Reid: Obama has accomplished even more than FDR, you know

posted at 8:56 pm on January 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

A sentiment with which I would actually agree — in the sense that creating and perpetuating unsustainable top-down entitlement programs that have no real hope of paying for themselves and make debtors out of future generations, can be called an “accomplishment.” Via the WFB:

I think he has an idea of what he wants to get done. For example, health care. We had the most productive session in the history of the country his first two years in the presidency. More so than Roosevelt, we got so many things done. But we were so overwhelmed, so busy trying to do things, we didn’t really do a good job of touting what we had done.

Much like President Obama himself, it sounds like Reid thinks one of President Obama’s as well as the Democrats’ worst faults has been his failure to “tell a story” to the American people — why won’t anybody just let the poor guy be clear?

I just wanted to draw attention to that particular interview tidbit as the perfect opportunity to point out… well, this:

“This chart displays projected federal spending on federal welfare programs over the next ten years, based on data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office,” the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee explains. “These figures do not count state contributions to federal welfare programs (primarily on low-income health assistance) which brought total welfare spending in FY2011 to more than $1 trillion – dwarfing any other budget item including Medicare and Social Security, and totaling enough to mail every household in poverty a check for 60k each year.”

Our entitlement programs are currently throwing us ever-deeper into debt and piling onto our unfunded liabilities, and President Obama’s proposals don’t even come close to fixing that problem. Why is getting compared to FDR is somehow an enviable standard of progressive excellence, when the only glaring problem is that these progressive programs do not work, and President Obama has no apparent plans to try and amend them? Good intentions do not necessarily translate into positive or effective results — and more than anything else, these longstanding top-down programs are what is pushing us into fiscal catastrophe at the direct expense of economic growth and stability.


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Good thing for me paper barf bags aren’t taxed.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Why is Reid out there so much lately? Is he trying to outdo his precious Obama, get noticed more?

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I almost expect an “Obama is bigger than Elvis” announcement

workingclass artist on January 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Why is Reid out there so much lately? Is he trying to outdo his precious Obama, get noticed more?

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Reid was named in a Utah bribery scandal?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

BHO…

Carving a chapter…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So Obama’s in the top 3 now?

theperfecteconomist on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Good thing for me paper barf bags aren’t taxed.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Black Market Disposal…
Speakeasy…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Reid was named in a Utah bribery scandal?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I read about that. the links seem tenuous. For now, that is.

Personally, I think Reid is in the beginning throes of dementia. Something is very seriously wrong with him, and it’s beginning to show all too obviously of late.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Dingy Harry scares me…He is like that crazy uncle who brings you candy bars, then tries to cop a feel when your parents aren’t looking. Yick!!!!

clinker46 on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Black Market Disposal…
Speakeasy…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Porcelain Goddess…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

So Obama’s in the top 3 now?

theperfecteconomist on January 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Give him another fore years…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

MeanWhile………………………………….

The Hill ‏@thehill

Mayor Gray thanks Obama for switching to District license plates http://j.mp/10xuAnz by @aliciacohn

The Hill ‏@thehill

Obama to add DC ‘taxation without representation’ license plate to limos http://j.mp/XbXlyM
=======================

https://twitter.com/thehill

canopfor on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Porcelain Goddess…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Be sure to remove the Obama Logo cover…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Hitler did a lot of “great” things in his first two years too such as the Enabling Act which allowed for deviations from the German constitution.

Huh.

Yeah I went there.

Bishop on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Just need a world war to round it out nicely.

wolly4321 on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Dingy Harry scares me…He is like that crazy uncle who brings you candy bars, then tries to cop a feel when your parents aren’t looking. Yick!!!!

clinker46 on January 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I wouldn’t let him anywhere near one of my granddaughters, that’s for sure. Him or Biden. What sleazes…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

But we were so overwhelmed, so busy trying to do things, we didn’t really do a good job of touting what we had done.

lmfao.

