President Obama’s “me too” budget speech on Wednesday revealed his true colors, or stripes, or spots… Let’s see, now he is saying we must cut Federal spending. That’s new, right? Just a few weeks ago, he wasn’t willing to agree to any cuts in the tardy 2010 budget. Now he is all about fiscal responsibility. Hmmm…
On February 23, 2009 he promised to “cut the deficit in half” by the end of his first term in office. Then he proceeded to add to it with unprecedented abandon. The upshot is, he’s not likely to keep that promise. Add it to the list.
In Wednesday’s speech, the President excoriated Republicans for their shameless disregard for the well being of disabled and senior Americans, because they dared to suggest cuts in entitlement programs. You know, it seems like it was just yesterday… well actually January 29th 2010 when he also said: “We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, well that’s the other party being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens.”
Then there is his new found support for raising the debt ceiling. As a Senator he voted against such action, and described its need as a sign of lack of Presidential leadership. He may well have been right in that assessment, but rest assured that now, he deeply “regrets” that position.
Finally, he clearly feels the salvation of deficit reduction lies in tax increases. His Wednesday speech gave him ample opportunity to vilify wealthy Americans once again. I like wealthy people. They have hired me and paid me a living wage. They have bought my goods and services. I would like to be wealthy some day. What I know for sure is that if you tax the crap out of wealthy individuals, they will buy fewer things, hire fewer people, shelter more income offshore and ultimately…leave.
Ironically though, I like President Obama’s stand on increasing taxes. The cat’s out of the bag now, as he is on record as favoring higher taxes. If he wants to run in 2012 with that as a part of his platform, I’m all for it. He might even want to invite Walter Mondale to join him on the ticket.
Originally posted on 04/14/2011 at ConservativeCompass.com