Posts Tagged ‘offer a serious proposal for spending’

Democrat Rips Into Obama For Total Failure Of Leadership

March 11, 2011

Well, it is now officially bipartisan: Barack Obama is a total failure as a president and a total failure as a leader:

Manchin Rips Obama
March 8, 2011 12:42 P.M. By Andrew Stiles   

In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) rebuked President Obama for sitting on the sidelines in the debate over federal spending. “Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations — our president — has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?” Manchin asked.

The freshman senator slammed both parties for proposing spending plans that are “extremely partisan and unrealistic.” The Democratic plan to cut $4.7 billion “doesn’t go nearly far enough [and] utterly ignores our fiscal reality,” he said. “It continues to sail forward as if there’s no storm on the horizon.”

But, he said, the House Republican plan (H.R. 1) to cut $61 billion was “even more flawed . . . [and] blindly hacks the budget with no sense of our priorities or our values as a country.”

But ultimately, Manchin blamed the president for the sloppy state of the negotiations. “This debate will be decided when the president leads these tough negotiations, and right now that is not happening,” he said. “The bottom line is this — the president is the leader of this great nation, and when it comes to an issue of significant national importance, the president must lead.”

Manchin’s speech comes as a number of other Senate Democrats are expressing concern over their own party’s willingness to cut spending (and the NRSC is running ads like this).

Rather than lead on dealing with our crippling deficit and our even more lethal national debt, Barack Obama is actually sitting back waiting for the Republicans in the House to lead so he can lead the charge in demonizing them as the party that wants to starve the poor if they try to save America from a 100%-guaranteed-to-happen financial implosion.  He literally doesn’t care if America self-destructs in a few years – as long as he and his radical ideology can benefit from it (note: Cloward and Piven alert -see also here).

Well, clearly the president is clearly not leading.  But, if it’s any consolation, the community organizer is busy communitiy agitating (see also here).