WEST BEND - As Barack Obama took the oath of the highest office
in the land Tuesday, local political leaders had their own thoughts
on what he will need to do to get the country back on track.
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said government
spending has to slow.
"George Bush was an economic failure because he encouraged
private debt and spent too much publicly," he said. "For
Obama to be a success, he’s got to use his popularity to explain
to people the government cannot be all things to all people. And if
he continues down the Bush path of excessive spending and new
government regulation, he will make our economy worse.
"We desperately need politicians in this country who are
willing to tell people more government spending is not the answer to
our problems," he said.
Michael Schlotfeldt, chairman of the Democratic Party of
Washing-ton County, is impressed with his party’s new leader.
"I think his message of unity he expressed is a very
important step as he pushes through his stimulus package that he
proposed," he said of Obama’s inauguration speech.
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