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Our nation’s one-trick president

If President Obama were serious about preventing the supposedly draconian cuts in the sequester, instead of demagoguing Republicans in campaign-style events, he wouldn’t be waiting until the after the last minute to sit down with congressional Republicans.

But, as Jim Geraghty reminds us, campaign-style events are this Democrat’s modus operandi:

How did Obama try to pass his stimulus? Campaign-style events. How did Obama try to pass Obamacare? Campaign-style events. How is Obama pushing for amnesty legislation? Campaign-style events. How is Obama pushing for gun control? Campaign-style events. Fiscal cliff? Campaign-style events. This is all separate from his actual presidential campaign.

Geraghty cites Moe Lane who observes that

Barack Obama knows how to do one thing: elect Barack Obama to public office.  And that’s not ‘elect Democrats.’  Or ‘elect liberals.’  Or even ‘elect people that Barack Obama likes.’  It’s just him: his team is trying pretty hard right now to figure out how to use their over-specialized skill more generally, but they don’t have much time to figure it out and the system is actually rigged against them in this case.

Perhaps, Republicans can be more effective in standing up to this Democrat if every time he attacks them, they respond by pointing out the problem and asking for his plan to fix it, in this case, out-of-control federal spending.

They might also remind Americans of Barack Obama’s promise of a “net spending cut” and pledge to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.



  1. Something similar occurred to me as the scenario that Moe Lane laid out. It arrives at the same conclusion, but I think it’s a much simpler explanation.

    Revolutionaries are the best qualified people to seize control of “the means of production”. What never occurs to them until it’s too late is that none of them know how to run the machines in the factory that they’ve taken over.

    The job of any military is to take control of territory. That’s what it is designed to do. But a military force is not suited to govern.

    “In war the ends justify almost any means.”

    – Saul Alinsky

    Comment by gastorgrab — February 27, 2013 @ 7:04 pm - February 27, 2013

  2. I went to my CPA today, and it seems my income tax rate will go up by around 6-7% this year as my rates go up, Obamacare taxes kick in, and I lose the majority of my deductions. See, Obama loathes private charity, and he prefers govt charity. So wealthy people like myself will donate less and people in need will suffer. I guess the Commie in chief will then blame us for contributing less money. What a f***ing asshole he is.

    Comment by davinci — February 27, 2013 @ 7:49 pm - February 27, 2013

  3. The sequestration propaganda is a joke. Saying they can’t cut <2.5% without causing apocalypse is just plain silly. Anyone who has ever run a business or managed a budget can do this — it is a low target. If they can't cut 2.5%, they are effectively saying they will never cut any spending… How does the country not see this?

    Comment by Jane Austen — February 28, 2013 @ 12:23 am - February 28, 2013

  4. This President is completely irresponsible when it comes to spending. Under this administration Federal spending increased from $2.9 trillion to $3.8 trillion in 4 years. That’s about a 30% increase in spending. During that time inflation was around 1%. So increasing costs weren’t the driver. And now this President is saying spending can’t be cut 2% without disastrous consequences. What kind of a joke is that? How can this not be a field day for conservatives? How could any Republican think they hold anything but the high ground and act accordingly? If this pathetic excuse for what was once the Grand Old Party can still do anything right it better be to hold the line on the budget and get something meaningful done. Otherwise they should just pack it up now and go home because they are done.

    Comment by David — February 28, 2013 @ 7:23 am - February 28, 2013

  5. Obama continues to use campaign because he wants to be reelected again. There are still a few idiots (leftists) who are in love with the guy and admire Hugo Chavez, that they want Barak Obama to continue being President. A New York Rep, I believe his name is Jay Sandoval, is proposing to present an Amendment to the Constitution to repeal the 22nd, which is term limits for the President. He thinks Obama should be able to have a third and forth terms, if he so desires (just like Chavez). It´s for the good of the country. Hah!

    Comment by Roberto — February 28, 2013 @ 3:15 pm - February 28, 2013

  6. His new trick is to release dangerous criminals onto the population. I don’t think Carter was this much of a dick!

    Comment by Paul — March 1, 2013 @ 1:28 am - March 1, 2013

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