It seems President Obama’s line about a “do-nothing” Congress is about to ring a little less true. Since 2011, he has bemoaned his miserable fate of having to work with a—gasp!—divided Congress. But the picture he painted of a valiant president and his party fighting obstructionist Republicans was never quite accurate.
After all, President Obama had two years of one of the most liberal Congresses ever, and even Senate Democrats to this day refuse to pass his budgets. This reality was brought into even sharper focus today with President Obama’s announcement about his plan to let the Bush tax cuts lapse: Democrats aren’t buying it.
As CNBC reports:
Former President Bill Clinton told CNBC Tuesday that the US economy already is in a recession and urged Congress to extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.
Democratic Senators Jim Webb and Ben Nelson also oppose raising taxes on any income brackets next year, with still more saying they might vote no. And even Larry Summers, Director of Obama’s National Economic Council through the first two years of his term, disagrees:
Lawrence Summers, who led the White House National Economic Council in early years of the Obama administration, said Congress should temporarily extend tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year.
So, never mind the fact that this is so clearly such bad policy that prominent economists and Obama’s own supporters like Jim Webb and Tim Kaine are railing against it. Never mind that it would take earnings out of the hands of our nation’s crucial job-creators and spenders at precisely the moment we need them to be investing and hiring workers. The real question is: who will President Obama blame this time?
He’s now lost his favorite targets—Republican lawmakers—because even Democrats won’t go along with his insensible policies. He’s lost the “millionaires and billionaires” because he still needs someone to beg for campaign dollars (on Air Force One, no less).
It seems that this is the point at which any reasonable president would finally have to look himself in the mirror and realize that he is the reason for his failures of the past three-and-half years. But, with President Obama, our Blamer-in-Chief, the chances of that happening are slim to none.