Obama Can Keep His ‘Shared Sacrifice’

I read this quote today from Obama’s press secretary that really sums up the American left’s world view.

“Any plan to reduce our deficit substantially must reflect American values of fairness and shared sacrifice

Much like Obama’s “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody” quote this short blurb speaks volumes about the left’s world view.

I think the majority of Americans reject Obama’s idea of ‘shared sacrifice.’

Here are a few quotes that are more representative of the American spirit and reflect true American values:

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Democrats say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view.

Ronald Reagan

Because of what America is and what America has done, a firmer courage, a higher hope, inspires the heart of all humanity.


There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.

Calvin Coolidge

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

George S. Patton

The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivaly of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.

Mark Twain

I think these ideals are much more representative of American ideals rather than Obama’s ‘shared sacrifice’ nonsense.

  • Matt April 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Ironically, or not, it seems that not all have to share in Obama’s “sacrifice.”

    • steve April 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Great point. But, have you noticed how our political class doesn’t seem to share in the sacrifice like the rest of us.

  • Mike April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    That was an apropos quote by Mark Twain. And how perceptive he was to the ills of Socialist government even back then, before the rise of Socialism.

    • steve April 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Mark Twain nailed it.

  • Dewey From Detroit April 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Bravo! True Americans with true American sentiments vs. a poseur’s transformational meme. Nice start for the weekend.

    • steve April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad I’m kicking your weekend off in the right direction.

  • Jen Kuznicki April 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Great, uplifting post! I love it!

    • steve April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      I had fun digging up the comments and I’m glad you liked them. Thanks for the nice comment and please stop by again.