By Douglas V. Gibbs
Spending is out of control, and Obama has heard the concern from the American People. So, he has decided, in order to appease those angry fiscal conservatives regarding all of the spending by the federal government, to put into place a deficit commission plan. In other words,
President Barack Obama has formally endorsed legislation creating an independent commission with the power to force Congress to vote on major deficit reduction steps this year, after the November elections.
The Obama Administration has been losing Democrats right and left, and Barry hopes with this relatively conservative sounding move he can win back over swing Democrats that are running scared so that enough votes can be in place to lift the federal debt ceiling.
That's right - call for a deficit reduction plan so that you can raise the limit to spend more!
The writers of horror stories could not top this one.
The hopes with this move is to make fiscal moderates happy, and to challenge Republicans complaining about Obama's out of control spending.
In reality, however, this is mere lip service.
Without a 60-vote filibuster proof Senate, creativity will now be the key, and Obama is willing to lie in ways that the best creative geniuses could not even muster.
Of course, when talking about this spending problem, despite the fact that Obama's deficit spending in his first year in office is greater than the deficit spending of all past presidents, combined, Barry was not shy to still blame it all on Bush.
President Obama said: "These deficits did not happen overnight (that's the blame Bush part), and they won't be solved overnight. We not only need to change how we pay for policies, but we also need to change how Washington works. The only way to solve our long-term fiscal challenge is to solve it together – Democrats and Republicans."
Notice he said a lot without saying anything at all, other than: It's Bush's fault, and if we work together (that's the community organizer in him) we can change how Washington works (you know, to a socialist style system) and solve it together (government, government, and more government).
Hey, Mr. President, I've got an idea. How about just simply deciding not to spend so much money! Back off with your intrusive federal government policies, allow state sovereignty to reign supreme, and release American businesses from the stranglehold of federal regulations and restrictions, and you'll be surprised how fast the free market can straighten out our troubled economy!
Instead, Obama and the Congressional Democrats would rather give us lip service, while planning their next big spending spree.
Not exactly the change your voters were hoping for, Mr. Obama.
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Obama endorses deficit commission plan - Politico