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Opposite Videos, Same Party

Two videos for you this morning. The first is more “common sense porn” from Chris Christie. Refreshingly, people are asking him tough questions about his budget cuts. And even more refreshingly, he’s defending them.

Incidentally, Red State claims that the teacher in question makes $86k. Assuming they’re correct, that sounds pretty reasonable to me.

It’s amazing to watch a politician tell the simple truth: we’re out of money. No one likes cutting budgets, but responsible politicians have to do it.  That’s why they get elected.

In a similar vein, but an opposite direction, we have this video from J. Gresham Barrett, defending his support of TARP.

And you know what? I like this one too.  Barrett isn’t crawling away from his vote.  He’s saying that he made an unpopular decision because he thought it was necessary.

(TARP was something I was initially ambivalent on.  I didn’t like bailing out banks but it’s easy to forget how spooked the markets were and how close we came to a complete meltdown.  At least one money market fund had “broken the buck” and others were teetering.  I do think it should have been smaller and should have mandated firings at companies that took the money.  I also think the fund has been relentlessly abused by both administrations to bail out the auto companies, for example.  But while I still think the initial vote was wrong, I don’t think it’s indefensible.)

In any case, I’m slowly getting less pessimistic about the direction this country is headed.  Both of these videos show politicians responding to voter anger, even if they are responding to it in opposite ways.  We are being heard.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/27/10 at 08:25 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 05/27/10 at 11:43 AM from United States

Is it too early to start talking about Christie for President? Washington would have no clue what to do with someone like him.

Posted by HARLEY on 05/27/10 at 05:36 PM from United States

Washington would have no clue what to do with someone like him.

Oh yes they do, they will run him down,kick him around politically and try to ruin his reputation,and if that fails, bribery.....

Posted by The Contrarian on 05/27/10 at 09:54 PM from United States

Holy shit! Christie is a badass.

Posted by on 05/28/10 at 09:48 AM from United States

That Christie video was shot in Rutherford , NJ I believe.  I live in the next town over.  The newspaper coverage of that exchange was actually kinda favorable to christe.  The Bergen record said the crowd was split, but leaning more towards Christie.  NJ is a financial mess and he has started to clean things up.  I think it’s a tad early to be talking about the presidency, and I wish he wasn’t so harsh when it came to people who dissagree with him, but it sure seem like he’s the first person we’ve had in the garden state in a loooong time who will stand up to entrenched interests.

Posted by on 05/28/10 at 11:07 AM from United States

Oh yes they do, they will run him down,kick him around politically and try to ruin his reputation,and if that fails, bribery.....

I get the impression he would be harder to knock down than they think.

Posted by HARLEY on 05/28/10 at 01:03 PM from United States

I get the impression he would be harder to knock down than they think.

I would hope so, but all it takes is for the media to taste blood, then it is downhill from There.

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