No President has ever talked so much and said so little as this one.
One trademark of President Obama’s briefings, speeches, or whatever you want to call them, is they never start on time! How rude this is! This briefing was scheduled for 1:00, and then some sites later reported 1:30. The remarks began at 1:52.
This habit shows no respect for anyone’s time except his.
He began his remarks by placing the blame in the wrong place.
“the United States received a downgrade by one of the credit rating agencies — not so much because they doubt our ability to pay our debt if we make good decisions, but because after witnessing a month of wrangling over raising the debt ceiling, they doubted our political system’s ability to act.”
No, we were downgraded because they did doubt our ability to pay our debt.
“We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling — a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip — could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s.”
You were the one who used default as a bargaining chip. You were the one chanting the warning about the downgrade. And you used it to try to force another bad bill on the American people.
“With respect to debt, our problem is not confidence in our credit — the markets continue to reaffirm our credit as among the world’s safest.”
Was this confidence reflected in the fact that the stock market tanked 200 points WHILE YOU WERE TALKING, bringing the loss for the day to over 600 points?
And for all of you who think this president is really interested in protecting Social Security and Medicare;
“and modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare.” Adjustments means cut.
“Making these reforms doesn’t require any radical steps. What it does require is common sense and compromise.”
The downgrade indicates that radical steps are required. The S&P indicated they were looking for $4 trillion in cuts, they got $1.2 trillion. And those cuts will be renegotiated later this year.
“Republicans and Democrats on the bipartisan fiscal commission that I set up put forth good proposals.”
Let’s talk about this bipartisan fiscal commission; it was set up Feb 2010. So what have they been doing since Feb 2010? Well they presented a plan to cut $4 trillion over 10 years. 95% of those ‘cuts’ were the result of tax increases.
The proposals never got pass the commission level, failing to get 14 of 18 votes required to send it to congress. By the way those who voted against it were bipartisan as well- 4 Democrats and 3 Republicans.
David Stockman commented that the plan was “nearly incomprehensible beltway mumbo jumbo and gimmicks.”
After that the commission went into hiding. Funny thing is, shortly after that President Obama, you know the only adult in the room, stormed out of the room and went on a crusade to renew the Bush tax cuts.
Yes Obama crusaded for the renewal of the Bush tax cuts. Say it isn’t so!
“I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed.”
And it’s called tax and spend. Raise taxes on those paying taxes, and then give the money away.
Here’s the tax:
“we need a balanced, long-term approach..”
“tax reform that will ask those who can afford it to pay their fair share…”
“What it does require is common sense and compromise.”
And here is the spend:
“Specifically, we should extend the payroll tax cut as soon as possible, so that workers have more money in their paychecks next year and businesses have more customers next year.”
“We should continue to make sure that if you’re one of the millions of Americans who’s out there looking for a job, you can get the unemployment insurance that your tax dollars contributed to. That will also put money in people’s pockets and more customers in stores.”
Mr. President, leaders lead, they don’t show up late.
Leaders take responsibility for their failures as well as their successes.
Leaders don’t blame others, they inspire.
I’m tired of hearing speeches composed of the same old regurgitated rhetoric. I think even many Liberals are beginning to tire of it as well.
The problem with narcissism is you continue to deceive yourself long after you stop deceiving others.