American Elephants


“A New Era of Responsibility.” by The Elephant's Child

President Obama is annoyed by criticism that he is trying to take on too many issues at once.  Suggestions that a $3.6 trillion budget that seeks to rescue the economy from the worst crisis since the Great Depression, while also trying to overhaul health care, change our energy infrastructure, change our energy use, end our dependence on foreign oil, overhaul education, finish up the War in Iraq while fighting the War in Afghanistan, and reset our relationships with the rest of the world are a little much, are annoying.

Obama told the leaders of the congressional budget committees:

To kick these problems down the road for another four years or another eight years would be to continue the same irresponsibility that led us to this point.  That’s not why I ran for this office.  I didn’t come here to pass on our problems to the next generation.

It’s Bush’s fault.  He was too laissez-faire and irresponsible.

President Obama was responding sharply to the idea that he should be focusing on fixing the banking crisis first.  Real economic recovery he said, requires many actions at once.

Obama was asked whether his domestic policies suggested that he was a socialist.  “It wasn’t under me that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks”, Mr. Obama said, “And it wasn’t on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement, the prescription drug plan, without a source of funding.”

Oh.  It’s Bush’s fault.  He’s the socialist, not me.  Got it.

Mr. Obama pushed back against the characterization:

By the time we got here, there already had been an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system.  The fact that we’ve had to take these extraordinary measures and intervene is not an indication of my ideological preference, but an indication of the degree to which lax regulation and extravagant risk taking has precipitated a crisis.

There’s a point at which “Bush made me do it” isn’t going to work any more.


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Great post!

“And it wasn’t on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement, the prescription drug plan, without a source of funding.”

But the new massive entitlements..like universal helath care, expanding welfare benefits, omnibus spending bills, more stimulus packages to buy more into banks and places like AIG…..

I guess now the Fed is considered a source of funding. I get it, now! Before, we didn’t have the funding because we had cut taxes. But now, even though we’re going to increase the deficits we hold (which if I remember correctly, was a BAD thing under Bush), and the national debt to unprecedented levels (which wasn’t that ALSO listed as a BAD thing done by the Bush Administration?)

As an independent conservative, I think the Bush administration and many of our cngressional leaders were quite frankly morons, and disingenous to their ‘spoken’ core values. However, while maintaining their bent on increased taxes, government intervention (and quite frankly their bashing of Bush and the Republican Party Leadership for increasing size of government and tax rolls, including a shift of taxation burden away from teh poor and toward the wealthy, even though thats what they like and profess pure love for), it is all a matter of truth in policy that we must sit here and bankrupt America, while the democratic leadership in both houses, and the White House, talk out both sides of their mouths while not actually answering any real questions, but merely expressing more of their ideology while they fleece us out of our own power??

Yes, I guess Obama truly is The One. He has figured out everything that has been proven historically untrue to now be easily workable under his leadership because he says so…..
someone please, put the gun in my mouth now and pull the trigger for me…sheesh.

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