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Obama: "We tried our plan, and it worked"

I've been seeing this around a lot lately.  It's on Romney's Super PAC adds and the righty wacko squad on FOX has been hammering it into the ground.  But just like the "You didn't build that" line that was truncated and had all original context removed, this one is fucked up too.


Don't get me wrong, I'm really disappointed in O's first term too, but mostly because he was too much of a pussy about some issues and didn't follow through on some that were important to me, like lobbyist access to congress.  I also understand that O's Super PAC is not entirely ethical either.  But the extreme out of context quoting on Romney's adds is, in my opinion, criminal.


On the Romney adds, you'll see the president just say:  "We tried our plan, and it worked."  Then they'll rattle off a litany of shit like:  "23 million unemployed 43 straight months of 8% plus unemployment 45 million on food stamps Black poverty at record highs The middle class has lost 40% of its net worth under Obama Black youth unemployment over 50% Hispanic unemployment at 11.3% Food prices up 15% under Obama Gas prices doubled under Obama Obama has the worst job creation record since 1945 (BLS) Obama recovery the worst in 75 years Median household"


You might recognize that quote from Tremendousdick copy/pasting it all over the place here on ebaums and presumably everywhere else he goes.  He didn't even put in commas or other punctuation to make it easy to read.  What a dick.


It might shock you to know that Obama was talking about something entirely fucking different than is being represented here.  Anytime you see somebody speak a single, damning sentence on a political add, you should just assume it's being misrepresented.


Here's the whole quote from the speech transcript:  "OBAMA: I'm running because I believe you can't reduce the deficit -- which is a serious problem, we've got to deal with it -- but we can't reduce it without asking folks like me who have been incredibly blessed to give up the tax cuts that we've been getting for a decade. (Applause.) I'll cut out government spending that's not working, that we can't afford, but I'm also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton, back when our economy created 23 million new jobs -- (applause) -- the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well.

Just like we've tried their plan, we tried our plan -- and it worked. That's the difference. (Applause.) That's the choice in this election. That's why I'm running for a second term."


Now that doesn't sound as bad, does it?  Now you could debate that the Clinton plan that created both jobs AND a budget surplus was bad in the long term.  But the main message is that we need to decrease spending AND increase revenue.  What's more, that tax revenue probably should come from the uber-wealthy.  Fuck trickle-down.  


I welcome your comments and observations.
tomlet
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