Sep 08 2011
President Obama has missed his window of opportunity – big time. He has had many chances to salvage his presidency over the last 2+ years, and he ignored and missed all of them. The last opportunity he blew was when the nation’s voters sent him a massive GOP freshman class to the House of Representatives to allow him one last chance to prove all the rhetoric he spouted about leadership and bridging the partisan divide.
And boy, did he blow that opportunity. He never took the opportunity to lead in a bipartisan manner, instead it was all petulance, all the time. There was a small ray of hope when the Bush tax cuts were extended in quasi bipartisan fashion in the lame duck, Democrat led Congress in 2010. But after that, Obama fell into full throated, liberal, partisan demagoguery instead of bipartisan leadership. He flailed away on the remainder of the 2011 budget (which ends this month). He won lots of concessions and the GOP was left with no substantial cuts (there couldn’t be, since the budget was only for a couple of months), but Obama failed to head the message of 2010. He failed to move to the center, play nice with others, and stop spending like a drunken sailor.
Same thing happened on the debt ceiling debate. The GOP walked away with no real fixes and more empty promises of future adult and fiscally responsible behavior out of dysfunctional DC. But that was not what the voters wanted, and Obama’s immediate return to massive spending (consuming a good chunk of the new limit in a mater of weeks) left voters realizing 2010 was not going to shift the mindset of DC. That was when all hope ended for positive change.
So now the President is going to give another speech promoting more impotent and useless government efforts to avoid the obvious steps to putting our economy right (i.e, tax cuts, rolling back bureaucratic red tape, real spending cuts). Not surprisingly, it looks like no one is going to tune in. It’s so bad even the GOP is not bothering to rebut what is clearly a rehash of failed liberal fantasies. Keynesian economics is dead and buried. The nation gets it, so the GOP does not even have to bother repeating it. Best to get on with some football!
We know what will happen. Obama is going to whine about lack of action in Congress, while a pile of House bills lay languishing in the Senate under veto threats from a petulant and inexperienced President. Why should anyone care about another political speech that will do nothing, as unemployment continues to rise back up again? Why even waste our precious time? Why even lift a finger to push the remote?
Obama is now the lamest of ducks. He cried ‘Wolf!’so many times, and made so many sweeping and empty promises he never kept, that his credibility is completely shot. No one except he and his WH groupies believe a thing the TOTUS (Teleprompter of The United States) spews any more. It was once thought to be a message from heaven on how to right the country. Now we know TOTUS is just a bad B-Movie script from the 1950’s being replayed via the POTUS’ lips, with no basis in reality.
So instead of dialing into a bad rerun, now we await the next President of these United States to show up.
With the unemployment rate locked in above 9 percent, voters are weary of words. Another high-profile speech is likely to underscore how little has changed since Obama said in his first joint-session address, a month after taking office, “Now is the time to jump-start job creation.”
“Underscore”? More like “cement”.