The day after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner to “talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff”, he jetted off to Michigan to criticize right-to-work legislation that both houses of the elected legislature of the Wolverine State passed. The elected governor, Rick Snyder, has pledge to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
Obama win in Michigan to “pressure Republicans in Congress to raise taxes on the nation’s top earners“. Funny way to pressure Republicans—attacking a policy that Republicans in the legislature overwhelmingly support.
(Do wonder if Mr. Obama’s predecessor ever traveled to a state to criticize legislation based by Democratic legislatures in that jurisdiction.)
Instead of weighing in on state policies in a campaign-style event, the president should instead do the job to which he was elected, that of chief executive of the federal government. Attacking the GOP in a state which just voted to send nine Republicans to the House of Representatives (out of a fourteen member delegation) won’t help him reach a compromise with the Republican-majority chamber.
Seems Mr. Obama would rather speak to friendly crowds than work with his partisan adversaries, even when the latter work is part of his job description.