Our only true course is to let the motive for action be in the action itself, never in its reward; not to be incited by the hope of the result, nor yet indulge a propensity for inertness.
- H. P. Blavatsky, Russian Author, Translator, and Theosophist (1831-1891)
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In response to the news today that the Commerce Department projects GDP shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, here’s the White House response:
White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations had prevented important defense spending.
Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that’s Republicans in Congress,” Carney said.
source: The Hill
I’m not making this up, that’s the White House response! After four years of a flaccid recovery under Obama, now we see that we might be on the verge of a double-dip recession and what’s the Obama administration’s response?
Obama had carte blanche in Congress his first two years, he passed a government takeover of 1/6 of the nation’s economy in Obamacare, he was able to wrack up more new government spending in his first nine months than Bill Clinton did in all his eight years as president and Democrats have had control of the Senate since Mr. Obama went to Washington in 2006, and still this administration reflexively points fingers? The Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a new budget in nearly 1,400 days and we’re supposed to blame the economic contraction on House Republicans?
You can only imagine what Obama would do if Republicans didn’t have their modest 32 seat majority in the House to blame everything bad on in his second term . . . perhaps he’d shift to blaming Romney and the GOP for daring to challenge his presidency in the first place, distracting Our Dear Leader from his ability to focus his full concentration on his most impeccable stewardship of the economy, or maybe Obama would simply blame the more than 60 million Americans who dared to vote against him, saying they only pretend to care about providing for their families when in reality, they’re secretly working to sabotage Our Dear Leader’s otherwise unassailable record.
We have to pray this is just an anomaly here, but I’ve got a very bad feeling this is some kind of a second Obama term that could be more grim than even a lot of pessimists might have imagined.
Over the past year, Obama’s budget proposals have been so completely ridiculous, so completely beyond the realm of serious consideration, that not a single member of Congress, not one Republican, not one member of his own Democrat party, could bring themselves to vote for them.
Obama’s budget proposals were shot down 97-0 by the Senate in May 2011, 414-0 by the House in March of this year and 99-0 by the Senate in May. That’s a collective 610-0. Not one single vote, not even one Democrat has gotten on board with any of Obama’s budget proposals. Never in the history of American politics have we seen a president’s budget proposals so roundly rejected by Congress.
Undeterred by his previous budgets going down to unanimous defeat after unanimous defeat, here comes the latest bit of drivel from the White House website outlining the president’s next budget proposal to Congress:
We must transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building. That begins with putting the Nation on a path to living within our means – by cutting wasteful spending, asking all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford, while keeping the investments we need to grow the economy and create jobs.
From a candidate Obama who once assailed the Bush deficits as “unpatriotic” and then upon becoming president, promptly added to the $4 trillion Bush debts another $6 trillion in half the time, Obama’s rhetoric about the necessity of “living within our means” may ring hollow to most, but for those who doubt that Barack Obama has finally gotten serious about reversing our plunge into an abyss too deep to climb out of, witness the unveiling of Obama’s new tool for trimming government spending:
photo credit: Obama Clock
It was so bad, Obama’s Secretary of Youth Propaganda, Jon Stewart, wondered if Obama even wants a second term:
“I thought he had a very difficult night. I’m concerned that he may not reelect us. He may walk away.”
“I don’t know what he was doing out there… Where was Obama tonight? … What was Romney doing tonight? He was winning!”
Wow. When a sycophant like Matthews can’t even find a way to spin it as a win for Obama, you know it was a disaster.
Charles Blow, a typical Obama-lover from the New York Times, offered this up:
“There are two more chances for the president to change tactics, or at least to show up to the debates energized and nimble: President Xanax just doesn’t cut it.”
Though more adept in keeping his liberal bias buried between the lines than his successor Brian Williams, there’s no doubt about Tom Brokaw’s leftist leanings. Here’s what he had to say:
“If it had been Romney performing like the president last night, [the election] would have been over.”
Through his high-level posts in the Clinton team to his jobs at ABC, George Stephanopoulos has never stopped working tirelessly for the Democrats. As a man who managed to declare with a straight face the Democrat candidates winners of eight of the last nine presidential debates, even he had to give it up for Romney:
“I think Governor Romney definitely more crisp in his presentation tonight… he was able to be aggressive without being offensive.”
Ed Schultz, maybe the most disgustingly partisan of all the partisans on MSNBC, said this:
“I think the President created a big problem for him tonight, for himself. I don’t think he explained himself very well on the economy. I thought he was off his game. I was absolutely stunned tonight.”
Some of the best tweets of the night from the Obama-loving hacks in the OSM:
One of Obama’s top surrogates at the New York Times, Nick Kristof:
Romney is relaxed and empathetic, while Obama comes across as a constipated professor. C’mon, Mr. President! #Debates
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 4, 2012
Million dollar donor and the nastiest spewer of filth on television, Bill Maher:
i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 4, 2012
The best two tweets come from Andrew Sullivan, Obama’s Zombie-in-Chief at The Daily Beast:
This is a rolling calamity for Obama. He’s boring, abstract, and less human-seeming than Romney! thebea.st/RdXvE9
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) October 4, 2012
How is Obama’s closing so fucking sad, confused, lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost election tonight. thebea.st/RdXvE9
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) October 4, 2012
Approximately 67 million people watched Obama bomb as Romney turned in a stellar performance. It was a beautiful thing to witness.
No one can take away from Barack Obama the fact that his accomplishments as president are unprecedented. Even Obama’s self-aggrandizing use of the word “unprecedented” is unprecedented. After calling the Bush deficits “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” on the campaign trail, it took Obama only three years and two months to increase the national debt more than Bush did in his entire eight-year presidency, but perhaps even more impressive than that feat was Obama matching GWB’s full two-term presidency in rounds of golf over his first nine months!
Of course, George W. Bush had the disadvantage of having a conscience and feeling it would not be right for the president to be seen golfing while soldiers were dying on the battlefield. Quoting the former president:
I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
Thankfully for Barack Obama, he has absolutely no qualms about being seen playing golf while our soldiers die. For the man who was handed a Nobel Prize before having accomplished anything as president, who then promptly expanded the War in Afghanistan to the body count of more than twice as many soldiers dead under his presidency than under Bush’s, Obama’s ability to focus on his golf game without distraction must be seen as all the more impressive. Barack Obama now stands just one round away from the milestone of one-hundred rounds of golf played. It’s tough being king, but someone’s got to do it.
So while we applaud Obama for achieving yet another remarkable presidential milestone, we must also marvel at the fact that it’s just one of the many achievements for which history will remember this president. As devoted as he’s been to his presidential golf game, Obama has still found a way to squeeze in an unprecedented amount of lavish vacations and more fundraisers than the last five presidents combined. Is it any wonder the man is portrayed on mainstream media magazine covers wearing Superman suits and sporting airbrushed halos over his head?