White House: This Wisconsin bill violates Obama’s principles about “coming together”

posted at 7:57 pm on March 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

After three weeks of death threats and mob intimidation, we need some sort of perfect ironic closure. Bingo.

Q And if I can, one more. Can you respond to Wisconsin, the vote in Wisconsin yesterday?

MR. CARNEY: Look, the President has said that we all need to come together at the federal level and the state level to deal with the budget issues we face. He’s very mindful of that fact that states have some serious budget problems and they need to address them. And in that process, he thinks everyone needs to share in the sacrifice, and that would include public sector employees as well as others. He also believes that it is wrong to use those budget problems to denigrate or vilify public sector employees. And he believes that the actions last night taken in Wisconsin violate the principles that he laid out about coming together and addressing these issues together, rather than pursuing partisan goals. And that’s his view on that.

Q Does the President still view the Wisconsin legislation as a assault on unions? And would he concede that Scott Walker is trying to make sure people in Wisconsin still have jobs and that state employees still have jobs in the same way that he’s trying do nationally? Would he concede this is a good faith effort to try to keep state employees hired?

MR. CARNEY: I would say — I would point to my first answer on this question, which the President absolutely believes that it is not helpful to make the tough decisions that states face, as we face in Washington, on their budgets, to turn that process into an assault on public sector employees.

To repeat a point made earlier today, Wisconsin public employees still have more collective bargaining rights than federal employees under Obama do, notwithstanding the fact that Democrats recently had control of both chambers of Congress and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If scaling back CB on the benefits side for PEUs makes Walker guilty of assault, what’s Obama guilty of by not moving more forcefully on bargaining rights for federal workers? Criminally negligent homicide?

Now, riddle me this: In what meaningful way has this guy attempted to “come together” with Republicans to address “serious budget problems”? He had his chance to do that last month when he unveiled his budget plan for the rest of the year. The result was so cynical and catastrophic that Andrew Sullivan momentarily reverted to 2001 form and ripped him as he would any spendthrift liberal. Boehner’s said publicly that if Obama is serious about entitlement reform, he’ll lock arms with him and give him all the bipartisan cover he needs to start pressing the issue. And yet, as usual, The One does … nothing. He’s too worried about pursuing his own partisan goals — namely, not jeopardizing his reelection chances by alienating seniors — to do anything about the sucking chest wound in America’s budget. That’s how serious he is about “coming together” to find meaningful solutions. What a fraud.


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Mr. Carney, you’re still young. Don’t prostitute yourself in the service of a president that will likely be repudiated even before he is required to leave office. If this doesn’t break right for you -unlikely – you will be writing for a weekly throw away shopping newspaper before this is over.

Mason on March 10, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Walker should hang the debacle in Wisconsin around Obama’s neck. Implore him to call off his union thugs in the interest of civility and respecting the democratic process.

Then when Obama fails to call off the union thugs, hang it around his neck for failing to live up to the standard you set.

It’s the Alinsky way.

IronDioPriest on March 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Obama: come together : budget problems???

Obama’s meaning is we all come together and do what I want or I will vilify you in the press every day.

now I think I have his idea straight in my head.

Mr. President,
I would like to know if you are aware of the paper we call the Constitution. In it there is the 10th Amendment that says you don’t have the right to tell the States anything that they did not give you the power to. See you get your power from the States and the people, not the other way around. Now go play a game of golf and stay out of Wisconsin politics like a good boy. They elected the people to represent them and they got that representation, just like we are going to do in 2012 when we send you and your miscreants packing.

old war horse on March 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM

It’s the taxpayers who are tired of being assaulted by the back-room dirty dealing between the Democrats and the public sector unions!
Get is straight, Gomer!

Mark7788 on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Come on … was that headline a parody written by The Onion?
jdflorida on March 10, 2011 at 8:14 PM

No, but close.
Apparently Obama is trying to put “The Onion” out of business!

DSchoen on March 11, 2011 at 12:51 AM

The fact that the WH even takes a stance on what is happening in WI is reflective of what is wrong in the U.S. today. Federal elected officials are not chosen to run state governments.

TomLawler on March 11, 2011 at 6:20 AM

I likes both of these as cheerful thoughts,specially like the idea of calling the kid Gomer,oughta make him a mentor to fins.
Get is straight, Gomer!
Mark7788
The Onion will be hard pressed to outdo these dipsticks and we ain’t had the genus’s thought on earl yet today.
Apparently Obama is trying to put “The Onion” out of business!
DSchoen
Thanks for the mornin’ smile.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 11, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Heh. Wait till Novermber 2012, buddy. You haven’t seen an assault like the one Dear Leader is going to experience at the polls.

<3 Middle America

bluelightbrigade on March 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM
,
America may also see assults orchestrated by the WH (Jesse Jackson: We're 'Going To Escalate The Protests'…DRUDGE this AM) they street violence and holder unleashing the goons is the plan. Each state that wants to have an honest vote needs ID and security for candidates,pooling places. We need thousands of folks to watch the polls.
bomma has always telegraphed his evil intent and folks in the past have said NAH he would not do that BS he will.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Come on Tovarisch. You and I both know it’s never been about “coming together”(Nice bumper sticker by the way Comrade)It’s about the fight between Communism and American Freedom and how you need to be recalled by the Supreme Court. You are far more dangerous than Al-Queda could ever dream of. Matter of fact I respect Al-Queda more. They make no pretense of what their final goal is and have no problem naming their enemy. You on the other hand, my lovely Empty Suit…………….

adamsmith on March 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Look at the video of the capitol and you will see SDS signs,yes the commie kids still follow the Weather Underground,cameras ready folks. We have some really dangerous time ahead in this next election,better get some plants into the student groups asap.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 11, 2011 at 7:51 AM

OH THIS IS RICH.

Anyone recall the midnight hour passing of O-Care?

stenwin77 on March 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM

I like Rush’s idea. Torture the animals invading the capital with Obama’s speech, blasted through megaphones.

MNHawk on March 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Cue Beatles music:

“Come together…

NO-vember 6

Twenty twelve.”

No apologies to John Lennon (my least favorite Beatle)…

Khun Joe on March 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Jeez, Allah! That’s not very Candy-ass-RINO. You’re gonna risk losing your credibility!

Pablo Snooze on March 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

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