"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
2. It's not the president, but the Congress, that controls spending.
None of this, not the giant debt, not the decrease in deficit spending, not the economic turn around, none of it is due to the current POTUS. The president is not in charge of the economy.
So, when things go bad, as they did in 2008, that wasn't the fault of the Bush administration.
When the economy started to come out of the tailspin created by OPEC, it was not due to there being a Republican in the WH at the time.
And the country coming out of the deepest recession since the great depression is not due to the occupant of the WH.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911