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President Obama delivered his budget speech yesterday, and during the speech said America only became a great country once it instituted entitlement programs.

In the speech, Obama said:

We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, hard times or bad luck, a crippling illness or a layoff, may strike any one of us. “There but for the grace of God go I,” we say to ourselves, and so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities. We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.

Those programs that he said made America great (Social Security, unemployment and Medicaid) all came around in 1965.

On The Blaze, Stu wrote:

I think having all four in place is what he meant because he uses “commitments”–indicating he means all these programs are necessary for greatness, not just one of them. Either way, even if he even meant just one of these programs, the US wasn’t a great country until the mid 1930s.

Also, in case you think he was off teleprompter when he read the “I’ll go further” line–he wasn’t. It appears in his prepared remarks.


What an incredible disconnect. This guy believes America is great because it has four bloated programs all revolving around mandatory removal of cash from productive citizens, to be given away at the government’s discretion.

These programs aren’t what make us a great nation. They are what is making us a nation that is broke.

“I have never heard anything like that from an American President,” Glenn said.

“I don’t share the same values with the President. I really don’t think so. Or he doesn’t share my values or the same understanding of where those values come from. He believes those values come from the government. I believe those values come from God to the individual.”

“ We don’t share the same values. We may all care about children. We may all care about old people, but I happen to believe the values and where he believes that help comes from kills the future of many children, kills the future of good health and happiness for millions of Americans,” Glenn said.

“I don’t want to silence the President for his views, but people around him sure want to silence us for having an opposing view to him.”

“ I’ve been proud of my country for my whole life.”