Skip to comments.Obama's Game Playing Is Wearing Thin
Posted on 02/26/2013 1:30:48 AM PST by Kaslin
President Obama told a meeting of the National Governors Association: "At some point, we've got to do some governing. And certainly, what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis." Really?
Yes, really. He added, referring to the sequestration: "These cuts do not have to happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise."
Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not consider himself bound by a duty of good faith to square with the American people. He has shown that he is unafraid to utter the most egregious distortions and exaggerations; he has no fear of being called on them.
Just consider the few assertions I've cited. "At some point, we've got to do some governing." Does he mean that at some point, he needs to quit using every possible opportunity to play golf on the public's dime, that he should stop treating the people's White House as a platform for permanently campaigning, that he intends to forgo his Alinskyite tactics of bullying and demonizing in lieu of dealing with issues on the merits, that he aims to quit flouting his legal obligation to present a budget and that he will begin to exercise leadership over his party and pressure its leaders in the Senate to pass a budget? I didn't think so.
How about his statement that we can't keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis? Does he mean that he is finally going to renounce his policy, first divulged by his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, not to let a crisis go to waste, that he regrets having painted a false picture of crisis about the nation's uninsured to force Obamacare through Congress, that he is sorry that he used the 2008 financial collapse as an excuse to enact recklessly irresponsible bills to spend more borrowed money under the guise of stimulating the economy, that he is sorry he leapt on the Sandy Hook shootings to begin a frantic manufactured-crisis-driven crusade to ratchet up his effort to severely restrict the rights of gun owners, that he plans to repent for falsely laying the blame for our disgracefully unbalanced budgets on the "rich," who are already contributing more than their fair share, that he is going to square with the American people about the shameless hyperbole and corruption in his environmental agenda and cease and desist from his dishonest fear-mongering about carbon emissions to advance that agenda, that he is sorry for exaggerating the effects of the Gulf oil spill in order to justify breaching his promises to remove restrictions on offshore drilling and that he is going to quit pretending that America's infrastructure is in a crisis state of repair in order to fuel his case for ever-greater government control and the creation of public-sector jobs? I didn't think so.
Indeed, if Obama is so weary of crisis governance, of which he is the peerless master, then why is he using these very same speeches to manufacture a phony crisis over the sequestration? We are talking about very small-percentage cuts here, mostly in the rate of spending increases.
If Obama were interested in changing his MO from crisis-mongering to governance -- instead of doubling down on his effort to expand the scope, reach and control of the federal government at any cost, literally -- then he would quit characterizing every single activity of the enormously wasteful federal government as an essential service.
Private-sector businesses don't enjoy the luxury of simply injecting public funds into their ailing enterprises to avoid cutting expenditures they can't afford. Are private-sector businesses and employees that much less important to Obama than public-sector services and employees? Silly question.
In his ongoing crisis-stoking, Obama never laments the real economic destruction his own policies have already caused. When he does deign to acknowledge economic difficulties, he callously understates the dismal conditions we're experiencing -- and the hardship people are already enduring as a result of his ideological intransigence against cutting spending and reforming entitlements.
But what makes Obama's oratorical flurry against crisis governance an even more insulting farce is that we do have a real, wholly unmanufactured crisis looming that will affect far more than a limited number of government jobs and programs. At the risk of breaking an already broken record, I'd like to point out again that we are going bankrupt because Obama won't agree to spending cuts and entitlement reform.
It is time that he quit playing games and insulting our intelligence by blaming Republicans for the sequestration he authored and for allegedly refusing to compromise when they are the ones who have compromised. They have done so on taxes, whereas he has refused to compromise on spending and entitlements. You make a deal with Obama, and he moves the goal posts.
Seriously, how can Obama continue this charade with a straight face? How long will the public tolerate it?
“How long will the public tolerate it?”
Sorry, David. The ‘public’ will ‘tolerate’ it until obama is gone because no one will challenge him and our own reps are frikkin’ doormats. He wipes his feet on them, and in turn, they wipe their feet on us. And what do WE do?
Obama is a lying POS and I’m at a complete loss why someone in Congress doesn’t have the balls to speak up and say just that and lay it all out on the table.
Complete in your face honesty would be a breath of fresh air.
“I am Joe Wilson!”
"Uh, oops! I wasn't supposed to say that. It was on the teleprompter and I just read it."
The word compromise means both sides have to give a little. Obama NEVER compromises and the little people had better get used to it!
Yesterday Claire McCaskill of MO was on Fox News and said the Republicans should compromise. I yelled at my TV how about you compromising and I used the word that rhymes with witch. Why should the republicans always compromise? It is time that they stop
Obama is a union leader threatening a strike. His membership parrots the party line.
That is the essence of the long litany of horrors that Obama's mouthpieces state will happen if the sequester occurs - closing 100 airport towers, 90 minute delays due to lack of air traffic controllers, loss of border security, food shortages due to lack of USDA inspectors, etc. These are all choices, not absolutes. If we can't reduce the budget by 2.3% of the budget, leaving actual budgets higher than last year, then there is no hope of ever reducing anything the Left wants.
“...then there is no hope of ever reducing anything the left wants.”
The “Left” is everywhere, walking to polling booths pushing the lever for anyone who promises the moon and condemns anyone who has a few dollars more than anyone else.
It’s in every nook and cranny.
Real conservatives have never tolerated it, but more and more of the rest are beginning to see how thin the gruel really is. A big problem is the cacophony of apparent lock step on the left. Obama sends out his morning talking points and every Democrat pol, media lap dog, and talking head repeats them with vigor. Meanwhile, 99 of a hundred conservative voices yell in opposition and the one in a hundred makes the evening news cast. This is why the McCains, the Christys, and the RINOs are given all the air time.
But now Cruz, Paul, Ryan, Carson, Palin and more are forcing their views into public attention. There's hope. Don't get discouraged by the apparent cave in heard on the newscasts. Get encouraged by the opposing views that cannot be ignored.
This is “wearing thin” with whom? There’s no indication Americans are getting annoyed with Obama. They’ve pre-positioned themselves to blame the Republicans for all the consequences that come with the sequestration.
Obama is completely unaccountable...he bears no blame and thus feels no responsibility to seek common ground with the GOP toward a solution. Given that, why would he feel compelled to square with Americans? Most Americans worship Obama and couldn’t care less if the country implodes, so long as they can be soothed by the images of his holy face and the sound of his voice. The kool-aid is a much more powerful blend this time around.
They'll tolerate it as long as Obama wants, and as directed by the propaganda ministry. Don't hold your breath waiting for them to "wake up." Such an awakening will not occur.
Crisis-stoking is the only game he knows.
Joe Wilson.. weak response. “You lie” would have been better served stating “You’re a lying POS” and the entire republican side should have stood up in unison and walked out.
Political correctness and civility needs to be met head on bold in your face no holds barred responses. Take the fight to the enemy.
I always wondered what David Limbaugh would sound like if he ever got really pi$$ed. I wonder no more, he’s furious. So am I. Every day is a new outrage with this bassastard in the White Hut.
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