Barack, the Budget Hawk: Obama’s Latest TelePrompTer Tennis Match

Today the current occupant of the Oval Office appeared before another audience of backward children to read another predictably partisan campaign speech from his ever-present TelePrompter. Only the most gullible viewers could possibly have been surprised or disappointed by what he said. As Al Gore famously noted, a leopard doesn’t change his stripes, just as Barack Obama doesn’t change his stunning lack of familiarity with English grammar. Jack Cashill presented numerous examples of Obama’s famous erudition going AWOL on him in his terrific book, Deconstructing Obama. Today it happened again. “As a country that values fairness, wealthier individuals have traditionally born a greater share of this burden than the middle class or those less fortunate.” The clause “as a country that values fairness” modifies what, “wealthier individuals?” Apparently, now the evil rich are not only freeloading off the rest of us. They are their own country that paradoxically “values fairness”! WTF, and I don’t mean “winning the future.” The One could use some new writers, preferably some who could pass English 101. And of course, in today’s speech, here we go again: predictably we were reminded of all the terrible things that Obama inherited, and the fact that patriotism means not wearing one of those hokey flag pins. It means paying more taxes. These dead horses have been beaten beyond bloody pulps into stains on the sidewalk.

Even leaving the grammatical errors that would shame an 8th grader aside, I’m afraid that I have to resort to a word I constantly return to when talking about this administration; that is, “embarrassment.” This speech was another embarrassment, filled with intellectually dishonest phrases like “spending in the tax code,” lib-speak for allowing people to keep their own money.  In fairness, no pun or irony intended, it’s not as if he concealed his ideology from us. During the presidential campaign, he told Charlie Gibson that even if lower tax rates would increase revenues to the federal treasury, he would oppose them on account of “fairness.” We all remember his infamous words to Joe the Plumber about “spreading the wealth around.” End of story. Game, set, match. Now, once again, he is attempting to use the words “balance” and “compromise” to masquerade as something other than what he is: a hard wired, dyed in the wool income redistributionist.

He is also hoping that voters will forget the following inconvenient facts:

In December ignored the recommendations of his own debt commission ideas and agreed to retain existing tax rates

In February,  he presented a ridiculously profligate budget

Now, suddenly, he is Mr. Deficit Reduction.

Today when he said “Some will argue we shouldn’t even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith for them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut,” I thought “Mr. President, you and Warren Buffet can send that money back if you don’t need it. The federal treasury will accept the check, no questions asked. Do you really need to punish some poor schmo with a small business that he worked for years to make successful?

He also stated: “Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without.” A suggestion: it’s poor salesmanship to remind us that but for tax payer assistance we would have been spared having an inexperienced, incompetent pompous, narcissistic empty suit posing as the Leader of the Free World. It’s also a bad idea to prompt us to think “We paid for his education. May we at least see the records?”

“It’s also why we have to use a scalpel and not a machete to reduce the deficit – so that we can keep making the investments that create jobs”

Is it just me, or do any of you find it ironic that B. Hussein talks constantly about a scalpel, when discussing spending reductions? It is ironic in my view because, despite his insistence that we all must experience “shared sacrifice,” apparently, based on last week’s negotiations on the 2011 budget, Planned Parenthood is exempt. Perhaps to be accurate, instead of referring to a scalpel, he should say “we have to use a cannula with ultrasound to guide us, not a machete.”

Also, it seems that “shared sacrifice” does not apply to NPR or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I know that you are shocked to learn that, like Planned Parenthood, their feeding at the federal trough was left untouched in the recent continuing resolution compromise. Priorities are priorities, after all.

No wonder Joe Biden took advantage of the chance to take a nap during this speech.


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