Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Obama schools the GOP

President Obama took a stroll over to the Hill and addressed the House GOPers today. How it went depends on who you ask. The interpretations "according to unnamed sources close to the proceedings" ranged from the Drudge baiting Tense meeting between President Obama, House GOP (broken into 3 page clicks for your inconvenience) to ABC's Jon Karl who heard President Obama got two standing ovations.

Jon Karl had the best report on the questions. This one was the most important:
Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, asked if Obama and Republicans agreed on some entitlement reforms (specifically, means-testing for Medicare and reducing annual cost-of-living increases for Social Security), why couldn’t those things be done now? The president said he would agree to those reforms only if Republicans agreed to raise tax revenues by closing loopholes, because we have to ask “everybody to sacrifice.”
Wrong answer Mr. President. Adding to my earlier post, this is why Obama's numbers are slipping. Yes, everybody needs to share the sacrifice but the working class has already sacrificed more than enough for the last five years. They don't want Obama to kiss the crackpots' ass for some dismal grand bargain, they want him to kick their ass.

Obama has walked back his tough talk one too many times. I see the future and unless Obama walks his campaign talk this time, I see 2010 happening all over again in 2014.

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Blogger Daro said...

And there's still people like Kevin Drum championing unquestioning obeisance to Obama. Nuts.

10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's a little harsh on Kevin. Frankly, I don't find him to take a firm stand on much of anything. He's pretty squishy.

I'm not suggesting we abandon Obama either. He's still light years better than any alternative we have. But it doesn't hurt to make some noise to let him know what's important.

11:00:00 AM  

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