President Obama spoke to the country for over an hour on July 24 about the economy, focusing predominately on climate change (aka his plan to kill the American coal industry). He talked about saving the planet for our children and that he would do that by promoting the use of “clean energy” versus “dirty energy.” What a clever word play to demonize an industry that employs 174,000 hard-working blue-collar Americans. He failed to mention that even fellow Democrats are voicing concerns about his efforts to kill the coal industry, like Senator Joe Manchin of WV who said Obama’s energy policies would literally destroy their way of life. No, Obama was too busy talking about how great it would be if America not only led the way in fighting “climate change” here, but around the world as well.
Per usual, the president brought up partisan politics regarding “climate change”.
“But more broadly, we’ve got to move beyond partisan politics on this issue,” he said. “I want to be clear — I am willing to work with anybody –- Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians, greens -– anybody — to combat this threat on behalf of our kids.”
Ironically, as he called for an end to partisan politics on this issue, he later took aim at Republicans, accusing them of perpetrating “phony scandals” and parading distractions on the Hill. In one breath he was telling Americans he’s willing to work with anybody and in the next he’s vilifying the Republican Party and mocking very real scandals that have no resolution in sight:
“They’ll talk about government assistance for the poor,” he said, “despite the fact that they’ve already cut early education for vulnerable kids, they’ve already cut insurance for people who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own.”
This statement is highly volatile and incredibly vague and unfortunately low information voters, like those in his base, don’t understand republicans alone could never make these cuts. Granted, Republicans are trying to rein in spending but they are not targeting “vulnerable children” or those who have lost their jobs. In actuality, they are working on saving our entitlement programs that are out of control and without reform will not be there for future generations.
Obama went on to say, “Or they’ll bring up Obamacare — this is tried and true — despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs in this recovery as businesses had at the same point in the last recovery, when there was no Obamacare.”
I like how he says “our business,” as if government could actually run a business… but besides that, let’s look at the facts. The jobs he’s referring to are not predominately in the private sector; those jobs include the 10,000 or so new IRS agents they need to run the program. Not to mention our real unemployment rate is 11.3%. Truth be told, Obamacare is killing small businesses and causing employers to cut hours. There is a reason temporary hiring agencies and part-time jobs are at an all time high right now and it’s not because Obamacare is creating jobs.
Did he mention any of these facts? Did he share any real information? No. Instead he said this:
“That’s what we’ve been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop.”
Well of course he wants us to stop talking about scandals like Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservatives, the NSA spying on Americans and even Fast and Furious because they expose the very real failure that is his administration. What better way to appeal to his base than to paint Republicans as the guilty Party? He’s not saying we’re responsible for these scandals, but that we are actually making them up to stop Obama from putting his agenda forward and ultimately saving the country. It’s not his fault that our economy is barely treading water or that more women live in poverty now than ever before; it’s the mean ol’ Republican Party cutting funding for vulnerable kids and trying to keep people from getting health care.
At least be honest, Mr. President, and admit that you, more than anyone, are partisan. It would be less insulting to those of us in the GOP if you were upfront in your disdain for our Party and unwilling to work with us. Perhaps if you were truthful and stopped playing politics we could get some work done.
In the meantime we’ll continue to wait for more information on Americans murdered in Benghazi. We’ll look for convictions for the IRS targeting conservatives. And while we’re at it, we’ll wait to hear more information about the NSA spying on us.
Just because these scandals are inconvenient to you sir, does not mean they aren’t real.