This weekend President Obama and his campaign team went on television and made it clear he will not be running against Rick Perry, Mitt Romney or any of the other Republican Candidates, no those candidates are too formidable in his mind. The president will also refuse to run on his record and to be honest who can blame him. No based on what he said in his weekly address and supported by David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs on the Sunday News shows, the enemy in this upcoming 2012 presidential campaign will be the Republicans in Congress and the American people.
Its an interesting yet disingenuous message that we have heard many times before. Grass-roots Americans in the form of the tea party are forcing members of the Congressional Tea party caucus to take stands and stick to them which they do solely for political reasons. Even worse according to the presidential team, those positions are bad for the American people, and are the reason nothing gets done in Washington DC.
What positions are they talking about? Specifically the President is talking about some of those evil Tea Party positions such as, obey the constitution, do not add any more taxes until you can bring spending in line, and of course cut spending and reform entitlements lest the country go bankrupt. I would suggest that by taking those stands and sticking to them, despite all of the pressure to give in the tea party caucus is putting country in front of party and in front of their political careers.
The claim that it is the Tea Party caucus that has been holding up progress on legislation is also troubling. The President has been running the country since January 2009. From inauguration day till January of this year when the GOP took over the house, Obama was working with two houses of Congress from his party. For most of that time, there were 60 Democrats in the Senate making it filibuster proof! Isn’t it reasonable to ask why was nothing done the first 75% of his term so far?
The answer to that question is the President and his party were pushing through programs that had nothing to do with Jobs, but had everything to do with putting political agenda in front of country, a trillion dollar stimulus program which included every type of pork possible, targeted to reelect Democrats. Instead of having the stimulus dollars hit ASAP which would be most helpful to the economy, a large chunk of the money hit in early 2010, so it could be used as re-election pork. Instead of using the construction programs in the stimulus bill to help everybody, he directed the funds via executive toward his political supporters the unions, only 14% of construction shops are union. Costs for construction jobs were estimated at 20% higher because the president was helping is ideological base.
After the ill-fated stimulus was passed, in stead of working on jobs the President again put party needs in front of the country as the Democrats pushed first for cap and trade and then for Obamacare. When cap and trade didn’t pass, the EPA took up the baton and is trying to implement job-killing regulation on its own.
The job killing Obamacare program and the Chris Dodd/Barney Frank financial regulation bill followed. Both of these efforts were passed to sate the progressive ideological base. Both of these efforts hurt rather than helped the economy. So who exactly is putting party in front of Country?
Lets talk a bit about the War Effort. Again in response to demands by his political base, President Obama executed a surge in Afghanistan which was smaller than his Generals recommended. A year later, he announced a pull out from Afghanistan that was larger and faster than his Generals recommended. Once again this President is put his progressive politics in before the needs of the American people.
Twice before Congress rejected the Dream Act based on the will of the people. The reason for the rejection is that the people believe that the first step must be to secure our borders. That would be the best thing for the country. But because the President’s support in the Latin community is softening, his Homeland Security Dept., is executing the amnesty program anyway.
In his two and a half years as President of the United States, Barack Obama constantly chose an agenda which placed the ideology of his progressive base in front of country. He helped to push through major legislation which not only went against the will of the people, but the needs of the country, an improved economy and the SHMOTUS, VP Biden’s favorite three letter word J-O-B-S. When he couldn’t even get the support of a congress controlled by his own party, programs were implemented by executive fiat. It seems to me that it is the President and his progressive followers who are putting party and ideology in front of country. His latest political strategy, casting a grass roots effort of the American people as evil is just one more example of the progressive cynicism, they are dividing the country just to support their political agenda.