Empty Promises

I finally got my fill of President Obama last week and stopped biting my tongue about him. I’d given him the benefit of the doubt for 27 months, but there comes a point when doubt ends.

There were at least three reasons why I’m sick of the man.

The first can be summed up in the question, “what do the United States Supreme Court and Paul Ryan. Have in common?” The answer is that Obama has dressed both of them down publicly, in speeches where they could not reply, and did so calculatedly. He even reportedly made it a special point to invite Paul Ryan to the speech where he essentially called him un-American. He did the same thing to the Court in the State of the Union address in 2010, reaming them out for a decision he didn’t like.

In other words, he’s rude.

Second, he was ready to shut down the government if Planned Parenthood got cut off. Yeah, the Republicans were threatening to shut it down if it didn’t get cut off. Obama won that game of “chicken.” The difference is that I’m with the Republicans on that one, and Obama showed that he’s as much an abortion extremist now as he was as an Illinois State Senator. So much for suckers like Frank Schaeffer and Douglas Kmiec who thought BHO had a secret plan for making abortion safelegalandrare.

Third, I have a pretty sturdy conviction that even as he publicly dresses down Paul Ryan, he actually has no intent whatever of balancing the budget or eliminating our preposterous debt. He intends to kick the ball into the next administration. That’s when all the serious austerity comes. Meanwhile, we’re going to spend invest like drunken sailors on every swell idea beloved of the left and the middle.

As I say, he has no intention of balancing the budget. His balanced budget comes later, on someone else’s watch, but really not even then as it’s all based on rosy scenarios and cooked books.

The liberal Catholic blogosphere has been reaming Paul Ryan’s budget, too (I assume this means Ryan is Catholic).

The Ryan budget plan, Eduardo Penalver writes on the influential Catholic Commonweal blog, “can plausibly be accused of simply disregarding basic principles of Catholic social thought. Ryan’s plan will not only hurt the poor, but it appears to disregard their well-being as a matter of policy.” As evidence, Penalver cites the Ryan plan’s reduction of tax rates and the defined limits it places on the government’s long-term and open-ended financial exposure to health care costs.

David Fredoso at the Washington Examiner (from whom the Panalver quote) replies: “Unless a government’s empty promises can fulfill Catholic social teaching, the stones flying at Ryan seem inappropriately cast.”

“Empty promises.” The stock in trade of politics, it seems. But Obama’s promises to balance the budget seem much emptier than most in that crowd.

We now return to Holy Week and things that matter far more than the jerk in the White House or his predecessor, who wasn’t much (if any)
better.