Four years ago this month President Barack Obama told Jay Leno that one thing he wanted “to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.”
Seems he was talking to the late night talk show host the way some people talk to a therapist by projecting their own problems onto others. Not since Nixon have we seen a president so obsessed with his “enemies.” As the sequester goes into effect, a “combative” Mr. Obama, reports the AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn, “blamed Republican lawmakers Friday for failing to stop automatic spending cuts that were to begin kicking in later in the day, calling the cuts ‘dumb, arbitrary.’”
Barack Obama is always looking for somebody else to blame. And this week, he is trying to shift the blame for his (and his party’s) failure to control spending (and avert the sequester) onto Republicans.
In his column today, Charles Krauthammer reminds us that the Democratic Senate
hasn’t passed a budget . . .
. . . in four years. And the White House, which proposed the sequester in the first place, had 18 months to establish rational priorities among accounts — and did nothing.
When the GOP House passed an alternative that cut where the real money is — entitlement spending — President Obama threatened a veto. Meaning, he would have insisted that the sequester go into effect — the very same sequester he now tells us will bring on Armageddon.
Republicans need to keep challenging the president to put forward his plans to cut spending (remember that was part of the “balanced approach” he favored to address our nation’s debt crisis*) because nearly every voice in the legacy media seems intent on ignoring the president’s spendthrift record.
The blame here lies with the president and his party. Instead of working with Republican leaders over the past 18 months to try to reach a compromise on spending, he spent that time demonizing them. As is doing so today.
Will Americans continue to join him in shifting the blame?