Random Thoughts on the Past Week - Page 3
I know that politics is a tough game. Politicians sometimes say things in order to get a response, to energize voters — I get it. Putting aside the substance of President Obama’s budget speech last week, he displayed a lack of class and character rarely seen from a sitting U.S. president. With Representative Paul Ryan as a presidential guest, Obama characterized the GOP Budget plan, written mostly by Ryan, as un-American saying that his plan was not “a vision of the America I know.” The president went on to accuse Republicans and Ryan of wanting to let “roads crumble…bridges collapse…50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance…” Obama even invoked the idea that the Ryan plan would do away with care for kids with autism and Down’s syndrome. Nothing about this rhetoric is surprising or new, but inviting the author of the budget plan you are deriding to be a guest at a presidential speech is like be called by the principal to sit in the first row of the school auditorium while he tells your classmates how bad your report is.
Losing Middle America
And finally, it looks like the president has lost John Stewart. After President Obama gave his budget rebuttal speech last week, Stewart had this to say after hearing Obama’s “spending reductions in the tax code” remark.
What? "Spending reductions in the tax code"? The tax code isn't where we spend, it's where we collect, and that.... ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I guess what you said is tax "code", code for raising taxes. You managed to talk about a tax hike as a spending reduction. Can we afford that and the royalty checks you're going to have to send to George Orwell? That's the weirdest way of... just say "tax hike"! That's like saying, "I'm not going on a diet, I'm going to add calories to my excluded food intake!"
I guess if Obama’s lost Stewart, he’s lost Middle America.