LOS ANGELES, November 13, 201 – After six years of campaigning for the job he has held for the last four, a reelected President Obama began his second term with a campaign rally.
Eschewing the traditional media session traditions of dignity and decorum, Mr. Obama came out to a sustained standing ovation. His message of bipartisanship and “coming together” translated into “I won, now shut up and compromise.”
With the looming fiscal crisis set to explode, President Obama has a chance to offer even the slightest hint of a plan to actually govern. Instead, the American people were offered tired platitudes that long ago stopped being truthful.
The time has come for “action, not politics as usual.”
No, that was four years ago. He had four years to solve problems, two of them with a Democratic Congress. He played golf and basketball.
The “top priority has to be jobs and growth.”
Four years ago he said that, and instead he rammed a healthcare bill down American throats that a majority of voters still dislike. Would he now tell us exactly how he would create real jobs, or would he stubbornly cling to what he really cares about? His own words in their full context again reveal what he truly cares about.
We need to “invest” in “education and training.”
Pumping more money into failed public schools does not create a single job anywhere. In fact, it bolsters teachers’ unions at the very expense of the children being taught. One can debate the merits of education, but like healthcare it has precisely zero to do with creating jobs.
Mr. Obama again mentioned “clean energy.”
In his world, putting the coal industry out of business creates jobs. In the real world, coal and oil actually power the American economy while green energy like Solyndra wastes tax dollars. Can anybody explain how “investing” billions of dollars in alternative energy will create a single real job in America today?
Mr. Obama has grandiose visions of the future. People are hurting today.
Problems should be solved in a “balanced and responsible way.” In other words, everything President Obama agrees with is balanced and responsible and anyone disagreeing with him is a selfish, irresponsible, uncaring plutocrat.
“We can’t just cut our way to prosperity.”
President Obama has cut absolutely nothing. Name a single program he has cut. For liberals who love to sneer about “simple math” and “common sense,” explain the difference between an actual cut and a slowing of a rate of growth. Then explain how piling on trillions of dollars of debt is actually a cut. Then explain how more “investment” will result in less debt. Calling the sun the moon does not make it so.
President Obama is hell-bent on “asking the wealthiest to pay more in taxes.” In his world, “That is the only way we can still afford to train our workers.”
This makes about as much sense as saying that we must spend billions of dollars on video games to help children learn motor skills. Then we can spend more money on the children by having them treated for repetitive stress syndrome. President Obama pretends to be flexible, yet then claims that his way of thinking is “the only way.”
The man is a walking contradiction. Late into his press conference he offered completely divergent statements that make sense only in his world.
“I am not wedded to every detail of my plan. I am open to compromise. I am open to new ideas.”
Suspend reality momentarily and pretend he actually means this. Pretend that a man who attacks the character of anyone disagreeing with him is capable of working with others. Even if one suspended reality and invented another fictional Obama persona, observe his next sentence.
“I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.”
That is the real Barack Obama. He decides what is “reasonable” and “balanced.” His way is “fair.”
It is time that somebody explain to Obama what the self-evident concept of “working together” actually means.
Working together means not referring to Republicans as “hostage takers.” It also means seeing conservatives as a noble opposition who are against raising taxes because it is bad policy. It means being honest in negotiations and not going back on one’s word after a deal has been reached.
Veteran reporter Bob Woodward pointed out that the last round of negotiations over the debt ceiling blew up because Mr. Obama negotiated in bad faith.
Working together means not claiming a mandate that does not exist.
“On Tuesday night we found out the majority of Americans agree with my approach.”
Tell that to Nancy Pelosi. She is not going anywhere near that Speaker’s gavel.
“All we need is action from the House.”
The House Republicans passed budgets. Senate Democrats did not. Mr. Obama’s proposals were so unserious that they were rejected 99-0 and 97-0.
President Obama did not speak one word about Social Security, Medicare or other cost drivers of the debt.
Liberals who want to return to Planet Earth need to be honest with themselves, if not the America people. The left wants a green economy, national healthcare, and increased public spending on education. They deeply believe in more spending on everything except the military. They don’t want to fix the fiscal cliff. They want higher taxes so they can spend more. They call it investment, but in the real world this is called spending.
Americans did not vote for this in 2008 or 2012. If they did, liberals would not need to keep their intention hidden. President Obama did not even use the words “higher taxes” until after his reelection.
The reality is very simple. Medicare, Social Security, and other entitlements are what is bankrupting this country. The Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have zero to do with the problem. Mr. Obama can blame straw men based on his being a leftist ideologue, or he can level with Americans on what the real problems are. Until President Obama offers a clear plan on how to restructure and strengthen entitlements, he does not deserve to be seen as a serious individual worthy of our listening ears.
Mr. Obama won the election, but respect has to be earned. Until proven otherwise, he remains unworthy of receiving this respect. This is fine, since he certainly does not give it to others who actually are serious about solving America’s problems.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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