On Friday, President Obama met with members of the House GOP at their annual three-day retreat in Maryland. He made some opening remarks and then proceeded to conduct a question and answer session. Mainstream Media and members of the left described the President’s “performance” as a return to his former campaign self and the three Stooges at MSNBC (Rachel Madcow as Larry, Racist Chris Matthews as Curly and Keith Olberdork as Moe) aired a special, dedicated to their analysis of the President’s appearance in Maryland where they basically declared Obama the winner and described how the President mopped the floor with the GOP – even without his trusty teleprompter.
I witnessed something quite different. The President is not moving to the center and deciding that he would like to work in a bi-partisan way. The State of the Union Address revealed that the President plans to move forward full steam ahead. This meeting with the GOP backs that up as well. The President was obtuse, answering questions in long rhetorical soundbites that left most wondering what the original question had been. The President was defensive on many issues and stuttered and stammered to get his footing.
Obama claimed that he is open to GOP ideas. He has said the same thing all year-long, even as he completely ignored GOP suggestions and he and his administration, along with the Democrats, have claimed time and time again that the Republicans are obstructionist and the party of “no” and have no ideas to offer. A member of the GOP should have asked the President how the GOP managed to obstruct anything when they do not have enough votes to accomplish that – the Democrats obstructed the Democrats. Mike Pence pointed this ignoring of GOP ideas out in this exchange with the President:
REP MIKE PENCE (R-IND.): Mr. President, a point of clarification.
What’s in the “Better Solutions” book are all the legislative proposals that were offered . . .
OBAMA: Oh, I understand. I’ve actually read your bills.
PENCE: . . . throughout 2009.
OBAMA: I understand.
PENCE: And so rest assured the summary document that you received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that Speaker Pelosi and your administration have been busy ignoring for 12 months.
OBAMA: Well, Mike, hold on, hold on a second.
No, no, no, no, no. Hold on a second guys. You know, Mike, I’ve read your legislation. I mean, I take a look at this stuff. And the good ideas we take.
But here — here’s the thing, here’s the thing, I guess, that all of us have to be mindful of. It can’t be all-or-nothing one way or the other, all right? There’s eloquence for you. “No, no, no, no, hold on guys…here–here’s the thing, here’s the thing. As I said, he stuttered and stammered his way through this thing because he knows he is wrong and lying. Confidence does not need to be defensive.
You — you — and what I mean by that is this. If we put together a stimulus package in which a third of it are tax cuts that normally you guys would support, and support for states and the unemployed and helping people stay on COBRA that your governors certainly would support, Democrat or Republican. And then you’ve got some infrastructure, and maybe there’s some things in there that you don’t like in terms of infrastructure, or you think the bill should have been $500 billion instead of $700 billion, or there’s this provision or that provision that you don’t like. In other words, Mike and the rest of you boneheads obstructing me, even if a bill is total garbage and full of waste, one bright shining light should get you on board to vote for this stuff. The Porkulus Bill got its nickname for a reason: it was full of pork! And has been proven an utter failure full of fraud.
If there’s uniform opposition because the Republican caucus doesn’t get 100 percent or 80 percent of what you want, then it’s going to be hard to get a deal done. That’s because that’s not how democracy works. The President of the United States does not know that he is the head of a Representative Republic. He thinks this is a Democracy.
Something that many analysts did not pick up in the opening statements of the President set off some Marxist/Dictator warning bells. We already had Obama call out the Supreme Court and attempt to embarrass them at the SOTU and he informed them that he was encouraging Congress to overturn their ruling to uphold the First Amendment with legislation. The President later informed Congress that he would be issuing an Executive Order to set up the spending committee that would take over the Congressional power of deciding where spending should be allocated and cut. So we have President getting Congress to take SCOTUS’ power and then the President taking Congress’ power leaving one person holding the bag. And this brings me to this statement from Friday:
I’m ready and eager to work with anyone who is willing to proceed in the spirit of goodwill. But understand, if we can’t break free from partisan gridlock, if we can’t move past the politics of no, if resistance supplants constructive debate, I still have to meet my responsibilities as president. I’ve got to act for the greater good, because that, too, is a commitment that I have made. And that, too, is what the American people sent me to Washington to do.
The President just informed the nation that he is going to act for the greater good, which we know means his interpretation of good, even if he has to act without Congress. We know that Congress will be in gridlock now with the election of Scott Brown and the GOP is aware that they cannot move forward any big government ideas without suffering the wrath of We The People.
Since the Massachusetts wake-up call, Obama’s only concession has been to issue a spending freeze in his 2011 budget. This concession is not only temporary, but freezes spending at an exorbitant rate while not doing anything to reform entitlement programs like MediCare, MediCaid and Social Security, which are bankrupting the country. And the next concession that the President will toss out to the little people is moving the 9/11 trials out of Manhatten. This brings little solace to an American public outraged that non-citizens who took part in slaughtering 3,000 of our fellows were given Constitutional rights. And the idea that this “circus” trial, that will give voice to these Jihadi terrorists to spill forth their bilge, is just going to be moved to another American city instead of back to GITMO insults our intelligence.
The President is putting on airs of being a willing participant in bi-partisanship, but the actions will prove that this is just another lie. And so we will have to remind him again in November 2010 that We The People are the government.