Last week when Nick praised Boulder, Colorado’s Congressman Jared Polis for penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, objecting to certain spending measures put forward by his own party, I objected in an update,
. . . not ready to call the guy a hero. So, what if he writes a letter? Obama promised to go line-by-line through the federal budget, rooting out waste, then to give us a “net spending cut.” Not seeing that, are we? Until he puts his money where his mouth is and breaks with his party on key votes, ending that, as you put it, “lock-step Leftist” voting recrod, I’ll see him as just another grandstanding Democratic politician, mouthing the words they know their constituents want to hear while spending our money like drunken sailors and regulating like self-righteous busybodies who “know,” due to their superior education, knowledge and innate wisdom what’s best for all of us.
It seems the media are trying to do the same thing with Obama that Polis tried to do with his Op-ed, cover up for spendthrift policies with the rhetoric of fiscal responsibility.
Last night, Yahoo! featured a news analysis on its main page, headlining Obama’s renewed emphasis on restraint:
At a critical moment in his presidency, Barack Obama finds increasing need to talk about taming federal deficits as he struggles with a dour economy.
Emphasis added. Kind of describes some of the coverage of his Administration, highlighting what the President says, giving short shrift to what he does. But, we should judge as a man as the great Geatish hero Beowulf was judged: by his deeds, not his words.
While the AP article Yahoo! featured does reference Obama’s statements about fiscal restraint, it doesn’t provide any examples showing how he followed through on such rhetoric. We’re just left with a lot of polling data showing skepticism about the “stimulus” and opposition to increased government spending.
When are more media going to stop praising Obama’s words and start judging him as the poet did Beowulf: by his deeds?