Presidential and Political Baloney

Clarence Darrow was surprised by the incompetence of Presidents and stated:

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.

Mr. Darrow, were he still alive, would not believe yesterday’s performance by the empty-suit of a man occupying the White House. Darrow, had he been listening to yesterday’s speech, would likely not have survived it.

The US, on the verge of an economic collapse and bankruptcy, has little time left for political games. Yet that was all Obama offered in what was little more than a campaign speech. He did not address pressing problems.

Only two months ago Mr. Obama submitted a budget that he claimed was just what the country needed. He completely ignored the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Commission that he had tasked to come up with specifics cuts. His submitted budget actually increased spending. According to the Washington Times, his appointees who had studied the problem were not impressed:

The bipartisan co-chairmen of the 18-member panel, former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, later said Mr. Obama’s February budget proposal went “nowhere close” to addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges.

Now Obama has abandoned his prior budget and offered something else. “Something else” is as good a description as we have at this point because he offered few specifics and no framework for implementation of nebulous goals. The large amounts of time and funds invested in the Bowles-Simpson Commission were ignored once again.

From the Weekly Standard comes this reaction from Budget Chair Paul Ryan:

House Budget chairman Paul Ryan just released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech on deficit reduction:

“When the President reached out to ask us to attend his speech, we were expecting an olive branch. Instead, his speech was excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate to address our fiscal crisis. What we heard today was not fiscal leadership from our commander-in-chief; we heard a political broadside from our campaigner-in-chief.

“Last year, in the absence of a serious budget, the President created a Fiscal Commission. He then ignored its recommendations and omitted any of its major proposals from his budget, and now he wants to delegate leadership to yet another commission to solve a problem he refuses to confront.

“We need leadership, not a doubling down on the politics of the past.  By failing to seriously confront the most predictable economic crisis in our history, this President’s policies are committing our children to a diminished future. We are looking for bipartisan solutions, not partisan rhetoric. When the President is ready to get serious about confronting this challenge, we’ll be here.”

Mr. Ryan is a mild man, not one to engage in hyperbole. This is strong language for any politician, yet it still understates what could have been said. See the rest of the article for specifics on the games Obama was playing.

The Wall Street Journal opined:

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 fact is that we need to make serious cuts and do them now. The survival of the economy and perhaps the country depend on it. These cuts are going to have to be measured in the tens of Trillions over a ten-year period. This is no time for an inexperienced community organizer to be “leading.”

The leader of the free world is incompetent. He is a low-level minor leaguer, a street-hustler dressed in fine clothes, who is over his head in the major leagues. He is a paper-machete figure with a commanding voice and the ability to read a teleprompter. Beyond this, there is nothing there. If the economic crisis is to be solved before it swallows the country, Congress must step up. That is not a very comforting thought based on their role in creating the problems.

Unfortunately the fecklessness and duplicity of the political class goes well beyond Obama. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame. Nothing demonstrates this better than the recently released scoring of the budget deal. It was presented as a “hard-fought” agreement to cut $38 Billion of spending just last week. That number was woefully low in terms of what needed to be done. Now we learn that sum was virtually all smoke and mirrors. The CBO Says Budget Deal Will Cut Spending by Only $352 Million.

Republicans were congratulating themselves for a fine performance. Yet the deal, according to the CBO, was over 99% baloney and less than 1% real! Are Republicans as incompetent as Obama or are they just as big a part of  fleecing taxpayers as their counterparts?

Are there any competent, non-corrupt politicians left in Washington?

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