President Obama's speech at the Associated Press luncheon today made plenty of headlines, and not only because he was in a room full of reporters. The president passionately laid out the stakes involved in this election without leaving any of his political rivals go unmentioned.
He took on Mitt Romney for saying Rep. Paul Ryan's House budget plan was "marvelous" and then proceeded to explain why it is a "radical vision on our country" built on "thinly veiled social Darwinism." He also didn't back down on cornering the Supreme Court with warnings of judicial activism while they review his landmark health care law.
What truly stood out was his formidable defense of government, recognizing that its size and role is up for debate like never before this election year. The president reminded his audience that government investments are "expressions of the fact that we are one nation" sharing Abraham Lincoln's belief that, "through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves." The results of Republican theories and experiments of "trickle-down" economics, he said, are there of all of us to see, proving that tax cuts for the wealthy simply have not worked.
To make his point more clearly about the values of Ryan's budget, President Obama literally adds up the many investments that can be made instead of giving a millionaire a $150,000 tax cut. And it's a long list...