“Gifts” from the President
On Wednesday, Tea Party Patriots hammered President Obama’s new “grand bargain” for what it is – a tax increase combined with new spending. Yesterday, we fact-checked various aspects of the speech. Today, we’re taking a look at the tone of parts of the speech he gave on Tuesday, and how it plays into the President’s political and governing philosophies.
The speech was, of course, a tribute to big government. Higher taxes, more spending, and expanded government were promoted in practically every word. Beyond that, however, two more subtle things came into play as he made his push to the gathered crowd and the national media:
1) Republicans don’t care about people.
2) He is giving the American people a lot. Him, personally.
It’s disturbing that the press declares the President wants to work with Republicans, yet the only time he talked well of Republicans in his entire speech was referencing “a growing number of Republican senators who are trying to work with Democrats to get some stuff done.”
The rest of the speech all but declared Republicans as bad people:
The bad news is that rather than keep our focus on what should be our priority — which is growing our economy and creating good middle-class jobs — we’ve seen a certain faction of Republicans in Congress hurt a fragile recovery by saying that they wouldn’t pay the very bills that Congress racked up in the first place, threatening to shut down the people’s government if they can’t get rid of Obamacare.
I don’t want to go through the same old arguments where I propose an idea and the Republicans just say, no, because it’s my idea.
But now it’s time for Republicans to lay out their ideas.
Sometimes there were ideas that historically had Republican support and for some reason suddenly Republicans didn’t want to support them anymore.
The President wants ideas from Republicans? How about the tax reform plan under construction in the House and the balanced budget plans in the Republican Study Committee as well as from Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK)? Furthermore, the House has passed many regulation reduction measures the President has ignored.
Do some Republicans have the political willpower of a typical politician? Absolutely. That’s why many GOP Senators who supported the individual mandate in the 1990s, when it was first part of the public debate, switched positions when President Obama entered office. It mirrors President Obama opposition as a Senator to big deficits as a Senator, wiretapping, debt ceiling increases, and invading nations without Congress’ approval, only to extend those programs as President.
For a speech allegedly dedicated to helping the middle-class in a time of divided federal government, the actual words and tone were quite partisan.
The other interesting part of the speech was how magnanimous President Obama views himself:
So I’m willing to simplify our tax code — closes those loopholes, ends incentives to ship jobs overseas, lowers the rate for businesses that are creating jobs right here in America, provides tax incentives for manufacturers that bring jobs home to the United States. Let’s simplify taxes for small business owners, give them incentives to invest so they can spend less time filling out complicated forms, more time expanding and hiring.
I’m willing to do all that that should help businesses and help them grow. But if we’re going to give businesses a better deal, then we’re also going to have to give workers a better deal, too. (Applause.) I want to use some of the money that we save by closing these loopholes to create more good construction jobs with infrastructure initiatives that I already talked about. We can build a broader network of high-tech manufacturing hubs that leaders from both parties can support. We can help our community colleges arm our workers with the skills that a global economy demands. All these things would benefit the middle class right now and benefit our economy in the years to come.
So, again, here’s the bottom line: I’m willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs. That’s the deal. (Applause.)
Got that? He’s willing to help businesses grow, his job-killing policies of the last four years notwithstanding. He’s willing to give you back more of your money in a plan that actually takes more away through back door tax increases. He’s willing to work with Republicans to help unemployed Americans finally get jobs back in a recovery that is the worst in modern America.
And if his policies don’t work, it’s because Republicans aren’t nice people.
This is not how an American President should speak, but it is common for this President. It’s all about him, and what he can give you with someone else’s money, disagreement be damned. And if you disagree with that, well, then he’ll accuse you of being a Birther.