The man who voted present now says “I told you so”
Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan. Ever.
All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present. But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements (the Ryan plan) and to take dramatic action as to spending (Cut, Cap and Balance) the White House went along with Democratic demagoguing of the issue.
The beauty of voting present is that it allows one to sit back and watch, and then say “I told you so” no matter what the outcome. If things turn out badly, you can say you didn’t vote for it; if things turn out well, you can say you didn’t vote against it.
Having voted present on the hard issues, Obama now is saying I told you so in light of the S&P downgrade, via The Hill:
But the administration didn’t miss the chance to say, in essence, “I told you so.”
“Over the past weeks and months the President repeatedly called for substantial deficit reduction through both long-term entitlement changes and revenues through tax reform, with additional measures to spark jobs and strengthen our recovery,” press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
“That is why the President pushed for a grand bargain that would include all of these elements and require compromise and cooperation from all sides.”
Where was your plan, Mr. President? If you can’t show it to us, then stop talking about “I told you so.”
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Obalinsky, me thinks..
Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
So, based solely on Obama’s statements as a candidate and as president, we can clearly conclude that his “plan” is to wreck havoc on the economy and to redistribute the wealth of the nation to those that need more! Based on Obama’s Administration words, as so well stated by its public spokesman, Mr. Carney, that is in fact the plan, as Mr. Carney said!
Of course, the governor of Minnesota has such a plan, but he’s willing to define it clearly, repeatedly: “Tax the Rich!”
One thing I have not heard about the AA+ rating is that under purely Democratic auspices, i.e., just raising the debt ceiling, it might have been substnatively worse: AA or AA-. At least now we have 2.5T in less debt projected. It’s a thin slice, 3-5% maybe over those 10 years (calculus required), but something, however composed, spending cuts/tax increases.
I told you so!
If you would only have followed my plan, which was built on my detailed budget, if you would only have read the charts, income projections and line-by-line analyses of each debit and credit we spend… oh, sorry, wrong teleprompter!
From which orifice does Carney pull this stuff?
Obama’ lower one.
Obama’s plan? Why Professor, Obama has a plan. It is the same plan used by all community organizers. Take facts, change them to suit your needs, and present them as real facts.
I have been looking over the employment numbers, some I printed out last year. Can anyone explain to me how the U.S. labor force has been REDUCED when we have more people entering the labor market every day? How one number, reported in June, 2010, has all of a sudden dropped 1/2 million people in the July, 2011 figures?
Where did those people go? Did they all just retire, die or move to another country? No, the Obama administration is playing fast and loose with the numbers, forgetting that you can look at what they did last year and see how they are fudging the numbers this year.
But get ready for more of the same. Our economy is NOT going to get better as long as we have FDR Part II in the Oval Office. Now unless we have another World War.
Stunning fiscal data in comparative form relating to the Governorships of the declared and non-declared POTUS Candidates
Americans concerned aout the fiscal plight of their Republic need to evaulate this information.
Those are some interesting numbers. The averages aren’t useful. What’s most interesting is the year by year record because it shows how they handled the situation they were dealt, and how they responded to crises.
Palin’s Alaska is a hard sell. First, Palin’s term was cut short, notably because her opponents were viciously and outrageously abusing the ethics laws. So though it was a good term it’s still not much to go on. She was out by Jul 09, so I don’t know why they included FY2010. Also, I’d like to know how oil finances affect Alaskan finances. She did very well in a relatively conservative state during good years.
Utah comes out looking the best here. They don’t live beyond their means, and they don’t hoard a lot of money that could be in the private sector, and they didn’t seem fazed by the 2008 crisis. But how much of that is creditable to Huntsman, and how much of that is due to Utah’s conservative, Mormon populace?
What you can see is that Texas under Perry weathered 2003, and then built up its reserves and was in good shape when 2008 hit. I think he’s got a great record in a state with an entrenched Democratic opposition.
Romney and Pawlenty both look like they’re doing quite well governing purple states. Both of them have to deal with solid Democratic opposition, and Pawlenty started during a poor economy and led through the present crisis.
The left in America is not to be underestimated, and it seems to me that governors who can get conservatives results in a purple state make the most solid case for being president. That’s why, all in all, I still think Pawlenty is the “reference” candidate: if your candidate can’t match Pawlenty’s resume, they’re not likely to beat Obama. I’m only seeing Perry as a viable alternative right now.
We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process. We also believe that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration agreed to this week falls short of the amount that we believe is necessary to stabilize the general government debt burden by the middle of the decade.
If only, the Republicans had yielded on “entitlements”.
As I ponder how things have gotten to this absurd point I keep coming back to the fact that the corrupt MSM has been obscuring the truth for far too long.
Our free press has totally abdicated their responsibility to parse what the politicians are saying and cut through the obfuscation to tell us what is really happening. Thus, the people just don’t know. Even Fox, with their motto, “We report, you decide”, is taking a sideline position. With all the lies that are told that are diametrically opposite to one another, too many people just have no idea what’s really going on. We hear one side say one thing and then the other side says the exact opposite and the press leaves us to figure it all out. This is nonsense.
The media has access to all the facts and they know exactly what’s going on. They cannot report the truth because they are corrupt. If the press was honest and impartial, they would report the truth and the people would know what’s really going on. Too many people are thus in the dark and they cannot make intelligent decisions. This is how we get people like Obama for President.
Come on, Professor. Give Obama credit for having come a long, long way.
When he was a senator he voted against raising the debt ceiling … meaning, he used to be a terrorist!
“There is no way we are not getting downgraded…”
It’s all about sticking to a script and narrative. Maybe medium IS message, afterall, and our truths have morphed into mere cinema. We live as if we live in TVland or a movie and are content with the disappointing banality of the plotline coming from a bad pre-apocalyptic Good v. Evil novel.
But it is about good and evil when sticks and stones break our bones and words convince us they did no harm.
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The Present-i-dent never put anything in writing because had he done do, he would not have been able to lie about it later.