Sunday, February 7, 2010

Barack the Blameaholic Falls off the Wagon

To be fair, we don't actually know that he was ever on the wagon or that he has recognized his addiction to blame. We do know he's at it again though. Earlier on Saturday, Obama trudged through the snow covered streets of Washington to get his blame Bush fix with his fellow Democrats at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting.

After taking a victory lap for that monstrous 0.3 decrease in unemployment that only cost us $860 billion give or take, Obama proceeded to partake in a few shots at his predecessor as the audience no doubt egged him on.

Faced with mounting national opposition to his party’s platform, the president reminded voters the real reason the trillion-dollar stimulus package still hasn’t reduced unemployment to 8 percent as promised: Bush did it, and it’ll take a lot of time to undo it.

“The country cannot return to the “dereliction of duty that helped deliver this recession,” Obama said. He added that the previous administration’s role in the economic meltdown was the “real outrage.”
 Obama then went on to applaud the amazing accomplishments of his administration and a Democratic Congress.  You know the drill, healing the planet and turning back the tides etc:
"Then we passed almost $300 billion in tax relief, tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for 95% of working Americans. We put Americans to work building the infrastructure of tomorrow, doing the work America needs done.

"We passed a credit card bill of rights to protect consumers from getting ripped off by credit card companies. We put the law behind the principle of equal pay for equal work. We extended the promise of health care to 4 million more children of working families. We protected every child from being targeted by tobacco companies. We passed a service bill named for Ted Kennedy that gives young folks and old folks new ways to give back to their communities. We appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. And we've begun working with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country that they love because of who they are.
 Of course that must not be good enough for the ingrates who elected him.  How else can he explain his drop in the polls:
"I was talking to Michelle the other day, and Michelle is always a good barometer. And, you know, the front page was, oh, you know, 'What's Obama going to do to get his poll numbers up, and are the Democrats all in a tizzy' and this and that. And she said, 'You know, listen, if you're the average family, if I'm a mom out there and I'm working and my husband's working but we're worried about losing our jobs or hours have been cut back, costs of our health care premiums just went up 30% and credit card company just jacked up our interest rates 39% and our home values have gone down by $100,000, our 401(k)s all banged up and suddenly someone calls up and says, So, how do you think President Obama's doing's doing right now? What are they going to say? What are they going to say?' 
Wait, didn't he just say, not three paragraphs earlier, they passed a law to stop credit card companies from ripping off their customers?  What about all those tax cuts for small businesses and that miraculous decrease in unemployment - why are these folks worrying about losing their jobs?  Hello Barack and Michelle, what are the people supposed to say, hit me up with more of that hopium you folks are smoking in DC?

Denial is often the greatest barrier to recovery in addictions treatment and here we see the denial is deeply entrenched in this administration:
"But in order to get any of these battles done, we're going to have to change the way that Washington works. Now we may not get a lot of attention for it, but we've actually begun to do that. We've reined in the power of the special interests with the toughest ethics and transparency rules of any administration in the modern era. We're the first White House ever to post our visitors online. We've excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions. 
One word springs to mind here, CSPAN.  They've excluded all those lobbyists, except for those they didn't exclude.  Clearly this is an administration in desperate need of an intervention.  I am keeping my calendar clear on November 2, 2010 for a massive nationwide intervention.

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