The Almighty Barack Hussein Obama gave a speech last night and I have only 4 words in summary: I TOLD YOU SO!
President Obama’s address to Congress was exactly what we thought it would be: a shallow, callow campaign rally masquerading as something serious and important. As Charles Krauthammer framed it on Fox, tonight’s address represented the first presidential campaign speech delivered in the House of Representatives in US history.
The tone and tenor of the address, which was sprinkled with superficial appeals to bipartisanship, was highly political and practically unhelpful. Straw men were introduced and torched at record pace.
Spend More Money! Tax The “The Rich”!
Create more Union jobs and temporary “infrastructure” Union jobs.
Oh, and “Pass the Bill”! Only there is no bill. There aren’t any concrete, written specifics, but if you don’t pass it we’ll beat you senseless Republicans! (But we will create one in a week-and-a-half, in the meantime we’ll beat you senseless first then tell you to pass it or else!)
Of course, we were going to do that anyhow, but who cares. We don’t.
“Just Pass the Bill” but not just any bill, like the Ryan Budget, or Cut, Cap & Balance, or any right wing “extremist” bill, a bill that we the left wing extremists can be happy with. That’s “compromise”, after all.
Just do as I say, not as I do.
President Barack Obama proposed a $447 billion jobs package (More Spending!!) on Thursday to help boost the U.S. economy (That’s worked so well before- I think it was called THE STIMULUS!) , challenging Congress to pass legislation made up largely of tax cuts for workers (the same ones that haven’t worked so far) and businesses (but we’ll choke them with other taxes-The highest in the world and regulations and ObamaCare!)
“It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away,” Obama said.
The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next ten years (That was a cut in the growth of expenses not actual expenses). It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas. Tonight, I’m asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act. And a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan – a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run. This approach is basically the one I’ve been advocating for months.
Can you hear The Punt (That’s right, Obama punted the heavy lifting to the super-committee, and pledged to introduce another general deficit plan in twelve days. ) from here and it sounds familiar…
The Stimulus and the Armageddon speeches he gave to get it passed. This is so 2009.
Taking aim at Republicans who have consistently opposed his economic initiatives, Obama said it was time to “stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy.”
The political partisanship is entirely the Republicans fault, you know. 🙂
The 2 years prior to the Republicans taking the House 8 months ago doesn’t count. It’s doesn’t matter. My words are supposed to be bigger than my inaction.
So what if every Republican led initiative has died in the Senate, it’s still their fault.
And we (Liberals) aren’t the partisans in this mess. 🙂
But after saying it was a crisis our Dear leader went on vacation for a Month. It was that “urgent”. Now he’s had his big speech, which doesn’t have a plan yet, but you have to “just pass the bill” and we’ll come out with a plan in a week-and-a-half. We’ll lead from behind as always.
Obama said he would propose a deficit-reduction plan on Sept. 19 that will cover the cost of his jobs bill and include “modest adjustments” to Medicare and Medicaid and more taxes for the rich and corporations. (Unlike the $500 Billion Obamacare is supposed to cut so it can be double counted as savings! or the evil Ryan Plan 🙂 )
“A week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan — a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run,” he said Thursday to Congress in his speech on job creation.
So the tease and denial continues. After all, Keynesian Economics and his own rigid Ideology prevent him from doing what is really necessary.
So the media tease continues. But you have to “just pass the bill”. 🙂
“…by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid; and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share,” he said. (CNBC)
Soak the Rich. As for “fair share” get I though paying the the majority of taxes ALREADY would be enough, after all 47% of all American Pay NO taxes at all and $4.2 Billion dollars in tax refunds went to Illegal Aliens.
And we have to remember that his definition of “millionaires and billionaires” starts at $200,000 a year.
Tax Year 2008 (latest available): Top 5% (which fit into his category of “millionaires and Billionaires” : 58.72%
The Bottom 50% pay 3% of all Taxes.
But it’s “fair” to tax them even more because they aren’t paying their “fair share”.
Class Warfare at it’s ugliest.
So we Have Tax & Spend Keynesian Stimulus.
We Have raise taxes on the rich. Class Warfare.
So what was different from before last night? NOTHING!
But you have to wait until Sept 19th for his “urgent” plan that will take him a month-and-a-half to put together on his vacation and now his tease and denial.
Can the media stand the hype or will they orgasm all over themselves before Sept 19th. Tune in and find out!
That’s very “urgent”. It’s ANOTHER CRISIS! And we all know “never waste a crisis”. 🙂
Two quick examples that illustrate why this entire spectacle was a sham.
(1) Obama lamented teacher layoffs: “While they’re adding teachers in places like South Korea, we’re laying them off in droves. It’s unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop. Pass this jobs bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong.” But later in the speech, he went out of his way to condemn budget fixes like Wisconsin’s, which limited collective bargaining “rights” for government employees, but has saved thousands of teachers’ jobs.
(2) The president demanded swift action on three pending trade agreements, heavily implying that Congress has been dragging its feet on these items: “Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea…” But the reason these agreements have stalled is because he refuses to send them to Congress unless Republicans agree to lard them up with special goodies for labor unions.
Liberals on MSNBC and Twitter seem to be energized by Obama’s aggressive performance. They think this was just what the doctor ordered, and that Republicans have been put on notice, or something.
Liberals? Excited by a passionate, but ultimately unserious, Obama campaign speech? Color me stunned.
If President Obama plan to convince Americans that the economy sucks because the GOP wouldn’t go along with every last piece of his re-run stimulus plan, let him try. “You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.” Go for it, champ. (Guy Benson)
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” –Ronald Reagan