Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on July 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This week, a new Gallup survey showed that Barack Obama’s campaign issues rank at the bottom of the stack with most voters.  That doesn’t mean that Obama can’t speak to the issues that matter.  Republican voters consider the deficit the most important issue, and Obama has a promise to make on that score.  Unfortunately, Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget has already made hash of it.  The Republican minority on the Senate budget committee pointed it out last week (via Power Line):

“Pay down” must somehow equal “inflate beyond all comprehension.”  Jeff Sessions wants Obama to pull the ads off the air:

President Obama is currently running a campaign ad saying he has a plan to ‘pay down the debt in a balanced way.’ He has made this claim in public remarks as well. But his updated budget—submitted two weeks after the legal deadline—reveals just how dramatically false this claim is. These ads ought to be pulled down.

His updated budget proposes a $10.6 trillion increase in gross debt through 2022, with debt remaining permanently above 100 percent of GDP. The picture in the out-years looks even bleaker. No change is proposed to our dangerously unsustainable debt course.

The President’s claim his tax hikes are for deficit reduction is shown to be false as well. His budget proposes to spend $46.2 trillion over ten years—an increase of nearly one-and-half trillion dollars above the current law baseline and a 57 percent increase above today’s spending levels. The President’s $1.8 trillion tax increase is not used to reduce the deficit but to fund this massive increase above what we are currently planning to spend.

Meanwhile, the President’s party in the Senate has refused to even produce a budget plan at all for three straight years.

Well, just think how bad it would be if Democrats produced an actual budget.

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Not bloody likely, mate…

Kraken on July 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

0bama wants us to be Greece II…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Good morning!

herm2416 on July 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

this is mr. double down…ain’t gonna happen…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

It’s gonna be referred to as kinetic monetary dismemberment. He doesn’t hate all Americans…just the ones who are too stupid to understand his financial genius.

CitizenEgg on July 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Make that four years in a row for no budget from the Senate.

AH_C on July 31, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Well, just think how bad it would be if Democrats produced an actual budget.

A budget is a number people can look at and make judgments on. The Dems are deathly afraid of that judgment.

SKYFOX on July 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Pay down?

I heard that on his ad last night. While, to the casual observer, this connotates that the balance should head toward zero, however, me thinks that is not the case.

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Budgets? Budgets are for kids.

St Gaudens on July 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

just think how bad it would be if we had ANY journalists that would actually report the facts?

SDarchitect on July 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The lies are going to become epic in the next few months.

BigWyo on July 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

All politicians are prone to narcissism but this one has cranked it up to 11.

He’d happily run $10 trillion deficits for the next 4 years and leave it for someone else to ‘inherit’.

If he makes it through the re-election thats all that matters.

After he leaves office he’ll be off chooming at the UN or more likely partying very hard with Tom Cruise and George Clooney with ‘some blow’ because he won’t have to worry about whether he ‘can afford it’.

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 8:10 AM

We’re going to need some more rich people.

Electrongod on July 31, 2012 at 8:12 AM

“we tried our plan — and it worked”

When the purge of this pathetic administration is done and years have gone by, there is no way history can have an ounce of kindness for the destruction and ruination this fool and his ilk have brought on this great nation.

Like the Phoenix, we WILL rise from the ashes he has created.

VietVet_Dave on July 31, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Well, considering that he’s running for re-election, isn’t it time to revisit won of his earlier promises to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. There are just so many good commercials to be made with sound bites from 2007-2008 and today juxtaposed.

JimK on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM

At one time, Sweden had a national income tax rate of 110% for the “richest” Swedes.

If Obama taxed all Americans earning over $200k at a federal tax rate of 100%…the amount of debt/obligations would not go down one penny.

Not a cent.

We are one national election away from being Greece, Spain, Zimbabwe…one national election, in less than 100 days.

Yet the crowds cheer, the band plays on, and the MSM still heralds Obama as if he were some sort of Messiah.

If you voted for Obama in 2008, you were stupid.

If you vote for Obama in 2012, you are insane.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM

2008 lie was “cut the deficit in half”
2012 lie is to eliminate the deficit entirely and “pay down debt”.

