Monday, March 2, 2009

This Didn't Take Long

It has been pretty much assumed among Republicans that Barack Obama will get a pass, or at least attempt to, for the next 4 years by blaming everything on George Bush. His latest attempt though doesn't stretch the boundaries, it shatters them into a million pieces.

According to this article, Obama is blaming the recently passed $410 million, pork laden, debt increasing budget on Bush. All emphasis mine.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will break a campaign pledge and sign a budget bill laden with millions in lawmakers' pet projects, administration officials said.

Administration budget chief Peter Orszag and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel both downplayed the $410 billion spending bill and signaled Obama would hold his nose and sign it. Orszag said: "We want to just move on. Let's get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.

Said Emanuel: "That's last year's business."

The House last week passed the measure that would keep the government running through Sept. 30, when the federal budget year ends. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, identified almost 8,600 specially sponsored projects totaling $7.7 billion; Democrats say the number is $3.8 billion.

Either way, it is far more than Obama promised as a candidate. He refused "earmarks" for the economic stimulus package he championed and a children's health bill.

He similiarly pledged to reject tailored budget requests that let lawmakers send money to their home states. Orszag said Obama would move ahead and overlook the time-tested tradition that lets officials divert millions at a time to pet projects.

"We want to make sure that earmarks are reduced and they're also transparent. We're going to work with the Congress on a set of reforms to achieve those," said Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Obama's top hands assigned responsibility to their predecessors and President George W. Bush.

Blaming Bush-era proposals for deficits, Obama wanted to set up his own budget that would start Oct. 1, which he proposed last week with a bold goal of cutting the deficit by half within his four-year term.

"First, this is a $1.7 trillion deficit he inherited. Let's be clear about that. We inherited this deficit and we inherited $4 trillion of new debt," Emanuel said. "That is the facts."

Let's recap.

-Before and after the election the Democratic leadership in Congress signaled that they would leave legislation like this until the new President took office, assuming at the time it would be Obama.

-The Democratic leadership was saying back in December that they would work on a budget to have it ready for Obama to sign when he took office.

-This budget was passed last week, by a Democratic Congress, a month after Bush left office.

-It was signed by Barack Obama, a month after Bush left office.

-It is all Bush's fault.

Is everybody caught up now?

Finally while Bush has to own up to the $1.7 trillion deficit (although the generally accepted number is $1.3, but to these guys whats a few hundred billion here or there?), where the Hell did the $4trillion new debt come from? Maybe Obama's new spending? Which is naturally Bush's fault.

You can almost imagine a glass case in the Oval Office with a littler hammer. Imprinted on the glass is the message "In case of being questioned about your budget, break glass". Obama can then take out the digital recorder and replay the "It's all Bush's fault" recording.


The Pondering Catholic said...

Just seeing the names Rahm and Obama together, is going to make me sick for the next 4 years. The school yard bullies. Chicago politics 24/7 with these two little boys. Where is my bucket?

Flavor Country said...

I'm disappointed to see him allow this bill that has so much pork by republicans and democrats both on it.

However I did know he made a lot of promises that I knew he could not keep, why he said em' I have no idea. He and Mccain both were so anti pork when they know Washington runs on it.

Yes Chuck, nobody's perfect, he joins the long list of presidents that have broken campaign promises.

Dan said...

Am I getting this right? Was Bush suppose to run the deficit sky high funding the socialist and radical religious left's agenda so that when the next Dem occupied the white house they could raise taxes while blaming Bush with some sort of credibility? This reminds me of Bush 1. The same Democrats that controlled the house and so controlled taxation, and that have never seen a tax hike they didn't like, are the first ones to point out the "read my lips" statement.

CJ said...

Too funny and sadly, too true! Did the idiots who voted for him honestly believe he was telling the truth. He had no experience, whether that was work experience or just experience at telling the truth. It amazes me how uninformed his voters are/were. They voted for change. Well, THEY GOT IT!

shoprat said...

