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Bridget Johnson

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July 23, 2014 - 8:46 am

President Obama used the foreign policy crises unfolding across the globe as a jumping-off point to promote economic equality policies at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Seattle last night.

He was addressing donors at a private home “under a white tent near a pool, on the lawn of an Italianate style house with a panoramic view of the lake,” according to the White House pool report.

Despite “enormous progress across the board on a whole range of fronts,” he said, “…people are anxious.”

“Now, some of that has to do with some big challenges overseas. I am very proud that we have ended one war, and by the end of this year we will have ended both wars that I inherited before I came into office,” Obama said to applause. “But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it’s financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria — the devastation that Assad has wrought on his own people; to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise — although we’re trying to see if we can put together a government that actually can function; to ongoing terrorist threats; to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza — part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people.”

“But here in the United States, what people are also concerned about is the fact that although the economy has done well in the aggregate, for the average person it feels as if incomes, wages just haven’t gone up; that people, no matter how hard they work, they feel stuck,” he added. “And that’s not an illusion. Because what’s happened is, is that a lot of our gains, a lot of the progress that’s been made in this economy — and this is like a 20, 25, 30-year trend — have gone to the folks at the very top. And middle-class families find themselves with stagnant incomes, even as the cost of health care or the cost of a college education for their kids keeps on skyrocketing.”

“And part of what people are also anxious about is the fact that government doesn’t seem to be responsive, at least at the federal level, to those concerns.

“We know how to solve some of our big problems. But what we’re going to have to do is break the logjam in Washington. So where I’m able to get Congress to help, I want to work with them. Where I can’t get Congress to help, I’m going to do everything I can on my own. Everything I can on my own. If they don’t want to pass a sensible climate change bill, we’re going to go ahead and put forward a Climate Action Plan and make sure we’re working with the EPA under authorities we already have to reduce carbon,” he said.

“And that’s why these midterm elections are so important. I do not want anybody here to succumb to cynicism. Cynicism is a choice, and hope is a better choice. But in order for us to make hope live, in order for hope to be more than just a slogan, we’ve got to work. We’ve got to work to make sure that members of Congress — whether the Senate or the House of Representatives — are serious about you. And I will say, for all the Democrats around here, I’m not overly partisan.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
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I think anybody who's for "economic equality" should be the first to have their money and wealth redistributed. But of course, if that was the case, people like Obama and his uber-wealthy supporters would probably shut up and fade into the background.

After all, economic equality is just for the little people who "didn't build that." You can't expect the Enlightened Ones to live on such paltry small pieces of the pie. And if you can't understand why that's the case you need to STFU. You're insulting your Betters. You know, the Best and Brightest.
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So we need to destroy our energy-producing sector and fight economic inequality in order to create a new world order to fix problems overseas?

Sound like a standard-quality Obama speech, coherent as always.
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"economic inequality" and "income inequality" are simply focus tested newspeak for "from each according to his ability; from each according to his needs."

In other words, the same old Marxist BS that has made people poor and dead for the last century.
31 weeks ago
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To hell with representative democracy! - right Il Duce? Obama views his existence as a mandate.
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They paid to hear the egoist-egotist. Probably was a two-story white tent.
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Actually, the party was in Hunts Point, a very wealthy town just to the north of Medina, another very wealthy town. I wonder how many of those people want to see their wealth confiscated and redistributed.


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But that's just it. They don't think it will happen to them.
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If even one of those international crises had anything to do with economic inequality, he wouldn't sound like such a moron. He really sounds like a car salesman or that guy in the Comcast commercails about FIOS. You ask one question and he spins it around with mumbo-jumbo until he's talking about what he wanted to talk about in the first place.

I think the sales technique is called "confuse and diffuse" -- you first confuse them with something they can't possibly grasp in a few sentences (like the gear ratio and it's effect on MPG) and then diffuse their concerns by answering a question they didn't ask. I think it helps if you toss in a "great question" or "I'm glad you asked about that".

How we continual fall victim to such charlatans would surprise me if I wasn't aware of how complicit the media is....
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think anybody who's for "economic equality" should be the first to have their money and wealth redistributed. But of course, if that was the case, people like Obama and his uber-wealthy supporters would probably shut up and fade into the background.

After all, economic equality is just for the little people who "didn't build that." You can't expect the Enlightened Ones to live on such paltry small pieces of the pie. And if you can't understand why that's the case you need to STFU. You're insulting your Betters. You know, the Best and Brightest.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his current investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're elites. Wealth redistribution is for other people's money, not theirs. That idiot Michael Moore supposedly owns nine homes. Nancy and Paul Pelosi own vineyards and hotels. Albert Gore Jr. is an Occidental Petroleum trust fund baby who lives in a mansion when he isn't flying hither and yon preaching environmental snake oil that just happens to benefit his investments. Every single person I've ever met with this mindset is greedy and selfish with their money while perfectly happy to tell others where theirs ought to be spent.
31 weeks ago
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So we need to destroy our energy-producing sector and fight economic inequality in order to create a new world order to fix problems overseas?

Sound like a standard-quality Obama speech, coherent as always.
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