From the mouth of the Opportunist-in-Chief:
Congress. . .“must not shirk its responsibilities,” according to a White House readout of the conversation.
Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black? When the heck has this opportunistic narcissist focused on jobs instead of himself and his re-election campaign? Obama has shirked his duties as President since he took the oath of office. This presidency has been one big extravaganza of concerts, ballgames, golf outings, vacations, visits to cities selling his image to the public but no, not ever truly focusing on what is important in America - jobs and our economy. His administration has not been promoting economic and business policies which encourages economic growth in the private sector but rather policies which discourages and demonizes growth and success. The only time he has spoken the word jobs (which has 4 letters Joe Biden - Kindergarten?) is when it is accompanied by his sanctimonious rhetoric castigating the GOP for their solutions to the economic disaster, a lingering economic disaster which his policies are responsible for perpetuating.
Smitty over at The Other McCain points out the level of the dishonorable brinksmanship and dastardly tactics that the White House and Obama are willing to play during this scrimmage.
Seriously. If the intent all along was to punish the Administration’s political foes in particular, and America in general, then the Administration’s actions make sense:
- Play the brinksmanship game in the Spring of 2011,
- load the poison pill into the Super Committee, and then
- make the GOP eat more brinksmanship and the poison pill when the Super Committee, necessarily, fails.
Brilliant! If I wasn’t so thoroughly disgusted at the Machiavellian evil that is this Administration, I would be tempted to admire the perverse talent involved. As with the collapse of the Euro, there doesn’t seem to be much to do in the case of the Super Committee except sound the collision alarm and grab onto something solid.
Over at HotAir, Allahpundit wonders aloud:
Is The One seriously threatening to block a bill that would lift those cuts in the event of a Super Committee deadlock, knowing full well that the GOP will use Panetta’s soundbite to destroy him for it next year? Remember: This guy does not take political risks, and he certainly doesn’t take them in the name of cutting spending. Could be that the fear of another downgrade is weighing on him if the triggers are rescinded, which will pose a threat to his reelection if the market reacts badly, but what are the odds that investors will flee the safety of Treasuries under any circumstance given the chaos in Europe?
Is it possible that Obama & Co want draconian cuts to defense? His threatening to block a bill which would lift those cuts sure is in America's national security interests. Or not? This is yet more gutter politics coming from the Democrats.