Obama: Gee, those Republicans sure sound irresponsible!

posted at 3:35 pm on September 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Halperin titles his post with this video “Seriously,” which may refer either to Barack Obama’s suggestion that Democrats have a more serious approach to fiscal responsibility, or … that Obama could make that argument with a straight face. Obama demanded $787 billion in stimulus spending that utterly failed to arrest unemployment, and his party has increased annual federal spending by 38% in just three budget cycles since taking control of Congress — which, by the way, included a Senator named Barack Obama for the first two of those cycles. In this cycle, his party has a 77-seat majority in the House and an 18-seat majority in the Senate, and they haven’t even produced a budget resolution. Who’s serious about fiscal responsibility again?

What I’m seeing out of the Republican leadership over the last several years has been a set of policies that are just irresponsible. And we saw in their ‘Pledge to America’ a similar set of irresponsible policies. They say they want to balance the budget. They proposed $4 trillion of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts, and then they say we are going to somehow magically balance the budget. That’s not a serious approach. So the question for voters over the next five weeks is, who is putting forward policies that have a chance to move our country forward so that our schools have improved, so that we have a world class infrastructure, so that we’re serious about helping small business, we’re serious about getting a handle on our spending and who’s just engaging in rhetoric. And I think that if that debate is taking place over the next 5 weeks, we are going to do just fine.

Actually, John Boehner proposed a rollback in non-defense discretionary funding to FY2008 levels, which involves rolling back a lot more than $16 billion in spending. That may not go far enough, but it’s much farther than Obama admits. Furthermore, Republicans have not proposed $4 trillion in tax cuts; they have opposed $4 trillion in tax hikes that will take place absent Congressional action, which Obama’s party refused to take before the election. Obama himself declared himself opposed to most of those tax hikes by backing an extension of the existing middle-class tax rates. The only way Obama can call an extension of existing tax rates a “cut” is if he believes that the federal government has an entitlement to that money.

If that’s the debate that Obama wants, Republicans will be happy to give it to him.


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We sure are you go@tfu(ker.

Apologetic California on September 27, 2010 at 3:37 PM

They proposed $4 trillion of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts, and then they say we are going to somehow magically balance the budget.

So, how is TARP and that stimulus package going?

upinak on September 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I need to keep my tax “cut”…cause if he’s going to hit my boss with a tax hike in January, 2011, I’m probably not getting a raise on top of the fact that I’ll pay more for health insurance. Suuuurre, he’s for the “middle class” my arse.

NJ Red on September 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Why do we have to pay taxes when the government can just print the money?

Emperor Norton on September 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I keep saying the 2012 campaign will be an all-time classic. Obama will attempt to run as an outsider in no way responsible for anything that’s happened in Washington over the last few years despite being a Senator since 2005 and President since 2009.

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

You can’t run with everyone jumping ship. Even the rats know when to RUN AWAY!

upinak on September 27, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Obutthead. Drop your drawers. I seriously doubt we could tell the difference between what’s in those drawers, and that bobble head on your shoulders.

Yeeeeeeeeesh!!!

capejasmine on September 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM

You can’t run with everyone jumping ship. Even the rats know when to RUN AWAY!

upinak on September 27, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I didn’t say it would be a successful campaign. But it will be a memorable and very cringeworthy one. I have to admit I’m kinda looking forward to his convention speech. I don’t see how he’s gonna fill the standard 45-60 minutes without pretty much rewriting the history of 2009-2012.

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Does this POS ever speak the truth? He may be the President of the Democratic Party but he sure as h$ll isn’t the President of the US. And as for these media sycophants, grow some people.

texriot on September 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

No, Mr Odumbass, YOU and YOURS are the irresponsible ones, spending money to less than no effect for THREE YEARS. Irresponsibly forcing bank to lend money to people who had no means to pay back the loans.

It was YOU Odumbass that put us in the hole and it’s you and your toxic economic policies that are shriveling our job pool.

Meanwhile like the great idiot you are, you go out touting galacticly stupid and INEFFECTIVE SPENDING. You have not really “saved or created” anything and well, we all know you’re a fraud.

And we know you think we’re stupid. Guess what? we aren’t.

dogsoldier on September 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

That man has a serious detachment from reality.

Beaglemom on September 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Republicans have not proposed $4 trillion in tax cuts; they have opposed $4 trillion in tax hikes

Exactly right and every time the Republicans vote against tax hikes the response from the Democrats is always the same. We should know their playbook by heart and be able to counter it with the facts.

fourdeucer on September 27, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Seriously Serial

Christien on September 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I’ll give halperin the benefit and go with option 2
wake up gop, this is your opportunity

cmsinaz on September 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

“we are gonna do just fine.”

Yer right, Barry: in this election, we the American people are gonna do just fine.

