Serious Times, But An Un-Serious President

In February, President Obama offered up a budget that did nothing to reign in entitlement spending, or any other spending.  Instead, it charted a course to ever-higher spending, deficit, and debt levels. 

Nevertheless, his audacity of hoping no one noticed was on full display yesterday as President Present tried to pretend to be taking the deficit and out-of-control government spending seriously.  He failed.  Miserably. 

The WSJ aptly summarizes the President’s predicament:

The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending amid a record deficit of $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal discipline and are now setting the national political agenda.

So the President stepped forward and offered a serious proposal to address our fiscal problems in a bipartisan manner.  Just kidding. 

Instead, he actually attacked the Republicans for wanting to kill off grandma and poor kids while offering nothing of substance in response:

Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America,” he said, supposedly pitting “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” against “every millionaire and billionaire in our society.” The President was not attempting to join the debate Mr. Ryan has started, but to close it off just as it begins and banish House GOP ideas to political Siberia.

Mr. Obama then packaged his poison in the rhetoric of bipartisanship—which “starts,” he said, “by being honest about what’s causing our deficit.” The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards.

The only wonder here is that anyone is surprised at Obama’s incredible partisanship, dishonesty, and delusion.  As Roger Simon said earlier today, this one-trick pony is just boring, tedious, and predictable.

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

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