He had his own agenda, public be damned, and that hasn't changed. If anyone thinks Obama truly intends to work out a "grand compromise" that will avoid the fiscal calamity that will arrive on January 1st, I've got one word for you: Obamacare.
Here's Eric Cantor this morning:
"We have done our part. We have put revenues on the table, something that we didn’t do two years ago during the debt ceiling negotiations. . . . But we have not seen any good faith effort on the part of this administration to talk about the real problem that we’re trying to fix.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Monday:
Speaking from the the Senate floor, McConnell said Republicans have made a concession in the talks on taxes but that Democrats have so far refused to produce real spending cuts to match.
Here's me, explaining why the media was so worked up over Grover freaking Norquist:
The Democrats want to turn Obama's re-election momentum into a complete repudiation of conservative principles while entrenching theirs - an ever-expanding government and welfare state - as sacrosanct and untouchable.
The left refuse to move one inch towards the middle. But we can't have them blamed if the nation falls off the fiscal cliff into Recession: The Sequel. So the ever-helpful media has found their scapegoat, and of course, he's an economic conservative....
And now Bryan Preston lays out exactly what Barack Obama is up to:
While a recession would be terrible for the country, it may not be terrible for the Obama presidency. Obama knows that he has the media standing by to blame Republicans for any failure to reach a deal, and he knows that there are enough low-information voters out there to believe whatever the media says. The media covered for him both on Benghazi and the fiscal cliff during the elections; it’s likely to keep covering for him. He also knows, based on his own re-election victory, that a terrible economy leads to more dependency on government, which leads to more people seeing him and his party as the guarantors of their government benefits. This dynamic is a very effective way to kill arguments favoring smaller government. Who needs abstractions and Milton Friedman when there’s no food on the table?
A recession in 2013 obviously comes on the calendar before the mid-term elections of 2014. If President Obama and the Democrats intend to cause a recession and blame it on the Republicans, their real game could be to use a spike in economic misery to take the House back and hold the Senate in 2014...
In the end, who do you really think Barack Obama and the Democrats are looking out for: the American people, or for themselves?
Yeah, me too. That's why I'd be shocked to see Obama deal. He's got much, much bigger plans. With a compliant media firmly in his grip, he will literally bankrupt America in order to enslave us to him....while making the changes necessary to assure The Party retains absolute power, and perhaps even setting the stage for a third Obama term. Odd, isn't it, how an almost total purge of high-ranking military officers, executed by the president, went virtually unspoken about in the national media. Except, of course, for the story lines that involved pretty ladies...
Call me a tinfoil-hat wearing crackpot, will you? OK..so where is the president off to today? To negotiate with the House and/or Senate to save America? Ah...no.
At each event Obama will warn of dire consequences if he doesn't get to tax the country's Richie Riches and if the Bush tax cuts, which Obama used to denounce, are allowed to expire, sucking more money out of the sagged economy...
So, instead of acting like a presidential leader and, well, leading the fiscal talks, Obama is heading out of town Friday to tell Philadelphians they need to talk to Congress about what Obama wants. How about the president talk to Congress himself about what he wants and what its leaders want?
Not the actions of a man interested in negotiating, but the man interested in raising a mob, should his plans to divide and conquer fail...