The arrogance of this president is staggering. He is so convinced he is immune from accountability that he thinks he can thumb his nose at Republicans and refuse even to come to the table and negotiate.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent a memo to his party membership providing an update on the government shutdown, lamenting that Obama wouldn't negotiate and quoting author Bob Woodward's describing Obama's refusal as "baffling" and "in stark contrast to" President Clinton's approach.
But unfazed, Obama will not come to the table. This is always the attitude he cops with Republicans. "I don't want you to do a lot of talking." "I won." "I'm the president."
"I, I, I, me, me, me." It has long been apparent that Obama fantasizes at times that he has the plenary power of a king.
As I said on Sean Hannity's show this week, President Obama acts as though America is his chemistry set and he can experiment all he wants because he is the president.
His liberal media sycophants cheer him on. NBC's Matt Lauer gushingly approved of his colleague Chris Matthews' assessment that Republicans are patently unreasonable to expect Obama to let Republicans diminish his "signature piece of legislation" in any way. "It's his baby."
Don't you see? This fight is about Obama, not the nation's best interests. Never mind that Obamacare is almost universally recognized as a disaster. Obama -- one person -- must be protected at all costs, even if that means destroying America's health care system.
What do I mean by Obama's chemistry set? President Obama carried his radical ideas into the White House with the idea of implementing them and fundamentally transforming America through a series of policy "experiments." Despite all the failed statist ideas already tried and failed in our nation's history, Obama planned on more of the same -- only on a grander scale. All he needed was party support to play with his test tubes.
He has proceeded to play with this nation, wholly assaulting our founding principles -- and with grievous consequences. He ramrodded through Congress a nearly $1 trillion stimulus that not only didn't stimulate the economy but greatly exacerbated our debt. There was colossal waste, and little of the promised infrastructure improvements were made. And it led to the most anemic "recovery" in 50 years. Yet not one mea culpa from Obama. He once joked that all the "shovel-ready jobs" he'd promised didn't materialize, but he cynically laughed it off, as if the hundreds of billions he wasted were Monopoly money. Far from repenting, he demanded billions more for infrastructure and high-speed rail.