Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lost Op at SOTU

The President blows a teachable moment.
It was a teachable moment -- and Barack Obama didn't teach. Unless public opinion changes, we won't end our budget deadlock. As is well-known, Americans want budget deficits curbed. In a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 54 percent urge Congress and the president to "act quickly" and 57 percent prefer spending cuts to tax increases. But there's little support for cuts in Social Security (64 percent opposed), Medicare (56 percent) and Medicaid (47 percent), approaching half of federal spending. The State of the Union gave Obama the opportunity to confront the contradictions and educate Americans in the unpleasant realities of uncontrolled government. He declined.

What we got were empty platitudes. We won't be "buried under a mountain of debt," Obama declared. Heck, we're already buried. We will "win the future." Not by deluding ourselves, we won't. Americans think deficits are someone else's problem that can be cured by taxing the rich (say liberals) or ending wasteful spending (conservatives). Obama indulged these fantasies.


Blogger Bucknelldad said...

Well said. The 900 lb. Gorilla in the House chamber that night was entitlement spending, which comprises well more than half of all federal spending (Soc. Sec., Medicare, Medicaid, Railroad Retirement, etc.). Not a single specific idea was offered by either Pres. Obama or in the GOP response to seriously address this.

January 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM 

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