Tim_CA on January 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Be sure to remove the Obama Logo cover…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

That’s taped to the bottom of the bowl. The only way I can tell him what I think of him without getting arrested by the SS.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Yeah I went there.

Bishop on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Volt in every driveway…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

..TheyareALLPhuckenNUTS!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Give him another fore years…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

lol.

Tim_CA on January 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

A Volt in every driveway…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I would like seeing Reid get three thousand Volts…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Reid was named in a Utah bribery scandal?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

workingclass artist:Yup:)
==========================

*************** ALERT ******************

Indicted businessman: Utah A.G. tied to alleged scheme

Jeremy Johnson says new A.G. brokered attempt to derail federal investigation.

The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jan 11 2013 11:59 pm
Updated 7 hours ago
*******************

Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was

(to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away.)

But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a “bribe” would come out and force the Republican’s resignation if he became attorney general.(More…)
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http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/55598812-200/johnson-swallow-rawle-attorney.html.csp

canopfor on January 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

canopfor on January 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I would like seeing Reid get three thousand Volts…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

That’s just enough volts to get a shiite eating grin out of him…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Slightly OT:

NRA’s new ad calls Obama ‘elitist hypocrite’
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/01/15/nra-obama-ad/

Southern by choice22 on January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

That’s just enough volts to get a shiite eating grin out of him…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Then a second shot of 5000, to make his eyes pop out of his head.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:16 PM

yeah, that paygo is working wonders
/

cmsinaz on January 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I think he has an idea of what he wants to get done. For example, health care. We had the most productive session in the history of the country his first two years in the presidency. More so than Roosevelt, we got so many things done. But we were so overwhelmed, so busy trying to do things, we didn’t really do a good job of touting what we had done.

Methinks Harry has never studied FDR’s first 100 days.

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Then a second shot of 5000, to make his eyes pop out of his head.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Waterboard him…
He will squeal like a pig…

And it’s environmentally friendly..

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I almost expect an “Obama is bigger than Elvis” announcement

workingclass artist on January 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Pffft! I’m waiting for the “Obama has left the building” announcement.

I might even buy an Obama dog playing poker on black velvet painting.

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

That’s just enough volts to get a shiite eating grin out of him…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

What do you expect from a raggedy old fart who gets a facelift?

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Time to face facts, America. The Senate Majority Leader is flirting with senility.

Robert_Paulson on January 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Waterboard him…
He will squeal like a pig…

And it’s environmentally friendly..

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I prefer good stout hemp rope. It’s reusable. Can’t get more enviro-friendly than that!

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Time to face facts, America. The Senate Majority Leader is flirting with senility.

Robert_Paulson on January 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Flirting? He’s full-out cheating on his wife with it.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM

“Good intentions do not necessarily translate into positive or effective results”

A freaking men,Erika.
Many problems stem from
all these “good intentions”.
Road to hell is….

bazil9 on January 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM

I prefer good stout hemp rope. It’s reusable. Can’t get more enviro-friendly than that!

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Can’t argue with that…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I might even buy an Obama dog playing poker on black velvet painting.

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

lolz.

bazil9 on January 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Can’t argue with that…

Electrongod on January 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

My only problem is (in my best John Wayne voice), “Hangin’s too good for ‘im.”

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

we didn’t really do a good job of touting what we had done.

NO-you kept the clueless -clueless-for a reason-and touting on the DL.
Shiny present with a big bow-when they open it up
all that is inside is a giant lump of feces.
Like a cat, you hid it.

bazil9 on January 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Hitler did a lot of “great” things in his first two years too such as the Enabling Act which allowed for deviations from the German constitution.

Huh.

Yeah I went there.

Bishop on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Nope, not Hitler. Mussolini — down to the mannerisms. Same fascist flavor, lower fascist entry price.

AZfederalist on January 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So,Reid says they got so much done,that they gots ahead of themselves
and they could of done a better job!

Hmmm………………..

