Im surprised that they left “blame Bush” out of it
President Barack Obama’s speeches have a familiar ring these days — no matter if it’s guns, immigration or the budget.
Tout what he’s already done. Say the public’s in his corner. Demand Congress do something. Lament Washington dysfunction. Lay out his own plan. Avoid details. Urge voters to keep up the pressure. Warn it won’t be easy. Bask in the applause.
It’s the fill-in-the-blank approach to selling a presidential agenda: same template, just adjusted for the topic.
Once again, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to claim that Obama prefers political gimmicks to problem-solving. McConnell zeroed in on a longtime Democratic proposal to eliminate the tax breaks for corporate jet owners, which would raise $4 billion over 10 years — only a fraction of the $85 billion cost of pausing the sequester through the end of this year.
“Yet this is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from this White House, which spends more time cooking up political dodges than reaching out to Congress to solve pressing problems,” McConnell said. “That’s why I have little doubt that the White House will likely spin these kinds of gimmicky tax hikes as a real answer to the sequester.”
McConnell hasn’t heard from the White House since New Year’s Eve, when he played a key role in negotiating the fiscal cliff deal that set the March 1 deadline for the sequester, according to his spokesman.