All the Small Things: In Obama Administration, Gimmicks Replace Governing
It’s true: Big Bird is a victim … of an Obama White House that uses gimmicks and excuses to deflect attention from its failure on jobs and the economy.
Speaker John Boehner made this point back in May when he said the president was “playing small ball at a time when we need to address big challenges.” For example, President Obama:
- Spent weeks promoting a ‘post-it’ plan gimmick and created a jobs council he’s ignored for months instead of urging Senate Democrats to vote on dozens of House-passed jobs bills.
- Went on a bogus energy tour and took credit for a pipeline that didn’t need his approval instead of approving the Keystone XL project and the thousands of jobs it would create.
- Recycled the “speculation” scapegoat gimmick instead of expanding energy production to create jobs and address high gas prices.
- Blamed ATMs, “headwinds,” and everything other than his policies for our weak economy instead of cutting red tape and removing barriers to job creation.
- “Cracked wise” about his failed ‘stimulus,’ saying “‘shovel-ready’ was not as ‘shovel-ready’ as we expected,” instead of stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and fixing the tax code to help bring jobs home.
- Picked a fake fight over student loan rates instead of building a better environment for private-sector job growth for unemployed and underemployed recent college graduates.
- Submitted a budget that got zero votes in Congress and touted the “Buffett Rule” – which “wouldn’t make a dent in the nation’s deficit problem” – instead of addressing our debt by saving Medicare and other entitlement programs from bankruptcy.
Heck, the administration admitted last year that they were checked out and done with governing – no wonder they have no plan to stop the “fiscal cliff” tax hikes or replace its defense ‘sequester’ (even though the House has done both).
“Weak economic growth is the result of weak leadership from President Obama,” said Speaker Boehner. “Middle-class families deserve a president who will get Washington moving on solutions that bring jobs home, clear the cloud of debt, and foster long-term economic growth” – not one focused on gimmicks.