LOS ANGELES, January 3, 2013 — Years change, but politicians remain as worthless in 2013 as they were in 2012. President Barack Obama and a lapdog Congress passed terrible legislation that makes America the illegitimate child of spendaholic parents California and Greece. Those loving Detroit as a model of fiscal sanity will love the new spendasaurus.
Fiscal Cliffdiver Obama said he wanted a “balanced approach.” He broke his word. Temporarily breaking from his perpetual Hawaiian vacation, he created more illusions of commitment to actually governing. In his unbalanced world, tax hikes on “millionaires and billionaires” go to those making less than half a million. As predicted, the new law is all tax hikes and zero spending cuts. There is no attempt to even slow the rate of growth in Medicare and Social Security, much less make real cuts.
Obama confiscated 620 billion dollars in higher taxes from job creators and redistributed it. That is what redistributionists do. There will be more failed green energy projects, since one Solyndra is not enough for an addicted of failed technologies based on fraudulent science. Significant money will go toward other liberal constituencies as “investments.”
Unlike most people, Obama is unable to show any graciousness toward those wanting to stop the financial bleeding. His press conference after the law was passed was frightening.
“This law is just one step.”
Yes, toward bankruptcy. The CBO scores four trillion more dollars of debt.
“The deficit is still too high.”
Yes, specifically because of President Obama. He will not cut anything.
“We are still investing too little.”
He wants more spending.
We need more “Investments in education.”
He wants more money poured down a sewer full of rats by giving teachers’ unions additional dollars to finally destroy any chance of public schoolchildren getting decent educations.
The deal “raises 620 billion in revenue.”
The deficit is over one trillion dollars with the debt approaching twentyfold that.
“I am very open to compromise.”
He is selling more than the Brooklyn Bridge or Alaska boondoggles. He is selling high speed rail so every American can travel between Coney Island and Anchorage. Higher taxes should fund that for about one week.
He admitted that “Medicare is the biggest contributor to our deficit.”
President Obama does nothing to fix this problem. He exacerbates it.
He says we must “reform that program without hurting seniors.”
This is a substanceless slogan from the King of Sloganistan. He will not raise the retirement age, consider privatization, or reduce cost-driver regulations. He reforms nothing.
“We can’t cut our way to prosperity.”
He wants to tax us to prosperity. He compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, which makes sense. Lincoln’s doctors were heroes for drawing his blood rather than giving him more blood. Back then doctors lacked today’s knowledge. Now the patient is America, and Doctor Obama fancies himself perfectly capable of performing delicate surgery after spending all day partying with the “Choom Gang.”
“Cutting spending has to go hand in hand with reforming the tax code.”
He raises taxes with both hands, leaving none free to operate heavy cutting devices like veto pens.
With “deficit reduction, we have to do it in a balanced way.”
There were no cuts. Obama cannot even slow the growth rate of his own slogans. His platitudes grow as fast as the problems he creates and pretends to solve.
“I will not have another debate with this Congress (regarding the debt ceiling).”
He will continue verbally abusing anybody trying to reduce America’s credit debt accumulated on failed social programs. Republicans as always will back down.
Then he offered the F-words.
“Fair share.” “Forward.” “Focus - not on politics, but on what’s right for the country.”
Anybody agreeing with him cares about America, while anybody disagreeing is playing politics.
While Obama began 2013 accelerating American decline, Republicans deserve plenty of blame. They are the only people on Earth too pusillanimous to stand up to President Obama. Everybody else globally from Vladimir Putin to Bashar Assad laughs at him and treats him as an insignificant child to be ignored. Yet somehow the man who intimidates nobody outside America makes Republicans with real power cower in a fetal position.
Republicans from John Boehner and Mitch McConnell on down knew that this deal was bad policy and bad politics. When it inevitably fails, Obama can accurately claim they agreed to it. This was “read my lips” on steroids. Republicans gave up everything they believed in. Majority Leader Eric Cantor said no, but for some astonishing reason Congressman Paul Ryan supported the deal. He was the frontrunner to be the next President in 2016 in a GOP that always nominates the next person in line. Now he will have this vote hung around his neck. This was his “Romneycare” moment, and he may never escape it.
Many lucid individuals are wondering why Republicans would engage in ideological suicide. They could have done the right thing and gone over the fiscal cliff.
They were scared Obama and the liberal media would successfully blame Republicans for the mess.
That’s right. Republicans voting for the 2013 Obama tax hikes put public relations over the national interests. They were too gutless to defend their ideas. They chose a bad deal over facing media fire.
This is worse than 1990, when President George Herbert Walker Bush saw his presidency destroyed. At least he did not take the entire GOP with him. The GOP’s “reward” for capitulation in 2013 will be the same. In two months they will be bullied into giving Obama an unlimited debt ceiling, because the slightest cuts would hurt schoolteachers and the environment. The perpetual Obama campaign will continue because Republicans now stand for absolutely nothing.
“This law is just one step.”
Step one is to kneecap Republicans. Then their arms get hacked off. Finally when President Obama rips their throats out, they will not be able to speak. He should just get it over with, since Republicans are not speaking up anyway.
America lost, but at least Obama won a major victory for expanding his favorite government entitlement program: himself.
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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