Obama Says Republican Voters “Often Agree With Me”

Oh, really?

(Daily Caller) Obama was asked, “So how are you going to talk to Republicans differently if you are reelected?”

“Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me. So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country,” Obama said in a Parade Magazine reader question-and-answer session published on Friday.

“I think that after this election, we’ll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we’re taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches.”

Yet another hard hitting interview in a fluff magazine. Anyhow,

“My approach has been pretty consistent from the start; I’ve often proposed ways to solve our problems that used to be embraced by Republicans. There’s no better example than the health care bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts,” he responded.

Most Republicans do not agree with the law itself and still have a problem with it, but understand that this is the kind of thing a Republican does in a liberals state like Massachusetts, and that this is Federalism, ie, state’s rights.

“The Recovery Act that helped us avoid a depression, a third of it was tax cuts. My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back and says, ‘Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president, maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.’”

Yes, we support tax cuts. But, the importance is not the policy but how it is implemented. Did those “tax cuts” work? Did they stimulate? At this point, that policy can be given a resounding “NO!” It was simply a change in the tax code which reduced the paycheck withholding and reduced the amount of money going into the social security trust fund. All for about $8 a week.

Surely, there are some policies we agree with him on: I like that he seems to enjoy launching strikes against jihadis (which would have gotten President Bush excoriated by the Left and liberal media). I like that he stayed with President Bush’s timeline to get out of Iraq (though Obama took full credit for it, and probably used Bush’s timeline because Obama is lazy). Otherwise, what else is there? I can’t think of one other policy I agree with. I’m sure there are a few. We probably see eye to eye on some environmental issues. But, the thing is, it’s not always about policy, it’s often about implementation. Short term “tax cuts” do not work. Short term fixes usually do not even provide short term relief.

He also called Obamacare one of his proudest achievements. Hence, he lost the House of Representatives in a historic blowout.

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