Obama AWOL On Supercommittee Negotiations
November 22, 2011 Leave a comment
President Obama and the Democrats are whining about the supercommittee failure to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion over a decade. As a result of the failure, the government will automatically cut the military budget by around $60 billion a year and it will cut various entitlements. Obama is outraged and the Democrats are whining about a do nothing Congress. In reality we have a do nothing President and a do nothing Senate.
President Obama was AWOL during the debt ceiling negotiations that led to this supercommittee nonsense. Knowing the debt ceiling needed to be raised throughout July, Obama did nothing until the very last minute. Even in that, he stormed out of negotiations and ultimately left that job to his subordinates. With the supercommittee in place, instead of trying to lead the committee and negotiate within its structure, Obama did nothing. He’s spent October on his pass this bill tour and he’s spend November doing absolutely nothing. He then has the audacity to whine when the supercommittee couldn’t agree to anything. Where was the President to negotiate?
Obama wants tax increases rather than spending cuts. This is an interesting shift considering that just last December the President forced the Democrat Congress to pass an extension of Bush’s tax cuts for two years. At the time Obama said it would be unwise to raise taxes during a recession. Apparently today is a time to be unwise. Yet instead of really going to bat for tax increases, the President has once again stood on the sidelines and done nothing. This seems to be his mode of operation. He did it with the Stimulus, letting Congress and special interests write the legislation. He did it with Obamacare and the debt ceiling as well.
Yet Obama accuses the Congress of doing nothing. It is in fact the President who has done nothing. He didn’t even try to get involved with the supercommittee. He barely got involved in the debt ceiling negotiations. He’s never done anything on his jobs bill other than pointless run around the country promoting it. We don’t have a do nothing Congress, we have a do nothing President who refuses to negotiate or otherwise get involved.
If we have a do nothing Congress it isn’t because of the Republican House, it’s because of the Democrat Senate. It’s been over 900 days since the Democrat controlled Senate has passed a budget. The Republican House has passed dozens of bills, including a budget and a jobs bill, all of which have died in a Senate that refuses to consider their own bills, much less House bills. Republicans aren’t to blame for inaction in Washington. The President and Senate Democrats are.
But of course don’t expect the media to report that. The media is to busy pushing for big tax increases and complaining about Republicans to notice that Obama has been AWOL in most negotiations. In fact they’re to busy whining about the GOP to notice Obama has largely been AWOL the entire month of November. The fact though is that the GOP House has passed dozens of bills and the Democrat Senate won’t consider them. The Democrat Senate hasn’t passed a budget in nearly three years, they’re the guys doing nothing along with the President.