Quoting TheNuge:" I understand his passion about the topic. I disagree with his solution regarding the Presdident "taking ... [snip!] ... was to hear our President today say that he just wants to hike taxes now and talk about spending and deficits/debt "next year.""
I agree with you that the pres is prob also bought because he comes from the Dem and both the Dem and GOP are as bought as Congress if not worse. Like Dylan said the Dems aren't really that much better than the GOP, they just want to kick the can down the road till next election. I think he just meant that he wanted whatever president was in office to say and do those things, Obama's in now so he wants Obama to do it.
And I also agree that the public is a big problem; we're way too into our own toys to care that much, and when we do care we're too ignorant and ill-equipped to make wise decisions, we get too entrenched in our parties' crap and mainstream media without really paying attention to what we vote for, or worse, voting with our beliefs [not necessarily religious] even when evidence shows that they're harmful etc. Many of us are just as uncompromising and intolerant as the politicians, and that's really wrong because compromise is a vital component of politics, governing and diplomacy.