Since I disagree with basically everything the man does, there’s a lot about President Obama that I find annoying. One of the president’s worst attributes – maybe even worse than the way he views himself as God’s gift to a horribly flawed America – is the fact that he’s a giant whiny baby:
“It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible,” he is quoted saying in the Sunday edition of The New York Times Magazine, “either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”
Waaaah – I’m the most powerful man on earth, and people don’t love me enough for spending billions of their dollars on things they’re too stupid to know they need! Republicans don’t hang on my every word like mommy said everyone’s supposed to!
President Obama gave the GOP leadership a ton of opportunities to work with him on the health care bill. Remember? That 2,000-page piece of legislation that totally wasn’t crafted in the dark by a handful of leftier-than-left Democrats and their favorite lobbyists? Right.
At least there was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. President Obama was a bipartisan superstar on that one:
Among the regrets the president said he felt during the 111th Congress is letting Republicans make him out to be “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.”
Obama said he also realized too late that “there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” a familiar refrain made by the president when he was trying to sell the stimulus package.
“There are almost 100 shovel-ready transportation projects already approved,” he said in August 2009. As recently as July of this year, he said, “Shovels will soon be moving earth and trucks will soon be pouring concrete.”
Let’s say government spending creates jobs in a way that is worth the investment and not just a temporary, politically beneficial boost to employment while the market corrects. Let’s say that. Assuming improvements to highways, the electrical grid, and other genuinely important infrastructure are worth hundreds of billions in “emergency” spending, one wonders how our unfairly-characterized president justifies:
“Dance Draw” – Interactive Dance Software Development (Charlotte, NC) – $762,372 […]
Monkey and Chimpanzee Responses to Inequity (Atlanta, GA) – $677,462 […]
Two Riders an Hour Get Brand New Buses (Winter Haven, FL) – $2.4 million […]
Studying the Effect of Local Populations on the Environment…in the Himalayas (Ann Arbor,
MI) – $529,648 […]
Scientist Attempts to Create Joke Machine (Evanston, IL) – $712,883
These are five examples from a list of 100 wasteful stimulus-funded programs, and they aren’t the most expensive ones. Alas, President Obama doesn’t justify anything, because he’s too busy making ridiculous promises, blaming the GOP for his failure to keep them, and talking down at the boobs who expected him to.
President Obama does everything exactly how “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat” would, complains any time someone – congressmen, businesses, voters – refuses to go along, and complains some more when people call him out on it. Get your chin up, Barack! If nothing else, we know you’re capable of that.