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Was America Not Great from 1776 to 1935?

2:52 PM, Apr 13, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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While delivering his do-over budget speech, President Obama spoke of Social Security, unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. He said, "We're a better country because of these commitments." Then he said, "I'll go further: We would not be a great country without those commitments." So, is Obama saying that the United States of America was not a great country from 1776 to 1935, during which time none of these programs existed?

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While it's refreshing to hear Obama say more plainly what he seems to believe, he should have stopped after his first statement and shouldn't have gone further. It's inappropriate to hear the president of the United States suggest that, through the first two-thirds or so of its glorious history, America wasn't actually a great country.  

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