Bully pres in his bully pulpit
By Henry Lamb
Rarely, if ever, has a sitting president displayed so many examples of so many qualities so unbecoming as were flagrantly displayed at his June 29 press conference.
The purpose of the event was to chide Republicans into voting to raise the debt-ceiling before the August 2nd deadline. Obama said:
“The fact that we’re here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign — is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
Ooooops! That’s what Obama said in 2006.
On June 29th,2011, it was a different story. According to the new, revised, version, Obama now says that if Republicans won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling, soldiers won’t get paid. Social security checks won’t be mailed, babies will have no milk. The markets will fall, the global economy will collapse, and the world will go to hell in a hand-basket – and it will all be the fault of the nasty Republicans.
What a load of crap, delivered on national television no less.
Congressional Republicans must do this immediately: introduce legislation to set spending priorities from existing revenues in lieu of raising the debt ceiling. The legislation should instruct the President to pay from current revenues the following items in the listed priority:
1. Interest payments on the national debt.
2. Payroll of U.S. Service men and women
3. Social security payments
4. Essential federal employees
5. Medicare payments
All other federal payments – subject to availability of current revenue. No more borrowing!
Of course, the President would never sign such a bill, even if the Senate were to pass it. But wouldn’t it be fun listening to Harry Reid and Obama try to explain why they are unwilling to do with the federal government what every family has to do when it runs out of money?
Obama’s silly rhetoric at the press conference was embarrassingly offensive: chiding Congress for loafing while he was on the job working hard to kill bin Laden, liberate Libya, attend two-dozen fund-raisers, perform regular inspections of prestigious golf courses, bounce around the globe on Air Force One, and make campaign ads in the White House promising to have dinner with the lucky winner of a campaign raffle. If this were not enough to make a black man blush, he also made a few factually incorrect statements of sufficient magnitude that even the Bachman/Palin media hounds should be distracted. He said:
“If you are a wealthy CEO or a health – hedge fund manager in America right now, your taxes are lower than they have ever been.”
This statement is factually incorrect, of course. The highest tax rate has been lower than the current rate twice in recent years, as much as seven percent lower than the current rate. Watch the Bachman/Palin media hounds jump on this one.
When asked if hostilities in Libya is a violation of the War Powers act, Obama refused to answer. Instead, he went off on a tirade about how the wicked Muammar Qaddafi murdered Americans, and how he was acting under a U.N. mandate, and what a glorious thing it was he was doing that was not really a war, but simply providing humanitarian protection.
Then, in a feeble attempt to ridicule Republicans, he says of the War Powers Act question: “And this suddenly becomes the cause célèbre for some folks in Congress? Come on.”
Attention Barack: President or not, you cannot bully, ridicule, misstate, teleprompt, or perform your way around your obvious disdain for the U.S. Constitution, free markets, and the idea of limited government. You fooled the electorate once. Never again. You have displayed your true colors unmistakably. You may count on the people who share your socialist philosophy to vote for you again. You can rely on big labor, GE, NBC, MSNBC, Time, the New York Times, and other admirers of Marxist thinking. But you can no longer deceive the vast majority of Americans, who have now seen through your snake-oiled rhetoric.
Your ineptitude, inexperience, lack of judgment, and apparent allegiance to Alinski’s “Rules for Radicals,” all of which combined to produce the national disaster that now shrouds the nation, is so abundantly clear that even the blind will find a better candidate to receive their vote in the next election.
The bully pulpit is no place for a bully president. America has now suffered through nearly three years of both. Surely, there is hope on the horizon. It’s almost certain that a change of any sort in the presidency would be an improvement, and a definite step up from the current level of incompetency.