Obama Calls GOP’s “Pledge” An “Echo of a Disastrous Decade”

By Cullen Dirner

Sep 25, 2010 6:01am

From Sunlen Miller and Jon Garcia

Painting the Republican’s newly debuted “Pledge to America” as nothing more than an “echo of a disastrous decade,” President Obama uses his weekly address to refocus on domestic policy, after a week spend largely on foreign policy at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“The Republicans who want to take over Congress offered their own ideas the other day,” Obama says in his weekly address, “Many were the very same policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place, which isn’t surprising, since many of their leaders were among the architects of that failed policy. It is grounded in same worn out philosophy: cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; cut the rules for Wall Street and the special interests; and cut the middle class loose to fend for itself.  That’s not a prescription for a better future.  It’s an echo of a disastrous decade we can’t afford to relive.”

The president mocked the Republicans website called “America Speaking Out,” – in which they solicit ideas from everyday Americans.

“It turns out that one of the ideas that’s drawn the most interest on their website is ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.  Funny thing is, when we recently closed one of the most egregious loopholes for companies creating jobs overseas, Republicans in Congress were almost unanimously opposed. The Republican leader John Boehner attacked us for it, and stood up for outsourcing, instead of American workers.”

The president said that Americans may be speaking out, “but Republicans in Congress sure aren’t listening.”

The president next week will embark on his first real camping swing leading up to the important midterm elections for the Democratic Party, campaigning in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia.

- Sunlen Miller and Jon Garcia

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