The Chosen One continued his high public presence by favoring us mere mortals with yet a second press conference.Like the first one, it was obvious that most of the reporters were pre-selected and the the questions submitted in advance ( note the surprise of the one reporter who was called on who wasn't on the list) so the ol' teleprompter could be primed up and ready to roll.
So, what wisdom did the
Once again, I waded through this stuff so you don't have to.
Basically, boiled down to a single sentence, what he had to say was: 'Hey, I won the election, I'm going to get what I want out of Congress to pass my agenda and I'll sweat the details later.' Details like a deficit total of $9.3 trillion under what passes for his plan..
In between, we were treated to a healthy dose of horse manure from Elmer-Gantry-With-A-Tan.
Here are just a few samples, starting with his opening remarks:
The first step we took was to pass a recovery plan to jump-start job creation and put money in people's pockets. This plan's already saved the jobs of teachers and police officers. It's creating construction jobs to rebuild roads and bridges.
And yesterday, I met with a man whose company is reopening a factory outside of Pittsburgh that's rehiring workers to build some of the most energy-efficient windows in the world.
And this plan will provide a tax cut to 95 percent of all working families that will appear in people's paychecks by April 1.
So many outright lies, so little time..the president's 'stimulus' plan, by targeting small business owners with gross incomes of over $250,000 is going to cost jobs, not save them, as the rising unemployment numbers show..although government jobs, paid for on the taxpayer's dime actually increased.And those 'jobs' building roads and bridges? years in the future, after they've been designed, permitted and contracted. As I've pointed out before, meanwhile the money changes hands now.
And that mythical tax cut? It's actually a tax credit, Bubba, of about $52 dollars a month.And next year, since the tax tables aren't changing, it will be taxed as income.
And then there was this bit:
You know, there was a lot of outrage and finger-pointing last week, and much of it is understandable. I'm as angry as anybody about those bonuses that went to some of the very same individuals who brought our financial system to its knees, partly because it's yet another symptom of the culture that led us to this point..
But one of the most important lessons to learn from this crisis is that our economy only works if we recognize that we're all in this together, that we all have responsibilities to each other and to our country.
Bankers and executives on Wall Street need to realize that enriching themselves on the taxpayers' dime is inexcusable, that the days of outsized rewards and reckless speculation that puts us all at risk have to be over.
At the same time, the rest of us can't afford to demonize every investor or entrepreneur who seeks to make a profit. That drive is what has always fueled our prosperity, and it is what will ultimately get these banks lending and our economy moving once more
Obviously, President Zero thinks we're just downright stoo-pid.Does he think people don't know that the Democrats in DC deliberately crafted the part of the 'stimulus' bill dealing with the AIG bonuses with the idea of protecting a very generous campaign donor? That Chris Dodd went public on CNN saying that Obama and Geithner told him to do it ?
Not to mention the fact that Obama could have stopped the kabuki 'outrage' in Congress and the demonization of some of those investors and entrepeneurs - most of whom did nothing wrong - with a word. Instead, he let the class envy rage build because he regarded it as politically beneficial for the Obamazombies to see all private business as 'crooked' and 'greedy'..a standard community 'organizer' tactic ala' Sol Alinsky.
Needless to say, none of the chosen reporters mentioned any of this.
But here's some of the stuff that did come up.
In response to ABC's Jake Tapper on the proposed budget:
Well, I've emphasized repeatedly what I expect out of this budget. I expect that there's serious efforts at health care reform and that we are driving down costs for families and businesses, and ultimately for the federal and state governments that are going to be broke if we continue on the current path.
I've said that we've got to have a serious energy policy that frees ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy.
And I've said that we've got to start driving our deficit numbers down.
Now, we never expected, when we printed out our budget, that they would simply Xerox it and vote on it. We assume that it has to go through the legislative process. I have not yet seen the final product coming out of the Senate or the House, and we're in constant conversations with them.
I am confident that the budget we put forward will have those principles in place.
When it comes to cap-and-trade, the broader principle is that we've got to move to a new energy era, and that means moving away from polluting energy sources towards cleaner energy sources. That is a potential engine for economic growth.
I think cap-and-trade is the best way, from my perspective, to achieve some of those gains, because what it does is it starts pricing the pollution that's being sent into the atmosphere.
Our point in the budget is: Let's get started now. We can't wait. And my expectation is that the Energy Committees or other relevant committees in both the House and the Senate are going to be moving forward a strong energy package. It will be authorized. We'll get it done. And I will sign it.
Translation? Hey, I want to fund the gimmees on universal health care and the rest of my agenda. I'm going to bankrupt the coal industry just like I said.And I'm going to get what I want regardless of what those blue dog Democrats think, and I want it done now. We'll sweat the details later, just like with the 'stimulus.'
Want more? here's Obama on the deficit: "In this budget, we have made the tough choices necessary to cut our deficit in half by the end of my first term even under the most pessimistic estimates."
Hah! Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office last week predicted that the Obama budget would produce deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion per year over the next decade.
Obama's razzle dazzle is based on the incredibly optimistic prediction that the economy will grow 3.2 percent for 2010, followed by three years of more than 4 percent growth each year.. while the Congressional Budget Office estimates that growth will be only 2.2. percent if all goes well. That's what Obama has described as “small differences” with a straight face. But when you're talking about the dollar amount of the US economy and factoring in what Obama wants to spend on things like health care,boondoggles for unproven energy sources and the cost of cap n' trade, the president is dealing with economic stupidity that even a Chicago Southside crack dealer could poke holes through.
And finally, amid of whole slew of things I could mention, here's President Obama one mo' time, blaming the evil Bush: "I suspect that some of those Republican critics ( of his budget) have a short memory, because, as I recall, I'm inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit, annual deficit, from them."
True enough, on the face of it...except it's Congress that authorizes spending, and the last time I checked Congress was controlled by Democrats in the last two years of Bush's presidency. President Zero needs some new material, I think.
Just as an interesting contrast, when President Bush was interviewed a week ago and asked to comment on the first sixty days of the Obama presidency, he refused, responding "he (Obama) deserves my silence."
I'm not your biggest fan, but that was a classy response and a fine gesture, Mr. President.
And one that was wasted on the current occupant of the White House, who apparently lacks the manhood to respond in kind and take responsibility for his own mess.
I doubt we have ever had a president with this particular combination of malignant narcissism an doutright fecklessness.