Obama Admits His Vision Of Change Is A Failure
September 22, 2012 2 Comments
President Obama recently declared that he can’t change Washington from the inside. Apparently this means that he deserves four more years to not deliver hope or change. Obama’s statement is a major gaffe so of course the mainstream press is ignoring it. Had Romney made a similar statement they would have attacked him relentlessly. To his credit Romney went after Obama. He passionately declared it was his intention to send Obama out of DC where he can fight for all the change he wants. Romney’s passion was as important as his one liner. Where has this Mitt Romney been all along?
Jonah Goldberg points out that Obama’s entire 2008 primary fight was over whether change could be done on the inside. Obama argued that a President can change things, Hillary wasn’t really buying it. Obama seems to be admitting that he was wrong. So why exactly should we re-elect him? If the whole premise of his 2008 campaign was wrong, then what purpose is there in voting for him? He won’t be able to invoke real change, which for Obama means revolutionary change or “fundamental transformation” as he likes to say because Americans don’t like terms like revolutionary.
Obama has gone about trying to fundamentally transform America. Obamacare is but one example. These days he doesn’t go through Congress to transform things, he simply signs executive orders. He unilaterally changed 90′s welfare reform via executive order for example In fact, he ignores the Constitution. His recess appointments earlier this year when Congress wasn’t in recess is a good example. Obama has jumped head first into venture socialism. This is not a President who has failed to transform America in any number of ways. We have a welfare dependent society, in part because of Obama’s economic failures. Or are they really successes? After all only 15% of Democrats think the economic news out there is bad. Wouldn’t having more people dependent on government be good for Democrats?
Obama’s record is full of legislative failures. We can never forget that for his first two years Obama had a 60% Democrat majority in both houses of Congress. He failed to pass Cap & Trade, he failed to pass tax increases, he failed to pass immigration reform. He was only successful in passing Obamacare and the Stimulus. Even in those two bills, Obama didn’t get what he wanted in Obamacare and he really had nothing to do with the Stimulus. He failed with a massive Democrat majority to pass any other substantive bill, despite all the 2008 election promises.
He’ll try to blame the GOP for nothing getting passed the last two years of course. But what has Obama even offered? A jobs bill that was never going to pass because it didn’t even attempt to include provisions that Republicans find acceptable. What else? He offered a budget that didn’t get a single vote in either House of Congress. Considering that the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, Obama’s budget failure is hardly the GOP’s fault. If anything it’s the Democrat Senate that’s the problem. The House has passed dozens of bills only to have the Senate not consider them. But Obama is obviously after the GOP here. Maybe he should look to himself. You can’t only offer a bill a year and expect things to get done.
Romney needs to hammer Obama repeatedly on this issue. He needs to change the narrative, he needs to put Obama on the defensive. He has an opportunity here. So far he’s done alright. He needs to keep it up, maybe with some ads and more appearances. Perhaps couple Obama’s statement with ‘you didn’t build that’ and connect the two arguing that Obama believes in failure all the way around. There are ways for the Romney campaign to really take advantage of this misstep but they have to be aggressive.