Obama Stuck On Killing Jobs, Stuck On Class Warfare

Posted: Jul 23, 2011 10:17 AM

The morning after Speaker Boehner walked out of debt talks after President Obama moved the goal posts and asked for additional job killing tax increases, he released his weekly internet address with the same talking points we've been hearing for weeks. It's no surprise debt talks with the President are going nowhere when he uses inefficient, expensive, job killing clean energy as an excuse to lampoon big oil, an industry that employs millions and receives twelve times less in government subsidies than the green energy industry.

In the following address, Obama says we must get rid of "pet projects" yet immediately talks about which pet projects we must continue funding, including clean energy. You just can't make this stuff up.

"Everyone needs to be willing to compromise" but "before we stop funding clean energy, we should ask oil companies and corporate jet owners to give up the tax breaks that other companies don't get."

Stuck on job killing and stuck on class warfare.

President Obama still refuses to acknowledge as he says "both parties have to work together," that House Republicans have provided the democrat controlled Senate and himself with two plans, both of which they have killed. The ball is in their court, republicans have done their part.  Republicans want Americans to be able to keep more of their money, democrats want to take more away.


Byron York of the Washington Examiner gives us more insight on Obama's double speak yesterday:

Throughout the debt ceiling talks, one of President Obama's key tasks has been to serve as a reassuring voice, expressing confidence to the public and the financial markets that the United States will not default on its debt.  When he appeared at a town hall at the University of Maryland Friday morning, Obama did just that.  "The United States of America does not run out without paying the tab," he said.  "We pay our bills.  We meet our obligations.  We have never defaulted on our debt.  We’re not going to do it now."  Later in the town hall, Obama said, "I just want to make sure that everybody understands defaulting is not an option."

Just a few hours later, shortly after 6:00 p.m. Friday, the president appeared in the White House briefing room and delivered a message that was almost precisely the opposite of what he had said a few hours earlier.  "[Congressional leaders] are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default," the president said.  When asked whether he could guarantee that Social Security checks would go out, Obama said, "When it comes to all the checks, not just Social Security -- veterans, people with disabilities -- about 70 million checks are sent out each month; if we default then we’re going to have to make adjustments." Still later, Obama said that if House Republicans "are not willing to make sure that we avoid default, then I think it’s fair to say that they would have to take responsibility for whatever problems arise in those payments."

Near the end of the news conference, Obama said, "I remain confident that we will get an extension of the debt limit and we will not default."  But by then he had already undermined that confidence.