obama Mr. President, Punters Dont Win the Big Game

President Barack Obama

I’m often amazed that Barack Obama, billed as a post-partisan new brand of leader, refuses to show any leadership on any major issue of his presidency. His signature issue Obamacare was crafted by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Measures he adamantly supported as a candidate (like NOT making health insurance compulsory) quickly went to the wayside when his liberal minions quietly pushed back.

As to my analogy, it takes leadership to win football games (or any sporting match for that matter). You cannot refuse to take responsibility for the policies you supposedly support and you must to do something to make it happen. Punters give the ball to the other team in an attempt to better position themselves to play defense instead of trying to win the game with their offense. Barack Obama is the definition of a punter. He does not care about the country, he only cares about blaming others so he isn’t outted as the fraud that he is. So he goes on defense in attempt to sidestep real responsibility for winning the game. This country is facing some tough times and we don’t need an incompetent chief executive who is more concerned with petty political sniping and blaming Republicans for his lack of leadership skills.

Case in point, Barack Obama’s sham of a press conference yesterday. Some highlights:

“It would be nice if we could keep every tax break there is, but we’ve got to make some tough choices here if we want to reduce our deficit. And if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we’ve got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship. That means we’ve got to stop funding certain grants for medical research. That means that food safety may be compromised. That means that Medicare has to bear a greater part of the burden. Those are the choices we have to make.”

How did most millionaires and billionaires get to be so successful? By using their ingenuity to start businesses, create jobs, and produce – a concept that is foreign to Barack Obama and his liberal cohorts. We should not punish success in this country nor should we get in the way of producers who are the backbone of our society. If they all stopped working and retired who is going to keep our society going? A high school student trying to get a college scholarship? Barack Obama? Everyone who is rich is not evil and just because everyone cannot attain such levels of prosperity doesn’t mean it isn’t fair or that social correction is needed. Punishing the best and the brightest our society has to offer is the same tired talking point the left always tries to use and it’s nothing more than populist garbage that does nothing for this country.

“Now, I just want to be clear about what’s at stake here. The Republicans say they want to reduce the deficit. Every single observer who’s not an elected official, who’s not a politician, says we can’t reduce our deficit in the scale and scope that we need to without having a balanced approach that looks at everything.”

Barack Obama was talking about raising taxes. More taxes so we can pay for the monstrosity of Obamacare. More taxes to pay for the Libya boondoggle and illegal war that the President continues to engage. More taxes to pay for stimulus programs that funnel to Democratic special interests. More taxes to nationalize the college loan system. Republicans were part of the problem when they controlled Congress and the White House, but Obama took what they did and put it on steroids. You can’t purposely make the problem worse then say that you are not to blame because Republicans started it.

Speaking of Libya, he also punted on responsibility for that in respect to the War Powers Act:

“But do I think that our actions in any way violate the War Powers resolution? The answer is no. So I don’t even have to get to the constitutional question. There may be a time in which there was a serious question as to whether or not the War Powers resolution — act was constitutional. I don’t have to get to the question.”

So because Barack Obama doesn’t like the War Powers Act, because he believes it might be unconstitutional, he doesn’t have to abide by it? When have we ever had a president who so blatantly broke the law? First it was DOMA and now Libya.

This next line was my favorite part of the presser, the coup de grâce for my amusement:

“Call me naïve, but my expectation is that leaders are going to lead.”

No sir, call me naïve. Let me know when you decide to start practicing your pompous preaching.

 Mr. President, Punters Dont Win the Big Game

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Alan Moore wrote 145 articles on this blog.

Founder and editor of Moore Common Sense. Former press secretary for a presidential campaign, online communications expert, native Virginian, and all around politico.

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2 Responses to “Mr. President, Punters Don’t Win the Big Game”

  1. I too am astounded by idiocy, hypocrisy, and failure to lead. But it is not Obama’s. It is yours, the republicans. You first blame Obama for not creating jobs. Your solution to the job issue is to let millionaires and billionaires “produce.” This, you say, would be hindered if millionaires were taxed like the rest of us. Obama didn’t cancel the Bush tax cuts, so the millionaires aren’t hindered. Where are the jobs, then? Tax cuts only make the rich richer; the money is not reinvested into the economy. I’m surprised that conservatives still believe in supply side economics. We all know they worked so terribly well for Reagan.
    I like how, after eight years of Bush tax cuts and war spending, the deficit has suddenly become a crucial issue to Republicans. If it bothers them so much, why didn’t they reign in spending under Bush? Why wasn’t it an issue before? RepublIcans are the ones punting blame around, as it appears to be their only strategy for big gains in 2012.
    Lack of leadership isn’t why we’re in this mess. It’s lack of cooperation. We have a government predicated in division of powers, defended against the tyranny majority with constitutional protections. Republicans use their stake in government to prevent Democrats from making gains (because they’d rather the country fail than have a Democratic president succeed) and refuse to compromise on any issue.
    That’s is why we are stymied as a nation.
    And by the way, not a single president has acknowledged the WPA as a constitutional bill since it was passed.

    • 1. Fact: The top 5 percent pay more than half of all income taxes.

      2. Fact: Tax cuts give American’s more money to reinvest into the economy. When consumer spending makes up 70% of all economic growth, that’s very important. It also results in Americans investing money into businesses, starting them and supporting others.

      3. Fact: Ronald Reagan’s economy was a model for excellence. He was faced with a much more difficult economy than Obama was presented with and the record speaks for itself:

      “President Ronald Reagan’s record includes sweeping economic reforms and deep across-the-board tax cuts, market deregulation, and sound monetary policies to contain inflation. His policies resulted in the largest peacetime economic boom in American history and nearly 35 million more jobs.”

      You should read the report I just read to you because it takes on your false assumptions about the Bush tax cuts and the Reagan economy:

      “After President George W. Bush sent Congress an outline of his tax reform plan on February 8, some critics immediately began to attack it as a return to what they portray as the fiscally irresponsible policies of the Reagan Administration. According to these commentators, Congress should scale back–if not outright reject–President Bush’s tax reform proposals because they are based on a period when the wealthy received excessive tax cuts and revenue was wasted on defense even though most Americans struggled in poverty. This is a revisionist view of recent history that ignores reality and denies the fact that President Reagan’s sound policies and determination deserve much of the credit for the current economic picture. Congress should embrace President Bush’s tax reform plan as a responsible return to the most successful economic policy of the 20th century.”

      4. Fact: The economic crisis was the sole responsibility of the Community Reinvestment Act, which was created under the Carter Administration and beefed up under Clinton. It essentially demanded that banks give money based on racial lines, not on who had the best credit. This of course, is terribly stupid fiscal policy.

      5. Fact: You are purporting the same, tired, populist, and leftist talking points that the Obama Administration has been peddling since his campaign for President. If you want to fix the economy first take some responsibility for the actions of this failure of a president. If Republicans are to blame then why couldn’t Obama get things done when he had control of both houses of Congress? How were the Republicans responsible when they had no power to override a veto, no power to filibuster, and no coalition to pass any sort of meaningful legislation?

      And for the record, you’re right about one thing. I do want Barack Obama to fail. He represents redistribution of wealth, socialism, failed economic policies, and a destructive liberal agenda that has crippled our nation. I want our country to succeed but the only way for that to happen is for Obama and his misguided policies to fail and be taken off the table so we can get back to the free market capitalism that made this country great.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, have a nice day.

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