Friday, July 15, 2011

Obama Takes it to the American People, 80% of Whom Want to Pay More Taxes. Snort.

Two days ago:
With Republicans refusing once again to accept any new revenue [tax increases] as part of a deficit reduction deal and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (according to some sources) interrupting the president to propose, for the third time, passing only a stopgap increase in the debt ceiling, Obama reportedly told Cantor that he’d veto such a bill – and that he was prepared to “take it to the American people.” 

Via multiple media accounts, Obama went on to lecture Cantor about Republican intransigence [response to their constituencies], suggesting that a president like Ronald Reagan would never have put up with such treatment. “I’ve reached my limit,” Obama reportedly said. “This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.” At that point Obama pushed back from the table, angrily in some accounts, saying “I’ll see you tomorrow.” 
This morning:
During his press conference today on the debt ceiling debate, President Obama dropped a whopper. According to him, 80 percent of American’s are “sold” on his debt deal:
The bottom line is that this is not an issue of salesmanship to the American people, the American people are sold. The American people are sold, I just want to repeat this. … You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues [tax increases] and includes cuts. So, the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. And, so this is not a matter of the American people knowing what the right thing to do is,  it’s a matter of Congress doing the right thing and reflecting the will of the American people. And if we do that, we will have solved this problem.”
According to the president, the American people are "sold" on his plan. Unless Obama's plan brings his presidency "down."

One or the other.

Can this president truly bring himself to believe that the cheering celebrants of his "hope and change" electoral victory in 2008, many of whom have since run out of unemployment insurance benefits for jobs they lost under his watch, still think of him unequivocally as the new Messiah, or at least a guy they can trust with their money?

Does this president truly live in a world in which people like the Obamatons of Brooklyn, NY, who gave Barack Obama more votes than any other county in the state, will overlook the meteoric rise in their unemployment under his presidency?

Ecstatic Obama supporters in Brooklyn, NY, celebrating Barack Obama’s 2008 election. Brooklyn gave Obama more votes than any other county in New York State. Brooklyn's unemployment rate back then was 4.7 percent. By January of 2011, Brooklyn's unemployment rate was 10.1, "making it one of the hardest hit counties in New York State." (The Brooklyn Ink)

The man is really stuck on the horns of a dilemma. He may have to choose between fact and delusion.

Just like Brooklyn.

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  1. He must not know that 80% of Americans know that a budget is like a Koi fish: the bills will always grow faster than the paycheck. We know better than to throw good money after bad.

    Only children are naive enough to think they can somehow spend their way out of debt. The rest of us not only forgo vacations and new cars, but also stop buying lattes and cancel Satellite TV and start bringing our own lunch from home.

  2. I can't think of anything 80% of Americans can agree on. I wonder what it's like to live in his fantasy land?

  3. The hipster douchebag quotient in Brooklyn is very high, so the chances of them seeing the light on Obama are fabulously low.

    Although maybe being out of a job and unable to pay for their coke binges might snap a few of Williamsburg kool kids out of their thoughtless socialism. Maybe.

  4. @Tina - Bills grow faster than the paycheck for us, but not for him. O has made it very clear that the debt becomes his problem only when it inconveniently keeps him off the golf course and the beach. Meetings and press conferences can really put a dent in a guy's day.

    @Trestin - An interesting question. The wagyu beef is real, though.

    @kingshamus - I think it's more likely that O will snap out of it than that NYC will. My friends in Manhattan and Queens are annoyed that troglodyte Republicans are obstructing Obama's plan to spend our way into prosperity. They still think that Congress reads the bills they pass.

  5. @Odie - Whatever it is, I sure don't want any.