Obama’s Keeping A “Naughty And Nice” List
Yet another “enemies” list for the most polarizing president ever (via The Lonely Conservative)
“Joe Biden was in Costco and he wanted to buy some of this stuff, but I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn’t going to have him building roller coasters all day long. Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I’ve been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K’NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don’t,” President Obama said Friday at a rally where he pushed Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Obama’s 14-minute speech at a toy manufacturing company here amounted to a verbal poke in the eye, warning that taxes will go up without a plan – and likening Boehner and other Republicans to one of the most reviled figures of the holiday season.
“That’s sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas,” Obama said at K’nex, the maker of Tinkertoys. “That’s a Scrooge Christmas.”
What he didn’t offer during his neverending campaign appearances Friday was any sort of leadership or willingness to negotiate in good faith. He laid his big taxing plan on the table, which includes even more big stimulus spending, and a promise (wink wink) to deal with entitlement spending cuts next year. America’s problem isn’t revenue: it’s spending.
Earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner delivered a proposal to lawmakers that included $4.5 billion in reduced borrowing over the next decade. Administration officials said Friday that Obama is also proposing to delay automatic spending cuts through Aug. 1 to give Congress a limited amount of time to hatch a deal.
In terms of government spending, cutting $4.5 billion over 10 years is like you cutting your own spending by about 5 cents a year. This shows how unserious (NMP) Obama is in dealing with America’s spending issues. Instead of negotiating, he’s playing campaign games.