Today is the first day of the next four years of our lives. President Barack Obama was officially sworn in for his second term yesterday, but the festivities and lavish parties really get underway today. Lots of hoopla, etc. I care very little for all that, no matter who is being sworn in. I would contend it is all a very big waste of taxpayer money. But, I digress.
One of President Obama’s senior advisers was on most of the Sunday talk shows yesterday. David Plouffe was going around, basically letting everyone know what kind of administration would be occupying the White House for the next four years. Some of the things he had to say, I find very ironic and more than a little misleading. But, I would expect nothing less from the Obama administration. Emphasis added is my own.
(Fox News) David Plouffe, a top adviser to President Obama, on Sunday laid out the president’s broad plan for the next four years, saying the president will continue to follow voters’ demands that include gun control as well as education and immigration reform.
“This is what they wanted us to do,” Plouffe told “Fox News Sunday,” the day before the president was to be publicly sworn in at a Washington ceremony.
Plouffe suggested the president’s speech during the Monday ceremony would touch on the idea of “finding common ground,” and that Obama would be more specific in about three weeks in his State of the Union address.
Seriously, does the Obama administration really expect us to believe they really want to find common ground with those of us who disagree with their agenda? If you believe that, then I could probably come up with some swamp land in Arizona to sell you. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For the past four years, we have watched as Obama has run roughshod over his opponents. Obamacare was shoved down our throats, with no input from the Republicans, conservative or not, and without a single Republican vote. Obama has done his best to implement portions of the DREAM Act on his own. Obama’s EPA has went rampant with regulations, although they did their best to keep them quite until after the election. Need I go on?
What about the fiscal negotiations, if you can call them that, that have taken place behind closed doors? Obama has done nothing to find common ground with Republicans on fiscal reform. Even discounting his negotiations in previous years, let’s look at the most recent talks Obama had with John Boehner. The Speaker offered new revenue, ie. higher taxes, and asked what he would get in return. Obama said nothing, that he would take the $800 billion and expect more. When asked what they could do about spending, Obama point blank told Boehner we didn’t have a spending problem and he was getting tired of hearing the Republicans say we did. Is it any wonder that John Boehner says he will no longer hold one-on-one negotiations with President Obama? You can’t blame the poor fellow.
Is this what he means by finding common ground? If so, why would we want more of the same common ground? President Obama’s idea of finding common ground seems to be really simple. Make the Republicans compromise even more, get more of what he wants, and push more legislation down our throats. I suspect his push for stricter gun control is only beginning, but I hope and pray the Republicans in Congress, as well as some of his own party, refuse to play his game of finding common ground. Sooner or later, they are going to have to realize that compromising with Obama gets us nowhere, unless he is willing to make some of his own concessions. I have seen nothing like that coming from Obama in the last four years. I see no reason to believe the next four years is going to be any different.