|The questions were short, the answers were long.|
In the Wednesday session, a small businessman pressed the president to extend tax cuts for households and small businesses that earn more than $250,000.
"As the government gets more and more involved in business and more involved in taxes to pay for an awful lot of programs...you're sort of strangling the engine that does create the jobs," he said.
Reasonable. And you can tell the guy was kinda cringing to say it.
One woman questioned whether the Obama health-care plan would send the U.S. health-care system into a British-style system of rationing and delays. A man asked when the president would end costly wars abroad. Criticized over illegal immigrants getting health care.
The president said, "It is very important that we have compassion as part of our national character."He doesn't sound too worried about the cost and access questions.
The president was pushed on the defensive, and said, Americans don't want tax increases totaling $700 billion but also complain that the country's budget deficit is too high.
Voters "say, 'cut government spending,' " Mr. Obama responded. "Well most spending is for veterans, for education, for defense.Right. Just another long night sifting through the baloney of the Obama campaign trail.