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Obama using fiscal cliff negotiations to exacerbate nation’s divisions?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:17 am - December 5, 2012.
Filed under: Divider-in-Chief

Scanning the president’s schedule on the White House website, I was only able to find one reference to a meeting between President Obama and Speaker Boehner.  We read that on November 17, “The President hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House to discuss a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and strengthen our economy; the Vice President also attends”

The Democrat doesn’t seem to have met privately with the Ohio Republican or other Republican leaders since his reelection now nearly a month ago.

Obama did, however, find time to meet “with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and other ‘influential progressives’; on Tuesday as part of his campaign to sell the public on the need to extend the Bush middle-class tax cuts.”  Given that this meeting “wasn’t listed on Obama’s schedule”, perhaps he did meet separately with the Republican.  Yet, when I googled to find evidence of another such meeting, I could find no evidence of a private meeting.  Instead, I learn that each would be meeting separately with a bipartisan delegation of the nation’s governors.

That is, the president has held no private meeting with the top Republicans in Congress.

What does it say about the president that he spends more time in recent days with a highly ideological group of left-wing media personalities than the elected leadership of the opposing political party?  These media personalities cannot help resolve the fiscal crisis; the Republicans can.

It seems that instead of using the fiscal cliff negotiations to bring the nation together after a (long and) divisive national election, the Democrat is using them to further divide us.

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9 Comments

  1. So… has anyone seen any articles in the MFM attacking the President and Democrats for refusing to offer real spending cuts?

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2012 @ 6:19 am - December 5, 2012

  2. The media won’t attack Obama for the lack of meaningful spending cuts because the media thinks the president is right (just raising taxes will pay for all the stuff the government pays for)-they must have majored in journalism because they can’t do math.

    I also think Obama isn’t honest when he says he wants a balanced approach to the budget and deficit reduction. He is much like every other democrat who wants his tax hikes now in exchange for cuts that will come later but somehow later never comes.

    Comment by Just Me — December 5, 2012 @ 7:16 am - December 5, 2012

  3. And so it begins… Detroit City Council to Obama “We voted for you, now bail us out. ”

    Did someone say it was unfair to call Democrats parasites and moochers?

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2012 @ 10:12 am - December 5, 2012

  4. Oh, and here’s the punch line. The Democrat Councilwoman demanding the bailout is a tax cheat:

    http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=4542

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2012 @ 10:44 am - December 5, 2012

  5. Question for the grown-ups in the room: Does the Democrat Party benefit politically from race and class divisions in this country?

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2012 @ 1:01 pm - December 5, 2012

  6. Politically? …Certainly financially. Their non-stop campaign-mode cash machine depends on the politics of division and faction. “…Well, if YOU don’t support us on this, I’m sure that someone-else will.” **wink, wink**

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — December 5, 2012 @ 2:02 pm - December 5, 2012

  7. Obama using fiscal cliff negotiations to exacerbate nation’s divisions?

    Well it is one of his few skills, along with lying and campaigning.

    Comment by alanstorm — December 5, 2012 @ 2:52 pm - December 5, 2012

  8. #5: “Question for the grown-ups in the room: Does the Democrat Party benefit politically from race and class divisions in this country?”

    Yes, but they don’t just benefit politically from them. They can’t survive without them.

    Comment by Sean A — December 5, 2012 @ 11:33 pm - December 5, 2012

  9. If the federal government starts bailing out cities and states controlled by democrats who can’t manage a budget I will be ticked off.

    There will also likely be a red state tax revolt against it.

    But I am pretty sure all those blue cities and blue states fully expect the taxpayers to bail them out.

    Comment by Just Me — December 6, 2012 @ 8:08 am - December 6, 2012

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