Driving the Day: Faux Leadership
With a partial government shutdown looming on Friday, President Obama decided it was time to engage, at least rhetorically. At an impromptu press conference yesterday, the President chastised Republicans, saying, “we don’t have time for games.” Ironically, he went on to say:
I will invite the same folks that we invited today. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll invite them again the day after that. And I will have my entire team available to work through the details of getting a deal done.
Inviting Congressional leaders to the White House and making his “entire team available” is nothing more than kabuki theatre. The American people know where House Republicans stand – they passed H.R.1, which would cut $61 billion in spending – but they have no clue where President Obama or Senate Democrats stand.
As we’ve said, they are fundamentally unserious about cutting spending. Their reaction to spending cuts, the Ryan budget and the debt limit demonstrate their strategy is rooted in politics, not the future success of America.
President Obama confirmed those unfortunate suspicions yesterday when he and his Congressional allies immediately rejected a proposal that would fund the government for another week, cut spending and fund the troops for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The President’s rational for ensuring our troops get paid:
What we are not going to do is once again put off something that should have been done months ago.
While the President likely meant that as a jab at Congressional Republicans, it is more appropriately directed at Congressional Democrats, who failed to pass a budget or annual appropriation measures last year despite overwhelming majorities.