Obama slings mud and fire in Ohio

Posted on September 8, 2010

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President Obama has finally dropped all his false pretense of conciliatory partisanship in a campaign speech in Parma, OH today in which he railed hard against GOP Minority Leader John Boehner and the rest of the Republicans in an effort to prop up his party’s sagging poll numbers. From the New York Times:

Seeking to rally his struggling party for the final weeks of the midterm election, President Obama delivered his most partisan speech of the campaign so far on Wednesday, casting Democrats as fighters for the middle class and Republicans as protectors of “millionaires and billionaires” and special interests.

…Mr. Obama called for letting the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire but making the rate cuts for the middle class permanent. And he suggested Republicans would hold “hostage” the extension of the middle-class rates to get the top rates extended as well.

…Recalling a campaign visit to Cleveland in 2008, Mr. Obama said: “A lot has changed since I came here in those final days of the last election, but what hasn’t is the choice facing this country. It’s still fear versus hope, the past versus the future. It’s still a choice between sliding backward and moving forward.”

There’s nothing new here, especially in the continued demonization of Republicans in a manner that is frankly unbecoming of a President. Like most Democrats, Obama believes the only good Republican is one out of power as he unfavorably compared the current GOP to heavyweights like Eisenhower and (*gasp*) Reagan – even though I’m sure a 50’s or 80’s incarnation of Obama would have railed against them just as hard.

The base will eat it up, and it may drive more of them to the polls in November – but, then again, the passage of ObamaCare was supposedly the only way to assure the left would turn out, and the polls aren’t showing enthusiasm for that great legislative achievement helping Democrats any.

The whole “tax cuts for the rich” is really a bunch of class warfare shtick that at its core is populist BS. It’s a favorite line of the left that the GOP is the party of the rich and big business (never mind George Soros, Warren Buffet, Hollywood liberals, GE, etc.). Raising taxes on the so-called rich may make you feel good about getting back at those evil Scrooges, but it also hurts small businesses that file their taxes on personal income tax forms, and yes, many of those have incomes over $200,000, or they should if they’re a viable business.

Boehner and the GOP have hit back at Obama with pledges to freeze current tax rates for two years and slashing domestic spending, which to me seems a more market-friendly approach than punitive tax hikes. It was quite odd to hear Obama mention Boehner so often by name, seeing as he is currently only the minority leader in a chamber of Congress where he can’t filibuster or otherwise obstruct a large Democratic majority. Striking out at Boehner is punching down and seems like an acknowledgement that the House is going to fall to the GOP – why else would Obama point Boehner out except to frame him as a potential future foil.

The President likes to talk about hope versus fear, but how about anger and finger-pointing, instead? Your party has had complete control of the legislative and executive branch for almost two years, and still you bring up the spectre of Bush and blame a party with the least amount of minority clout in a while to distract from your own failures and shortcomings. That is the antithesis of inspiring governance and the very definition of a failure in leadership.

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