November 19, 2013 by Personal Liberty News Desk
Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s 2013 CEO Council, President Barack Obama said that “rhetoric” and political “tactics” are to blame for the Federal government’s gridlock. The President also assured the gathering of business leaders that, contrary to popular belief, he is not a socialist.
“We know what the challenges are, we know what the solutions are,” Obama said. “Some of them are tough, but what’s holding us back is not a lack of good policy ideas or even what used to be considered good bipartisan policy ideas. We just have to break through the stubborn cycle of crisis politics and start working together.”
The President went on to say that, while Republicans and Democrats argue over “details,” the two Parties hold similar views on a variety of issues.
“If we can get beyond the tactical advantages that parties perceive in painting folks as extreme and trying to keep an eye always on the next election and for awhile at least just focus on governing, then there is probably 70 percent overlap on a whole range of issues,” he said. “There are going to be differences on the details and those details matter and I’ll fight very hard for them but we shouldn’t think that somehow the reason we’ve got these problems is because our policy differences are so great.”