Monday, July 11, 2011

Parsing the President

President Obama today chastised Republicans for their willingness to follow the recommendations of the President's own National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform refusal to accept as a compromise the President's own half formed and spendthrift "budget outline" which includes an additional (to Obamacare) trillion dollar tax increase.

The President even managed to get in a plug for the First Lady's nutritional initiatives:
This is the United States of America. And, you know, we don't manage our affairs in three-month increments...

We might as well do it now: Pull off the band-aid. Eat our peas...

I will not sign a 30 day, or 60 day, or 90 day extension.
Let us examine the President's meanings:

"[W]e don't manage our affairs in three-month increments."
Sir? It's the Democrats who haven’t produced a budget in 2 years. You call that management? ...Oh, right.

“We might as well do it now."
Translation: No one will have time to read the bill.
cf. Obamacare.

"Pull off the band-aid.”
Euphemism for: Making an $800 billion stimulus happen.
cf. “Pull off the heist.”

“Eat our peas.”
Translation: We’ve already eaten the seed corn.
cf. “Pull off the Band-Aid.”

In August 2009, President Obama was selling his $800 billion stimulus boondoggle in Elkhart, Indiana. (That's the stimulus without which unemployment would go over 8%.)
The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up – take more demand out of the economy and put business further in a hole.
By “the last thing” the President apparently did not mean “something you never want to do,” but rather “we want to do this, but at the very end.”

“I will not sign a 30 day, or 60 day, or 90 day extension.”
Yes, that's the last thing he wants to do.

Hold firm GOP, it's a requirement of your employment.

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