WSJ Calls Obama Dishonest

2011 April 14
by bc3b

The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards.

Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1? We ask because President Obama’s extraordinary response to Paul Ryan’s budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions—was the kind Presidents usually outsource to some junior lieutenant. Mr. Obama’s fundamentally political document would have been unusual even for a Vice President in the fervor of a campaign.

The immediate political goal was to inoculate the White House from criticism that it is not serious about the fiscal crisis, after ignoring its own deficit commission last year and tossing off a $3.73 trillion budget in February that increased spending amid a record deficit of $1.65 trillion. Mr. Obama was chased to George Washington University yesterday because Mr. Ryan and the Republicans outflanked him on fiscal discipline and are now setting the national political agenda.

Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America,” he said, supposedly pitting “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” against “every millionaire and billionaire in our society.” The President was not attempting to join the debate Mr. Ryan has started, but to close it off just as it begins and banish House GOP ideas to political Siberia.

Mr. Obama then packaged his poison in the rhetoric of bipartisanship—which “starts,” he said, “by being honest about what’s causing our deficit.” The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards.

The great political challenge of the moment is how to update the 20th-century entitlement state so that it is affordable. With incremental change, Mr. Ryan is trying maintain a social safety net and the economic growth necessary to finance it. Mr. Obama presented what some might call the false choice of merely preserving the government we have with no realistic plan for doing so, aside from proposing $4 trillion in phantom deficit reduction over a gimmicky 12-year budget window that makes that reduction seem larger than it would be over the normal 10-year window.

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Hat tip: The Wall Street Journal

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  1. 2011 April 14 2:31 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I read this article this morning. It was fantastic. Obama is a child (no offense to children).

  2. 2011 April 14 3:10 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    A howdy-doody show.

  3. 2011 April 14 3:29 pm
    justrand permalink

    I would love to have seen Paul Ryan get up half way thru Obama’s campaign speech and walk out. I know I know…decorum. But damn, it woulda been sweeeeet!

  4. 2011 April 14 4:10 pm

    Post 4=== If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever. by George Orwell

  5. 2011 April 14 4:27 pm

    Maggot gagger~~~

  6. 2011 April 14 4:36 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    Uh oh, the Bureau Economic Planning and National Resources is calling for a boycott of the Atlas Shrugged movie.

  7. 2011 April 14 4:48 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Jesse Jackson charged in sexual harrassment suit – propositioning gay man.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  8. 2011 April 14 4:51 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #4 You will see MUCH more of this when the UN’s “rights of the child” takes effect. Go to and see what they are doing about it. We donated to them last week. They need all the help they can get since they are going after a constitutional amendment to protect parents and families.

  9. 2011 April 14 4:52 pm

    Accusations are easy to make, poetic justice someone may be doing it against him for once. For the right price I’m sure all this will go away. 😉

  10. 2011 April 14 5:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    An aide to GOP House Whip Kevin McCarthy compared Republicans voting against the budget “deal” to Hanoi Jane Fonda.

  11. 2011 April 14 5:02 pm

    11 – aide needs to be terminated, even he knew he crossed the line with that remark.

  12. 2011 April 14 5:05 pm
    bc3b permalink


    Accusations are easy to make, poetic justice someone may be doing it against him for once. For the right price I’m sure all this will go away.

    Jesse has a history of affairs and an illegimate daughter he fathered in 1999.

  13. 2011 April 14 5:06 pm

    “In a statement, a McCarthy spokesperson said Meachum had made amends. “This was a regrettable decision made by one of our staff members, who sent an email acting independently and without the approval of the office or Congressman McCarthy,” said Erica Elliott.”

    So your office is in the habit of letting staff send emails acting independently and without approval of the congressman’s office or the congressman himself so long as they apologize later?

  14. 2011 April 14 5:08 pm

    14 – was there a point you were trying to make there I see my quote with nothing added?

  15. 2011 April 14 5:08 pm

    nm I see you fixed it now.

  16. 2011 April 14 5:10 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #10 But I hope it stays in the media for quite a while before the big payoff. Not that it matters, he could snort coke off Obama’s left butt cheek and keep his title of Reverend for his adoring fans who think he is somehow a Christian.

  17. 2011 April 14 5:10 pm

    14 – Well aware of it, doesn’t mean the asking for a bj from the gay guy is true or untrue, my point is he’s leveling accusations at jessie (true or untrue) in return for a payoff (fair or unfair) to go away quietly. This is the same tactics rainbow push uses.

  18. 2011 April 14 5:10 pm
    bc3b permalink

  19. 2011 April 14 5:12 pm

    18 – Bingo.. after today I doubt you’ll see the story again, last time he got caught it was barely covered as well.

  20. 2011 April 14 5:12 pm

    14th look at a player to be named later?

  21. 2011 April 14 5:22 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    He will go pray with bill clinton and all will be forgiven.

