With just four days before a federal meat cleaver is due to bring $85 billion in cuts that Democrats claim will cause untold damage to lives, children, and the economy . . . President Obama was on the campaign trial.
Is this how serious CEOs manage when threats loom? No, but Barack Obama is not a serious manager. He is a serious pol.
Faced with such economic calamity, an executive would be huddling with his board, his top managers, and trying to work out a fixable solution. Obama, on the other hand, hadn’t spoken “in weeks to top Republicans in Congress” until a single phone call last week. Indeed, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the president’s brief “outreach was Obama’s first since New Year’s Eve.”
Today, Obama was back on the trail in Virginia, predicting catastrophe and bashing the GOPers he should be home negotiating with. If it looks like the president wants to inflict pain on the American people, you would be right. Pain means gain for this president and an opportunity to advance his 2014 mid-term campaign theme that Republicans cause it.
The president’s remarks in Newport News Shipbuilding were breathtaking in their dishonesty.
“Keep in mind, nobody is asking (Republicans) to raise income tax rates,” said the president one month after Republicans agreed to raise tax rates. “All we’re asking is to consider closing tax loopholes and deductions that the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, said he was willing to do just a few months ago.”
But, despite GOP offers at tax reform, Obama has refused to close those loopholes – indeed, his tax breaks for rich corporations in last month’s cliff deal were worth billions.
“We’ve got to . . . to stop having these crises manufactured every month,” said the president who is manufacturing these crises every month. “I mean, think about if (Newport News CEO) Mike Peters ran his business this way.”
Yes, imagine if Peters ran his business like Barack Obama. He’d be fired.