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January 20, 2009

“A New Era of Responsibility”

by @ 5:28 pm. Filed under Archived

We have a new President. His 19-minute long inaugural address touched upon the financial crisis that was triggered by the real estate boom and bust (a frequent topic here) and on the place of government in our society. Here are some lines that stood out for me:

“Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”

“Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards properity and freedom.”

“Our capacity remains undiminished. But or time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed.”

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works . . . Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility.”

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