Barack Obama seems to have completely abdicated the Oval Office and any pretense of his actually providing presidential leadership to govern the country in its time of need. Instead he prefers to criss-crossing the country aboard Air Force One, make stops in a growing number of ‘battleground’ states.
While in each city his itinerary is identical itinerary–giving a purely pugilistic anti-Romney, capitalist, and big business pep talk to a select group of ‘love struck’ college students during the day, followed by all manner of fundraising events in the afternoon and evening.
Republicans say that President Obama is purposely keeping a ‘packed’ fundraising schedule, having held 130 this year already, including yet another one in New York City tonight, which is now three times as many as President Bush attended at this point in his first term.
However, as ‘Taxmaggedon’ looms large at the end of the year and could cause the already weak economy to plunge into a ‘double-dip’ recession, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have teamed up and are taking Obama to task with their own tour, according to a FOXNews article today.
Beginning today, McCain and Ayotte are going to hit towns with military operations in swing states, both North Carolina and Florida, which will suffer the greatest number of job losses by the end of the year, due to the mandatory ‘sequester’ Pentagon budget cuts and expiration of the Bush tax cuts and payroll tax holiday–called the “fiscal cliff” by Washington insiders.
In speaking about the tour McCain said averting the cuts “requires presidential leadership,” then added…
No matter who or what was responsible, the president of the United States is commander-in-chief. He should be in there. He should be talking with us. He should be leading. And he’s MIA.
Ayotte said that members of Congress must “get into action” to prevent the cuts, but also called out to President Obama…
Where’s our president? He really has been absent, and we’re calling on his leadership.
In a counter-attack, White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, trotted out the well-worn Democrat ‘class warfare’ mantra, saying that if [Republican] lawmakers would only agree to raise taxes on top earners, then a deal could or would have been worked out–to reduce the planned cuts to the military.
The only opposition to a balanced deficit reduction plan has come from Republicans who refuse to accept the very mainstream principle that we should not ask only the middle class and seniors to bear the burden of getting our fiscal house in order.
We have a situation where defense cuts that the president believes are much too deep, that Republicans and Democrats believe are much too deep, as well as non-defense cuts Republicans would allow those to go into place, rather than ask millionaires and billionaires to pay a little bit more. That’s unacceptable as far as this president is concerned.
The position of President Obama and Democrats makes absolutely no sense, as when they all agreed and voted to maintain all of the Bush era tax cuts, with the president stating publicly that to do so would be damaging to our economy–at a time when quarterly GDP growth was hovering around 4 percent–but demands that now, 99 days before the election, they be allowed to expire for job creators, when economic growth has collapsed over the past year to just 1.5 percent this past quarter.
It is clear that Barack Obama and the Democrats will do anything to secure their reelection, including the economic destruction of the very country they all swore to protect and defend–but now, with a military that would be smaller than it was in 1915.
Copyright 2012 by Jeffrey Klein
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