Donald Lambro

President Obama's all out class warfare attack against Republicans Tuesday was a shameful litany of excuses that included blaming all of his fiscal failures on George W. Bush.

His speech to the nation's news editors, which accused the GOP of budget cuts they have not proposed, was the political equivalent of the delinquent remedial student who told his teacher "the dog ate my homework."

With such a failed economic record over the past three years, it takes a great deal of gall to deliver an excuse-ridden speech like this, not to mention his own insecurity about winning a second term.

Gone was the 2008 Obama who condemned the use of politics as "a blood sport," dividing one class from another. This was all out political nuclear war, meant to draw blood among those who opposed his re-election.

He called the GOP, which now controls the House and soon may take control of the Senate, a "radical" party that would destroy social welfare programs for poor and middle class Americans. And he falsely applied the 10 year, $5.3 trillion House Republican budget to a host of programs for the most vulnerable Americans that the GOP's document does not do.

"Disguised as a deficit-reduction plan, it's really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country... It's a prescription for decline."

He mocked likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for calling the deficit-cutting plan "marvelous," saying that it would establish a form of "social Darwinism" that would pit the poor against the rich.

In Obama's fear mongering vision of the future, if the GOP gets its way, America would be turned into a brutal hunger games society where survival of the fittest would rule.

As for his four consecutive budget deficits totaling more than $5.3 trillion, Obama says it's Bush's fault: "two wars, two massive tax cuts and an unprecedented financial crisis."

His impotent economic policies were not responsible for the extraordinary length and depth of the recession and the still-anemic, weakened economy in the fourth year of his presidency, he said.

No, it's the big, bad Republicans, including Bush's tax cuts, (even though he extended those tax cuts in 2010 for two more years) and Bush's weak financial regulation that led to the sub-prime scandal and Obama's ballooning deficits.

People who bought homes they couldn't afford were not responsible for the financial crisis. The elimination of prudent federal lending standards by the Democrats who ruled Congress were not to blame.

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.