“Frustrated” Obama rips Congress: It’s time for certain people to put country over party

posted at 5:29 pm on August 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

An actual quote from today’s remarks: “There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.” To which Steve Hayes, irked by the sight of yet another straw man being torched, replies, “Who are they?” The answer, I can only assume, is congressional progressives: They’re the ones who refuse to budge on the ruinous Medicare spending that’s rocketing the country towards fiscal collapse, as doing so would forfeit their party’s big campaign issue next year. But in case The One’s referring to tea-party congressmen (as he surely is), what was amazing about the “don’t raise the ceiling” crowd during the debt debate is that they were prepared to absorb a ferocious backlash against their own party in the name of doing something significant, i.e. Cut Cap and Balance, to solve America’s debt crisis. Time and again they were told that the GOP would bear the brunt of public anger if we didn’t make a deal, but they preferred that outcome to a weak compromise because at least there’d be important reform as a result. I know Democrats cherish their belief that the right acts only out of personal pique, not principle — it’s all part of the delegitimization game — but the caucus really was trying to put country first in that debate. Their means and ends simply differ from Obama’s; the fact that The One interprets that the way he does says more about him than it does about them, but Democrats have been begging him to be “bolder,” especially in attacking the tea party, so presumably they’ll be happy today.

The two key sections in the clip below run from 5:30 to 7:15 and 11:00 to 13:00. The grand absurdity of this critique, of course, is that every move this guy has made in recent memory, from yanking troops out of Afghanistan by next year to offering a budget so timid that it received not a single vote in the Senate to deliberately refusing to offer his own deficit-reduction plan during the debt-ceiling debate, is geared towards maximizing his odds of reelection. (It’s, er, not working.) The very last person who should be lecturing others about putting the country ahead of a campaign is the Perpetual Campaigner. But he can really sell the above-the-fray crap, can’t he? Exit question: Wasn’t putting country over party actually the campaign theme of Obama’s last opponent? Wouldn’t be the first time he’s borrowed a slogan from a Republican.

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Very funny, I’m beginning to pick up on your sarcasm that starts with your name.
DelMonte = fruit company based out of San Francisco

King of the fruits? Classic.

bayam on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Intolerant dipsh1t too.

Are ya racist too bayam?

Tim_CA on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

This from the “man” that hasn’t a clue what putting his country first means.

sadatoni on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I supported Hillary on the Dem side, not Obama, if that’s even relevant to a discussion of whether Rush knows how to fix the US economy. Experience and intelligence matter.

bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Please tell us what Hillary’s “Qualifications” were to be a U.S. Senator, much less a President.

We already know the dude you voted for had None.

And please, stop talking about Geddy Lee.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

. Experience and intelligence matter.

bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

but Obama has none…book smarts does not count…it’s what you do with the knowledge that matters, and he doesn’t seem to have used it to advance this country in any way…even his academic performance, you know, is under scrutiny…you are aware, for instance that he hasn’t published anything in the law journal he edited, right?…likewise, he never published anything while an instructor at the University of Chicago Law School later on…the only thing he has ever published is his two sets of memoirs…don’t you find this a little strange, coming from a law scholar schooled at one of the best law school in the country? I find it most bizarre….

jimver on August 11, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Very funny, I’m beginning to pick up on your sarcasm that starts with your name.

DelMonte = fruit company based out of San Francisco

King of the fruits? Classic.

bayam on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

And Saul Alinsky rears his Luciferesque Head again.

Sorry, no.

Tribute to the State I formerly lived in. The Democrats who have now had their Regime in charge there since Mao was in power made it too expensive for the pineapple companies to grow pineapples out there, so that State lost its signature culinary masterpiece.

Oh, and pineapples are flowering plants, not fruits. What they call the fruit is actually an evolved water storage system.

Here are 2 more shovels.

Epic Fail. H+

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Intolerant dipsh1t too.

