Teri OBrien

Barack's Ultimate Two-Step

by Teri OBrien

 - Sun, Mar 29 2009

$0 I think that I may have mispoken when I expressed disappointment that TOTUS (TelePrompTer-in Chief) didn’t give America’s first Affirmative Action president any jokes to recite in his latest press conference. As it turns out, there was a real leg slapper; specifically, presenting his budget as one that moves from “an era of borrow and spend” to one of “save and invest.” For an excellent elucidation, please check out Karl Rove’s outstanding opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal. Here’s a little nugget for your enjoyment:$0$0$0$0The CBO says deficits will fall for three years to $658 billion, still nearly 50% larger than any past deficit. After that, deficits go back up every year, reaching the trillion-dollar a year mark again in nine years. By 2019, the debt would reach 82.4% of GDP, a level not seen since 1947. With astonishing candor, even Peter Orszag, the president's budget director conceded these levels of deficits and debt are "unsustainable."$0$0$0$0Federal spending will under Mr. Obama top $4 trillion this year. This translates into 28.5% of GDP -- a level exceeded only at the height of World War II. According to the president's plans, spending will thereafter slow for three years, but then grow faster than the economy for the next seven years and beyond. Spending rises by $3.1 trillion from 2009-19, including $911 billion for legislation signed during his first two months in office, including the stimulus bill and the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (and not including interest on the mushrooming debt). Mr. Obama is violating every tenet of his promise "to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day."$0$0$0$0and this conclusion:$0$0$0$0Tuesday night's news conference showed a fluid, self-assured president -- but one who seems to think that repeating a false argument will make it true. The man who promised to end "finger-pointing" has developed the habit of blaming everyone who came before him. Invoking the language of fiscal responsibility, he is engineering prosperity-killing deficits and bankrupting spending.$0$0$0$0 This budget may be Obama’s ultimate two-step because the chickens will come home to roost after he’s out of office. For those of you new to my scribbling, or who don’t listen to my radio show, the Obama two-step is a little dance in which he pays lip service to a position with which no one could disagree to perpetuate the myth among the ignorant, the distracted or the infatuated that he is a level-headed moderate rather than the left-wing extremist he has been his entire adult life. Examples include his claim to believe in an individual right to keep and bear arms while being the most anti-gun candidate in history.$0$0$0$0 Some of you may be thinking that there is some justice in the fact that it the same wet-behind-the-ears, celebrity-obsessed ignorant brats who helped elect this character will be faced with dealing with the consequences as they move into their peak earning, and child-rearing years. Shorter term, you may be delighted at the possibility that Mr. Rove raises; that is, that BHO’s lunatic spending spree bodes well for the GOP’s political future. While I understand these thoughts, I take no joy in either, perhaps because I am married to a man who voted for the first incarnation of Jimmy Carter and lived to regret it. We all do stupid things when we’re young, after all, and my love for my country outweighs any Schadenfreude I might feel toward the dunces who voted for Obama. In addition, what good does it do if the GOP gains political power if Barack Hussein Obama and his apparatchiks have destroyed the American way of life by creating a massive federal machine that turns our nation into a European socialist democracy? The only hope is that Barry and friends will so overreach that he will usher in another 1980. Perhaps that’s already happening. Consider the brilliant statement by British PM Daniel Hannan. Could this man be the second coming of Margaret Thatcher, just as Barack Hussein is the second coming of the King of the Useful Idiots, Jimmy Carter?$0$0$0$0 Leading me to ask: Is BHO going to show up in a cardigan sweater next?$0

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