Obama has been in office for almost two years now. Once he uttered the presidential oath, and without so much as a glance at the GOP side of the aisle, he commenced constructing his idea of change-we-can-believe-in USA.
The President and his Capitol Hill cohorts crafted cleverly-worded colossal bills that were completed just before vote time, making them impossible to read before they were voted into law. Arm-twisting, brow-beating, and secret shady deals were his methods of choice to ensure passage of legislation which massively expanded government power, added astronomical amounts to our deficit, and increased our entitlement burdens.
Obama justified the necessity for his $787 billion Stimulus Bill (or ‘stim’ as Ma’am Senator Barbara Boxer calls it) on the fact that lots of “shovel-ready projects” were ready to go and needed funding. He hammered home the idea that funding these shovel-ready projects would mean economic recovery and jobs. Just a few days ago, in a New York Times story, our President admitted he’s made a few mistakes – among them that there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects.
“We are seeing shovels hit the ground.” – Obama at Dept of Transportation March 3, 2009
Fox Nation October 13, 2010:
With regard to his first large legislative effort, the $787 billion federal stimulus, it took too long for him to realize “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” Obama said.
That’s a nearly TRILLION dollar goof.
More admissions from Obama:
The Times’s Peter Baker wrote: “Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead ‘let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts’ so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.”
Obama said he let himself be perceived as “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat,” as opposed to the new model of politician some thought he would be following his 2008 campaign.
Though Obama has accused Republicans of opposing his agenda for political gain, in the interview the president said whatever the result of the midterms, his relationship the GOP would be different starting in 2011.
“It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible,” he said. “Either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”
Obama says his mistake was letting himself be perceived as the same old tax-and-spend liberal. That’s what he IS. He then states that he hopes after midterm results are counted that his relationship with the GOP will be different. Really? In the next breath, he continues to divert attention from his mistakes by blaming Republicans… again. Not a way to win friends and influence people on the other side of the aisle.
Democrats are running from Obama’s record as fast as they can. Meanwhile, false claims are being flung and dirty tricks continue. Obama hopes to pump up his beleaguered base and is embarking on a western campaign blitz tomorrow to better communicate that Dems aren’t dastardly and change takes time. Hope the 10% unemployed and 18% underemployed can hang on.
Let’s hope we begin to shovel our way out of Obama’s goofs on mid-term election day, November 3rd.
► Jayde Wyatt