Oh, was he referring to the Democratic snobs on Capitol Hill? Sorry, Barry; I guess you’re gonna have to learn how to get along with a new set of playmates.

rwenger43 on September 27, 2010 at 3:51 PM

They proposed $4 trillion of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts, and then they say we are going to somehow magically balance the budget.

Hey Baracky, when will your Dems in the house and senate magically present a budget. Forget about magically balancing it, how about having one to balance in the first place? Cowards.

And how will you “pay for” your trillions in tax cuts for the middle class? Monopoly money?

The fool speaks and the MSM listens.

fogw on September 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

And his version of responsibility is hanging around and defending those who would meet with Acmedinejad on U.S. soil.

kingsjester on September 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Ed, doing the work the gop should be doing

cmsinaz on September 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Kiss me, Barry.

/the chicken

The Mega Independent on September 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Gee, those democrats sure sound like lame ducks.

Ronnie on September 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

The thread picture, in the black frame, displays a silly teenager. He doesn’t inspire anything at all. That this is the CiC will be the eternal shame of the U.S.A.

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2010 at 3:55 PM

When you have a president like Obama who is incapable of the truth and must use lies and deceptions to deceive about who he is and what he had done, you would have to be a brainwashed lemming with a single digit IQ to vote for him.

volsense on September 27, 2010 at 3:55 PM

“world class infrastructure”?

A new description of $787 billion in spending that includes thousands of brilliant ideas like teaching Africans who may not want to learn how to wash themselves after having sex.

“world class infrastructure.” Hmmm.

I don’t think that word means what he thinks it does.

rwenger43 on September 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Beaglemom, It couldn’t be stated better. This idiot masquerading as an intellectual thinks that if he spreads the wealth around by taxing and taking money from the producers that it will somehow level the playing field for years to come. This is where” his reality” breaks from true reality. This may damage the poor’s ability to rise out of poverty for generations.

texriot on September 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Kiss me, Barry.

/the chicken

The Mega Independent on September 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

ROFL!

capejasmine on September 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Hold on a sec! I thought he insisted the Repubs were just sitting there sucking on Slurpees. Now, he’s saying they are coming up with ideas. Somehow, I don’t think Grandma is going to buy the story on how the Maverick got totaled.

Christien on September 27, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Kiss me, Barry.

/the chicken

The Mega Independent on September 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

HA! HA! Good one.

NJ Red on September 27, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Actually, John Boehner proposed a rollback in non-defense discretionary funding to FY2008 levels

Depending on how things shake out, if the GOP gets restocked with fresh, real conservatives, there will be pressure on Boehner to cut below FY2008… at least I hope so.

mankai on September 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM

college freshmen bull session, where the bong gets passed around. How in hell did anyone get the idea Dear Liar is smart.

rbj on September 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Depending on how things shake out, if the GOP gets restocked with fresh, real conservatives, there will be pressure on Boehner to cut below FY2008… at least I hope so.

mankai on September 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM

But it’s a start. I’ll take 2008 levels right now. That would wipe out 2/3 of the current annual deficit right there.

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Kiss me, Barry.

/the chicken

The Mega Independent on September 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Um you mean the dead chicken… right?

upinak on September 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

“You cannot be serious”…

d1carter on September 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Zero is starting to get that crazy look in his eyes.

The look of someone totally out of touch with reality.

I think all of his lies and contradictions are starting to really eat him up inside.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Words fail me.

ronsfi on September 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM

That man has a serious detachment from reality.

Beaglemom on September 27, 2010

And millions upon millions are just like him, separated from reality and ready to vote for him, his ideas and the Democrat Way. Hopefully that tide is turning.

JonPrichard on September 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Related parody on the tax issue: Government Report: Every American Adds $30,000 a Year to Deficit

Also, some federal spending parodies.

Mervis Winter on September 27, 2010 at 4:08 PM

The only way Obama can call an extension of existing tax rates a “cut” is if he believes that the federal government has an entitlement to that money.

Yes, he’s a SOCIALIST, that’s what he believes.

And by extension, he would also believe that the government has a claim on the time and labor of everyone in the country.

Example: That is how you can claim that someone has a Right to healthcare – the right to the time and efforts of Healthcare providers.

Now, what do we call it when people are in a state of indentured servitude to the Government?

Chip on September 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Ed, doing the work the gop should be doing

cmsinaz on September 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Unfortunately, the GOP shows no signs of doing it after the election. If the GOP takes control of Congress or even the House on November 2 how will that be different from what we had in 2006? Won’t it be the same leadership that brought us Shamnesty, support for the first round(s) of bailout $, and lot’s of “moderate” bi-partisan legislation? Don’t be surprised if the professional-political class does nothing different and continues to blame others after November 2.

Perfesser on September 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Welcome to the bankrupt administration …

It’s America vs the Obaam-Democrats this election.

tarpon on September 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I swear in that photo it looks like a Chinese finger puzzle has been photoshopped out.

lacerta on September 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YXqf_6ug54

Try this ad, TRUTH from American Spectator!

dhunter on September 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Serious about the budget would be easier to sell if his party would at least PROPOSE a bill to retain SOME of the Bush tax cuts.

