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U.S. voted for a divided government not dysfunctional: Obama

Posted by on August 12, 2011 0 Comment

With Washington at times paralyzed due to bitter differences between the Republican and Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Americans did voted for a divided government but not for a dysfunctional one.

“You know, America voted for divided government. And that makes it tough. You got one party controlling the House of Representatives, another party controlling the Senate. So you voted for divided government,” Mr. Obama said in his remarks in Holland, Michigan.

“But you didn’t vote for dysfunctional government. You didn’t vote for a do-nothing government. You didn’t vote for a government where folks are just looking out for special interests. You didn’t vote for a government that is beholden to lobbyists,” Mr. Obama asserted.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and the only way we will get it done is if everybody, Democrats and Republicans, find a way to put country ahead of party. That’s what I’m fighting for,” he said.

“I’m here to enlist you in that fight. You’ve got to hold everybody accountable, because if we can come together and find common ground, there is no stopping the United States of America. There is no holding us back. We can strengthen this economy, and we can put our nation back to work. We can lead the world in growing industries. We will make it through these economic storms and reach calmer waters stronger than we were before,” he said.

Mr. Obama said his administration will not balance its budgets on the back of middle-class and working people in this country.

“Everybody has got to do their part. Everybody has got to do their part. Everybody has got to chip in. That’s fair,” he said.

“You learn it in kindergarten. That’s what all this fuss was about in Washington: Are we going to deal with our deficit in a way that’s fair? And that means closing tax loopholes for billionaires before we cut college loans for young people,” he said.

“That means ending government subsidies for oil and gas companies that are doing very well before you cut health care for seniors. It means making sure that the biggest corporations pay their fair share in taxes before we gut the investments in technology and clean energy that made this factory a reality,” Mr. Obama said. Hindu

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