Just when you thought that this president could not get any more arrogant and any more outrageously political, he does. The latest takes the cake.
Last week, Obama announced the formation of a special “deficit commission,” whose goal would be to provide him with recommendations on deficit and debt reduction and spending control. Any sentient human being knows this is simply a cover to raise taxes on everyone, particularly the one group the Bama said he absolutely, completely, and unequivocally would not raise their taxes: the middle class. “If you make less than $250,000 a year, your taxes will not go up—not by one penny,” he said incessantly during the campaign. So much for that.
The commission is supposed to be “bipartisan,” but check it out: there are 18 positions on the panel. Since the Bama created it by executive order, he gave himself the privilege of picking 6 of them on his own. Democrats in Congress get to choose another 6. Do the quick math: the Democrats get 12 seats, the Republicans get 6. Very “bipartisan!”
Here’s the kicker: the Bama is set to announce the following 3 of his 6 choices. Andy Stern is president of the huge Service Employees International Union (the SEIU). He is already the most frequent visitor to the White House and a major beneficiary of the big spending coming out of this administration. Unions are imploding state and local governments and have gotten enormous payoffs in the auto bailouts and the stimulus. Does anybody with a brain believe that Mr. Stern is going to argue for ANY spending cuts?
The other two Bama choices are Alice Rivlin, Bill Clinton’s White House budget director, and David Cote, the president of Honeywell. Ms. Rivlin was part of an administration that produced a budget surplus, true. But remember: that was the same administration that ratcheted up the Community Reinvestment Act, which was the policy germ that diseased the entire economy via the housing bubble. And Mr. Cote voted for the Bama in 2008 and supported the stimulus last year. Tells you where he’s coming from.
The Bama is president and can choose whomever he’d like for this commission. It’s a great reminder that elections have consequences.
The inclusion of Mr. Stern, in particular, shows how fundamentally unserious the Bama is about deficit and debt reduction and spending restraint. This commission is as much a charade as is the health care reality show happening on Thursday. It’s all for show. It’s all an illusion. It’s all smoke and mirrors, meant to distract you from the fact that the president is a radical progressive ideologue trying to remake America by shattering our very foundations.
The commission is a joke. Unfortunately, the Bama isn’t joking.
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