Barack Obama, of course, wasted no time in attacking Mitt Romney's straight-talking statements about the reality of the upcoming election and state of politics in America. What the President will never tell the American people is the fact that his own behind closed doors policies and "grand visions" for redistribution of wealth in this nation (and abroad?) manifest a man whose actions make Mr. Romney's statements seem rather mild.
On David Letterman last night, Obama attacked his opponent Mitt Romney's recently unveiled comments regarding the portion of the American population who are dead set on re-electing the disingenuous incumbent.
Obama began, "There are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims. There are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something." Oh really, Barack? Was the Occupy Wall Street movement simply a figment of the imagination? Is the fact that nearly half of the country does not pay federal taxes a reality with which you feel comfortable? Perhaps this willful blindness would explain the more than $5 trillion in debt in which Obama's polices have drown the people on the brink of an unprecedented fiscal precipice. That's more than 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of the country's goods and services, in case you really care about math.
He continued, "If you want to be president, you have to work for everyone. All of us make mistakes...What people want to know though is you're not writing off a big chunk of the country because the way our democracy works."
The hypocrisy of Obama's comments, as well as the President's general, grandstanding stance regarding bridging the gap of partisan politics, are revealed most intimately in Bob Woodward's new book, The Price of Politics. Woodward, who is the same journalist who revealed Richard Nixon to be the lying crook that he was way back when during the Watergate scandal, paints Obama as an ineffectual president who is sure of himself to the point of recalcitrance. The book also shows Barack to be reluctant in terms of forming relationships with members of Congress from either side (Republican or Democrat), as well as a president who "simply didn't understand how Congress worked and didn't know how to negotiate." So much so that he once prompted Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to comment, "Mr. President, as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them."
In a quote from the book that inversely mirrors Romney's comments about dyed-in-the-whine Democrats, Obama dismissively stereotypes Boehner: "He's a golf playing, cigarette-smoking, country-club Republican who's there to make deals. He's very familiar to me." And what about Obama's famously taped statements about not being able to reach voters in economically depressed communities back in 2008: "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustration."
You won't see many American news outlets (and especially not David Letterman or Barack Obama himself) drawing similarities to how Mitt and Barack have (fairly or unfairly) caricatured the American people who vote for the other guy. But what Barack's actions will continue to reveal if he is reelected is a president whose messianically deluded policies have fathered a Democratic party edified upon handouts, redistribution, non-pragmatic ideology, and safety nets for the fiscally, physically and dare one say, morally, irresponsible.
Don't you feel guilty for working your ass off, paying taxes, growing up in a nation that was (?) the greatest in the world and taught its adherents to value a capitalistic Democracy that cherished individual will, independence from executive sovereignty, competition, and actually had the audacity (not of hope in the government) to encourage you to enjoy the fruits of your own labor?