An Adolescent Presidency
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Since: Mar 14
#1 Apr 4, 2014
Nonleadership: Fiscal catastrophe looms, thanks to out-of-control entitlement spending. But the man in charge responds to serious policy proposals like a fourth-grader. Cool, President "Stinkburger"!
If the ultimate measure of a man really can be found not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but in times of challenge, then the man in the seat of power in this country falls short.
If ever there was a challenge demanding patriotic cooperation across the aisle, it is the entitlement crisis. The fiscal path we are on means successive trillion-dollar deficits within the next decade, even assuming the federal government receives a high level of tax revenues.
The Congressional Budget Office last year projected the national debt would increase by $6.3 trillion from 2014 to 2023; in February, the CBO revised that forecast upward to a terrifying $7.3 trillion.
But when a serious Republican leader puts forward a plan that cuts $5 trillion over 10 years, while strengthening Medicare without causing disruptions to seniors currently enrolled, and forcing the White House and Congress to face the impending bankruptcy of Social Security and get to work on reforms, here is President Obama's reaction:
"If they tried to sell this sandwich," he told an audience of University of Michigan students, "they'd have to call it the stinkburger, or the meanwich."
This, from the president who likes to tell us after the tragic shooting of government officeholders that "only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation."
How civil and honest is it to respond to the seriousness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan with infantile sneers such as "stinkburger"?
But the quip is not unlike the unseriousness he displayed toward concerns about our shrinking military, courtesy of his policies: "We also have fewer horses and bayonets," Obama said in one of the 2012 debates.
Somewhere along the way, the youthful excitement people saw in Barack Obama, who in 2007 was making rousing statements such as, "I don't want to pit red America against blue America; I want to be the president of the United States of America," turned into puerile name-calling, which obviously falls beneath the dignity of the presidency.
It may not seem like it, but "stinkburger" even fits right in with the red line Obama drew regarding the terror state of Syria's use of chemical weapons. Syrian ruler Bashar Assad knew this president wasn't serious, because he hasn't been serious about waging war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and because so much of what he has said is unserious — "You can keep your plan," "I'll work with Republicans," "We've got to be civil in politics," etc.
Vladimir Putin knows he's dealing with an adolescent sensibility too, as does Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. The immaturity found today within the Oval Office goes a lot further than the president's shoes scuffing up the historic Resolute Desk.
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#2 Apr 4, 2014
Fap fap fappity fap.
#3 Apr 4, 2014
Get your head out of Barry's ass, Johnson.
#4 Apr 4, 2014
Fap fap FAP!
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