President Obama finally gets up from his nap.
Obama reveals his plan to reduce the deficit, in part by scaling back programs for seniors and the poor. Across the dial on Sunday, messengers from both parties framed the series of spending fights as debates over cuts — a thematic victory for House Republicans swept to power by a populist mandate for smaller, more austere government.
“We’ve had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on “Fox News Sunday.”
Presidential adviser David Plouffe said Obama has long been committed to finding ways for the nation to spend within its means. [Don’t laugh too hard.] He confirmed that the president would unveil more specifics for deficit reduction with a speech Wednesday that would reveal plans to reduce the government’s chief health programs for seniors and the poor.
“You’re going to have to look at Medicare and Medicaid and see what kind of savings you can get,” Obama adviser David Plouffe said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Obama to the rescue. He is always, always dragging up the rear. This man could not run a grocery store. He’d wait until the store was empty before he’d put in an order. I noticed how he did wake up long enough to jump in a photo trying to take credit for averting a government shutdown. I find it hard to imagine his staunchest supporters would really want to impose him on the country for another four years.
So his plan is to cut funding for the elderly and the poor. Now, really. And don’t forget the military. I’m sure that slipped his mind for a minute. But then I think it’s funny that Plouffe and company has been busy little bees drawing up something, anything to try and make their guy look like a leader, then bring up something sure to go nowhere. Their contempt for the American people is profound.
This last week should put the radical democrats in congress on record as being totally irrational in the face of a real financial crisis in this country. Now, on to the debt ceiling.
Here are Obama’s thoughts on the debt limit in 2006, when he voted against increasing the ceiling:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
He actually sounded like he had a little sense in 2006. But he ain’t partisan. I actually wanted to believe him when he said he would bring the country together.