President Obama just finished speaking in Newport News, Virginia, about the impacts the looming sequester will have on “struggling families.” He told the audience that “hundreds of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy because of politics,” as if he himself is not a politician.
I haven’t paid much attention to Obama’s speeches since last year’s election campaign. His casual, simplistic speaking style is as egotistical as ever, and he still has nothing to say. He told the crowd one of his reasons for visiting the shipbuilding plant was to “see some incredible stuff,” and also that he wants to avoid the sequester, “a pretty bad thing,” by not “doing it in a dumb way.”
“All I’m interested in is solving problems,” Obama said. He makes it all sound so easy, and himself so blameless. It’s Congress’ fault, he says, and mostly, it’s John Boehner’s unwillingness to “compromise on closing tax loopholes and deductions” that will “weaken our economic recovery.” There isn’t an economic recovery, and if there were, it wouldn’t be improved by “closing tax deductions,” which is a veiled way of saying “raising taxes.”
He tells us, “We can’t cut our way to prosperity,” and also that he’s set forth a plan which details “exactly how we can cut programs” and “raise money by cutting loopholes.” There’s something fishy here. Obama wants to cut programs the Republicans refuse to see go? In what world?