Dumbo b/k/a Barack Obama gets WaPoed from the left and the right, from the left Dana Milbank, Washington Post :
It’s not exactly fair to blame Obama for the rout: Almost certainly, the markets ignored him. And that’s the problem: The most powerful man in the world seems strangely powerless, and irresolute, as larger forces bring down the country and his presidency.
And from the right, Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post :
The left wakes up: Obama is not ‘sort of God’
Poor Evan Thomas will never live down his ludicrous comment that President Obama was “sort of God.” What seemed like slobbering now seems outright dumb, given the president’s performance. And don’t take my word for it.
Left-wing pundits have discovered he’s sort of like Jimmy Carter. Others now comprehend he’s remote and cold. Still others recognize he is weak and ineffectual (“strangely powerless, and irresolute, as larger forces bring down the country and his presidency”).
Obama can’t find anything to cut, attributed to Dumbo from the Wall Street Journal via Mickey Klaus, Daily Caller :
Last week, we reached an agreement that will make historic cuts to defense and domestic spending. But there’s not much further we can cut in either of those categories. What we need to do now is combine those spending cuts with two additional steps: tax reform that will ask those who can afford it to pay their fair share and modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare. [E.A.]
“Not much further we can cut” seems like a hanging curve ball, an open invitation for ongoing ridicule-the sort of naive assertion that might come easily to someone who had never worked in the federal government, who only realized after promoting his half-trillion-dollar public works-based stimulus plan that there was “no such thing as shovel-ready projects.” Or someone who doesn’t want to know. Or who wants to act as if he doesn’t know.
Instrareac, from Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit :
For Republicans, my advice is to propose 5% real cuts â€” not “rate of growth” cuts but real cuts from last year’s budgets â€” across the board, and allow layoffs. There’s nothing sacred about the civil service rules, after all. They’re just statutes, statutes enacted back when the country had money. Let Obama argue that there’s not 5% of fat in the federal government. Nobody’ll believe him, especially among the majority of voters whose household budgets have been cut by a lot more than 5%.
Dumbo keeps blathering about shared sacrifice. Let the government work force share in some of the sacrifice. For lard’s sake, the private sector been through her share of down sizing. Let the public sector do her share as well. It is only fair.
As for my proposed cuts, we could cut, as in eliminate, all of Dumbo’s pet programs, Obama Care, high speed rail [to no where], and NASA We not going anywhere. Wby pay billions towards going no where.
Algore the first confirmed victim of AGW, from H. Leighton Steward, Daily Caller :
Having tested the man-made global warming hypothesis, many scientists have come to conclusions different from Gore’s. That seems to have transformed Gore into the Lenny Bruce of the environmental extremist gang. Speaking at the Aspen Institute last Thursday, Gore blasted alternative climate-change theories, publicly labeling them “bullsâ€”t.”
Just think, Algore used to pass as sane.