As Obama Flounders, the Story Remains the Same
President Obama’s approval rating has hit a new low of 46%. Some of his biggest supporters, like Maureen Dowd and James Carville for example, are now criticizing him. A recent CBO report has the healthcare bill failing to achieve its primary purpose of reducing healthcare costs. The jobless rate still lingers just south of 10%. The bloom is off the rose. President Obama has proved himself to be the shockingly inexperienced community organizer that far too few Americans realized when they voted for him. His presidency has been such a disaster in fact, that his illegally offering Joe Sestak a job in exchange for his dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race has been largely swept under the rug.
So, in light of the foregoing, what does the President do? He continues the same tired act of lying and blaming. In a speech he is scheduled to give in Pittsburgh, PA today, Mr. Obama will say the following:
We must build a new, stronger foundation for growth and prosperity – and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing for the last 16 months.
This new foundation is also based on reforms that will make our economy stronger and our businesses more competitive – reforms that will make healthcare cheaper, our financial system more secure, and our government less burdened with debt.
Every single assertion made by the President here is wrong. And they’re not those “gray area” or “give it time” sort of assertions. They’re simply wrong. And at this point, most people know it. The interesting thing is: Obama knows it too. The problem is, he went all in a while ago on his “transformational” agenda, and he can’t back peddle now. So what does he do? Well, first he calls out the Republicans, who, before the election of Scott Brown, were in such a minority that they barely existed.
Some of you may have noticed that we have been building this foundation without much help from our friends in the other party. From our efforts to rescue the economy to health insurance reform to financial reform, most have sat on the sidelines and shouted from the bleachers. They said no to tax cuts for small businesses; no to tax credits for college tuition; no to investments in clean energy. They said no to protecting patients from insurance companies and consumers from big banks.
Mr. Obama hasn’t “rescued the economy.” The “health insurance reform” hasn’t cut costs, controlled premiums, or improved medical care. “Financial reform?” Would that mean the bill that doesn’t even address the cause of the collapse: the government compelling banks to lend to risky borrowers? “Tax cuts for small business?” Are those the cuts that haven’t passed yet because they’re part of a proposed 2011 budget that would increase the deficit to a record $1.56 trillion? “Tax credits for college tuition?” Meaningless. “Investment in clean energy?” This must be referring to cap and trade, that would further kill the economy.
Then the President does what he does best: he passes the buck.
For much of the last 10 years, we tried it their way. They gave tax cuts that weren’t paid for to millionaires who didn’t need them. They gutted regulations, and put industry insiders in charge of industry oversight. They shortchanged investments in clean energy and education; in research and technology. And despite all their current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record $237-billion surplus that President Clinton left them and turned it into a record $1.3 trillion deficit.
Yep, the Republicans and Bush spent big. No denying that. But Mr. President, you’re in charge now, and have been for 16 months, and every single thing you’ve done has only resulted in spending more than Bush. And the “lack of regulation” that the President presumably asserts lead to the largest oil spill in American history? That’s the same lack of regulation that existed for 16 months under his watch. That’s the same lack of regulation that lead to the firing of the MMS Director that he appointed in the first place.
The President’s arrogance is becoming legendary. In the face of unmitigated failure, he keeps pushing distortion. Fortunately, with every day that passes, it appears the American people are ignoring the form and seeing the substance.