Truth is elastic, and only counts for today

Remember during the campaign where Barack Obama got great mileage out of John McCain’s proposition to tax employer health care benefits? With mock horror and a plea to good ol’ American values, he said McCain’s plan was “so radical, so out of touch with what you’re facing, and so out of line with our basic values.”

Guy Benson in yesterday’s National Review Online (“Obama is a big fat liar, illustrated”) quotes Jim Geraghty‘s story, “Barack Obama is a big fat liar.” Both are great reads, but one of the great quotes is,

Back in March, White House budget director Peter Orszag said taxing employer benefits was among several ideas that “most firmly should remain on the table,” and some congressional Democrats told the Washington Post that White House officials said Obama would accept such a tax “as long as he didn’t have to propose it himself.[emphasis mine]

That’s authentic leadership, that’s being the first one on the field and the last one off for the troops. Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s sleazy. If it was a ridiculous option when McCain proposed it, then it should be a ridiculous idea now. If it’s not a ridiculous idea now, then he should propose it. Otherwise, he’s self promoting.

This is why I don’t trust Barack Obama. He’s slimy. He says what is politically expedient, and doesn’t mind turning away from those statements the next day. Worse still, he will pawn off the hard work to someone else, and stand use it when it serves his ultimate purpose and then distance himself when it doesn’t.

If Obama wanted to tax health care benefits, it wouldn’t surprise me. I expect him to tax everything he can see to pay for his harmful ideas. I could tolerate that (I wouldn’t like it, but I would understand) because I believe that elections have consequences, and he won the election (as Ed Koch said, “the people must be punished“). I just don’t believe it’s too much to ask that he stand up and take the lead and not pass the buck to some underling. If he changed his mind, stand up and tell me why, but take the heat.

Early in his administration I blasted him for his lack of hope & change. This is most definitely change. We’ve changed from a leader who faced seeming global criticism by himself and didn’t back down. To a politician who hides behind the polls and pundits and passes off the tough decisions as someone else. Now, we can only hope for a greater change in 2012.

See the Obama/McCain ads at the bottom of this National Review article.

crossposted with updates at realityunwound