Monday, October 24, 2011

Team Obama Claims "We Can't Wait"

President Obama is on the west coast this week raising money for his re-election and ginning up support for his agenda. This week it is an attempt via social media called "We Can't Wait".

Just like the previous attempt, "Attack Watch", the "We Can't Wait" campaign is failing big time, too. Conservatives run circles around liberals in avenues of social media, on Twitter in particular, and have successfully co-opted this #WeCantWait hashtag, too. It's just fun.

Six days after the GOP debate, President Obama sweeps into Vegas to herald administrative steps to make it “easier for some homeowners to refinance their mortgages.” In August, Nevada registered the nation’s highest foreclosure rate for the 56th month in a row, per RealtyTrac.

--A White House official: “[U]sing the mantra ‘We Can’t Wait,’ the President will kick off an effort to put pressure on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act by highlighting a series of executive actions that his Administration will take without help from Republicans in Congress. … [In remarks at 5:30 p.m. ET at a private residence in Las Vegas, following a meeting with homeowners], the President will highlight a set of steps [announced this morning by Federal Housing Finance Agency] to make it easier for some homeowners to refinance their mortgages and [on Wednesday in Denver], the Administration will announce measures to help students better manage their student loan debt when they graduate.

“[W]e decided to stop waiting for Congress to fix No Child Left Behind, and decided to give states the flexibility they need to help our children meet higher standards. And the President acted to dramatically reduce the time it takes for small businesses to get paid when they have a contract with the federal government, and eliminated regulations that will save hospitals and patients billions of dollars. While President Obama continues to take executive actions, Republicans in Congress will have the opportunity to do what’s right for the country. They’ll have a chance to vote on a bill that will make an immediate investment of $50 billion in our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure and a $10 billion investment to create a bipartisan National Infrastructure bank. Together, these initiatives will put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads, rails, and runways.”

What all this means is that President Obama has made the decision to rule through Executive Order in order to push his agenda through, because he cannot get the votes in Congress. He cannot get the votes in Congress because he continues to send up bills for votes that consist of the same failed policies he has tried up to now. The latest is this scheme to "help" those homeowners who are underwater (owe more than house is worth) with their mortgages.

Republicans have again co-opted an Obama administration slogan to mock the president.

On Monday, the GOP used Obama's #WeCantWait hashtag to criticize Democrats for the state of the economy.

"#WeCantWait to make @BarackObama a one-term president," tweeted Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The administration launched the social media campaign to buoy public support for a set of stimulus-oriented executive actions the president plans to announce throughout the week.

"Using the mantra 'we can’t wait,' the President will highlight executive actions that his administration will take," said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer in a blog post. "He’ll continue to pressure Congressional Republicans to put country before party and pass the American Jobs Act, but he believes we cannot wait, so he will act where they won't."

What Mr. Pfeiffer conveniently omits from his statement is that the opposition to the failed policies of Barack Obama has been a bi-partisan effort. Democrats have joined with Republicans to vote them down in Congress.

The mortgage re-finance program was tried already and failed miserably. Now this will help those who may not be able to re-pay their mortgages yet will be allowed to drag it all out with loans awarded with lesser fees, etc.

Remember when the 2008 candidate Obama promised he would not be a president who ruled by Executive Order? He actually began with the Executive Orders on the afternoon in which he was inaugurated.

Remember when Barack Obama was touted as a Constitutional scholar? Shouldn't he respect the three co-equal branches of government? It is a sign of weakness that he has made the decision to bypass Congress and put back into place more of the same old failed policies.

We Can't Wait until November 2012.

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