  22. 2011 April 14 5:25 pm

    Berlin said Smirnov had done research on the Internet to determine if Illinois had the death penalty, deciding to go through with Vesel’s murder when he discovered it does not.

    Why he’d call the cops and just surrender to a life in prison I do not understand, he at least had a shot at getting away with it, though slim due to his poor planning. Watch the internet and guns become the villain here. Wonder what she did to piss him off so much. 😉

  23. 2011 April 14 5:31 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    So someone I don’t know sends me a message on facebook

    The last 4 Presidents contributed to the National Debt. Total is 10.8 Trillion of the current 14 Trillion National Debt. Republican Fiscal Conservatives added 9.4 Trillion. The Bush’s added 7.6 Trillion

    1,859,575,960,187 Reagan – 1,554,057,922,952 Bush
    1,395,974,529,061 Clinton – 6,102,365,591,311 Bush

    so I respond

    Yes — the National Debt did increase under the Bush 43 administration…

    at the end of fiscal year 9/30/2000 — 4 months before Bush 43 took office national debt totaled $5.674 trillion….

    on 9/30/2001 (19 days after 9/11/01) — 8 months after Bush took office the national debt totaled $5.807 trillion…. an increase of $133 billion….

    9/30/2002– national debt $6.228 trillion — increase of $420 billion
    9/30/2003 — national debt $6.783 trillion — increase of $555 billion
    9/30/2004 — national debt $7.379 trillion — increase of $595 billion
    Bush is re-elected November 2004
    9/30/2005 — national debt $7.933 trillion — increase of $554 billion
    9/30/2006 — national debt $8,507 trillion — increase of $574 billion

    November 2006 — Democrats win Congress –Pelosi takes over as Speaker of House… and Reid Senate leader…

    9/30/2007 — national debt $9,008 trillion — increase of $501 billion — Okay … this isn’t so good… 6 years of the Bush Administration and a Republican held House and Senate preparing budgets and national debt is increased $3.2 trillion. NOT GOOD…

    9/30/08 — national debt $10,205 trillion — increase $1.017 trillion… WOW — THAT NANCY IS A BIG SPENDER…Yep that’s right Nancy Pelosi’s first budget as Speaker of the House increased national debt over ONE TRILLION in just one year…

    November 2008 Obama is elected…4 months with Bush as President and 8 months with Obama as President…

    9/30/09 national debt $11.910 trillion — increase of $1.885 trillion

    Looks like Obama gave Nancy some wings….27 months of Obama and the national debt increased $3.632 trillion…

    9/30/10 — national debt $13.561 trillion — increase of $1.652 trillion — Pelosi doesn’t pass a budget for FY 2011
    November 2010 — Republicans take House… Reid is still controlling Senate and Obama is still in the White House….

    4/14/11 national debt $14.296 trillion — increase of $726 billion in just six months… Republicans are trying to cut Obama’s spending…

    Yep in summary — 2 years of Obama spending and the National Debt increased $3.632 trillion….

    51 months of Pelosi & Reid in charge of passing budgets and that jumps to $5.402 trillion increase in National Debt.

    Wow — 72 months of Bush & Republicans preparing budgets and the national debt increased $3.2 trillion … but let Democrats control Congress and the spending really jumped..

    Now is Obama 3 times greater than Bush because it took Bush six years to increase national debt by $3.2 trillion and Obama managed to increase national debt by $3.6 trillion in just two years?

    IN OTHER WORDS— Yes .. Bush was spending way to much money… OBAMA IS SPENDING 3 TIMES FASTER!!!!!

  24. 2011 April 14 5:33 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #24 Dude.

    Of note- the article does not say allegedly. Was this intentional, or just an oversight?

  25. 2011 April 14 5:42 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    It is 8:42 EST and I still HATE liberals, socialists… and THE ZERO

  26. 2011 April 14 5:43 pm
    gnqanq permalink

  27. 2011 April 14 5:44 pm

    judy next time just show them this

    Federal Revenues, Spending, Deficit
    FY1996 1.458 – 1.560 = 0.102
    FY1997 1.579 – 1.692 = 0.113
    FY1998 1.721 – 1.651 = 0.070
    FY1999 1.827 – 1.705 = 0.122
    FY2000 2.025 – 1.788 = 0.247
    FY2001 1.990 – 1.863 = 0.127
    FY2002 1.853 – 2.011 = 0.158
    FY2003 1.783 – 2.160 = 0.378
    FY2004 1.880 – 2.293 = 0.413
    FY2005 2.154 – 2.472 = 0.318
    FY2006 2.407 – 2.655 = 0.348
    FY2007 2.568 – 2.731 = 0.163 (last passed by R-house R-senate R-president
    FY2008 2.524 – 2.983 = 0.459
    FY2009 2.105 – 3.518 = 1.413
    FY2010 2.162 – 3.456 = 1.294
    FY2011 1.019 – 1.850 = 0.830 6 months

    If they can’t see the obvious then no point in further conversation because obama is just awesome!.