The strategy is to lie harder and more often.

forest on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Our benevolent god-king is placing all his clout on the belief that we won’t need currency by 2022 and will all be living on rainbows and unicorn farts.

crazy_legs on July 31, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Meanwhile, the President’s party in the Senate has refused to even produce a budget plan at all for three straight years.

But hey, Dems have come out in favor of giving illegals in the “Dreamer” catagory work permits despite all the real-Americans of the same age desperate for work. Dems have decided to make sodomite unions a key plank in their platform despite virtually no indication of popular support for the outright repeal of DOMA. Dems have decided to balance the budget on the backs of the DoD and veterans programs. There’s that intitiative to make it an inalienable right for sluts at Georgetown Law to get free contraception to keep them from being punished with children when they decide to engage in slutty behavior. And let’s not forget that Romney put his dog on the roof of a car a couple of decades ago and might be a bully or a whimp (depending on what issue of Newsweek you believe).

All this stuff and having a super-cool President is so much more important than balancing the federal budget or fiscal responsiblity. Right?

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

2008 lie was “cut the deficit in half”
2012 lie is to eliminate the deficit entirely and “pay down debt”.

The strategy is to lie harder and more often.

forest on July 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The real lie from the filthy President and his equally filthy party is the idea that there was any meaningful and legitimate attempt to cut the deficit by responsible fiscal policy.

They got in power in 2008 and have been looting the national treasury ever since. Look at the level of theft should the jug-eared Kenyan bastard lose in November.

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2012 at 8:20 AM

“pay down’ You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Budget…..we don’t need no stinkin budget, we haven’t had one since Bush, and look at what HE did to the economy! !!!!!!!! Budget, your all fools………B.O.

angrymike on July 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Thomas Sowell has an excellent piece today in the AmSpec that demonstrates how the Big Lie about the very fluid top one percenters is used by demogogues like Obama.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2012 at 8:34 AM

His legacy. The next 100 years will be “Obama did it.”Bush is off the hook.

docflash on July 31, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Referenced in a powerlineblog thread is a book by Stanley Kurtz, who contends that Obama plans to bleed out the suburbs in order to accomplish his spread the wealth philosophy to urban centers.

onlineanalyst on July 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM

The saddest part of all this is that the Dem voting base -does not care- that their side refuses to pass a budget. One would think that if the Dem base actually cared about the future of this country they would be putting tremendous pressure on their elected leaders to put something down on paper for a debate, discussion, and a vote.

But they’re not. Why?

visions on July 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

The Big Lie technique in action.

WannabeAnglican on July 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Meanwhile, the President’s party in the Senate has refused to even produce a budget plan at all for three straight years.

…H E L L O…!!!
MSM? JugEars was cutting the deficit in 2008? What?

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

A delicious story to follow is whether the DOD cuts will actually take place and we won’t have to wait that long (Jan 2nd) to see a potential disaster unfold.

There are companies like Lockheed-Martin who stand to lose up to 120,000 jobs if the auto-cuts go into effect. The twist? Their unions require a 60-day notice be given to these folks. The math is simple… if there is no tax deal in Congress and these cuts go into effect, the pink slips have to go out no later than November 2nd.

Yummy for el Presidente… 4 days before doomsday for him to persuade those last minute undecideds that’s “it’s working”.

VietVet_Dave on July 31, 2012 at 9:09 AM

asking the wealthy to pay a little more

They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.

aunursa on July 31, 2012 at 9:10 AM

According to http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist01z1.xls,

If we had 2011 Revenues (Total Receipts: $2,303,466,000,000) $2.303 Trillion
and 2004 Spending (Total Outlays: $2,292,841,000,000) $2.293 Trillion,
we would have a Surplus of $10,625,000,000 ($10.6 Billion)

The problem isn’t revenues, it’s spending.

Actual spending (Total Outlays) in 2011: $3,603,061,000,000 ($3.603 Trillion),
so our 2011 deficit was $1.3 Trillion.

