In utterly unnecessary comments this morning, Barack Obama droned on and on about economic damage caused by the shutdown -- damage which is absolutely unproven.
He described a "self-inflicted crisis", implying that he had no part in creating it.
He talked about deficits "being cut in half" but neglects to mention that they're still insanely high because this year's deficit is half of Obama's prior devastatingly high deficits.
He said that the shutdown emboldened our enemies and competitors and depressed our friends.
In none of this did Obama take even a modicum of responsibility for his "I will not negotiate stance."
Not that anyone should expect him to. Because it worked for him.
He said "All my friends in Congress...have to recognize that the way business is done in this town has to change." By this, he means that Congress should cave in to His will, go along with every big-government program he plans to propose.
Not surprisingly, he went on to talk about a "balanced" approach, which is code for a tax increase.
House Republicans must, in one clear loud voice, tell this president "you got your tax increase already. Under no circumstance will we approve one dollar in net new taxes, though we are happy to talk about pro-growth tax reform that would broaden the base while lowering rates. It must be revenue-neutral today but will grow government revenue over time by increasing economic growth an opportunity for all Americans."
Obama reiterated that he wants to pass immigration reform and a Farm Bill.
Obama thinks he has the whip hand right now. He is trying to use his perceived political momentum to push Congress to pass his agenda.
This is an opportunity for Republicans to take back the policy high ground, and to keep reminding the public that this president has a "my way or the highway" attitude which is deeply unpopular with the average American.
Obama is also pushing repeatedly to get his agenda done "this year" because he knows that he's rapidly approaching lame-duckness.
I wonder if Obama thinks anyone believes him when he says "I will look for willing partners" to cooperate with
Obama issued a challenge, which was also a petulant thumb-in-the-eye: "You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular President, then argue for your position and win an election." And he was so proud of his dancing in the end zone that the White House sent it out again as a tweet...
He then went on to talk about how Americans learned from the shutdown that we rely on government for lots of things, and how important it is for Americans every day. I don't think that's what the average person learned. He says "let's work together to make government better, rather than treating it like the enemy." But the fact is that government is mostly a giant, expensive encroachment on freedom and prosperity. Obama remarkably tried to tie wanting more government to the vision of the Founders.
Barack Obama thinks he's invulnerable, thinks he has the momentum to ram a radical leftist agenda through Congress over cowering Republicans. I think he's wrong. I hope he's wrong. I urge House and Senate conservatives, even those who made a mess of the past couple of weeks, to stand up, brush it off, and get on with effectively opposing this most anti-capitalist, anti-American administration.