In his first major speech since the deal was signed (I have no idea why the media is putting it that way because it was signed mere hours before the president gave his speech), the president gave a lot of familiar talking points. He said the brinkmanship has to end, that negotiations need to actually happen and that this shutdown did unnecessary damage to the economy. I assume, he was addressing his Democratic colleagues and asking them to do better.
But several times in his speech, I noticed something else - when it came to talking about how the American people were losing faith in government, he sounded frantic. There is a reason for this, but you're not going to hear many people discuss it.
You see, the Democrats thrive on big government. They need it. Without it, they can't spread their idea of utopia and they certainly can't collect votes from people who are dependent on it. The idea that government has the answer to every problem is one the president reiterated in his speech.
And we hear all the time about how government is the problem. Well, it turns out we rely on it in a whole lot of ways. Not only does it keep us strong through our military and our law enforcement, it plays a vital role in caring for our seniors and our veterans, educating our kids, making sure our workers are trained for the jobs that are being created, arming our businesses with the best science and technology so they can compete with companies from other countries. It plays a key role in keeping our food and our toys and our workplaces safe. It helps folks rebuild after a storm. It conserves our natural resources. It finances startups. It helps to sell our products overseas. It provides security to our diplomats abroad.
He talked of education and infrastructure as though we are an education bill away from paradise. He spoke of government funding start-ups and inspiring confidence in the economy. But... the confidence is waning. I heard on one news report this morning a montage of people who have lost faith in the government. Couple that with Obama's speech.
If people lose faith in the government, and start to work toward living independently from it, then the government begins losing strength, and when the government begins losing strength, so do the Democrats. It drives establishment Democrats insane. Twice, in nearly back to back statements, he mentioned it.
And of course, we know that the American people's frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher.
That's not a surprise that the American people are completely fed up with Washington.
It is downright frightening to them that the American people should stop believing in them. The American people, I would hope, are coming around slowly.