Last Wednesday, the CBO said the president's budget with current medicare and medicaid spending topped off with his health care plan spending is unsustainable. There is no wiggle room in "unsustainable." If President Obama insists on pursuing this path, it will eventually come crashing down around us. That may not happen until after he's gone, but it will eventually and it will be ugly.
In spite of this dire warning from the director of the CBO, President Obama came out and said that the his health care reform plan was "fiscally sound." What part of "unsustainable" does Obama not understand?
Now the Associated Press reports today that President Obama is delaying the release of his mid-summer budget update until after his August 7th health care deadline and Congress' recess because he does not want Congress and the American people to know how badly he is screwing up this country, for fear that it will be another nail in his health care reform coffin:
The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.
The administration's annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama's budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.
The release of the update - usually scheduled for mid-July - has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess.
The administration is pressing for votes before then on its $1 trillion health care initiative, which lawmakers are arguing over how to finance.
Obama is trying to suppress budget information that the Congress and the American people have the right to know because he is fully aware that it will torpedo his health care bill even faster. Can his dishonesty, corruption, and incompetence be any more obvious?
By the way, today is the deadline for Obama's cabinet secretaries to provide the ways in which they will cut $100 million out of their budgets. Have they come up with any cuts? Nope, they haven't come up with anything. Not one red cent. Yet, Obama says he can cut billions of dollars from medicare, medicaid and his health care plan? Yeah, right. Pull the other one, Obama.
Update: Be sure to read The Anchoress' outstanding post The King is a Fink. And, yes, she is talking about Obama. And, no, he may not be officially a king, but he's sure acting like one.
That's true, isn't it, that a king rules, while a president leads? That a king demands service, while a president serves?
Hmmmmmm. Feels like lines are blurring, doesn't it?
True: President Obama is the president, and not a king.
True: President Obama holds majorities in both houses of congress, and will soon own the SCOTUS as well.
True: President Obama has 32 "czars" working for and reporting directly to him, absent congressional oversight or accountability.
True: President Obama owns the press, who will do anything for him.
True: A president without checks and balances to rein him in or overrule him, with powerful minions answerable only to him, and with control of most information venues is a president who can decide he's going to just do as he damn pleases, is an unprecedented sort of president.
True: A president who can arbitrarily decide to take taxpayer money by the greedy mittsful, without at least giving them a receipt - why, that's a president who is barely acting like the leader of a republic at all. That's a president who is acting more and more like...well...kinda like king.
And as we all know, "The King is a Fink."
Thank goodness that when George Washington won the revolutionary war and the newly freed American people were so grateful that they wanted to make him a king, that Washington had the character and fortitude to say no:
From his republican values Washington derived his abhorrence of kingship, even for himself. The writer Garry Wills called him "a virtuoso of resignations." He gave up power not once but twice - at the end of the revolutionary war, when he resigned his military commission and returned to Mount Vernon, and again at the end of his second term as president, when he refused entreaties to seek a third term. In doing so, he set a standard for American presidents that lasted until the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose taste for power was stronger than the 150 years of precedent set by Washington.
Give the last word to Washington's great adversary, King George III. The king asked his American painter, Benjamin West, what Washington would do after winning independence. West replied, "They say he will return to his farm."
"If he does that," the incredulous monarch said, "he will be the greatest man in the world."
It's impossible to imagine Barack Obama, with his desire to imprint greater control over our lives, would have made the same decision.