(Although the actual increase to our national debt was even greater than that, so I don’t know where that extra money went…)

ITguy on July 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Here is what Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promised in 2006 in order to win the 2006 elections and control of Congress:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

And here is what Nancy Pelosi promised on January 4, 2007 when she became Speaker of the House:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

– New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011.
How much new debt was created during Pelosi’s 4 years as Speaker?

Over $5.3 TRILLION!

And how much new debt that has been created since the Democrats took majority control on January 4, 2007?


How did multiple promises of “pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending” turn into Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions of NEW debt?

Democrats repeatedly promised that that they would provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

Democrats LIE.

ITguy on July 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Since everyone believes that it is the “independents” and “undecideds” upon whom national elections turn, there should be a very simple message for them to be drawn from the continual lies of the Left. Since the common claim of the “independent” is to follow the path of truth and pragmatism rather than party ideology, their choice this November should be made quite plain:

Oppose the lies
Oppose anti-Constitutionalism
Oppose big-government usurpation of personal wealth
Oppose monstrous deficits
Oppose enemy-appeasement
Oppose destruction of the sources of American greatness

What a terribly negative campaign that is. And it would work. Now get on it.

Freelancer on July 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Romney and the Republicans need to hammer home the Dems abject failure at even the most rudimentary tasks of governance. If for some reason the Republicans fail to take back the Senate in November, I would love to see President Romney demand they remain in session until a formal budget is produced. Everything else can go on the back burner. If he made ending the fiscal trickery part of his campaign repertoire I am confident he’d gain a majority of independent votes.

RobertE on July 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I pray that enough people see thru what this clown has done and the rhetoric that’s being spewed.

fistbump on July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Build the economy “from the middle out.” That makes no economic sense at all, but it does tell us a lot about Obama’s political agenda.

He wants to manage the economy, both public and private sectors, to create an expanding middle class. Use public money to raise the standard of living of those on welfare, unemployment, etc., and use the tax system to suppress the earnings of those who are at the high en, leaving everyone (except folks like him and his spendthrift wife, of course) in the broad middle.

Yes, most working people are in the middle class, but nobody aspires to be middle class any more than one aspires to be ordinary. Obama’s vision may make for a nice, neat socialist management model but if in fact he were able to implement that vision it would suppress the energy, vision and drive that really makes an economy go.

We don’t need another “4 Pinocchios”, though. We need every candidate to hammer Obama on his phony math and socialist vision, reminding everyone that for all its ups and downs capitalism is what made this country a world leader.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on July 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

We’re going to need some more rich people.

Electrongod on July 31, 2012 at 8:12 AM


Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

a new Gallup survey showed that Barack Obama’s campaign issues rank at the bottom of the stack with most voters

but…..b-but….war on wimmins, Romneys Tax Returns, a-a-assault weapons and stuff.

Tim_CA on July 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Time for Hollywood to make a series of Barky movies.

Lie Hard – Based on a false story “Dreams From My (Alleged) Father”
Lie Hard 2 – The Illinois Senate Years
Lie Hard With a Vendetta – Campaign 2008
Live Free or Lie Hard – The Health Care abomination, Fast and Furious, Trillions of debt, higher taxes, you didn’t build that . . .
A Good Day To Lie Hard – Campaign 2012 and all days thereafter.

MrKleenexMuscles on July 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“Nobody likes talking about the budget when we could be making more programs.”

Wyle B. Obama

jukin3 on July 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Did they use the red in the bar chart to represent red ink or to place blame on red staters? Is staters even a word?

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Of course he’s going to pay down the debt in a balanced manner. “Balanced” means equals parts smoke and mirrors

john1v6 on July 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

One question I’ve had is if the Senate is required to have a budget by law, what enforcement is available, if any? I’m guessing there isn’t. If nobody is going to hold people accountable, there is going to be no change on the budget. Laws are worthless if there isn’t any enforcement.

zonataman on July 31, 2012 at 1:06 PM

‘Build from the middle out’? WTF! This is stupidity. Who is buying this sh#t? My grandson is only 10 and he’ll never see a balanced budget or any debt ‘paid down’ no matter how high taxes are raised on the 1%.

Kissmygrits on July 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM