Fiscal cliffs and sequestrations pale as “forcing mechanisms” in comparison to the prospect of facing the American electorate, which tamed his extreme liberal inclinations not a whit.
For those who truly couldn’t make an educated guess at the likely parameters of a second Obama presidential term after four years of massive debt, defense cuts, regulations squelching job creation and this week’s release of a picture book as the last resort of a scoundrel, titled “The New Economic Patriotism: A PLAN FOR JOBS & MIDDLE-CLASS SECURITY”, consider an excerpt from his Des Moines Register interview last Tuesday that was first deemed to be “off the record”:
Q: Great. Mr. President, we know that John Boehner and the House Republicans have not been easy to work with, and certainly you’ve had some obstacles in the Senate, even though it’s been controlled by the Democrats. At the time, whenever — we talked a lot about, in 2008, hope and change. I’m curious about what you see your role is in terms of changing the tone and the perception that Washington is broken. But particularly, sir, if you were granted a second term, how do you implode this partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington and Congress and basically our entire political structure right now?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rick, let me answer you short-term and long-term. In the short-term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?
So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business. (emphasis added)
Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics“, makes clear that the leader of House Republicans, i.e. Speaker of the House John Boehner was, in fact, quite easy to work with since he had agreed to the Democrats demand for tax revenue increases during last summer’s debt limit negotiations. The expiration of the debt ceiling was so serious that President Barack Obama threatened to withhold pay from the armed forces of the United States rather than accept a deal with Congress to avoid automatic spending cuts, with 50% ($500B) coming from defense, that his own Secretary in charge of defending the United States described as, “‘a disaster’ not only for national defense, but also for defense communities.”
The expiration of the debt ceiling would have eventually destroyed the full faith and credit of the United States by preventing us from paying our debts to creditors holding bonds or owed compensation for services and products, not to mention retirees on Social Security. So, not even the “forcing mechanism” of the debt ceiling would stop the Obama Administration from sentencing our national security to disaster even when offered tax hikes from Republicans in Congress.
To add insult to injury, his failure to lead led to the first downgrade of the credit rating of America in history. Yet, President Obama told David Letterman that there were no “short-term” consequences from the national debt. I guess having a credit rating moving in the direction of Spain’s is not a consequence? By the way, the private sector is doing fine as well.
So, why would the more amorphous “fiscal cliff” we face after Election Day with a Lame Duck Congress be any more forceful to a president that has already cut $487 from a defense he wouldn’t use to protect our diplomats in Libya? If the only purpose you envision for the military are killing an Osama bin Laden after nine months of planning and occasional drone strikes in Yemen, who worries about sequestrations in this White House? Especially with the sweetener of the automatic raising of tax rates enacted under his successor that is blamed for all that hasn’t gone peachy the last four years. Given the Obama campaign’s decision to convert the defense cut promise to on the record, it appears he has given up on the Old Blue Dominion. One wonders what state he hopes to turn from red to blue by comparing a female youth’s first vote for Obama to losing one’s virginity.
Hope & Change was inaugurated during the Great Recession. After a stimulus that had to be passed before it would be read for 48 hours lest the unemployment rate ever get above 8%, aimed primarily at saving automatically deducted, state government employee union dues bound for Democratic Party campaign coffers, produced the Anemic so-called “Recovery”; did the ongoing suffering of the underemployed and unemployed serve as mechanisms forcing President Barack Obama to take his regulatory boot off the neck of the private sector? No, rather, we had to have Obamacare passed just as quickly even if it took three bites at the apple with Bill Clinton serving as the Lobbyist-in-Chief.
The real forcing mechanism in Washington, D.C. over the last four years has been President Barack Hussein Obama. Lame Duck Congress? Who needs a Congress of any duck variety?
After all, the duly elected representatives of the people and states rejected gutting welfare reform and the Dream Act granting amnesty to young illegal aliens. Yet, via executive fiat, the work requirements for welfare were gutted and young illegals are out of the shadows “legally” competing for jobs in the Lower Forty-Eight.
After all a federal judge ruled his post-BP spill, deep water oil drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico null and void? No worries said Secretary of Energy Ken Salazar, we’ll just issue a new one the next day and dare the judge to hold us in contempt.
Who could stand up to such an imperial Chief Executive that just received a stamp of approval from We the People for the last four years? Especially when he will never face the electorate again. The last time Americans faced a similar prospect, shots from Lexington and Concord were heard around the world.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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