If the sun goes supernova tomorrow it will be Bush's fault. If Yellowstone erupts and covers everything west of the Mississippi with 10 feet of ash it will be Bush's fault. Why do anything about it when it can simply be blamed on Bush.

Chuck said...

Pondering, I think Rahm may be one. Obama, not so much. I think that's why he has Rahm, to fight his battles for him.

Flavor, nice try but this was written by the Dems. Not to say the GOPers have no pork in it but this is a Dem bill, period. No more hiding behind the mean old Republicans, it's time for the Dems to man up, so to speak.

I agree Dan although Bush did lose a lot of credibility at the end with his stimulus package

CJ, change you can believe in

Shop-rat, they will do something about it and them when it fails, it's Bush's fault. Think he'll get credit if the economy all, of a sudden turns around in the next few months? Hell no.

EatYourOkra said...

Did Reagan play this silly blame game on Carter like Obama is doing to Bush? I don't recall it. Sure, it may have happened but Obama blaming Bush every week since he started campaigning for the presidency is getting real tired.

Chuck said...

Okra, I don't think Reagan did, he mostly got to work fixing Carter's mess.

There is another phenomenom seen exclussively among former Dem Presidents, criticizing sitting succesors. With all of the sleaziness during the Clinton administration, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Ford all refused to be critical when asked about it. Clinton, Carter, and Gore all forgot this gentlenaly arrangement during W's administration. Carter was especially critical, in betweeen anti-semitic remarks that is.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary said...
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Mary Mary Quite Contrary said...

That weak and whiny weasel Obama is going to be blaming Bush for everything for the next 4 years..

Alexa said...

Obama's been blaming Bush from day 1. It's Bush's fault he had to do the stimulus, it's Bush's fault he has to triple the deficit, it's Bush's fault he has to increase spending, etc. He will continue to blame Bush every day he is president. After all, FDR succeeded in blaming Hoover for the Great Depression he presided over and prolonged.

Brooke said...

Oh, good gawd, Chuck.

It's going to be a helluva four years...

mksviews said...

We should all know by now, the one who says he'll take responsibility will blame all and sundry but himself. The one who promises to save will sell his own mother to the highest bidder.

The one who promises unity and all that will be the most divisive and traitorous. Welcome to the next 4 years.

Chuck said...

Mary, agreed

Alexa, it's Bush's fault he had to ring socialized medicine, it's Bush's fault he had to gut the military, etc

Brooke, the GOP needs to get their stuff together to make sure it is only 4

MK, the thing I'm loving the most is he can just say he's and the press is buying it while the Dems ignore the GOP in Congress

Tina Hemond said...

The same tactic had been used in Massachusetts (Gov.Patrick blaming Romney) - however, no-one is buying it - and I would think, given the average intelligence of the public, they would no buy into it either (see: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy - translates to new "Rush Wing Conspiracy") - They (Obama and Team) keep going back to old tricks, which, incidentially failed the first time, what boggles the mind is the arrogance in thinking that these same policies would work again?

Always Right said...

Thank you for a wonderful and well written blog.

kevin said...

In 2010 we need to "disarm" Obama by taking back Congress. It sure got Clinton's attention when he lost Congress. A few days after the election he was announcing "the era of big government is over".

Chuck said...

Tina, I don't think it will work on most people. There will be some that have overdosed on the kool aid and buy anything, but most are too smart.

Always right, I think this is your first time here. If it is, welcome and thanks for stopping by, if it's not I'm older than I thought and welcome back. Thanks for the kind words.

Kevin, we do and I think we might. Bottom line, his plan works and he and his Dem Congress get another 4 years, his plan doesn't work and he and his Congress are toast. My gut is that there is not much middle ground on his plan.

Jeremy said...

found the blog, love it!

Chuck said...

Jeremy, welcome and glad you found it, stop by again