September 08, 2011

The Major Economic Salvation Speech

"Pass this bill." "Pass this bill." Pass this bill right now." "If you pass this bill…" "PASS THIS BILL RIGHT NOW!" And that—and more—was just the first 10 minutes of Mr. Obama's major economic salvation speech. It was like judging a round of beginning debaters, and very dim beginning debaters at that. And now we discover that there is, in fact, no actual—ahem—bill. Once again, Mr. Obama is expecting the CBO to score a speech. Obama uber-advisor Valerie Jarrett has admitted that the bill does not exist. They're still writing it, she tells us, and it will be delivered to Congress next week (maybe). Talk about a Pelosiesque "you'll have to pass it to find out what's in it," ploy!

And the way to promote job growth is for the Federal Government—you know, our "federal family"—to spend $450 billion dollars! That's roughly half the failed stimulis.

I was going to write about this monstrosity in some depth, but all you really need to know is that it was essentially Mr. Obama telling Congress and the American people about how smart and wonderful he is and how only partisan, barbarian (thanks Mr. Biden!) terrorists could possibly oppose anything Mr. Obama wants.

Mr. Obama condescending and lecturing, Congresswoman Waters telling us to go to hell, VP Biden calling us Barbarians (in comparison with union thugs—see Bob's article on the Longshoremen and Rob's article as well), and now they want conservatives to come together in peace and brotherhood to spend money we'll have to borrow to do essentially nothing to actually create jobs? For them, it really is a feature, not a bug.

Oh, and does anyone really believe that when the ink is dry—if that ever happens—the price tag will remain at a mere $450 billion?

They really do think that the American people are utter morons, particularly those of us in Flyover Country. And yes, gentle readers, they do think and talk just that way.

PS: Biggest, most bald-faced lie: It's all paid for. Uh…the Super Committee will have to figure out how to do it!

Posted by MikeM at September 8, 2011 09:22 PM

I'm passing gass right now...I'll send the bill later.

Posted by: danny at September 8, 2011 09:39 PM

A little something I posted over at Kaus' page on the DC site, think the CY team will appreciate the analogy:

"In the war on business, Obama has offered to buy some small caliber ammo for us in the form of hiring credits. No offer to take his weapons of mass uncertainty off the table, no offer to cease-fire on the regulatory carpet bombing, just a few lousy clips of .22 ammo that we'll have to pay for in the long run anyway."

Posted by: Junk Science Skeptic at September 8, 2011 10:40 PM

"Open your mouth and close your eyes, and you will get a big surprise..."

Um. No. I don't think so. Mr. President, we're more than happy to look at your bill, but the first step is for you to actually write the darned thing down so we can look at it. "Pass The Bill" would be much more impressive if we actually had a "The Bill".

Secondly your act of putting "On Hold" various environmental wish-list fantasy fulfillment regulations that your minions in the EPA have blasted out in the last three years is a farce. The minute the polls close in November 2012, these regulations will suddenly become active again, win or lose. (The same thing got done to GW Bush on Arsenic)

Thirdly you seem to think "The Rich" will be more than happy to cough up all the dough you need. Like your pal Buffett, who has a pending multi-million dollar overdue tax bill perhaps?

Fourth...oh to heck with it. Goodbye Mr. President, enjoy your retirement, making speeches to fellow Leftists at a hundred K a pop, crying that you could have made it work "for only a few dollars more". Somehow I suspect your tax payments in retirement will be as stingy and cheap as the rest of your millionaire friends. Because deep in your wallet, you know it's not the Governments money, its yours. Now let us keep what we earn too.

Posted by: Georg Felis at September 9, 2011 06:40 PM

The game is over. The difference between dimwits & repubs is merely a matter of how large the hand basket and its velocity to hell. There is no way to avoid the inevitable. We are going to crash and burn once the hand basket meets the wall of reality.

Posted by: Parker at September 9, 2011 09:53 PM

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Posted by: donne at September 13, 2011 08:35 AM