When Bush 43 submitted 4 budgets that held separate the expenses for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the left screamed bloody murder. Now we have the President of the United States submitting a 10-year budget that he knows, for a fact, is totally unrealistic and avoids every major decision that needs to be made in regards to our fiscal future. It is a budget even he doesn’t believe in, and he as much said so in yesterday’s press conference.
This budget does not contain a single provision in it (that I can find) from the Obama-created “Deficit Reduction Commission”. That fact is amazing in and of itself. While it puts band-aids on paper cuts, it fails to address the arteries which are hemorrhaging debt: Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. The President knows this budget is totally dishonest, just as he knows the democrat healthcare bill exacerbates our debt as he publicly claims it reduces it. Presidents just don’t engage in such deceit when it comes to policy, and here we are watching someone who many thought would be the most honest and straightforward politician of our time putting forth known falsehoods.
Perhaps the President has seen what happened to his predecessor when he bravely tried to reform Social Security. President Bush was destroyed by the left for his sincere efforts to defuse a ticking time bomb, and the price he paid may very well have been control of Congress in the 2006 election (consideration for the state of the Iraq war understood). I hope that someday someone calculates the cost of not having fixed Social Security during the Bush administration. These forensics will make us all ill.
But we expect leadership from our Presidents. We expect them to stand up for what they believe is right, often in the face of severe criticism. President Bush did it with the Iraq surge, on Social Security Reform, and on Immigration Reform. President Obama did it on extending tax rates in December (though he had absolutely no other option). But at a time when our nation faces a fiscal crisis that threatens our future as much as any danger of our generation, he submits the most cowardly, artificial, cynical, unrealistic, and politically-motivated budget we’ve ever seen.
Politically it may be a winner for him, but I hope not. The President’s strategy in summary is to make the Republicans be the ones to raise the issue of major reform of entitlement programs. He wants the Republicans to lose the votes of the huge number of elderly Americans by making the Republicans be the ones to raise Social Security and Medicare reform. He wants the Republicans to appear to be the heartless ones who want to cut Medicaid programs for the poor.
All this while he knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that these reforms are necessary. That without them we go bankrupt. A leader says “I’ll step up to this and explain to my people why it must be done”. A leader does not say “let the other guy bring it up, and if they do we’ll route them in the next election”.
I have long said that electing a college professor and community organizer as President– a man who has never led anything of any significance– to lead the most powerful nation in the world was a mistake. We have seen far too much evidence that I was right, and this is another such exhibit.