Tim "Buzz Lightyear" Geitner
You're mocking me, aren't you?
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, speaking on behalf of the Obama White House, to Rep. Paul Ryan: You are right to say were not coming before you today to say we have a definitive solution to that long term problem. What we do know is, we dont like yours.
Guy sums this up well:
Those two sentences speak to a mentality so bereft of intellectual vigor, so stunningly and candidly shallow, so thoroughly irresponsible, so politically myopic, selfish, and cowardly, that it should disqualify this crew from a second term in office. What a disgrace. Remember this moment the next time Democrats accuse the GOP of being the do nothing, intransigent, party of no.
In fact, its about as perfect a representation of Obamas economic policy as well see. The budget is full of short-term gimmicks to make it appear that the White House wants to close deficits, but it relies on tax increases and phony savings from projected war spending that wasnt going to occur anyway to make the claim. They do nothing at all about the structural problems of Americas long term economic issues (especially debt and unfunded liabilities from entitlement programs), but instead focus narrowly on relatively short-term outcomes to disguise the fact that they cannot and/or will not fix the long-term problems. And as Geithner says in this response, while they wont or cant provide leadership, they will be happy to torpedo those who can and will http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/17/geithner-yeah-we-dont-have-a-solution-to-the-debt-problem/