President Obama’s all-out class-warfare attack against Republicans Tuesday was a shameful litany of excuses that included blaming all of his fiscal failures on George W. Bush.
His speech to the nation’s news editors, which accused the GOP of budget cuts it has not proposed, was the political equivalent of the delinquent remedial student who told his teacher, “The dog ate my homework.”
With such a failed economic record over the past three years, it takes a great deal of gall to deliver an excuse-ridden speech like this, not to mention his own insecurity about winning a second term.
Gone was the 2008 Barack Obama who condemned the use of politics as “a blood sport,” dividing one class from another. This was all-out political war, meant to draw blood among those who oppose his re-election.
He called the GOP, which controls the House and soon may take control of the Senate, a “radical” party that would destroy social welfare programs for poor and middle-class Americans. He falsely applied the 10-year, $5.3 trillion House Republican budget to a host of programs for the most vulnerable Americans, which the GOP’s document does not do.
“Disguised as a deficit-reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. … It’s a prescription for decline.”
He mocked likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for calling the deficit-cutting plan “marvelous,” saying that it would establish a form of “social Darwinism” that would pit the poor against the rich.
His impotent economic policies were not responsible for the extraordinary length and depth of the recession and the still-anemic, weakened economy in the fourth year of his presidency, he said.
No, it’s the big, bad Republicans, including Mr. Bush’s tax cuts (even though Mr. Obama extended those tax cuts in 2010 for two more years) and Mr. Bush’s weak financial regulation that led to the subprime scandal and Mr. Obama’s ballooning deficits.
People who bought homes they couldn’t afford were not responsible for the financial crisis. The elimination of prudent federal lending standards by the Democrats who ruled Congress were not to blame, according to the president.
No, it was the Republicans, who were out of power in 2009 and 2010, when the Democrats had huge majorities in both chambers and could pass anything they wanted, and did. They forced through the $1.7 trillion Obamacare plan and the $831 billion job stimulus package, which was a colossal failure.”
At one point in his demagogic screed, Mr. Obama seemed to be rewriting political history, not letting facts get in the way of a good attack line.
“You would think that after the results were made painfully clear, that the proponents of this [tax cut] theory might show some humility, might moderate their views a bit,” Mr. Obama said. “But that’s exactly the opposite of what they’ve done. Instead of moderating their views even slightly, the Republicans running Congress right now have doubled down.”