Republican Senator Jim DeMint (South Carolina) on the impasse on financial services reform legislation:
"What it [Barack Obama and the Democrats' proposal] is is a takeover of the financial and credit system. This seems to be the president's way is it's not about fixing the problem, just like with healthcare, it's about getting more federal control over something.
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The president is the one who put the kibosh on working together, and now he's just trying to use the mainstream media to confuse the American people. The fact is I think he thinks Americans are stupid, and he's going to play this out until he gets a headline in every paper that Republicans are obstructionist. The fact is, he's the one who's obstructing real bipartisanship."
Stand firm Republicans. There is more than enough federal control over more aspects of American life than necessary or desirable. Stop Obama's agenda whenever it conflicts with the best interests of the country. The people won't call it obstructionist. We'll call it representative democracy.