Never enough of "enough is enough"

Obama gets right down to the heart of economic matters in Green Bay.


Thomas Schaller
September 22, 2008 9:02PM (UTC)

Any moment now Obama is set to give a speech in Green Bay, Wis., right in the heart of the most competitive state overall the past two cycles. Subject? No surprise: The economy.

He gets straight to the matter in the opening lines:

The era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington has led us to a perilous moment. They said they wanted to let the market run free but instead they let it run wild, and in doing so, they trampled our core values of fairness, balance, and responsibility to one another. As a result, we are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression. As a result, your jobs, your savings, and your economic security are now at risk ...

We did not arrive at this moment by some accident of history. We are in this mess because of a bankrupt philosophy that says we should give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to the rest of us. We’re here because for too long, the doors of Washington have been thrown open to an army of lobbyists and special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play -– who have shredded consumer protections, fought against common-sense regulations and rules of the road, and distorted our economy so that it works for them instead of you ...

Green Bay, enough is enough.

Obama will go on to promise three strains of corporate reform. There's strong language in there about offshore accounts in the Caymans and negative tax liabilities. Some of the language is positively Nader-esque.

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As for his tag line, down the stretch Obama probably won't be able to get enough of "enough is enough."


Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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