that comparison!

We live in a complicated world. Our problems are complex. Solutions are necessarily complex, and they don’t get easier because people are unable or unwilling to do the hard thinking.

To pretend otherwise is simply foolish (see Sarah Palin) or cynically political (see John Boehner).

We have a president who is extremely intelligent and who is working in reasonable ways to move our country along paths that have a future. He has earned our support.

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