Dave Obey: Sole “Hero of the Week” Award Winner

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Dave Obey has been an honorable public leader for five decades, true. But he is also known around here for being the one-and-only One Wisconsin Now “Hero of the Week” award winner for a statement about the George W. Bush administration he made during the health insurance reform debate in 2009.

Here’s Dave Obey’s award-winning statement:

“I swear to god, when I see what some people are saying today, I think they have the memory length of a cocker spaniel,” said Obey “I want you to go back and compare what George Bush inherited, when he took office eight years ago and what Barack Obama inherited when he walked into that White House.’

“What Bush did was blow away $6 trillion in expected surpluses and he spent $2 trillion, borrowed $2 trillion I should say, in order to promote tax cuts, that primarily went into the pockets of the most wealthy people of this society and he spent another $1 trillion on the dumbest war in America’s history.”

[Spooner Advocate]

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Cody currently oversees online communications, web development, and graphic design at One Wisconsin Now & the Institute, having served previously as Deputy Research Director.