The King Rat obama is indeed a wise Rat. Rather then face the American people over his failed “Supercommittees” failure to reach agreement on a plan to help clear up the ever mounting deficit, he once again took the Rat’s way out and left the country.
Left the country when he should have been showing true leadership. It is always easier to leave the country than face angry tax payers and the press. obama knows this trick oh so well. He has done it several times in the past, and no doubt he will do it again. Just as he will take advantage of the do-nothing Congress’s upcoming holiday vacation to make new appointment and implement new rules and regulations to avoid having to get Congressional approval. Oh yes, he is sly Rat this obama. That is why he must be removed.
President Obama has distanced himself from the congressional supercommittee — politically and geographically — in a strategy aimed at avoiding political risk rather than putting his leadership on the line for a long-shot deal, analysts say.
“Politically, staying out of the supercommittee dynamic was much better for him than jumping into it,” said Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “Washington’s going to take a hit” for the committee’s failure to reach an agreement.
Ever since the 12 supercommittee members were appointed this summer, observers gave the panel a low chance of succeeding in its goal of finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years. Mr. Obama engaged in testy and ultimately fruitless talks with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, during the spring and summer’s debt-ceiling dispute and thus had a close view of the entrenched positions of Democrats and Republicans.
As the supercommittee’s Nov. 23 deadline approached, Mr. Obama showed little of the personal engagement that he displayed during the summer to bring both sides together toward a deal. As the panel’s talks reached a critical stage, the president left the country for a long-planned, nine-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region, several time zones away from the roiling partisanship in Washington.
“I think [White House officials] were predicting that the likelihood of success was very low,” said Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a moderate think tank in Washington. “I think the president was smart to stay out of it, substantively and politically.”
Nevertheless, Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates accused Mr. Obama of failed leadership. Keith Hennessy, who was an economic adviser to President George W. Bush, criticized Mr. Obama for devoting more effort toward Europe’s debt crisis than America’s fiscal woes.
“The president’s press secretary tells us that the President and his Treasury Secretary have ‘been very engaged with their European counterparts’ in addressing their debt crises, but it appears the President’s involvement in the American Super Committee was to set a proposal on the table and then leave,” Mr. Hennessy said in a blog post.
Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Mr. Obama “had a responsibility as a leader in this process” to do three things: make clear to everyone his vision for deficit reduction, rally public support for it and persuade Democrats to accept “tough choices.”
He said the president did all those things, while Republicans refused to accept tax increases for the nation’s top earners.
- Obama’s Hands-Off Approach To The Supercommittee (npr.org)
- Thanksgiving political arguments guide (cbsnews.com)
- “Supercommittee?” (katescache.wordpress.com)
- Post-Mortems on the Supercommittee (nytimes.com)
- Super Fail Complicates Election Year Battle Lines (huffingtonpost.com)