In what his campaign billed as his “closing argument,” Mitt Romney recalled President Obama’s promise of 2008 to transcend party politics and insisted the president had instead plunged Washington into an era or partisan politics and indicated that if he (Romney) was no elected that House Republicans would destroy the economy.
“If the president were to be re-elected, he will not be able to work with Congress. I don’t care what he says right now,” Mr. Romney said. “We have four years of record to look at. And of course, he’s burned a lot of bridges there. He ignores Congress, he attacks Congress, he demonizes Congress.”
Once again Romney proves his total disconnect from reality and his affinity to be completely full of shit – stunningly- and embarrassingly – full of shit.
Just for the hell of it, let’s try to look at a few of the known facts because if anything Obama’s presidency has been characterized by his willingness to split with known DNC ideology to facilitate working with the GOP in the spirit of compromise, which quite frankly has decreased his popularity with the left.
For instance last year he changed the day of his address to a joint session of Congress after Boehner took issue with Obama’s initial scheduling, something unprecedented in the history of the Presidency of the United States.
Obama has lashed out at the liberal press at times such as in July of 2011, when speaking before a bipartisan group of college students about the principle of political compromise, he claimed that if the Huffington Post had been around when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, its headline would have read “Lincoln sells out slaves”.
Indeed, Obama’s “compromise” principle follows a consistent pattern. His opening bid has been to move more than halfway in the direction of Republican principles. When Republicans refused to consider Obama’s compromise proposals and took the economy hostage, Obama unilaterally offered up further compromises without getting anything back in return, which only further encouraged Republican intransigence.
• When Obama first appointed his economic team, he did not appoint “a team of rivals” but a “team of Rubins,” drawing all of his principal economic advisors from Wall Street’s allies like Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Peter Orzag and Rahm Emanuel, rather than including some advisers with progressive views similar to those of Joe Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Robert Reich, or James Galbraith.
• Although Obama was advised that in order to bring unemployment under control, a stimulus package in the order of $1.2 trillion was needed, Obama’s opening bid was on the order of $700 billion dollars. He then negotiated a package that was made up nearly half of unstimulative tax cuts. Rather than reducing the unemployment rate below 8% as Obama administration officials promised, unemployment sat at about 8.3% as the stimulus came to an end. This alone could lead to Obama’s defeat in 2012.
• Rather than proposing Medicare For All, and then perhaps compromising on a health care reform package with a strong public option, Obama began with a health care plan modeled on Republican proposals originally set out by Bob Dole and implemented by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, then made backroom deals to give away the public option and to ban Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices.
• A few weeks before the BP oil spill, Obama proposed expanding offshore drilling in the hopes of gaining Republican support for the previously Republican idea of cap and trade. He gained no Republican support and a few weeks later, BP began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, with no Republican support for the Republican-originated cap and trade concept, it died a quiet death in the Senate.
• Rather than demanding that the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans expire at the end of 2010, Obama began his negotiations with Republicans by offering to extend the Bush tax cuts on everyone. Instead, he could have demanded the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans expire, and if Republicans failed to vote for this and allowed all the tax cuts to expire, gone to the American people and forced the Republicans to renew only the middle class tax cuts in the lame duck session.
• Obama’s negotiations on the debt ceiling with Republican hostage-takers who threatened to blow up the economy if they did’t get their way has been the most egregious of all. He offered up a plan made up of 75% spending cuts to 25% “revenue increases” (God forbid, not tax increases). When Republicans remained intransigent, he offered a plan with less than 10% revenue increases. Next he was prepared to back a plan with all cuts and no guaranteed revenue increases, while cutting social security and Medicare. Moreover, he adopted Republican talking points that reducing the deficit — not growing jobs — was the key to improving the economy.
And what is the thanks he gets for his efforts to work in a bi-partisan way (other than your endless declarations of hatred and venom characterized by bumper stickers proclaiming “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012”, birther calls for him to return to Kenya, his depiction as Hitler by Tea Partiers, the Governor of Arizona publicly disrespecting the Office of the President of the United States of America, and most recently Mitt Romney attempting to close out his campaign by lying and saying that Pres. Obama will not try to work with Congress.
What a fucking idiot. And you can feel free to quote me on that. In fact, please do.