Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BOHICA [Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!]

The Wall Street Journal has a scathing review of President Obama's latest speech on the federal budget.

With the title, "The Presidential Destroyer: Obama's toxic speech and even worse plan for deficits and debt," you can expect a two-thumbs-down reaction.

Was the election moved to next month, or June? We ask because President Obama's extraordinary response to Paul Ryan's budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions—was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant. Mr. Obama's fundamentally political document would have been unusual even for a Vice President in the fervor of a campaign.

The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending and lifted the 2012 deficit to a record $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal discipline and are now setting the national political agenda.

Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan's plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as un-American....

UPDATE: Allahpundit at records Rep. Paul Ryan's reaction: “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells.”

Dr. Charles Krauthammer at NewsBusters is less than delighted by the speech. "I thought it was a disgrace. I thought I’ve rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan, and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor...."

Once again the New York Times licks Obama's feet.

Vice President Biden sleeping during Obama speech

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