President Barack Obama has been tearing up the campaign trail, reminding people about the Republican-held Congress and the Republican president. He noted all the wrongs they have committed against the middle and working classes. Yet, the worst crime they have committed was far worse than all of the others.
When Obama appeared in Gary, Indiana, he said that Republicans “dole out $1.5 trillion in tax cuts” for the richest and the biggest corporations:
‘Obama campaigning in Indiana, “They pledged to fight for the little guy. Do you remember that? So what do they do instead? They dole out $1.5 trillion in tax cuts aimed at billionaires and corporations.”‘
Obama campaigning in Indiana, “They pledged to fight for the little guy. Do you remember that? So what do they do instead? They dole out $1.5 trillion in tax cuts aimed at billionaires and corporations.” https://t.co/UOE0CoyPxR pic.twitter.com/oYLU1Wh93E
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 4, 2018
Obama played it straight with the people in front of him. Republicans created a monstrous deficit with no way to pay for their tax cuts. YouTube captured his entire speech:
‘So now they’ve had two years of total control in Washington. What have they done with that power? No, it’s not true they haven’t done nothing. They’ve done something. They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they’ve racked up enough indictments to field a football team. Nobody in my administration got indicted. Which by the way is not that high a bar. They pledged to fight for the little guy. Do you remember that? So what do they do instead? They dole out $1.5 trillion in tax cuts aimed at billionaires and corporations. Don’t boo. Vote. They can’t hear you, but they sure can hear your vote, Indiana. So they cut tax $1.5 trillion. Didn’t even pretend to pay for them. And our deficits, of course, shot up. That’s what happens, right? You spend a whole bunch of money and then suddenly you’re in debt.’
Obama reminded people that Republicans in Congress said they did not want to be “fiscally irresponsible” when he asked for money for teachers:
‘Now, keep in mind that when we were in the midst of recession, terrible crisis, folks out of work, folks losing their homes, folks lose their pensions, when we were spending money to lift the economy back up and clean up after the mess they had left, they said no, no, no, you can’t spend money helping teachers. You can’t spend money helping working folks. You can’t spend money sitting up early childhood education programs to give kids a good start because that will blow up the deficit. That would be terrible. We can’t do that. That would be fiscally irresponsible. But when it came to giving some tax cuts to folks who didn’t need them, weren’t even asking for them, suddenly, deficits, that’s not a problem.’
He continued, reminding people about Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying just a couple of weeks before this midterm election he would kill three important programs. Then, Obama said “Don’t boo. Vote:”
‘But it gets worse, because now that they’ve gotten the tax cuts out, now that they gave away all that money to folks who didn’t need it, like me, by the way. It worked out good for me. Now that that’s happened, suddenly you’ve got the Republican leader in Congress, Mitch McConnell, who’s saying well, you know, I’m very disturbed by these deficits. To bring the deficits down, we’re going to have to cut programs like Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security. Don’t boo. Vote.’
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