Obama's warped sense of 'balance'

Washington Times:
Following the House vote that averted the “fiscal cliff” Tuesday night by raising taxes on the wealthy, President Obama warned lawmakers that he quickly will seek more tax revenue from high earners and corporations and that he won’t bargain in an impending battle over raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

While Republicans in Congress say the spending cuts that were missing from this week’s agreement must feature prominently in the next fiscal deal, Mr. Obama said future bargains must meet his definition of “balance.”

“Cutting spending has to go hand in hand with further reforms to our tax code so that the wealthiest corporations and individuals can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans,” Mr. Obama said in a late-night appearance in the White House press briefing room. “We can’t simply cut our way to prosperity.”

After making his statement, Mr. Obama then departed on Air Force One overnight for Hawaii, where he rejoined his family to complete the vacation that was interrupted by the last-minute fiscal negotiating.

When cutting government expenses one item high on my list is Obama's travel expenses.  He makes too many trips for his personal pleasure on our dime.  His trips to Hawaii should be limited to stop overs on his way to business meeting in Asia.

Obama also seems to think he can dictate things that are negotiable.  He should be forced to deal on entitlements.  We can solve this problem before it makes us insolvent or we can default now because of his intransigence in dealing with the problem as part of a debt limit debate.

Republicans need to start a campaign of ridicule against Obama's sense of balance.  Perhaps they could try something like the woman walking around leaning at about 45 degrees because her colon health is out of balance.  That would be a good metaphor for what Obama is pushing.  I get the feeling that George Lakeoff must have given him this phrase and he has taken it too extreme because he is proposing things that are extremely out of balance.


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