Obama lectures GOP again

Posted by: ST on January 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

First, it was the one-sided “don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh” comments, now this:

President Obama said Tuesday he understands the concerns of House Republicans but the massive economic recovery package he has proposed is aimed at getting the country out of the ditch it’s in and on the right track.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill after meeting with the House GOP caucus, Obama said he is “absolutely confident” that compromises can be reached, “but the key right now is to make sure we keep politics to a minimum.”

“There is some legitimate philosophical differences with parts of my plans that the Republicans have, and I respect that. In some cases, they just may not be as familiar with what is in the package as I would like. I don’t expect 100 percent agreement but I do hope that we can all put politics aside and do the American people’s business right now,” he said.

This is so typical, isn’t it? Just like with the Rush crack, this is aimed at having any legit criticism coming from the right labelled as doing nothing more than “playing political games.” What is Obama talking about here? GOP opposition to giving $$$ to ACORN? The GOP’s objections to the “family planning” $$? Will John Boehner’s call for the GOP to reject Obama’s stimulus plan be characterized as “playing politics”?

In fact, are all skeptics just “playing politics”?

Memo to President Obama: Perhaps GOP’ers would feel like you were being sincere in your request had you included your own party in your “leave politics at the door” mini-speech. Yeah, let’s all roll our sleeves up and have a serious debate on this issue, but please don’t pretend like your party is as pure as the driven snow when it comes to escalating the rhetoric. Yourself included.

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  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    And why shouldn’t the Messiah bark orders at the GOP? So far they have not objected, much less stood up for themselves.

    I saw the GOP lawmakers who were interviewed when they came out of the meeting with the Chosen One. With the exception of Pence, all of them gushed about “bipartisanship”. I was waiting for them to turn their backs to the cameras so I could see the KICK ME signs that Democrats had attached.

  2. Carol says:

    Does anyone have a clue what the Republicans are up to? Either they’ve totally fallen for Obama’s BS or they’re rushing through everyone and everything he’s asking for in hopes he fails miserably. Either way we as the American people are screwed and I’m truly sick of it!

  3. Ted says:

    With the mounting job casualties, here’s hoping SCOTUS either finds someone, somewhere, has standing to require BHO’s birth certificate or fixes attention on a criminal indictment before he wins his War on Prosperity.

  4. Dana says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that maybe the best thing the government can do for the economy is to do nothing at all?

    The economy will recover, because the economy always recovers; that’s just part of the business cycle. But President Obama would add spending programs that would push the deficits to above a trillion dollars a year, far as far as the eye can see. That can’t be good.

  5. Great White Rat says:

    No, you’re not, Dana.

    Before the government can spend a dime, it has to get the money, since government produces no wealth. There are only three ways to get it.

    They can get it through taxes, which means the private sector has less money for business, saving, etc….which leads to less business for the local supermarkets, computer stores, etc. That doesn’t help the economy.

    They can run the printing presses and inflate the currency. That immediately lowers everyone’s standard of living as prices move upward to compensate for the devalued dollar. In the extreme case, you get Zimbabwe.

    Or they can borrow the money, which always catches up with governments eventually, leading to a combination of the previous two cases.

    There’s a reason free markets and the business cycle go hand-in-hand with prosperity and liberty.

  6. jana says:

    Obama says of GOPers: “In some cases, they just may not be as familiar with what is in the package as I would like.”

    Now that’s helpful. I guess he’s saying that they didn’t take the time to research the bill, they just want to be ornery.

    #4 (Dana) — You are not alone. The way to fix the economy is cut personal income taxes (for people who actually PAY taxes, not sending out phony “rebate” checks), cut capital gains taxes, and cut corporate taxes. Then get out of the way as people start spending their money, investing in the stock market and hiring people to make all the stuff the other people are buying. It worked when Kennedy did it, it worked when Reagan did it, and it worked when Bush did it.

  7. this is aimed at having any legit criticism coming from the right labelled as doing nothing more than “playing political games.”

    Bingo. I think this is going be his MO. We saw it in his inaugural speech. He claims that he’s nonpartisan and pragmatic and that his opposition is ideological.

    It’s BS of course, and who knows, he may even believe it. Unfortunately the reality is there’s not much the GOP can do about it right now.

    That’s what happens when you lose elections.