Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.
Here is yet another shining example of the new civility – it seems that the windows of the Washington D.C. GOP Headquarters were shot out.
In the following video, Pelosi invokes the surpluses under Clinton as a model for Democrat fiscal responsibility. Does Nancy know that the facts don’t lie? Congress, where spending bill MUST originate, at that time was controlled by Republicans and they were pushing for not only a balanced budget, but a balanced budget amendment. Did Republicans abandon these principles? Yes, they certainly did. But following that, America put the Democrats back in charge of Congress only to have Pelosi lead us to record new spending under her leadership. Does she think that any reasonable person can take her seriously when she says, “Democrats have long fought for fiscal responsibility as a top priority of this Congress.”
As President Obama begins to gear up for the 2012 election, he faces significant challenges that he didn’t have in 2008. After riding a wave of discontent, he came into office by basically being the “other guy” or “not them” vote. But now that America has had two years to watch him where he can’t hide is record, people are waking up to see what they voted for in 2008, and frankly, they aren’t pleased.
Obama acknowledged the challenge last week in Boston. “Somebody asked me, how do we reinvigorate the population, the voter, after two very tough years?” he told Democratic donors. “How do we recapture that magic that got so many young people involved for the very first time in 2008?”
I have an answer for you Mr. President. You could step up and actually lead. Could someone name one single piece of legislation or policy that the President has actually shown leadership on?
- Healthcare? Sorry – Obama’s “landmark” achievement was bundled together by Nancy Pelosi and her handpicked crew. Obama had little to do with the packaging and more to do with the selling of the idea.
- Financial Reform? See above, only insert Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.
- Stimulus? Get real – he just said, “Send me a giant bill full of shovel ready projects and I’ll sign it.” This was nothing more than a collection of items that every House Democrat had been waiting around for the right time to earmark.
- What about Gitmo? He’s basically done the exact opposite there of his first executive order and promise – to close it in a year. Two years later it is not only still open (thankfully), but he has now said that there will be a process of indefinite holding of terror suspects.
I can’t say I am surprised. While everyone was swooning over “Hope and Change,” the reasonable people were asking for definitions – definitions that were never given or were vague in nature. This is a man who really never did anything in the Illinois State Senate, where he more often than not voted “present.” He had no significant achievements in the U.S. Senate, either. How could we expect a career legislative slacker to be an effective workaholic executive leader?
President Obama is saying that there is little sense in defunding NPR and PBS because it’s not a lot of money:
President Obama defended public broadcasting from cuts on Friday, emphasizing that defunding networks like NPR and PBS would do little to rein in spending. – The Hill
Unfortunately, this is akin to a family on the verge of bankruptcy saying, “well, we are underwater by tens of thousands of dollars. We are about to loose our house, and our monthly payments for the mortgage and other debt is in the thousands of dollars per month. But since my cable bill is only $60/month, we are going to keep that.”
To that family, most reasonable people would say, “Listen, you have got to get ALL of your spending under control. You have mismanaged your money. Get your house in order in every area. Then we can talk about what might be appropriate and what isn’t.”
But Obama doesn’t see it that way. And why should he? The money he’s spending (or wants to spend) isn’t really his. (I will say that, in so far as he is also a taxpayer, a very small portion of it is his money. But, you know what I mean.)
Just so we are all clear on where things stand, if it comes from a Republican or Conservative, it is decried as violent and/or heated rhetoric and is therefore decried as a threat. But if that violent rhetoric comes from a liberal, progressive, or union, it’s part of the democratic process and it’s OK.
Seems I’m not the only one who thinks this thing in Wisconsin could erupt into something much, much larger… Note the title on this blog’s post.
Would seizing wealth from the rich in this country solve our debt problems? Steve McCann says “no” over at American Thinker
The words of Wisconsin GOP State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are a perfect description of the Democrats behavior:
“Don’t let their complete absence fool you; the Senate Democrats forced that vote yesterday,” Mr. Fitzgerald said in a statement. “They forced it three weeks ago, when they abandoned their jobs and fled to Illinois for a long-term vacation.”
He added: “And today, they’re ‘shocked’ that a decision was made without them in the room. Yesterday’s actions shouldn’t surprise anyone, much less any parent in Wisconsin. We know that sometimes, throwing a fit doesn’t get you what you want.” – NY Times