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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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In Ohio, Obama Calls For 'Shared Vision' On Economy

Jun 15, 2012
Originally published on June 15, 2012 10:56 am



President Obama's Ohio speech yesterday was designed to draw a contrast between his economic vision and Mitt Romney's. It was also meant to argue that the state of the economy doesn't hand his rival the keys to the White House.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: As initial unemployment claims ticked up again this week, President Obama said he's reminded every day just how tough things still are for many Americans. But he also expressed confidence that by working together, those challenges can be overcome.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Of course, the economy isn't where it needs to be. Of course, we have a lot more work to do. Everybody knows that. The debate in this election is about how we grow faster and how we create more jobs and how we pay down our debt. That's the question facing the American voter.

HORSLEY: Mr. Obama says Romney's economic plan to cut taxes and roll back regulation might be good for the wealthiest Americans, but not for everyone else. After all, he says, the same formula was tried in the Bush administration and produced only anemic job growth, widening income disparity and a yawning budget deficit.


OBAMA: Their policies did not grow the economy. They did not grow the middle class. They did not reduce our debt. Why would we think that they would work better this time?

HORSLEY: In contrast, Mr. Obama says, his own plan would cut the deficit, while continuing to invest in education, clean energy and public works projects, paid for in part with higher taxes on the rich.


OBAMA: And it is this shared vision that I intend to carry forward in this century as president, because it is a vision that has worked for the American middle class and everybody who's striving to get into the middle class.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Chanting) Four more years. Four more years.

HORSLEY: Mr. Obama found a friendly audience yesterday at a community college in Cleveland, a reliably Democratic corner of this swing state where a boom in energy and manufacturing has helped push the unemployment rate down below 7 percent. The local chamber of commerce boasts of nearly $10 billion worth of private investment in the region. Jackie Fisher, who was in the audience for Mr. Obama's speech yesterday, has noticed the improvement.

JACKIE FISHER: It's doing a little better. There's construction jobs going on here. There's auto industry jobs picking up. By the way, Mr. Obama pushed to save the auto industry and Romney said: Who cares? Let General Motors close up. That had been a million people down the tube.

HORSLEY: Irma McQueen, whose father worked for General Motors, also credits the president for the economic improvement in Cleveland, though she says he hasn't had much cooperation.

IRMA MCQUEEN: I think the Republicans, some of them will always - whatever he says, they will say the opposite, just because of who he is.

HORSLEY: Indeed, Mr. Obama says while Republicans and Democrats have always had their differences over the appropriate role for government, for decades after World War II, there was broad consensus, an air of compromise that allowed Eisenhower to launch the interstate highway system, Nixon to found the EPA and Reagan to raise taxes to restrain the growing deficit of his era. Today, Mr. Obama says neither Romney nor Republicans in Congress will have any of that.


OBAMA: Neither of them will endorse any policy that asks the wealthiest Americans to pay even a nickel more in taxes.

HORSLEY: Mr. Obama blames GOP intransigents for blocking a grand bargain on the deficit, as well as most short-term measures he's proposed to encourage job growth.


OBAMA: It's the biggest source of gridlock in Washington today. And the only thing that can break the stalemate is you.

HORSLEY: The implicit message behind Mr. Obama's speech is that tepid economic recovery is not so much the fault of his policies, but Republican foot-dragging that's kept those policies bottled up in Congress. Whether voters in Ohio and elsewhere buy that argument could well determine the president's fate in November. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Cleveland. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.