By lex, on August 31st, 2011
President Obama is about to take the gloves off, according to the The Hill:
President Obama is preparing to fight a political war this fall on two fronts — the first against Republicans who want his job and the second against Republicans who want to make his job more difficult.
Obama is taking dead-aim at the latter group, targeting Congress in a fall offensive that the president’s reelection campaign hopes will bruise the overall GOP image beyond repair…
When GOP lawmakers return, the president and his team are ready to deliver a flurry of attacks, castigating Congress for inaction on jobs, being on the wrong side of taxes and eager to destroy social safety net programs. If Obama and his team have their way, Americans will come to see every Republican as a Tea Party extremist.
Who knows, as a tactic it might even work. But I think the issue here may be that the “Tea Party” label is more offensive within left-wing talking shops than it is to right or center. After all, regardless of the repeated linking of the words “Tea Party” with “extremist” (and “mostly white”), their platform merely comes down to government acting within its constitutional constraints and adopting a more realistic attitude toward spending other people’s money.
Social Security is to the both the left and the right FDR’s signal contribution to the growth of government into peoples’ lives, but while the hard right might label that more of an intrusion, the left worships at FDR’s altar. Whichever way you come down on it, it is increasingly unaffordable in its current state. Texas Governor Rick Perry is right, on this at least: With the baby boomer generation moving into their golden years, the program has indeed become a Ponzi scheme. We were never going to be able to tax our working years into retired prosperity, and the odds of doing so are doubly daunting when the rising generation has to pay the bill for far more numerous graybeards who live ever longer lives.
Our president, like most politicians, is a lawyer. He knows that if the facts are against you, you argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. And if the facts and the law are against you, yell like hell.
Let the yelling begin.
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