Um, Mr. President, how can Republicans block progress when your party controls a majority in both House of Congress, when all you need is one Republican (once is was none) t0 break a filibuster. Yet, if we believe the chief executive’s rhetoric, that’s just what they’re doing.
Whenever Obama gets in trouble or faces obstacles to enacting his big-government agenda, he blames Republicans. This from the White House web-site on the Democrat’s weekly radio address:
The President calls on Republicans in Congress to put scoring political points aside, and instead to focus on solving the problems facing the nation. At the time of this address, the Republican leadership is blocking progress on a bill to boost the economy, retain jobs for teachers and cops, and help people buy their first home; another bill which would hold oil companies accountable for any disasters they cause by removing the current $75 million liability cap; and 136 highly qualified men and women who have been nominated to government positions.
So, he sees the efforts of the minority to oppose the president’s policies as “blocking progress” and defines his opposite in stark manichean terms. He needs to learn to respect their ideas and understand that Republican oppose his policies not to score political points, but because they think they won’t help improve the economy or create jobs. And anyway, with out national debt skyrocketing, we just can’t afford another federal expenditures.
And did, your predecessor, criticized by your allies in the mainstream media and your fellow partisans as practicing the politics of division, ever use his weekly radio address to engage in such blatant partisan posturing?
Both as a candidate and as President, Obama has had a special ability to speak in generalities that most of us agree with and that inspire people to believe in him. This is another in a long line of examples. But the time for inspiration is during a campaign and being President requires specific plans, policies, and positions — something I know President Obama has plenty of but he refuses to share with Americans.
Read the whole thing! Seems that whenever Obama faces obstacles to governing, he just trots out his party’s favorite hobbyhorse.
Guess we were right to question his commitment to a new kind of politics. (more…)