If the Dems lose, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they ignored the tax cuts lapsing, just to punish the voters.

hawksruleva on September 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

And when they repeal Obamacare, that’s another trillion there, champ.

John the Libertarian on September 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Stuart Varney is making Caroline Heldman look like an idiot about this on Fox News right now.

kingsjester on September 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Unfortunately, the GOP shows no signs of doing it after the election.

Perfesser on September 27, 2010

I don’t think that is ENTIRELY right. But it will be true if pressure isn’t brought to bear AFTER the election. This process, the one of taking back our country and returning to our Constitutional Republic roots will take TIME and many election cycles to accomplish. This one is merely a start.

One HUGE difference between 1994 and now is that back then nobody really kept tabs after the election – at least no large unwieldy group on a mission like the Tea Parties – this time there will be a reckoning if a Republican Congress doesn’t do the job we send them to do.

JonPrichard on September 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

He lies! Again!

glennbo on September 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Barrack INSANE Obama. Seriously.

Guardian on September 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Perfesser, afraidso if we don’t get new blood in leadership

cmsinaz on September 27, 2010 at 5:02 PM

One HUGE difference between 1994 and now is that back then nobody really kept tabs after the election – at least no large unwieldy group on a mission like the Tea Parties – this time there will be a reckoning if a Republican Congress doesn’t do the job we send them to do.

JonPrichard on September 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Amen Jon, Every Tea Partyier I know says the same thing. In many ways, the scrutiny on the new conservatives will be even harsher than we have seen on the liberals because the conservatives should know better. they will be watched with microscopes.

texriot on September 27, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Liar-in-Chief.

JimK on September 27, 2010 at 5:06 PM

PROJECTION !!

J_Crater on September 27, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Actually, John Boehner proposed a rollback in non-defense discretionary funding to FY2008 levels

Defense spending should not be ‘off the table’. It could go back to the FY 2008 level just by getting out of the fool’s errand of Shariah Nation Building in Afghanistan, especially since some of that Shariah has bleed over into America, with Petraues having tried to hold the United States Constitution hostage.

Luka on September 27, 2010 at 5:08 PM

In many ways, the scrutiny on the new conservatives will be even harsher than we have seen on the liberals because the conservatives should know better.

texriot on September 27, 2010

Yeah, that’s exactly right texriot. Case in point, this year’s Republican primaries – pretty much all of them – have featured a Tea Party candidate with generous helpings of RINO scrutiny.

JonPrichard on September 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass, of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Barack Obama

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass
He’ll give you the answer that deceivers will endorse
He’s always on a dissemblers course
Talk to Barack Obama

Barack Obama just yakkity yaks a streak and wastes your time of day
Does any sane person even believe anymore a thing he has to say?

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And this one’ll talk in prevaricating circles til his voice is hoarse
You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?

Well listen to this

He is Barack Obama

Cheshire Cat on September 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM

They proposed $4 trillion of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts, and then they say we are going to somehow magically balance the budget.

What about the guy who signed $787 billion in stimulus spending and $900+ billion in health care and never told us how he would pay for it? Where’s the magic, O Great One?

Steve Z on September 27, 2010 at 5:26 PM

JonPrichard on September 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Well said!! I need to correct my orignial emphasis: The GOP Establishment shows very little inclination to truly change things after Nov. 2. Exit Questions: Will earmarks stop under GOP leadership? Will our borders finally be secured? Will they return to being squishy, self-protecting, soft-socialism advocates of serving the greater good?

Perfesser on September 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The kind of level playing which will result from the actions our POS-POTUS
will resemble more a bombed out rubble strewn city than it will a green grass
soccer field filled with unicorns and kibble.

Dhuka on September 27, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Spoken like a true economic illiterate.

Virus-X on September 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Right.

Because it’s so responsible to run around and spend money like a teenager with unfettered access to their parent’s credit card at the shopping mall.

I can’t wait till this emo-kid gets fired.

jjrakman on September 27, 2010 at 6:04 PM

The GOP has a marvelous opportunity to clean their records of not doing much while in power. The old guard needs to be educated as to the failures of the old guard and the way reality is at the moment. They are still intoxicated with power and they are deaf to the screams of the people. I hope and pray that someone some where will bring common sense to these in power. We will eliminate the RHINO’s one by one, however, they still believe they are the controlling factor.

mixplix on September 27, 2010 at 8:54 PM

This guy was a professor of constitutional law? Really?

Hmmm… D control of both the upper and lower houses for 4 years. Executive for last 24 months. And the GOP is is responsible for this mess because of what? A lack of policy proposals he finds serious? This guy is completely out of his delusional mind.

av8tr on September 27, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Yep as transparent as brick wall!

HotAirExpert on September 28, 2010 at 3:22 AM