Obama Addresses Nation to Talk Tourism
With 55 minutes before the threatened “Government Shutdown”, a deal was struck between Reid and Boehner for a short term resolution to fund operations. President Obama then addressed the nation from the White House. Obama did not talk about the excessive spending or the need to shrink the ever expanding deficit, instead he told us that thankfully, the Washington Monument would remain open.
After two years as president and having quadrupled the deficit to over 1.85 Trillion Dollars, Obama could only say, “Behind me, through the window, you can see the Washington Monument, visited each year by hundreds of thousands from around the world. … Tomorrow, I’m pleased to announce that the Washington Monument, as well as the entire federal government, will be open for business.”
That was it, then he took credit for reluctantly keeping the Bush Tax cuts and reducing spending that was all negotiated by the Republicans. This heralded moment was about Fiscal 2011, which should have been negotiated, debated and passed last September of 2010.
In a few weeks the fighting will begin all over again on the 2012 budget. Republicans still buoyed by their victory last November and pushed forward by the battle cry of the Tea Party caucus, they will attempt to slash the budget and pull us back from the brink.
Over the last two years, President Obama once again voted Present and the Democrats abandoned their constitutional duty to the electorate and campaigned instead of legislating What’s new here is that nothing has “changed” since Barack Obama was elected; he continues to be the most ineffectual and weak President ever elected.
Gas prices keep climbing along with food and clothing costs. The economy is still struggling, unemployment is still high and now we are embroiled in a third war in Libya. Iran is inching closer to nuclear weapons by the hour and the threat of a Caliphate in the Middle-East is a real possibility.
The “deal” is this, “We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President. We will cut $78.5 billion below the President’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner said in a joint statement issued after the agreement.
We expect our President to take on all of this and be a fearless leader. Not Barack Obama, he closed his remarks with this;
“Today we acted on behalf of our children’s future. And next week, when 50 eighth graders from Colorado arrive in our nation’s capital, I hope they get a chance to look up at the Washington Monument and feel the sense of pride and possibility that defines America—a land of many that has always found a way to move forward as one.”