The Obama White House has gravely miscalculated. It got the garage in order when the living room needed straightening up. And guests are on the way.
That is, it solved health care – I’m sorry, it “addressed” health care – but decided the deficit could wait.
The White House does not seem to understand the visceral unhappiness people feel at having their future and that of their children and grandchildren mortgaged away, in part to foreigners, some of whom don’t like us. The deficit as much as anything will drive people to the polls.
Take a look at this item from the influential news aggregation website, Tea Party Brief. The site just released its “manifesto.” In a sign of the passion surrounding the deficit, the manifesto centers on government’s failure to keep its books.
From the manifesto, which is nonpartisan and addressed to the “U.S. government”:
For the past few years, we watched what happens when debts aren’t paid, and we know from painful experience how devastating the effects are on our communities and families. It does not matter if you are from the left or right, the result is the same. The people will suffer and our government will drive away in a Wall Street limo.
And so, we the American people are giving our contract to you, President Obama and every member of Congress from both parties, so you know where we stand . . .
We promise, with all our hearts and collective souls, that if you don’t do all in your power to stop the politics and save our national credit rating, that we will vote every single one of you out of office in the next election.
Not only conservatives are riled up by the country’s growing indebtedness. In poll after poll, the public in general rates the deficit as the second most important issue, behind unemployment and jobs.
It’s no secret George W. Bush handed Obama a large deficit. It’s a secret only to the White House that President Obama made it worse.
Obama and his aides like to throw their hands up – not in unison, though it would be interesting to see this – and proclaim that there’s little they could have done in three years about the problems Bush handed them.
One of the top items on this list is the deficit. Obama’s solution was to spend $1 trillion – and rising – on Obamacare.
He made a conscious decision, early in his presidency, to handle other things before tackling the deficit in a serious manner that would include leadership on the massive entitlement cuts that must come to close the gap. He will pay politically for his decisions – not for Bush’s