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March 26, 2009

Rove: Obama Points Back to the GOP's future

Posted: 07:36 AM ET

By Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush

Something powerful is stirring in the land, and it may not be good news for President Barack Obama, his agenda or the Democratic Party. Mr. Obama said Tuesday night his budget moves America "from an era of borrow and spend" to "save and invest."

But people are realizing he would add $9.3 trillion to the national debt, doubling it in six years and nearly tripling it in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). How can that be "save and invest"?

In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama told us, "The stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply." He wants to turn to new issues of education, health care and green jobs, which he plugged at every opportunity in Tuesday's press conference.

Suddenly, though, it doesn't seem like a time of new politics and new concerns. Many Americans are anxious - and in some cases angry - about a set of old issues: deficits, taxes and the national debt. Mr. Obama's radical budget, his administration's slapdash operating manner, and events such as the AIG bonuses have revived animosity over government's size and cost.

In response, tea parties are sprouting up, and opposition is growing to more bailouts, more spending, higher taxes and larger deficits, even among Congressional Democrats.

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Dave of Detroit   March 26th, 2009 9:56 am ET

Karl Rove-political mastermind responsible for getting the Republican Hawks in office and an all out committment for unilateral military action against a third world country that had been under extreme sanctions from the U.N. for years and wonder of wonders, the leading Military Power in the World was able to "WIN" after 5 years of excessive military budgets and Big Defense Contracts going to our Country's Vice-President. Add to that the number of Republicans Congressmen that actually work for Exxon-Mobile that had to give Bail-outs to Companies that were in allowed to bypass our Anti-Trust Acts by simply giving large contributions to both of our Political Parties-Boy, did they invest wisely-and you have the Bernie Madoff of the Political Strategists and us poor taxpayers getting the rip off-Thanks Karl, you efforts to destroy the Country have been duly noted!


Valerie from Oklahoma   March 26th, 2009 10:23 am ET

Wow tea parties sprouting up? If so it's only the spoiled Repbulicans. I don't see a win in the future for the GOP, as a matter of fact I see a lot of the Republican Governers such as Jindal being replaced.

Who in their right mind wants another 8 years of the Republicans? We aren't through digesting all the B.S from the previouse President, and his administaration. The Republicans are just a bunch of spoiled, rich, rednecks who want to have their cake, eat it to and have it served to them if possible. Please, Rove become more in touch with the real people of America who voted our new President in, and on that note I'll leave you with this "NO MORE REPUBLICANS"


Michael C. McHugh   March 26th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

As a historian, I realize that politics follows a 30-40 cycle in America, alternating between periods of conservatism and reform. We've just ended a long conservative phase that I call the Second Gilded Age and shifted into a reform era–call it a Second New Deal or Second Progressive Era or whatever.

For this reason, Mr. Rove and the Republicans are going to be in a pretty hopeless position for the next 8-12 years. Well, they got their chance at least from the election of Reagan in 1980, but they mistakenly believed that was some type of permanent shift in American politics. There's no such thing.

They also forgot about Keynes–or more to the point, they always disliked him. After all, the Great Depression ended very quickly once all the deficit spending from World War II kicked in. By 1942, the Depression was over and the US was well on its way to full employment. Of course, I agree with Keynes that it's better to spend all that money on roads, schools and hospitals than tanks, bombs and aircraft carriers, but in any case, World War II proved conclusively that you can borrow and spend your way out of a depression. Obama is doing just that, so things are going to work out.


Jay   March 26th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

First the republicans sent all the jobs out of the country, and now they are protesting with imported tea bags.


Joe G. (Illinois)   March 26th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

Let’s not forget why Obama was elected.. If Obama makes things much worst for the economy while citing ever greater need for trust in him and the devil.. his chances of reelections from “The majority” will be much greater, safe and secure, as if locked in “Per say”. You gotta give him more time.. More trust.. Every dime.. Every penny.. Every hope and dream of yours and of your children.. That’s what he will say.. (I bet).


sandra/canada   March 26th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Your opinions are about as relevant as Ed Henry's bruised ego. The "base" might buy into what you are saying, but America didn't do so well the last time anyone believed you.


Elly   March 26th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

this guy is like Palin ...the more you hear from him the more you get sick and tired of his blathering idiot coments
Quit trying to brainwash the american people Rove
they are smarter than you think
Every day its a non stop line up of blabbering republicans and media heads trying to brainwash the american people against President Obama and his policies
The American people do NOT forget who created this mess over the last 8 years no matter what Obama does so my advice to you is
Quit wasting their time!!!!


Judith   March 26th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

When will the trials begin with Bush/Cheney,Rove and Libby?


Rich   March 26th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Mr. Rove......how much is the deficit going to increase when you are thrown in federal prison for "Contempt of Congress" for flaunting the Congressional subpoena given you for the "political" firings of US Attorneys?!!

Maybe we can just save the public some money and "waterboard" you instead.

Our country would be better served if you, Sen. McConnell and the GOP leadership submit an alternative federal budget!!


T.E from OK   March 27th, 2009 12:02 am ET

It was eight years of control by the Republican party that got us in this mess. Bush vetoed anything the Democrats tried to do and we had a rubber stamp Republican Congress. The Republicans are desperate to get back into power and I don't see anything different that what the offered the long eight years they were in power. They are trying to act like they want to protect us from the mess they made in the first place that this Administration has inherited


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