Barry takes a swipe at the tea parties; swings and whiffs
At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis, Mo., President Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations that have cropped up over the last month – and took a veiled shot at FOX News Channel, at the cable news network closely associated with the protests.
Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.
"Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I'm not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”
“But,” Obama continued, “let's not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act."
It’s the president’s most direct response so far to the protests that flared up in some locations around tax day, on April 15.
In his briefing that day, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters: “I don't know if there's a specific response to protests..I think you saw the president today talk about as candidate Obama promising to bring a tax cut to 95 percent of working families in America, and as president delivering that tax cut.”
Let's take this point-by-point. First, it's asinine to claim FOX News was "closely associated" with the protests. It's a news outlet and they do their job which is to report THE NEWS. Only the rest of the MSM decided that almost 500,000 people, turning out across the country in protest of the fiscal irresponsibility of Congress and this administration, isn't newsworthy. Worse, the MSM decided it would be a fun day to ridicule the protesters (using the tea-bagging jokes all day long). And let's not forget Susan Roesgen of CNN infamy who verbally attacked a protester. (This is the stupid broad that had the audacity to demand why the protester out at the Tea Party, and when he responded he was out there in support of liberty she stupidly demanded from him "What does liberty have to do with taxes?" Um, Susan, go back and reread your history. It has EVERYTHING to do with taxes.) It's not as if FOX sponsored any of these protests. They just covered them.
Second, he's not interested in a serious conversation on health care costs or Social Security. If anyone on his side of the aisle had been serious about dealing with Social Security, why didn't they work with Republicans and President Bush when he posited Social Security reform? They didn't. They demonized the president and accused him of destroying the legacy of FDR. I've got news for the president and Democrats -- if anyone has read Mark Levin's new book Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (still #1 on Amazon) then you know the cat's out of the bag because Mr. Levin explains what Social Security was originally intended for, and it wasn't for retirees.
Third, no the deficits weren't due to the Recovery Act. They're due to the bank bailouts, the auto bailouts, the Recovery Act, the $410 billion omnibus bill with over 9000 earmarks in it, etc., etc., ad naseum. And he can't sit back and say "don't blame me; I inherited this mess." Why? Because despite the fact that President Bush learned a little too late not to pass exorbitant, pork-filled bills, Barry has completely eclipsed any spending that Bush did. CBO numbers show that right now, under the president's current proposals, between 2010 and 2019 the deficit will reach $9.3 TRILLION. It took us almost 230 years to reach a $1 trillion deficit, and this president is going to jump it $8 trillion more in less than four years.
The tax cuts ... First let me say that Bobby Gibbs is so incompetent that he makes Scott McClellan look competent and smart. He's a guy that is the regular pinata for people like Jake Tapper and Major Garrett during White House press briefings. But this "tax cuts for 95% of the people" line is getting old. He's already broken that promise. He broke it the moment he passed the S-CHIP bill. See, S-CHIP is funded on the back of cigarette taxes, and when it was passed it raised cigarette and tobacco taxes. Low income and middle income voters are the ones hardest hit by this tax. While it's not an income tax, it's still a tax, and it's one that is hitting people where it counts. (I have a couple of friends who smoke, and after seeing their cigarettes jump at the beginning of April, they have been working on quitting.) And if you think this is the end of the "habit taxes," think again. Congress is working on an alcohol tax to bring beer and wine on par with hard alcohol.
It shows the hubris this man has in attacking the average citizen who isn't pleased with the way he's leading this nation, and against Congress for performing the idiocy they have for the last 120+ days. He's clearly not pleased with the people. Well, we got news for him -- the people aren't pleased with him. We're not the leg-tingling media here. We're the American people, and we have a right to disagree with what our government is doing. If Barry doesn't like it he has two options.
-- Resign the presidency, and turn it all over to Captain Gaffe-tastic.
-- CHANGE his attitude towards government and the people.
That's it. Those are his options because we, THE PEOPLE, aren't going anywhere, and we're only going to get more pi$$ed at him if he continues this crap.