Candidate Tim Pawlenty speaks about President Obama:
He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself. In Washington, they call that smart politics. But I’m not from Washington.
It shocks me a little with what passes as “smart” politics these days in Washington. Let’s do a little review of just the last four months. The President proposes his Federal budget plan, and the Democrat members of the Senate just gush over how great and wonderful his plan is, and all that is necessary is for the opposition to just stop listening to those extremist tea partiers. Then, on May 25th the Obama budget fails in a vote in the Senate– 0-97. Not one vote of support for Obama. This is “smart” politics? Are these same Senators going to be running away from Obama in the 2012 election? Guy Benson, at TownHall, wrote a column with links to what these (who all voted No) were saying in February. I have statements from some of the Senators running for reelection below.
I’m tired of all the critics that keep blasting away at budgets when in fact they offer no real solution and really haven’t done any cutting themselves. At least the President’s budget is a step in the right direction in trying to get this country turned around, to really do something about lowering the deficit and cutting all of this wasteful spending.
The President’s 2012 budget provides $564 million to construct a critically-needed new headquarters for U.S. Strategic Command. The president’s commitment to a new headquarters is extremely good news for Nebraskans, for those charged with ensuring that STRATCOM meet its challenging missions in the years ahead, and for America’s national security. Not only is the existing facility outdated and showing signs of troubling decay, STRATCOM has new responsibilities in the 21st Century that require a modern headquarters to carry out its nuclear, space, and cyberspace missions. As soon as Congress approves the president’s plans, we’ll begin to see that 21st Century headquarters take shape, securing our future
In addition to making strategic cuts, the President’s budget has found room to invest in major priorities designed to strengthen America’s economy. Specifically, the President’s investments in education and health care reform, infrastructure, research and development, and energy are thoughtful down payments on our nation’s future. They will also help create much-needed jobs for Delawareans and Americans across the country.
I applaud President Obama for continuing to invest in clean energy jobs, technological innovation, and programs that are helping put American families back to work. We need to pass a budget that makes responsible cuts without endangering job-creating programs that are critical to our economic recovery.
President Obama has given us a credible blueprint for dealing with our deficit while still investing in America and moving us forward to a bigger and brighter future. Like many American families still facing tough times, the President is asking that the federal government live within its means. This is the right thing to do at such a fragile time in our recovery and it will require that we make some tough choices. We must be smart about where we invest and where we make cuts. I applaud the President for not making indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts with his FY12 Budget.
The President’s budget proposal will put us on track to cut the deficit in half in his first term while maintaining economic recovery efforts. By not turning our backs on priorities that promote America’s competitiveness – like education, innovation, infrastructure, and energy – the proposal is forward-looking and responsible. The President’s budget does make tough choices.
Harry Reid is developing his own version of “smart” politics with his answer to the question – when will you reveal your budget plan? His response:
There’s no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion. It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.
Yes, what passes for “smart” politics in Washington these days is to simply not produce any budget plan for over two years, and feel confident that having no plan is going to be a safe and secure way to hold on to your Senate seat. These Senators clearly hold the opinion that voters are really so dumb that they will accept, as a given, any and every news release their Senator posts as the honest truth. I think that 2010 was just a warmup for a bigger surprise that will occur on election day 2012. Attending Tea Party rallies and writing campaigns are passe. The informed conservative is getting involved in his local Republican party by showing up at meetings. Then they discover that just showing up is a major step in getting conservatives back in power inside the party. They also discover that conservatives showing up can outnumber the RINOs. Now the conservatives are no longer being ignored nor their complaints laughed off.Â Now these RINOs are communicating with these new conservative precinct committeemen, and who they are going to put on the election slate is making them nervous. This is what I call smart politics, though it is a complete mystery to those ruling class politicians inside the beltway.