Obama Drops Compromise, Prepares to Fight on Budget and Jobs

Looks like somebody finally started reading the polls. Our friends at “The Fix” report on President Obama’s speech this morning rolling out his budget plan:

In a remarkable act of political gauntlet-throwing, President Obama castigated House Speaker John Boehner for his approach to reducing the country’s deficit, called on Members of Congress to do what’s “right” when it comes to debt reduction and issued a veto threat if a bill that does not meet his standards comes to his desk.

Obama’s speech, which was ostensibly aimed at previewing his deficit reduction plan, spent far more time – and rhetorical energy – on shaping the lines of the political fight to come. “This is not class warfare, it’s math,” Obama said in response to early Republican critiques of his proposal. At another point he said that GOP members should be “called out” for signing a pledge not to raise taxes ever.

But Obama saved his choicest words for Boehner. Obama said the Speaker had “walked away from a balanced package” during the debt-ceiling negotiations and added that Boehner’s approach to debt reduction was “not smart…it’s not right”…

…Obama has given over the idea of being the compromiser-in-chief – the prevailing sentiment of the first eight months of 2011 – in favor of taking the fight to Republicans and forcing them to respond in kind or feel the political consequences.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Lurker19 says:

    he remembers he ran as a Democrat.


  2. ArapaGOP says:

    has taken the mask off. He is revealing his socialist agenda too early though, out of desperation because liberals are deserting him. What Obama truly wants is to win a second term, so he can carry out his destructive vision with nothing to lose.

    • BlueCat says:

      7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

      Such as creating a fantasy unsupported by a shred of evidence in an effort to get people hystrical over stuff that doesn’t exist, like socialist Obama or illegal aliens trying to vote or gays threatening traditional marriage or Christians being persecuted in the US or class warfare against the corporate elite, for instance.  Gettin’ old.  The middle ain’t buyin’ like they used to.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      continue to masquerade as a Bush-lite right-winger right up through 2016?

      Jesus, you‘re hard to follow . . . make no fucking sense.

      And, these details you have on “his destructive vision”? . . . you’re so inside Obama’s head far up your own ass, you must need a straw to breath?

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