Are ya racist too bayam?

Tim_CA on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

It took bayam this long to get Del’s name? Man, he’s a SHARP one.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I thought this was all about the COMMUNIST PARTY over the evil imperialistic United States, to bring it to its knees so George Soros gets to be the President of the world….

I am so confused……….

adamsmith on August 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I thought this was all about the COMMUNIST PARTY over the evil imperialistic United States, to bring it to its knees so George Soros gets to be the President of the world….

I am so confused……….

adamsmith on August 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Small wonder with all the nonsense being thrown about on this thread.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Still waiting for bayam to explain how not spending money results in huge deficits.

And waiting…

catmman on August 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

“Frustrated” Obama rips Congress: It’s time for certain people to put country over party

Just think — only another 15 months of this.

rrpjr on August 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

No one’s courageous enough to do it.
crr6 on August 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Raise spending in the short term to stimulate the economy.
Did that epic fail
Cut spending (including entitlements)

raise taxes in the long term to control government debt.

There is NO amount of money that can “fix” the problem. No matter how much revenue is raised it will be spent and then some. California should serve as an example of this.

The only way to get control of our current/long term debt is to cut spending and stop creating “new” programs to spend more money we don’t have, on them!

Obama and the Dem’s have no intention of cutting ANY spending or eliminating any programs except the military.
Need proof?
We are on our 7th CR, the 7th Continuing Resolution for 2011!
We don’t have a “real” “current budget” therefore there have been no “Real” budget cuts!

830 plus days without a budget.

7th continuing resolution means more cuts to transportation
2. If the deal is agreed upon on by April 15th there will be an additional $36.5 billion cut from the federal budget.

Cut from the federal budget? What federal budget? Until there is a budget there are no budget cuts!

BTW the Obama Stim Plan Boondoggle(OSPB)got the Dept of Transportation $48.1 billion above what it would have normally gotten in the 2009 budget.

It was $72.5 billion with OSPB + $48.1 billion brought it up to $120.6 billion! For what! Oh yeah shovel ready projects!

Obama wants to increase spending on education right?
The DOE budget was $46.7 billion, OSPB added $81.1 billion for a total of $127.8 billion, for what?
The money has been spent, show me the results?

Tripling the DOE budget 2009 thru today has produced what?

Source http://www.onlineforextrading.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/budget-details.png

July 11, 2011
Obama wants “Massive job killing tax increases” in 2013, after the election, “in the out years”.
Obama explained that tax increases he proposed would not go into effect in 2011 or 2012.

“When you hear folks saying, ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive, job-killing tax increases when the economy is this weak’ — nobody is looking to raise taxes right now,” he said. “We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out-years.

Which is a complete lie.
The Deal he negotiated with the Repubs in Dec 2010 will not raise taxes on anyone on any American for 2 years or Dec 2012.

Remember Obama blew up the deal the house and Senate had when he insisted on $400 billion in new taxes not in Dec 2012, but immediately!

And yes, Tax increases are Massive job killers!
Even someone as dumb as Obama can see that!

DSchoen on August 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

You mean back to the policies of Clinton and the GOP in the 90′s when the budget was balanced? Or let me guess- it’s time to ignore those idiots with educations and degrees. What does Ben Bernanke know that’s really any more useful than the knowledge of a pole digger or of Sarah Palin?
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Umm… Clinton’s tax policy failed miserably (it didn’t raise nearly what they claimed it would in revenue), and it was GOP balanced budgets that saved his presidency.

spinach.chin on August 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

King of the fruits? Classic.

bayam on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I see Del got under your scummy skin.

You lefties are a joke. You paid nearly 300 k per job and think that is a success. You really are not that smart.

CW on August 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Obama is frustrated because Congress is treating him the way he treated Bush.

OxyCon on August 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Am I on LSD??? WTF…

PatriotRider on August 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

On the other hand, there is at least one in the White House who actively wants to destroy the country. No names mind you, but there are those – or at least one.

