American Elephants

Not My Fault! Not My Fault! Not My Fault! by The Elephant's Child

You have heard of the Big Lie technique. You repeat something over and over, and pretty soon everyone will believe it. This is Barack Obama’s  strategy for the battle with the Republicans over the debt ceiling.

He wants the public to believe that the huge deficits of recent years are all the work of Congress (only the Republican House of course), and that now Congress must “take responsibility for the mess it made. ” Oh, please.

On Saturday the White House declared “there are only two options to deal with the debt limit. Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default.”

At his Monday press conference “Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply allows the country to pay for spending that Congress has already committed to.”

The problem is those irresponsible Republicans and Speaker John Boehner, and those radical Tea Party wackos who want the federal government to fail to send out Social Security checks.

Congress can’t spend a single cent unless the president signs a bill to do so. The biggest spending binge was in 2009 when Democrats were in charge of both houses and Obama asked for and got a massive stimulus bill.  Outlays soared from $2.98 trillion in 2008 —to $3.53 trillion in 2009, and $3.46 trillion in 2010 — fiscal years ending in September.

Congress appropriates to fulfill the president’s budget. Obama’s budgets asked for the deficit spending he now claims was not his fault. The Big Lie is objectionable because it has become common knowledge that nothing, nothing is ever Obama’s fault.


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I wrote an article on my blog at the end of last year pointing out that not only did Obama create a “composite” girlfriend for his memoirs, but he created a new image for himself as well. He used two fictional characters that merged and became the President we all admire so much. One of these was the character of the con artist in “The Music Man”, Professor Harold Hill. The other? Why none other than Bart Simpson who so famously said: “I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it, there’s no way you can prove anything!”


Comment by Jim Yardley

I once had an immediate supervisor who turned out to be a compulsive liar. Wove interesting stories about himself that eventually caught up with him, though I think it was a little fiddling with expense accounts that got him fired. Nice guy, but we gradually discovered the fantasies, and when you do, you resent being fooled.


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