President Obama, there you go again.Barack Obama giving a speech about the impor-tance of fiscal restraint is like Bill Clinton talkingabout the importance of telling the truth. It just
doesn’t pass the smell test.
The national debt has increased by $3.6 tril-
lion on President Obama’s watch, exploding from
$10.6 trillion to $14.2 trillion during the first 27months of his presidency. Our federal budget defi-
cit is at a record high, largely because of Obama’strillion dollar “stimulus” plan and trillion dollar
healthcare takeover. So when the President, a biggovernment liberal from Chicago, stands up and
says he’s now a budget hawk and proposes to cut
$4 trillion dollars over 12 years, why should anyone
believe that he’s actually going to follow through
on this new plan?
President Obama’s core political strategy re-
volves around spending a lot of taxpayer funds on alot of government programs. That is his ideology
that government is the answer to society’s prob-
lems. But what does President Obama, running for reelection, do when the public rebels against his biggovernment ideology and tells him we need tomake unprecedented cuts and reforms to govern-ment, for the sake of our children and grandchil-dren? He pulls a 180. He makes another speechthat contradicts his record in the hope that a $1 bil-lion campaign war chest can convince the American
people that this time he’s being sincere.
This unprincipled change of direction is not
only disingenuous, but it’s also indicative of a poli-
tician willing to say and do anything to get re-
elected. Let’s look at his record. In 2008, candi-
date Obama campaigned on deficit reduction. As
President, he has done nothing. At this year’s State
of the Union address, he could have made entitle-ment reform and spending cuts a priority. He did
not. When the President’s own bi
-partisan debtcommission came back with serious recommenda-tions to curb the debt he could have embraced them.He chose not to. When he released his budget for fiscal year 2012 in February, the President couldhave changed direction from the failing status quoto chart a new direction to put us on the path to fis-
cal solvency. He couldn’t find the political courage
to do so.
But Congressman Paul Ryan’s bold budget
blueprint changed the political calculus for Obamaand his brain trust. The truth is that PresidentObama finally focused on our fiscal crisis and budget cuts in a speech only because his politicaladvisers and pollsters told him he was being left be-hind on one of the most critical issues of our time.Unfortunately, despite being $14 trillion in debt, the
President’s speech was not at all urgent in tone. It
was defensively partisan, which has become a curi-ous trademark for someone who campaigned on
creating a “post
partisan” atmosphere inside the
beltway. Courageous cuts and drastic reforms werenowhere to be found. In fact, the main thrust of thespeech seemed to be
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