I realize we are out of the election and there is no need to be in campaign mode. That is one of the reasons I have written very little since the election, and especially since the beginning of December. I saw no use to continue rehashing our loses and wondering what happened. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at how inept our government is acting, in general, and how blameless President Barack Obama remains, specifically. He sheds blame for his faults and the scandals that should have arisen because of his actions like water off a duck.
Case in point would be the way the negotiations over the fiscal cliff are progressing. Especially since the election, the President and John Boehner have been involved in a back and forth offering of proposals, Since the Speaker failed to bring up his own Plan B for a vote in the House, he promptly adjourned his body of esteemed lawmakers and said the ball was in Senate’s court. He has said it was up to them to come up with a compromise with Obama. I’m not convinced that is the correct course of action, since all legislation concerning fiscal matters are supposed to start in the House of Representatives, but this seems to be the legislative process we currently have.
Shortly after Boehner pulled his stunt/negotiating tactic, President Obama called it quits for the holiday and made like a bandit towards his favorite vacation state, namely Hawaii. Much ado has been made about the cost of said vacation, but that isn’t the point of this post. Much ado has also been made about the President cutting his vacation short because of the fiscal cliff negotiations. He left the Hawaiian golf courses on Wednesday and on Friday, he was holding meetings with congressional leaders, trying to jump-start negotiations.
I am not so naive that I believe our dear leader is totally to blame for the complete ineptness that radiates out of Washington. Both parties share blame for allowing our government’s fiscal condition to deteriorate to this point. However, President Obama would like us to believe he is an innocent bystander in this, as if the Executive Branch has had nothing to do with the out-of-control spending and desire to tax Americans even more.
(The Hill) While Obama said Friday he was “modestly optimistic” that a deal could be worked out, he placed the blame for the delay on Congress.
“America wonders why it is in this town why you can’t get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything has to wait until the last minute.” Obama told reporters on Friday. “We’re now at the last minute.”
Just as he has in recent days, Obama — who cut his Christmas vacation in Hawaii short to return to Washington earlier this week — urged lawmakers to “do their jobs” to help the economy to continue to grow.
“The housing market is healing, but that could stall if folks are seeing smaller paychecks,” the president said. “The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, but already, families and businesses are starting to hold back because of the dysfunction they see in Washington.
“You meet your deadlines and your responsibilities every day,” Obama added. “The folks you sent here to serve should do the same. We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward.”
I have a really simple question I would like to see someone ask Obama. Mr. President, if you are so concerned about middle-class Americans and the plight you, your administration, and the rest of our government has placed them in, why did you even bother to go to Hawaii for vacation? Why didn’t you stay in Washington and try to drive the conversation and the negotiations forward in a meaningful manner? Could it be the small fact that your priorities are creeping to the top?
Instead, Obama chose to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for a vacation in a place that most of us only dream of going. Instead of taking any kind of responsibility for the fiscal crisis we find ourselves in, Obama places the blame on Congress and asks them to “do their jobs”. How much longer do we have to suffer through a presidency that refuses to take responsibility for their actions? How much longer before someone, the media, anyone holds President Obama responsible for his part in this fiscal calamity? Wait, I know. We still have four more years to watch him cast blame at everyone but himself. All because so many Americans were fooled by his lies and deceit. It’s going to be a long four years until January 20, 2017.