Mason on August 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Will someone please find 0’s binky so he’ll shut his waaaaaahhhhhbaby trap? What a whiney little baby.

greeneyedconservative on August 11, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Worst. President. Ever.

stevezilla on August 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I thought this moron was on vacation.

justltl on August 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Experience and intelligence matter.
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

And you voted for a guy who had no Experience and who’s intelligence is no longer in question.
Why?

DSchoen on August 11, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Rush
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

You are hilarious and weak.

CW on August 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM

And you voted for a guy who had no Experience and who’s intelligence is no longer in question.
Why?

DSchoen on August 11, 2011 at 9:01 PM

He and 99.99% of those that voted for Obozo, voted for him because he is “of color”, i.e., Rrracist motives.

belad on August 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Even though Sarah and Rush say the stimulus was a failure, that doesn’t mean that most economists would agree with that assessment the slightest.
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Americans, 14.5 million of them, out of work, says the stimulus was an epic failure.

Our unemployment, 9.2% and expected to rise, says the stimulus was an epic failure.

A net lose of 3.5 million jobs when the President promised to save (what a joke) or create 3 million jobs says the stimulus was an epic failure. That’s a negative 6.5 million jobs but who’s counting?

Could be more!

DSchoen on August 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

He’s right, you know. Virtually everyone knows what needs to be done: Raise spending in the short term to stimulate the economy. Cut spending (including entitlements) and raise taxes in the long term to control government debt.
No one’s courageous enough to do it.
crr6 on August 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Have you been in a coma for 3 years? We’ve already tried stimulus and it didn’t work. Also, every time reforming entitlements comes up liberals throw a fit.

gwelf on August 11, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Virtually everyone knows what needs to be done:

You are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

Jaibones on August 11, 2011 at 11:46 PM

“Frustrated” Obama rips Congress: It’s time for certain people to put country over party

When he practices what he preaches, this statement will have some credibility.

Not one second sooner.

rukiddingme on August 11, 2011 at 11:53 PM

If Obama put the country first, he would resign immediately.

Adjoran on August 12, 2011 at 12:06 AM

crr6 on August 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

If the Dems would offer a plan to make enormous spending cuts that helps fix nondiscretionary spending problems and does not exclusively focus on Defense, the GOP would agree to go back to Clinton marginal tax rates. It’d be too good to pass up. But those cuts are not on the table, and you’re not going to get agreement on tax increases without them.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM

So who exactly is listening to this guy anymore? Better yet, who believes anything that comes out of his mouth?

conmo on August 12, 2011 at 12:56 AM

For 2 years it bothered me that, as Sarah said in her convention speech, Barack Obama has made the Presidency of the United States into a journey of personal discovery.

Americans are eminently fair; they knew they had elected a rookie, so they waited patiently for him to mature, even while he was being schooled in negotiations by everyone from Putin to Sarkozy. So while Americans were fair to Obama, they were being unfair to our heritage. And I worried that by 2012 they might re-elect him simply because, having finally achieved some competency, he would be a more polished candidate than any challenger.

Then came November of 2010. Then Rahm left. Now Obama’s travels on his personal journey have been permanently arrested. He is tired of being schooled. He is tired of cooperating with opposition. He is tired of working at such a thankless job.

Seriously, when was the last time you saw someone roll up their sleeves in order to do so little?

I no longer worry that Obama will be the more polished candidate by November of 2012. Now I worry that his incompetence and intransigence will do permanent damage before then.

rwenger43 on August 12, 2011 at 1:16 AM

crr6 on August 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Raise spending? On, what, and with whose money? That statement in so economically ignorant I don’t know where to begin. The only way that will work is if people spend their own money, which they earn, on things that they want. You know, simply supply and demand. And the only way people have more money is if their tax rate is lower. Businesses too, that way they can have more money to hire more people and produce more goods and services which will expand the economy. Does the government have it’s own money? If they do, why do they need to tax? If they don’t have their own money, which they don’t, they just print it, which causes inflation because their hasn’t been a surge in productivity. So, it’s just worthless paper. They don’t get to decide what gets spent on “stimulus” because they create nothing, therefore they have no idea what things cost in the first place.

celtnik on August 12, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Experience and intelligence matter.
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Obama has neither.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 1:23 AM

“There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”

Why doesn’t everybody in America just send Obama a mirror?

