Obama round table with Republican, Democrat and Independent College Students

Karla - posted on 07/19/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I like his message. It is what I have been noticing in our information age. (I'm taking this to "Political Debating Moms")

Obama says: "If you're only talk to people you agree with, than politics is always going to disappoint you."
He adds:
"... but I think what it has to do with is this sense of ‘we have a position and we can't compromise on it.’ One of the challenges of this generation is, I think, to understand that the nature of our democracy and the nature of our politics is to marry principle to a political process that means you' don't to get 100% of what you want. You don't get it if you're in the majority you don't get it if you're in the minority, and you can be honorable in politics understanding you're not going to get 100% of what you want.

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JL - posted on 07/27/2011

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I agree with Obama's sentiments. I always tell my friends yes I am a Progressive/Liberal and ideally there are things I would love to have passed and changed but I am a realist who understands politics. I know that compromise has to happen. I understand that while I may have voted for Obama and another part of the nation did not that he is not just my president. He is the president of the US which means even if you didn't vote for him he represents you therefore he must find ways that bridge the gap of difference to keep our more perfect union operating.

He must encourage Congress to compromise so we have a government that manages to at it's best represent as much of all our concerns and needs. I don't want Republicans ignoring the things that concern me so I don't want a Democrat doing the same thing to them. We can't successfully operate if we are divided on extreme polarized differences. We have to find ways to compromise. I mean think about it. In order to have successful relationships in your individual life....marriages and friendships you have to compromise and agree to disagree. The same sentiment goes for politics. Until we all start thinking as one unit we will never get 100% of what we want. I for one am willing to compromise to ensure a better future I just wish the Tea Party in this debt situation would let reality hit them and do the same.

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Karla - posted on 07/27/2011

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Here is what William Galston said, “There is really no alternative to raising the debt ceiling. If you don’t believe me just take a look at Representative Ryan’s budget. Under Representative Ryan’s Budget, which as far as I can tell represents the conservative vision of our fiscal future, we continue to run debt, debts and deficits as far as the eye can see. We can argue about the track and pace but we are going to have to continue to issue more public debt in order to finance any conceivable budget that we can foresee for the next 10years period, full stop; so Republicans have got to raise the debt ceiling as much as Democrats do.” Galston is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former domestic-policy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

I think the teaparty is so off-base and unrealistic that it is dangerous. The only reason the Republicans adopted the teaparty was to get more votes, and that is also part of the reason the Republicans did so well in 2010. Ironically the teaparty is also an outgrowth of hype set out against the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as Obama Care) which the Right called a “government takeover of healthcare” which of course was not true.

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