  28. 2011 April 14 5:45 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Rand Paul tells it like it is on Senate Floor;

  29. 2011 April 14 5:45 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #27 Me too.

  30. 2011 April 14 5:45 pm

    Well JM when you call the police and admit something the press tends not to bother with the ‘allegedly’, besides that’s usually just reserved for followers of Allan.

  31. 2011 April 14 5:46 pm

    30 – acroso point me to that earlier, good speech, too bad it’s fallen on largely deaf ears in the chamber.

  32. 2011 April 14 5:47 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Judy, KH,

    Telling truth with facts to a liberal is like pissing in the wind.

  33. 2011 April 14 5:49 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    Oh the STUPID BITCH used the subject line THE TRUTH….

  34. 2011 April 14 6:03 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    THE TRUTH is that Democrats and Obama are spending 3 times faster than Republicans…

  35. 2011 April 14 6:08 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #32 Agreed for the most part. I have seen plenty of news stories that use allegedly after a conviction or an admission of guilt. That has always bothered me. Funny that you mention Allan followers though, because Hassan is still in the alleged category, and how many people saw him do it? That dude could recite the Koran front to back, praise Allan for his assistance with the murders, claim it a great victory for muslims…….and the media will still scratch their heads as to his motives.

  36. 2011 April 14 6:19 pm
    bc3b permalink

    KH #37

    Gov. Mary Fallin – another conservative woman who has the courage to do what is right.

  37. 2011 April 14 6:19 pm
    justrand permalink

    gnqanq and RP…Rand Paul is freaking awesome in those clips!!!!

    He is among a VERY prescious few that it truly telling it like it is!!

    Hell, maybe he IS ready to be President!!

    Paul/West or West/Paul?? Paul/Cain or Cain/Paul? could work!!

  38. 2011 April 14 6:59 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Cain is a must in my book, don’t care in which order he falls with either Ryan or Paul, but he has to be in there. Trump needs to go. Huck needn’t bother. Mitt? Seriously? Santorum is great, but I don’t think he will be as tough as my other choices. Bachmann is a nice idea on paper, but she really would serve this country best doing what she is doing right now, same with Palin.

  39. 2011 April 14 7:24 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Ryan is going to be our next president!!!!

  40. 2011 April 14 7:40 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ryan gets his budget passed reasonably intact he needs to be the next Speaker. Let him run that 3 cycles so we get the budget balanced then reward him with the Presidency.

  41. 2011 April 14 8:14 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    Unfortunately, the GOP being what it is, I would lay better than even odds the 2012 GOP nominee will be Romney. 🙁

    With few exceptions, the GOP has a way of always giving it to the establishment cadidate who’s turn it is next. Romney seems to fit that bill this round.

    BTW, I received an email today that David Harmer, the candidate who almost won CA-12 (I think that’s the number) last November will be joining Romney’s finance committee. I felt like writing him and asking for my substantial campaign contribution back. I guess that’s the best we can hope for here in Kalifornia.

  42. 2011 April 14 9:29 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting series of maps based on 2010 census data of some major MSA —

    Does not help dims…

  43. 2011 April 14 10:44 pm

    45 – Those maps are a sweet find dr.

  44. 2011 April 14 11:57 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    2:54 am… still hating liberals

  45. 2011 April 15 2:27 am

    5:27am … still hating liberals. 😉

  46. 2011 April 15 5:41 am
    drdog09 permalink

    7:40am …. ditto

  47. 2011 April 15 5:45 am

    They don’t get better with age.

  48. 2011 April 15 6:15 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Your good news report of the day —

    Colorado Regents Vote to Shutter Boulder Journalism School

    A divided Board of Regents of the University of Colorado System voted narrowly Thursday to close down the journalism school at its flagship campus at Boulder, The Daily Camera reported. The regents voted 5 to 4 to shutter the school, approving a plan to replace it with a “journalism plus” approach in which students could earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism if accompanied by another major. Board members who opposed the school’s elimination argued that its problems could be fixed.

  49. 2011 April 15 6:19 am
    justrand permalink

    the A/P, with its “layers upon layers of fact-checkers” (and thus we can, um, trust them!), has this “news” article up now:
    House prepares to vote on $6B spending cut plan

    huh? a simple headline mistake?? Nah. in the body of the ariticle they have THIS:
    The GOP plan…promises more than $6 billion in spending cuts from the budget that President Barack Obama offered in February…

    wow…way to go A/P!!!

  50. 2011 April 15 8:12 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    The real fight starts today. Vote in an hour or so on the Ryan Budget.

    Once passed, the Senate will be under pressure to pass it also, or the debt limit will not be increased.

    This is the fight Republicans are picking.

  51. 2011 April 15 8:12 am
    JustMary permalink


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