Yeah, I know it would probably just go over his head, but think of all the jobs that would be created in the mirror industry.

dissent555 on August 12, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Isolated petty little man.

petefrt on August 12, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Orwellian.

KMC1 on August 12, 2011 at 2:07 AM

If you are white and you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren’t a racist, you must vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you are not an idiot.

pdigaudio on August 12, 2011 at 2:53 AM

His personal magnificence overwhelms the dishonesty of his words and renders any examination of them moot. It is because he is. Your inherent racism is the only thing preventing you from getting on board with this. Once you get past your hatred of his blackness, you will all see.

SKYFOX on August 12, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Did Post-Partisan President Pissy-Pants utter this statement from his oh-so-above-politics gala fundraiser with his celebrity friends here in NYC?

This guy tries to be all things to all people for crying out loud! To congress he bashes the “millionaires and billionaires” (You know, them folks that make $250,000 per year, but I digress. When he hangs out with these very people, he bases the “intranigents” in congress. And half the country falls for it. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Huckabye-Romney on August 12, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Obama needs to resign. Period.

zoyclem on August 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Obama needs to resign. Period.

zoyclem on August 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

“Excuse me, Premier Stalin, but millions of Russians have starved to death under your leadership and many millions more have been murdered at your direction. Perhaps you should resign.”
Think it would have worked?

Extrafishy on August 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM

This stuff had the sound and soul of negative defeat all over it. Messiahs -especially faux messiahs – cannot ever appear to lose “hope.”

Here, the poster child of “Hope” exhibits nothing but an image of a disgouraged adolescent, whimpering, complaining, all of it poorly disguised as patriotic concern. It backfired.

At best, he deserves the pity vote.

Don L on August 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Resign? No! This man is the bumbling GOP’s best chance at ressurrection.

Don L on August 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Even though Sarah and Rush say the stimulus was a failure, that doesn’t mean that most economists would agree with that assessment the slightest.
bayam on August 11, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I love how she keeps using “Most ecomonist” think this or that. As if a) “the science is settled” and b) he has taken a poll of all the economists and know what they all think.

All of the geniuses liberal idiot cites to said the stimulus would work. It didn’t. None of the genuises he cites to ever argued that credit should be tightened on lower income borrowers (i.e., close down the sub-prime business) before the bubble burst.

None of these “expert” liberal economists – a la Krugman – actually take reality into account. Just b/c Krugman makes an argument that somehow we would be in worse shape than the great depression absent the stimulus and if we spent 10 times as much we’d all be rich and happy, doesn’t make it so. Keynseyian economists will cling to their theory no matter what facts in the real world say b/c they have staked their entire careers on it and are completely invested in it intellectually, emotionally and politically.

I hate to break it to you, but economics is not a hard science where anyone really knows anything for sure. For every Keynseyian argument, there is an anti-keynseyian argument. There has never been any hard proof that gov’t spending helps in a recession. For isntance, most of the data about FDR’s spending tends to show it actually made things worse.

Our current experience tends to show that deficit spending by the gov’t prolongs rather than shortens a recession.

So, your constant argument that you have all the “authority” on your side is rubbish on stilts. You can keep crying “all the economists” or “most of the economists” all you want. Basically what you are saying is “who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes”.

