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So sayeth our President, at least.
Shortly after George Bush took office, that surplus we keep hearing so much about was rounded down significantly...this is not mentioned in any of Obama's rhetoric. The internet bubble burst, and the economy tanked...Obama is silent here as well. 9/11, and the costs associated with a call to a war he still wages? Nada. Through it all, Bush at least had the class to take it on the chin...Obama, notsomuch. And for all Obama does to deflect, Bush still holds himself responsible for his tenure while Obama busies himself with this "surge" of his in the class wars, lining his re-election campaign pockets with the angst of the victim class he has single-handedly grown and emboldened...making them angry at everyone else and holding every one but themselves responsible for all of their problems.
In his weekly address, the Blamer-In-Chief doubled down with his tiresome strategy of blaming Republicans for the troubles we face as a nation:
"Too often, the Republican leadership in the United States Senate chooses to filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress. And that has very real consequences," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.
Senate Republicans have blocked at least three Democratic initiatives to extend unemployment insurance, citing the need to curb government spending amid a record budget deficit.
"Think about what these stalling tactics mean for the millions of Americans who've lost their jobs since the recession began. Over the past several weeks, more than two million of them have seen their unemployment insurance expire," the president said.
Obama has made job creation his top domestic priority and has traveled repeatedly to the U.S. heartland to tout policies that lift hiring, including to Holland, Michigan, on Thursday for the groundbreaking of an electric car battery factory that has received federal dollars.
That last sentence is the biggest joke of the whole passage; Obama has certainly NOT made job creation his top domestic policy...if he had, we'd already be under the 8% unemployment numbers he promised when he shoved his first "top domestic priority" down our throats - the Stimulus bill. After that, of course, his top domestic priority was the Auto bailout, then the "too big to fail" bailout, then the Health Care takeover, then Financial reform (no more "too big to fail"...EVER)...and so on, ad infinitum. His top domestic priority is no older than his most recent brainstorm for how to get re-elected in 2012.
You know, Obama has both Houses of Congress and the Executive branch tucked away in his back pocket. He's gotten more legislation through (according to his greatest fans) than any President since LBJ...certainly more SWEEPING reform than any in my lifetime...and yet he whines about having problems extending unemployment benefits as if it's all the Republicans' fault that it hasn't gotten done. The reality here is that the Democrats (especially in the House) are starting to back away from Obama because he's already thrown them under the bus...lowering the midterm election bar (and the expectations of the Democrat party). The Senate is not much different; they have a huge plate of bigger fish to fry that will likely cause a few more lost seats in the upper chamber.
It is incumbent on this President to keep the blame game up long enough to weather November's storm...he doesn't care about the unemployed, he cares about the unions and the activists, and about the illegals running loose around the streets of America. THESE are the people that will be giving him money, and THESE are the people who will be getting him re-elected. He doesn't really care about majorities. So long as things don't go his way, he'll have plenty of people to blame.
Until then, Republicans and Bush himself will do; after all - the media-hyped hatred of #43 is what got him that cool house on Pennsylvania Avenue to begin with.
[Note: This post originates at 73Wire]