Friday, September 07, 2012

Another day. Another lie.

I was reading this article by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, a person whom usually fawns over the President.  I was caught by two things.

  1. Once again, the President is merely human in the eyes of his party.  The last time this happened was the second before he stepped onstage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to deliver the speech that would catapult him into the national spotlight.  They are having a hard time raising money, so much so that former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is taking leave from the campaign to raise money for an Obama Super PAC.  No doubt, this group will lie through their teeth about Mitt Romney and every other person who gets in their way.  Their job will be to create so many diversions for the media and political hacks to pick up, that no one will be able to look at days like today-with a monthly net loss of overall jobs-and truly understand what it means.  To have to take this approach is devastating to the Obama campaign, because people are tiring of the tone of his campaign, his surrogates, and even his arrogance.
  2. On Thursday night, the President said, “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. . . . And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”  This admission of his arrogance as a 2008 candidate (closing Guantanamo is a great example) did not translate into leadership in the White House, something many of us warned of.  But look at that quote again.   “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. . . ."  Pure.  Unadulterated.  Ham-faced.  Lie.  
"The private sector is doing fine."  Lie.  "I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."  Lie.  "And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot.But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those loans." Solyndra was a lie.  "We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."  Lie.  One thing that he has said that he is standing by is, "I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody."

Mr. President, it's like Ann Romney said, "We're too smart to know there aren't easy answers. But we're not dumb enough to accept that there aren't better answers."  The American people are catching on.

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