Wow - you can't make this sort of stuff up.
President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year's State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
I wonder how many times in that address he'll blame Bush for the deficit.
“Democrats have to reassure voters we are not being reckless,” said a Democratic official involved in the planning. “The White House knows this and that's why we'll be hearing a lot about reducing the deficit early next year. Democrats owned this issue for the past four years and cannot afford to cede it to Republicans now."
So after being as reckless as hell in spending in 2009, when the elections roll around next year they want to claim that they are the people who will save our children's future by reducing the deficit they just shot out of a cannon. I know they've always counted on voters being stupid, but this is taking it to new heights -- or more like depths.
For starters, the White House has not dropped plans for an aggressive global warming bill early next year that will be loaded with new spending on green technology and jobs – that would be paid for with tax increases. Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf says the White House focus on deficit reduction could easily kill the cap-and-trade effort. “I think this means cap-and-trade has to go to the backburner,” he said.
Stop the presses! I thought we were going to destroy the world without cap and trade. Here are some of Obama's comments from June when the House passed cap and trade:
"We must not be prisoners of the past," he said in his radio and Internet address. "Don't believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth. It's just not true."
The president said the bill's passage is a testament to a changing dynamic in both the scientific community and in the public -- both of which have become far more convinced of the dangers of global warming, he said.
"There is no longer a debate about whether carbon pollution is placing our planet in jeopardy. It's happening," he said. "And there is no longer a question about whether the jobs and industries of the 21st century will be centered around clean, renewable energy. The question is, which country will create these jobs and these industries?"
"The list goes on and on, but the point is this: this legislation will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. That will lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries. And that will lead to American jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced," Obama said.
So to use what Obama said:
- He's killing economic growth without cap and trade
- He's blowing off all the experts and the public who agree almost unanimously that we need to stop global warming.
- He's placing the planet in jeopardy by allowing carbon pollution to continue unabated.
- He's killing new high-paying American jobs.
Make some more room under the Obama bus for Al Gore - a LOT more room.