Friday, September 4, 2009

On Obama's speech to kids

Regarding President Obama's "unprecidented" speech to school children next week...

On November 14, 1988, President Reagan addressed and took questions from students from four area middle schools. According to press secretary Marvin Fitzwater, the speech was broadcast live and rebroadcast by C-Span, and Instructional Television Network fed the program “to schools nationwide on three different days.” Much of Reagan’s speech covered the American “vision of self-government” and the need “to keep faith with the unfinished vision of the greatness and wonder of America” but in the middle of the speech, the president went off on a tangent about the importance of low taxes; "We also find that more countries than ever before are following America's revolutionary economic message of free enterprise, low taxes, and open world trade. These days, whenever I see foreign leaders, they tell me about their plans for reducing taxes, and other economic reforms that they are using, copying what we have done here in our country."

In 1986, Reagan took questions from high school students at the White House and the Q&A was broadcast nationally. He urged students to stay in school and say no to drugs but he also discussed overtly political matters, such as defense spending, nuclear disarmament and, is surprising detail, taxes:
“When we came into office, the top personal tax rate...was 70%...there were 14 different tax brackets, depending on the amount of money in each bracket you earned...we lowered it to 50% and the economy really took off.”

President George H.W. Bush gave a speech to schools nationwide in 1991, from a junior high school in Washington, D.C.. He began his remarks by saying he was talking to “millions” of students “in classrooms all across the country.”

And, of course, let's not forget that President George W. Bush was sitting in a classroom taking precious educational time reading to school children on September 11, 2001. Some might even say that he sat for too long...

Hiding your kids in a closet so they don't have to face something that you may not agree with is no way to raise them. You're raising an ignorant drone if that's your "parenting" style. And it makes you a fool. Pull your head out of Glen Beck's lilly white ass and turn off the Fux News for a second...okay? Now that it's a little quieter, THINK!

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