This is a remarkable moment in the life of our nation. Never has the promise of prosperity been so vivid…Gallup Poll results:
America has a strong economy and a surplus. .. We will strengthen Social Security and Medicare for the greatest generation and for generations to come… We will set [Medicare] on firm financial ground and make prescription drugs available and affordable for every senior who needs them…
Today our high taxes fund a surplus. Some say that growing federal surplus means Washington has more money to spend. But they've got it backwards. The surplus is not the government's money; the surplus is the people's money…
... When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming. I will work to reduce nuclear weapons and nuclear tension in the world, to turn these years of influence into decades of peace…
We will give low-income Americans tax credits to buy the private health insurance they need and deserve.
We will transform today's housing rental program to help hundreds of thousands of low-income families find stability and dignity in a home of their own…"
"In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?"
8/18/2000: 63% satisfied 33% dissatisfied
6/09/2008: 14% satisfied 84% dissatisfied