Monkeytoe on August 12, 2011 at 8:19 AM

As a follow-up to my previous post, if economics were the type of science where results mattered, Krugman would not be working or writing in the NY times. Most of his predictions have proven wrong in the last 20 years. He’s had one or two correct in that time, but the vast majority were wrong. Not to mention his work for Enron.

So, taking his record into account, we should not listen to anything he has to say.

Monkeytoe on August 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

As a follow-up to my previous post, if economics were the type of science where results mattered, Krugman would not be working or writing in the NY times. Most of his predictions have proven wrong in the last 20 years. He’s had one or two correct in that time, but the vast majority were wrong. Not to mention his work for Enron.

So, taking his record into account, we should not listen to anything he has to say.

Monkeytoe on August 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

And there’s the crux of the argument. We should eventually ask how many times leftists are allowed to get it wrong before we stop doing what they say needs to be done. Since they have never gotten it right, not one single time, I would think their time is up. And yet, they still control most of the govt. We are doing this to ourselves folks.

runawayyyy on August 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

“There is nothing wrong with our country…

…that eating some peas can’t fix.”

eyedoc on August 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Still waiting for bayam to explain how not spending money results in huge deficits.
And waiting…
catmman on August 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Jay Carney and Nancy Pelosi have both said that unemployment is the best way to get cash into the economy and create jobs.

“It’s opposite land! So, hot snow falls up?” -Homer Simpson.

Akzed on August 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM

unemployment insurance

Akzed on August 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Call the man a wambulance.

J_Crater on August 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Anyone have a good feel for how many jobs the illegals are taking? I heard someone say this AM 12 million, but we had 10-20 million back when ronnie had is first amnesty party, several thousand new ones a day for 25 years…that 10-20 number has to have changed?

rgranger on August 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

rgranger on August 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

20 million may be a lowball number by this point.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

According to the IRS for 2009, taxpayers earning over $200,000 earned 25 percent of the total adjusted gross income, but paid 50 percent of the total income taxes paid that year.

J_Crater on August 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Yes, Mr. President, it is past time for certain in Congress to put country over party. You and your Democrat Party have been screwing up this country for decades and YOU and YOUR Party are the prime cause of this crisis of debt. It’s time for you to sit down and shut up. It’s time for Harry and Nancy and the rest of the incompetents (RINOs included) to sit down and shut up and let those who know what they’re doing and what needs to be done to do it without you and your co-horts sticking your noses in where you’ve proven your incompetence. Nuff said.

Roger Brown on August 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

“There is nothing wrong with our country…

But there is decidedly something wrong about this president, his administration, and his political party.

onlineanalyst on August 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Think it would have worked?

Extrafishy on August 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM

No (laughing)…but we’re not the Soviet Union (yet). Though I think it would certainly get under Obama’s skin if he persistently started hearing “resign” from the public.

zoyclem on August 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Obama has been a traitor to the country his entire life, no exceptions.

proconstitution on August 12, 2011 at 9:54 PM

what is so hard to understand about the 2010 elections Mr President-pst pst ITS STOP THE SPENDING, and damn the Republican for not closing down the government until the “Porkulus” was shut down AND exceeding the rating agencies expectations for fiscal sanity. After issuing bonds totalling more than the 10 year savings, its time to STOP THE SPENDING.

mdetlh on August 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Heard that clip from his speech and thought, he’s not even leading from behind. He’s saying what he thinks congress should do, namely come back to work. He’s the boss, he should tell the leaders to cut the vacay and come back to DC. Oh wait, then he’d have to cut his, too.

Kissmygrits on August 13, 2011 at 11:24 AM

This from the “man” that hasn’t a clue what putting his country first means.

sadatoni on August 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

This from the “man” that hasn’t a clue what putting his “our” country first means.

He is putting his and Michelle’s country first, the “Socialist States of America”.

Franklyn on August 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

There is something deeply wrong with this Nation’s politics–they allowed the election of a sub-useless, treacherous piece of scum as POTUS.

Ay Uaxe on August 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

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