We are a nervous people, we Americans. Our economic recovery from the Big Recession has been spotty at best, excruciatingly slow at worst. Nervous people stay with what they know, as a defensive move. The re-election of the incumbent was the more comfortable move than to go with a new guy and not know exactly what he would bring.
Obama, as his true narcissist self, spoke as though he is still the Messiah we are to believe he is.
President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling "fiscal cliff" negotiations, said Friday he won't accept any approach to federal deficit reduction that doesn't ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes.He neglected to mention that he has already raised taxes on the middle class and will continue to do so as Obamacare comes into play. He neglected to say that he robbed $800 million from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, as he tweaked his opponent in the recent election. He neglected to mention all the failures and loss of taxpayer monies brought about by his insistence of personally choosing winners and losers as he spreads around 'stimulus' money to try to produce jobs.
"This was a central question during the election," Obama said in his first postelection comments on the economy. "The majority of Americans agree with my approach."
Following up, Obama's spokesman said later that the president would veto any legislation extending tax cuts for families making $250,000 or more.
The president, speaking in the White House East Room, said he wasn't wedded to every detail of the plans he outlined during the election, adding, "I'm open to compromise." But he offered no indication that he was willing to back down.
Despite absolutely no record of listening to others and taking advice outside his inner circle and despite no record of working with the GOP, today again Obama tried to sound like the guy who would do all of that in his second term. He also spoke of creating more jobs for military veterans, which is ironic as he did all he could to suppress the military vote this cycle. The military was strongly favorable to Mitt Romney, as polls showed.
I strongly urge you to read "The Price of Politics" by Bob Woodward, if you have not done so already. It will open your eyes to the behind the scenes negotiations during the last drama of the fiscal cliff facing Congress and how Team Obama botched it all up. There is no indication that anything has changed to stop the same train wreck this time around.