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Same old song and most likely the same old dance
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, October 05, 2008

My how things change - or not.

Any idea who said this and when?
"I believe that most Americans would agree on the problems this country faces and which the next administration must solve. They include the need, once again, for an economy that works. The economy today is in very, very bad shape, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, xx% higher than when Mr. X took office, raging inflation. The latest wholesale price index is once again raising the specter of double-digit inflation. The purchasing power of the average American has slipped so much that it's now the equivalent of the purchasing power in XXXX. It's not getting better, it's getting worse. All the leading indicators now point downward. Stock investors are losing confidence. Over $XX xxxxxx of value has disappeared from the stock market in less than a month. We need a government that works, we need a government that cares, and once again, we have to get back at work on education, on health, on housing, on the environment, on energy. And we need a foreign policy that once again reflects the values and the beliefs of the American people. This will take leadership, and we need leadership, too. The Republican administration, the Republican Party has had eight years to solve these problems. All of them have gotten worse. The Republican ticket does not offer new plans for their solution but is engaged in a frantic effort to defend the past. This nation desperately needs new leadership. The XXXXXX-YYYYYYY ticket would offer a new generation of leadership dedicated to solving the problems I have listed, and that is the basis of our appeal."

Sound pretty familiar?

Answer after the jump -
If you said Walter Mondale during the 1976 VP debate, you're right.

And what did all of that change bring us?

Jimmy Carter.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

I hope Obama does turn out to be a Carter, because Carter single-handedly produced a new wave of conservative voters through sheer incompetence. Although conservatives are far from perfect, at least they will not be as likely to vote in someone who pretends to be Jesus.
Written By: Samra
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I agree, after four years of Carter, it only took Reagan two to abolish the Dept.of Education, fire all those crazy judges in the Ninth Circuit and elsewhere, topple Khomeini and re-claim the Panama Canal. Oh, wait...
Written By: Xrlq
What alternative do those of us who don’t want the government to care about us have?
Written By: Diffus
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Same old same old alright. Republicans have been #$%*ing things up since at least 1968.
Written By: Retief
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It is more than all of that - Xrlq gets closest to the truth - absolutely nothing has changed since 1976 politically.

Key line:
We need a government that works, we need a government that cares, and once again, we have to get back at work on education, on health, on housing, on the environment, on energy.
That speech could have been given last Thursday night by Biden, 32 years later [Oh, wait, he heard the first one in person, didn’t he?] And 32 years from now you could probably give it again and it would be just as "true".

The point, obviously, is the same nonsense that was in "crisis" and a huge "problem" in ’76 remains so today. Government, by both parties, has been very effective, hasn’t it?

Nothing is going to change if Obama wins either. And, in fact, there’s a good chance he’ll be another Jimmy Carter - just not quite as capable or experienced.

Heh ...
Written By: McQ
Either candidate may promise all they want. But I am reminded of the scene in the final season of "the West Wing", where the Republican candidate, in the Oval Office, states point blank that it doesn’t matter what either of them (himself, or the Democratic candidate) promises; the President’s recent actions have dictated what they’re going to have to do for at least their entire first term.

In this case, the bailout bill.

There are going to be no tax cuts, no new spending programs (at least, on any scale). Everything is going to be dictated by the $ 3/4T bailout and protecting the AAA rating of US Treasuries.

I expect higher taxes no matter which one wins.
Written By: Silussa
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The number of people who don’t understand why’d you resist a nanny state is growing. Thank people with bad memories and our government run school system.

So we will get an Obama eventually. If not this President, then probably the next. At the most most outside, two Presidents from now.

If its not now, it will be after at least 4 years of another Big Government Republican. Even Sarah Palin, based on some comments she made in the debate, I suspect of being another Big Government Republican.

The question then becomes, if an Obama-like President is an eventuality, is it better to endure it now or endure it later?
Written By: jpm100
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Silussa’s comment reminds me of Clinton.

Everyone was going to get a $800 tax rebate. But once Clinton took office, it was "Oh, my. The deficit, I’m didn’t know it was this bad" and he couldn’t grant the rebate. Ironically the deficit came in well under the projection during the time he was making the $800 claim.

I suspect Obama is going to use the $700 billion payout to not only reverse many of his tax related promises but to justify increasing taxes. I think he wanted to keep distant from the bill, because then he could pull another Bill Clinton and use ’being shocked’ as the justification for his reversal.

A great question for Obama would be to ask him if the bailout has changed his supposed tax relief plans. Force him to recommit to the plan and force him to go on the record with awareness of the deficit, economy, etc. So that he has no excuses when he pulls his tax promises.
Written By: jpm100
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Democrats have been using their media arm to claim Republicans have been #$%*ing things up since at least 1968.
Fixed that for ya.
Written By: SDN
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the same nonsense that was in "crisis" and a huge "problem" in ’76 remains so today. Government, by both parties, has been very effective, hasn’t it?
It’s been frighteningly effective at convincing one generation after the next that those perpetually pressing problems in education, health, housing and the rest derive from government’s neglect, rather than from its ever-increasing meddling and, here lately, its overt efforts to subsume. The answer to every problem is always more government. Or in politician speak, government work and government care. Getting government back on the side of the people. For the children.
Written By: Linda Morgan
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[Oh, wait, he heard the first one in person, didn’t he?]
According to Biden he was out of town so he tivo’d it. :p
Written By: mac
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The way it looks, there’s going to be a deeply liberal Pres. and a sympathetic, deeply liberal congress with a minority they can steamroll.

What happens next, no matter how hard you try, no matter how the media lies, can be blamed on Republicans.

Then what will you do?
Written By: shark
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LOL I mean "CAN’T be blamed on Republicans"
Written By: shark
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The media has trained you well shark.
Written By: jpm100
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I need a government that will defend me from aggressors (at home and abroad), and otherwise leave me alone. The more government cares about me, the uneasier I feel.
Written By: Bilwick
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