"Pass this bill, and this is 'the moment when we [begin] to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this [is] the moment when the rise of the oceans [begins] to slow and our planet [begins] to heal.'"
I only have two questions. First, if this proposed bill is all that, why wasn't it proposed a long, long time ago? Second, what makes this bill so much different from the utterly failed 'Stimulus' I?
As an aside, did you catch the snickers and murmurs when he said that this isn't political grandstanding or class warfare - immediately after accusing Republicans of protecting "the most affluent citizens and corporations." Pfffft. Here's a link to CNN's "Live Blog," which has a transcript, more or less.
By the way, I think he's becoming Don Quixote, tilting at windmills that aren't there. For example:
I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety. I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients. I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.
Nobody has ever asked people to choose between jobs and safety. Nobody has proposed that credit card companies can hide their fees (hint: even before reforms were instituted they informed you, in the junk mail you usually threw away unopened.) Nobody wants kids gulping down mercury. And the last two are simply his defenses for ObamaCare and unions, both of which are stifling job growth and harming economic competitiveness.
There are no new ideas in this speech. The game is up. This president is all about redistribution, government control, union power, and environmental shackles on the productive sectors of America. He's not about economic growth, global competitiveness, energy security, individual rights and individual freedoms. I have yet to hear anything that would change that.