I believe in a two-party system where ideas are tested and assumptions are challenged — because that’s how we can move this country forward. But what I reject is when some folks decide to sit on the sidelines and root for failure on health care or on energy or on our economy. What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.
BARACK OBAMA, speech at DNC fundraising reception, Oct. 15, 2009
“We should be going forward to new policies that can get us into an even BIGGER mess.”