Peggy may not deliver the same kind of acerbic jabs as does the acid-tongued Camille Paglia (the Hecate of punditry or the Medusa?) but, in her own gentle way, she reminds us of the President’s faults.
While she has been less critical of Obama than some on the right would like, she does get the essence of his “slippery” rhetoric:
When Mr. Obama stays above the fray, above the nitty-gritty of specifics, when he confines his comments on health care to broad terms, he more and more seems . . . pretty slippery. In the town hall he seemed aware of this, and he tried to be very specific about the need for this aspect of a plan, and the history behind that proposal. And yet he seemed even more slippery. When he took refuge in the small pieces of his argument, he lost the major threads; when he addressed the major threads, he seemed almost to be conceding that the specifics don’t hold.
The specifics don’t hold.
The president actually helped me stay fit today. I did a little extra cardio after my workout so I could hear the balance of his town hall. He told us that we can’t have “something for nothing,” yet with the various proposals all having price tags in the hundreds of bilions of dollars. A few moments later, he reaffirmed his (long since broken) pledge not to raise taxes on those earning under $250,000 a year.
He’s going to have a hard time covering the program’s cost by only increasing taxes on “the rich.”