Dan addressed below another of Obama’s blunders from the soon to be released Bloomberg interview in which the President professed to be “agnostic” on the issue of tax increases. While the newly found fiscal agnosticism of President Chauncey Gardiner has received much comment today, it was another of his comments in the interview that caught my attention. Read this slowly:
“Our real problem is not the spike in spending last year, or the lost, even the lost revenues last year, as significant as those are,” he said. “The real problem has to do with the fact that there is a just a mismatch between the amount of money coming in and the amount of money going out. And that is going to require some big, tough choices that, so far, the political system has been unable to deal with.”
Those are the words of a man who doesn’t get it. They are the words of a mountebank, a pretender who has no experience in budgeting in the private sector or public sector but lots of contempt for his audience. Notwithstanding that the real problem is the spike in spending last year (and this year) the President offers up this contadiction to his prior point: “The real problem has to do with the fact that there is a just a mismatch between the amount of money coming in and the amount of money going out.” Whence this epiphany? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
And how about that third person cop out using this turn of phrase: “And that is going to require some big, tough choices that, so far, the political system has been unable to deal with.” The “political system”? That would be you, Mr. President. Where is the buck stops here rhetoric? (Oh, that’s right, he already used that cliché on another problem.)
This Bloomberg interview may prove to be the strategy manual for the opposition party now that we know the full depth of obtuseness on display. As of today (and the full interview has not been released yet) we have the banker bonus reversal, a failed attempt to disguise the language of propsed tax increases (agnosticism) and the”money coming in, money going out” Obamateurism. Most Presidents have handlers that work hard to prevent these types of gaffes. Like a Chief of Staff, who seems to have gone missing during the past week.