From what Barack Obama read from the teleprompters today — over forty-five minutes late to the podium, the audience meanwhile sitting in darkness staring up at the spot-lit podium, the tension rising, the ineptitude of the absent speech-reader palpable and annoying — from what was eventually read from the teleprompters today by the very late-arriving reader, Barack Obama, there is nothing that besets our nation that that reader understands. In fact, from what was said — err, read — by Obama today in his performance of the Misery-Pity-Me Speech, it appears that what he does understand is how to make things much, much worse, if not that being his entire goal for the Presidency.
Barack Obama, the man who flips-on, flips-off, flips-whatever, a man as irresponsible if not infantile or downright juvenile delinquent in the Presidency as ever could be. He will not even arrive on time, prepared, to speak his mind without reading what he’s staged to be read, on something as serious and meaningful as a national deficit that is over one trillion dollars, most of which he is responsible for in only two years in office.
Moreover, Vice President Joe Biden could not even remain awake in the audience. From the teleprompter, one heard being read by Obama: increase spending, increase taxes, the use of “old people” to exploit doing so while calling that “cutting spending”. Biden in his slumber certainly had the better experience than the rest of us who listened to the Misery-Pity-Me Speech reading today. Class warfare and reliance on government are, generally, the only ideas Barack Obama and the slumbering Vice President understand: “rich people” owe everyone else their wealth, government-is-your-provider and “old people-and-education” are the customary excuses to foster guilt upon those who produce in our society while the teleprompter-reader continues on his perpetual vacations, golfing-days-off, martinis, wife’s designer duds, lobsters, lobsters, lobsters.
“We don’t have to sacrifice the America we believe in,” read Obama from his teleprompters, his head bobbing left, right, left, right, his performance keyed to insult, implying his ideas “are America” while any who disagree are not. Barack Obama, the man who has to have public funding for abortions — that’s not “America” that most Americans believe in. Barack Obama, the man who returns to his employers a 45-minute-plus arrival to his latest Performance, that’s not the America that the majority of Americans believe in, or return to employers. Obama, the man who considers America a place to bleed, who owes him his entitlements that include creating more debt in two years in the job than any predecessor’s entire term budget, that’s not the America that most Americans — if anyone else — believe in.
Does this still work on some voters? Apparently a prancing pony amidst a decaying neighborhood will still draw some people to a corner, after all. Especially when you tell them that the owner of that other pony across the corner owes you a living.
Obama outlines his deficit-reduction policy
– by Kara Rowland and Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, April 13, 2011
…The speech amounted to more of a framework than a detailed plan, but the president did call for reductions in most areas of government spending — sparing only Social Security.
Specifically, Mr. Obama said he will try to squeeze an extra $360 billion by 2023 from automatic spending programs, which are based on formulas and not renewed by Congress each year; seek to grab an additional $480 billion from Medicare; cut defense spending by $400 billion versus projected levels, and another $200 billion in regular domestic spending.
In many of those cases, he said he is just setting parameters and expects others to suggest or actually make the cuts. In Medicare, for example, he said the new payments board set up in last year’s health care law will clamp down tighter on cost increases, while he said he will have his defense secretary figure out where military funding can be cut.
Republicans on Capitol Hill ruled the president’s tax increases out altogether.
“Any plan that starts with job-destroying tax hikes is a non-starter,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. “We need to grow our economy – not our government – by creating a better environment for private sector job growth.”
Mr. Boehner said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s own 2012 budget, which would cut $6 trillion over the next decade, has “set the bar” in terms of serious proposals to tackle the nation’s fiscal woes.
Mr. Obama’s remarks come two months after the president sent a 2012 budget outline to Capitol Hill that was widely panned by both parties for failing to tackle the big deficit-driving programs such as entitlements and for using so-called gimmicks that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office rejected.
Meanwhile, the House later this week will vote on Mr. Ryan’s budget, which calls for an overhaul of entitlement programs.
His plan would convert Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, into a block grant to states, and would change Medicare so that instead of paying for care, it would pay seniors a certain amount and let them shop for the best health care plan themselves.
With Mr. Ryan sitting in the front row at Wednesday’s speech, Mr. Obama repeatedly attacked the plan, saying it wasn’t “serious” or “courageous.”
“There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires,” he said.
The speech also comes several months after a bipartisan panel Mr. Obama himself created came up with a deficit-slashing proposal that failed to garner enough votes for congressional consideration. At the time, Mr. Obama kept his distance from that plan, which would have trimmed $4 trillion off the federal tab over the next decade.
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. The two men were nevertheless on hand Wednesday for Mr. Obama’s speech to students at the George Washington University.
Even as Mr. Obama and congressional leaders finalize a hotly debated deal to avoid a government shutdown by cutting some $38 billion in government spending, an even larger fight looms in the next several weeks over an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. The U.S. is expected to eclipse its $14.25 trillion borrowing limit sometime next month, and the administration has warned that failing to increase the limit would cause the country to default on its obligations and ruin its credit rating. (— Continued).
Paul Ryan on Obama’s Speech: ‘Excessively Partisan, Dramatically Inaccurate, and Hopelessly Inadequate’
– by Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard, April 13, 2011
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.”
Update: Ryan’s office highlights “key facts” from Obama’s speech:
· Counts unspecified savings over 12 years, not the 10-year window by which serious budget proposals are evaluated.
· Postpones all savings until 2013 – after his reelection campaign.
· Runs away from the Fiscal Commission’s recommendations on Social Security – puts forward no specific ideas or even a process to force action.
MISERY SPEECH read/performed by Barack Obama, April 13, 2011
This Year’s Deficit 15% Higher Than Last Year’s So Far
– from FOX Nation, April 13, 2011
Most U.S. Stocks Drop as Obama’s Deficit Plan Offsets Tech Rally
– Business Week, April 13, 2011
The Outstanding Public Debt as of 13 Apr 2011 at 10:30:30 PM GMT is:
$ 1 4 , 2 7 7 , 1 5 5 , 2 6 2 , 3 3 4 . 6 6
The estimated population of the United States is 310,381,301 so each citizen’s share of this debt is $45,998.76.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.08 billion per day since September 28, 2007.