ENTITLEMENT REFORM? WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT ENTITLEMENT REFORM?
Before I get started, here’s a quick memo to the Washington Post and anyone else who’s ever been surprised to find Barack Obama smack dab in the middle of an arm’s length relationship with the truth: If O’s lips are moving, he’s lying. Got it? Good, let’s continue.
One of the major reasons cited by the Washington Post for it’s 2012 endorsement of Obama was his “balanced approach” to deficit reduction. Now that he’s won the election, WaPo is alarmed to discover that he is pushing for tax increases while offering no substantial budget cuts whatsoever. Alarmed, WaPo? Seriously? Yeah – I was “alarmed” when the sun came up this morning, too.
I don’t mean to be obtuse here, but how much more evidence does anyone need to understand why this guy’s nickname is Liar-in-Chief?
Hell – O was breaking promises during the 2008 campaign - before he was elected. Remember his pledge to John McCain that he would accept federal matching campaign funds? Until he figured out he could forgo those funds and raise more money from labor unions, Soros-funded organizations and special interest groups, that is.
Remember how O called President Bush “unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion to the national debt in eight years and “pushing” the total to $9 trillion – only to add more than $4 trillion himself - in only 3 1/2 years - while exploding total debt to $16.3 trillion?
Damn, WaPo, O even broke direct and specific promises made to you (more on that later) and the rest of the Obamabot faithful. Remember how he promised Hispanics (during the 2008 campaign) that he would submit comprehensive immigration reform legislation to Congress within the first six months of his presidency? Not only did he fail to do so - it still hasn’t happened.
Oh, and remember how he railed against Gitmo (also during the 2008 campaign), calling it “a recruitment tool for terrorists” and vowing to shut it down “immediately after I’m elected.”? Oops.
The list of broken promises goes on and on, but in the spirit of not continuing to twist the knife, let’s move on and see if we can figure out exactly why our disillusioned friends at WaPo are so shocked.
Over the last two weeks, WaPo has published two editorials demanding that entitlement reform be included in a “balanced” approach to deficit reduction. The first editorial, written two weeks ago, was clear as a bell: “Any serious debt-reduction plan has to include revenue and defense cuts. But no serious one can exclude entitlements.”
(WaPo wrongly assumes that Obama and the Democrats are actually serious about reforming entitlements and reducing federal debt – which I contend, they are not.)
So, now that the community organizer and the Democrats appear to be running away from entitlement reform like Michael Moore fleeing a health food store, WaPo has reported that union leaders recently held a private meeting with
their puppet Obama. Shocker. One participant described O’s reaction this way: “They expect taxes to go up on the wealthy and to protect Medicare and Medicaid benefits.” (So shall it be ordered, so shall it be done.)
WaPo’s response? Mitt Romney couldn’t have said it any better:
Since 60% of the federal budget goes to entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, there’s no way to achieve balance without slowing the rate of increase of those programs.
(“DUH” – by the way.)
Hell, WaPo even quoted a promise of serious reform Obama made directly to its editorial board in 2009. Here’s O:
“What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further. We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.”
Poor WaPo. And now it’s shocked. I suppose it would be additional “knife twisting” if I were to bust out the “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” admonition, wouldn’t it?
The truth is, WaPo – and all you other Obamabot apologists – the community organizer was never serious about entitlement reform. Sure, there were the disingenuous hollow words read from the teleprompter, but anyone who’s paid the least bit of attention to this guy’s words vs. actions over the last six years has “been there, done that.”
Barack Obama has never proposed a serious entitlement reform plan – nor even a broad outline of one. I doubt he ever will. After all, he’d then have to answer to Richard Trumka and James Hoffa, wouldn’t he?
The interesting question is this: Is the Washington Post truly shocked – or is it simply looking to save face? While I suspect the latter to be true, nothing would be more wonderfully ironic were the former to be the case. WaPo has spent years helping O con America; wouldn’t it be delicious if this time, the community organizer conned WaPo?