Let’s take a brief listen to the laundry list of promises President Obama made during the campaign last year.
There are several here that have ostensibly been violated by the signing of the stimulus bill but for me the most important is the five day rule. This is a very simple rule that doesn’t require the construction of a new website or the fundamental changing of how Washington does business. All he had to do was wait a few more days so everyone could read it. The legislature didn’t even take 24 hours before they voted on it. But the President has a much higher responsibility. As Harry Truman used to say, the buck stops there. In this case, the trillions of bucks.
These days, I’m living in the northeast area of the US, Connecticut to be specific. Needless to say, I’m a bit of an enigma to the people I run into here. The comment I hear most (usually after some snide comment by me) is, “Why not give the President a chance? He’s only been in office for a few weeks.” This would be a good point if the President was operating in good faith. When it’s clear that he has no intention of doing what even he promised to do, we the people have a right and an obligation to hold him accountable. Not like what the left did to Bush, but a more reasoned, rational opposition.
The bottom line here is this though: the Dems can do anything they want and we have the dubious distinction of being spectators. The only reason the President wanted Republicans to join his “stimulus” bill was so he could have political cover when it doesn’t work. Well, the Republicans stood firm, with the exception of a few in the Senate which allowed this bill to pass. So the Dems own this and the spin will be out in full force to save the President’s reputation. Unfortunately, his unwillingness to keep even the simplest of promises has done irreparable harm to that already.
I’m just glad I have that big tax cut for the 95% of all Americans to look forward to.