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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/03/state-of-the...

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In a wide-ranging interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, one of President Barack Obama's most prominent Republican supporters says he is 'concerned' about the new president's ambitious agenda and the high price tags accompanying many of Obama's initiatives.

"I'm a little concerned," former Secretary of State Colin Powell says. "I'm concerned at the number of programs that are being presented, the bills associated with these programs and the additional government that will be needed to execute them."

Powell also seems to sound a note of warning to the young president.

"I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I've talked to some of his people about this — is that you can't have so many things on the table that you can't absorb it all. And we can't pay for it all."


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/04/supporting-obamas...

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It's not a new theme for Powell.

He complained about the government's size and intrusiveness in his 1996 speech to the Republican National Convention. He said then that the nation no longer could afford more entitlements, higher taxes and more bureaucracy. In the interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that is to air Sunday, Powell said he hasn't changed his mind.

"Keep it as small as possible. Keep the tax burden on the American people as small as possible, but at the same time, have government that is solving the problems of the people," he said.


I saw the CNN article first, but I wanted to make sure I got FoxNews involved as well, so it can be discarded with a broad stroke as non-news and irrelevant...

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Is it surprising that Colin Powell is still a Republican? In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
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Who's turned on him? I think it's fine for him to say what he thinks. The interview seems sane and reasonable to me.
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DaviddesJ wrote:
Who's turned on him? I think it's fine for him to say what he thinks. The interview seems sane and reasonable to me.


Truely, he can actually criticize Obama without resorting to trying to make him a caricature. It's refreshing to hear a skeptic who doesn't use socialist every other word and inscessantly hammering us with fear mongering. Make a well reasoned even toned point and people will take you seriously. Rant with tired insults and irrational claims and people will see you as a sore-loser, sour-grapes-eating, petulant child and dismiss you.. I.E. Hannity, Limbaugh, et al.
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DaviddesJ wrote:
Is it surprising that Colin Powell is still a Republican?


He never was a Republican. Catch a clue here... the guy restores old Volvos. Volvos!!!

 
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jarredscott78 wrote:
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You have a time machine??? Awesome!
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TheChin! wrote:
DaviddesJ wrote:
Who's turned on him? I think it's fine for him to say what he thinks. The interview seems sane and reasonable to me.


Truely, he can actually criticize Obama without resorting to trying to make him a caricature. It's refreshing to hear a skeptic who doesn't use socialist every other word and inscessantly hammering us with fear mongering. Make a well reasoned even toned point and people will take you seriously. Rant with tired insults and irrational claims and people will see you as a sore-loser, sour-grapes-eating, petulant child and dismiss you.. I.E. Hannity, Limbaugh, et al.


I think this is as much a caricature as that that you deride. Hannity, Limbaugh and such do not represent President Obama critics. The reasoned and even tones that you call for are at least as common as the strident bloviations that you and I dislike. Not to mention the relative level of reasoned discourse on the other end of the political spectrum.
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Drew1365 wrote:
I read this on Saturday, and fought the urge to post it. Thanks, Jarred.

Colin Powell will now discover just how fickle his new best friends are when they turn on him for daring to question the wisdom of The One. cool


I previously respected Colin Powell, but disagreed with most of his ideas. Now, I respect Colin Powell, but I disagree with his ideas.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
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ExcitingJeff wrote:
Now, I respect Colin Powell, but I disagree with his ideas.


Which of his ideas do you disagree with? Did you actually watch the interview, not just this biased summary of it?
 
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No, I didn't watch the interview. I'm just saying that Powell's support (or lack thereof) of President Obama really doesn't change how I feel about him. I think he's a man of great integrity, but he's still a fiscal conservative. That's how I've always felt.
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