Ya,at Destroying America!

canopfor on January 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

This is the gollum’s attempt to kiss butt out of Federal indictment for bribery. Shouldn’t be hard. Holder is right there with you.

pat on January 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Slightly OT:

NRA’s new ad calls Obama ‘elitist hypocrite’
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/01/15/nra-obama-ad/

Southern by choice22 on January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Southern by choice22:

Power To Truth!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I might even buy an Obama dog playing poker on black velvet painting.

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

This painting will be a velvet painting of Obama eating the poker playing dogs.

AZfederalist on January 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Harry Reid is a prime example of why Nevada deserves to be the nation’s nuclear waste dump. They dumped this POS on us, and turnabout is fair play.

GarandFan on January 15, 2013 at 9:44 PM

But we were so overwhelmed, so busy trying to do things, we didn’t really do a good job of touting what we had done.

In fact, we didn’t even read the bills that we passed.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Nope, not Hitler. Mussolini — down to the mannerisms. Same fascist flavor, lower fascist entry price.

AZfederalist on January 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I hope he meets the same end.

tom daschle concerned on January 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

FU Harry…and Nancy…and Boner. (Sorry John if this makes you cry.)

Dingbat63 on January 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

There’s a subtext that we can’t ignore. Reid, Obama and Pelosi consider themselves historic figures and they’re proud of forcing these disastrous and unpopular changes on an unwilling nation. They pride themselves on their imagined fortitude and place in history.

Part of our job is to help them understand that their actions may be historic, but not for their imagined reasons and not to their credit.

obladioblada on January 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

2 Americas, for sure.

ncsully on January 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Give the devil his due, Barrack Obama is the most successful president of the left after FDR, with no close third place.

I can only dream of electing a libertarian Republican who reduced the size and reach of government to the same extent that Obama has expanded them.

Bart DePalma on January 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Obama has accomplished even more than FDR

Harry heard this from that ‘unnamed Bain investor’, I’ll bet.

socalcon on January 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM

He’s certainly done more damage than FDR. And that was a pretty high bar.

The Rogue Tomato on January 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I wouldn’t let him anywhere near one of my granddaughters, that’s for sure. Him or Biden. What sleazes…

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Relax! I’m pretty sure that Harry Reid is a homosexual pedophile.

Brendon Carr on January 16, 2013 at 4:57 AM

Considering the scope and extent of the change involved, Hitler also accomplished more than FDR . . . it’s the quality of the change that’s important, not the magnitude.

rplat on January 16, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I really like Harry Reid
I’d even vote for him, if he weren’t a child molester

TexasJew on January 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I’d even vote for him, if he weren’t a child molester

TexasJew on January 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Yeah, I heard that, too. A reliable source who used to work under him, if you catch my meaning, called me and assured me it’s true.

The Rogue Tomato on January 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Yeah, I heard that, too. A reliable source who used to work under him, if you catch my meaning, called me and assured me it’s true.

The Rogue Tomato on January 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

When will Harry Reid prove that he is NOT the Searchlight Strangler.

LoganSix on January 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

In his first term, FDR had to deal with a Supreme Court that did not just roll over and play dead to his actions when it reached the Court. If the Court still believes in private property, freedom of contract, etc., then it might just declare significant sections of law unconstitutional. At that time the Court was not even unanimous in the struggle between progressive ideals and Constitutional limitations.

Hence the court packing attempt but that would have invested way too much power in a single administration so it failed.

After FDR’s re-election by an overwhelming margin, the Court could see that “the Country wants it” and, besides, FDR would be able to appoint new justices when, and it was expected, there would be retirements, so the Court then changed its tune. Thus started the changes in our society, for better or for worse.

Obama is just the recipient of 70+ years of steady progress in expanding government. It is not too surprising to think he accomplished (for better or for worse) more in 2 years than FDR did in any similar fashion.

I would add that Republicans were shaped by how events flowed. So in one sense I am not too surprised at how they try to operate — it was the environment they had to live with — and do not seem to be able to stem the flow.

Russ808 on January 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM