Doug Powers over at michellemalkin.com notes that the President Obama, who Wednesday said Rep. Paul Ryan’s evil budget would “lead to a fundamentally different America” is the exact same Obama – there are photos to prove it – who said just before Election Day 2008 that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Dan Reihl makes the case that the Donald Trump phenomenon is really a case of “none of the above.” And he’s right, this plays a big role. Most of the Republican’s in or about to get in the field are either stiffs who are disconnected from the base or not very credible as presidential candidates. If there were anyone getting people excited, Trump would be an amusing sideshow that might eventually move to center stage, not second in the race. Obama’s greatest strength so far seems to be his opposition.
Andrew Malcolm reports that Vice President Biden, having fallen asleep during Obama’s budget speech, is now awake and talking. What Malcolm leaves out is that many reporters like me who have covered Biden over the years will attest that he can likely continues talking even while comatose.
Keith Hennessey writes that the political document Obama released in his Wednesday speech – masquerading as a deficit reduction plan, has three goals:
- A small deficit accomplishment to rebuild credibility with independents;
- A vigorous and political tax fight; and
- The political benefits of scaring senior citizens.
A piece by Jake Tapper suggests to me that President Obama MUST HAVE TOTALY FORGOTTEN about his campaign criticism of George W. Bush’s signing statements when he wrote that he won’t abide by a provision in the budget deal law that removes funding for his White House Czars because he things it’s unconstitutional.
And Ace of Spades wants to know why Obama is constructing YET ANOTHER deficit commission, when there’s only three reasonable recommendations any of them can make:
- Jack up taxes to unprecedented rates, especially on the middle class, which is going to be surprised at being taxed at a 40% rate (and that’s just the feds’ take)
- Begin preparing for the process of default and hyperinflation. We Go Greek, in other words.
- Reduce spending on entitlements.