Sunday, December 4, 2011

Obama Goes To Kansas To Preach Class Warfare


The White House is highlighting a new theme for the 2012 election this week by holding a meeting with university leaders on Monday, giving a speech in Kansas on Tuesday and by lobbying to win a high-stakes Senate vote on Thursday.

President Barack Obama’s Kansas speech will show “his vision of an America where everyone engages in fair play, does their fair share and gets a fair shot,” Josh Earnest, Obama’s principal deputy press secretary, said in a Sunday press briefing.

The new slogan sidelines older themes, including “we can’t wait” and “pass this bill,” but it allows Obama to portray himself on the campaign trail as the progressive solution to the current economic paralysis.

The speech is to be delivered in Osawatomie, Kansas, because “just over one hundred years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt came to Osawatomie, Kansas and called for a New Nationalism, where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed,” said a Sunday White House press statement.

On Monday, the president will meet with university presidents to push for curbs on education costs.

University costs have risen dramatically over the last 20 years, and graduates owe more than $1 trillion in student loans. Many graduates lack either a job or a skill needed to pay back the loans, which can’t be discharged via bankruptcy.

However, leaks from industry insiders say the president will not try to cut fees by increasing competition. He is also not expected to threaten cuts to federal education subsidies, which have have driven up costs.

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