Driving the Day: Big-Government Status Quo
Yesterday, President Obama outlined his “plan to reduce the deficit.” The speech was short on specifics and lacked the sort of bold, innovative thinking necessary to address our nation’s most pressing challenge – our massive federal debt. President Obama blamed former President Bush, attacked Republicans, targeted small businesses, defended egregious spending and implied government should exert more control over our economy.
As ABC’s Jake Tapper pointed out, President Obama’s harsh criticism of the Republican budget proposal was somewhat surprisingly. At a House Republican retreat in 2010, the President said:
We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, ‘Well, you know, that’s — the other party’s being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens.’
Yesterday, the President did just that:
One vision has been championed by Republicans…This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance…Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care…
As we’ve said before, President Obama is fundamentally unserious.