This is the same guy with NO plan, NO leadership and NOTHING to offer but more partisan attacks!
In a Wednesday news conference notable for Obama's testiness and typical soak the rich class warfare rhetoric, one attack on Congress stood out. Obama claimed he had demonstrated leadership on the debt crisis and said that it's time Congress did it's job. "At a certain point, they need to do their job," is the actual quote from the official transcript.
I nearly fell out of my chair. Anyone who has followed the progress of legislation passed by Republicans in the U.S. House (Speaker Boehner's blog is an excellent resource) knows that House Republicans have passed a federal budget and numerous other bills designed to address the most urgent problems facing Americans. Nearly all of this has been stalled or defeated by Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
But Obama's only submitted budget failed by a unanimous vote of 97-0 in the U.S. Senate just a month ago. The speech he gave in April which was billed as a new way forward contained no specifics but was full of partisan attack rhetoric accusing Republicans of undermining health care for seniors and disabled children. When asked by the Congressional Budget Office to analyze Obama's plan, the CBO head replied "we don't estimate speeches."
Neither Obama, nor Democrats in either house have put forward a budget or any workable plan for handing the debt. When asked what to do about the fiscal crisis all they can they do is play the class warfare card and demand higher taxes and more spending. Have they detailed ANY significant cuts in spending?
Real Cuts, not Horror Stories
Combine Obama's Stimulus spending with the other spending bills and over the last 2.5 years the baseline for federal spending has ballooned alarmingly. Huge increases in agencies like EPA and clean energy programs have not created jobs and in many cases have hampered job creation by promoting new aggressive federal regulations.
Overall, federal spending has moved from an already high average 20% of the gross domestic product of the entire United States annual economy to well over 22%. So, how is it that any discussion of REAL cuts should be met with such dire horror stories of kids and old people suffering? Were things really that bad before?
Instead of leading to find real solutions to the SPENDING problem, Obama is scapegoating the rich, who already pay the lion's share of taxes.Perhaps Obama needs to drop the partisan attack rhetoric and spend less time on the golf course (75 outings and counting) and more time coming up with workable ideas.
The days of Tax and Spend are over. Someone please tell Obama!