Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama Lectures Republicans at Their Retreat

After taking a shot at the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) judges in his SOTU (State of the Union address, that is) on Wednesday night (which by the way was highly innacurate at best, outright lie at worst), the president went to the Republican policy retreat to lecture Republicans. (How come he always sounds angry like a middle school principal?)

President Obama rumbles with House GOP (1/29/2010 Politico)

"BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama on Friday accused Republicans of portraying health care reform as a "Bolshevik plot" and telling their constituents that he’s "doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America."

"Speaking to House Republicans at their annual policy retreat here, Obama said that over-the-top GOP attacks on him and his agenda have made it virtually impossible for Republicans to address the nation’s problems in a bipartisan way.

"“What happens is that you guys don’t have a lot of room to negotiate with me,” Obama said. "The fact of the matter is, many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable with your own base, with your own party because what you've been telling your constituents is, ‘This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America.'"

Negotiate what? The health care bills, both House and Senate, were crafted behind closed doors by Democrats and the White House, shutting out Republicans and the general public. C-Span has complained that it was allowed only 1 hour of health care coverage, despite the presidential pledge of transparency. What's there to negotiate, when you don't even really know what's in it?

Besides, why do Republicans want to negotiate, if they believe the whole thing should be scrapped, as 61% of Americans do?

As for 'This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America', an increasing number of Americans think that way, including this World War II veteran.

I can see two ways to deal with a person who comes in to lecture you whether he is right or wrong. One is to lecture back, point by point, word for word. The other is to laugh at him for telling them a nice joke. But these Republicans invited him in and let him play his game.

And what the hell is the president doing, hopping from one town to another? Is there not enough work to do in Washington? Does he think he is still a presidential candidate? Oh I forgot. The old campaign management team is back, so he is running a campaign again. The difference is that the taxpayers are footing the bill for his trips now.

So Obama scolded the Supreme Court, Congress, and the American people who oppose his policies in his SOTU, and Republicans again today. No one left to scold in this country. Who's next? Chinese, whose electric blankets are to be taxed 175%? Japanese, whose No.1 auto maker is being hauled in front of Congress? Russians, who just unvailed its first stealth fighter? He'd better be careful, for they may simply dump all their Treasury holdings in response...


Anonymous said...

i can think of a way to deal with it...

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Do let me know..

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