Well, a guy can always dream. But Rep. Steve Scalise knows better than to expect anything like what he’s calling for in his statement today…
“President Obama needs to put an end to the extremism that led to record deficits and millions of unemployed Americans, and instead work with Republicans on bipartisan solutions to the serious problems facing our nation in order to create jobs for families and control the wasteful Washington spending that is saddling our children with mountains of debt while holding our economy back from recovery,” Scalise said. “The federal government has a spending problem, and we must put the past political divisions aside and come together as Americans to control spending and get our economy back on track. The President needs to acknowledge that it is not only destructive to our economy to rack up trillion dollar deficits each year, but it is also immoral to keep borrowing a hundred billion dollars each month from countries like China and sending the bill to our children. America is better than that, and we should not sit by and watch our nation drive off the same cliff being taken by Greece.
“Our children deserve better. They deserve the same shot at the American Dream that has been handed down by every generation that has come before us. With every vote I cast, I think about my children and what impact my vote will have on them – I hope President Obama will do the same and work with us to create a better future so that our children don’t spend their entire lifetimes paying off the credit card bills that he is piling up. House Republicans stand ready to tackle the massive challenges facing our nation by bringing forward real solutions that promote better opportunities for hard-working families and the fiscal discipline to put our nation on the path to a balanced federal budget. If President Obama wants to build a successful legacy, he will put an end to the heated rhetoric and extreme policies that have divided our nation and held back our economy, and finally work in a bipartisan way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have and create jobs to rebuild our middle class.”
Scalise might not have seen a transcript of Obama’s inauguration speech, which even Bob Beckel said sounded like something Huey Long would give. A few highlights that would probably dampen the Congressman’s optimism…
“But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.”
It takes a village to raise a math teacher. And it takes the federal government to build a research lab. Doesn’t sound like budget cuts are high on the priority list.
“A decade of war is now ending.”
Tell that to the corpses in Benghazi, Gao, Aleppo and in the desert of Algeria.
“We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
In other words, he wants to run up the debt even more so as to pay old folks and kids even more from an empty till.
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”
“Are created equal is the star that guides us still. Just as it guided our forebearers at Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall. Just as it guided those men and women sung and unsung who left their footprints on this great mall to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone.”
Gay marriage and the end of segregation are the same thing, see.
“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
Thomas Jefferson’s posthumous endorsement of Solyndra?
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity — until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
It goes on. It’s an unmistakable sign that Obama is dedicated to a Hard Left second term. There will be no bipartisanship, there will be no accomodation.
Scalise is correct to call for compromise and to exhort the President to work for solutions which can succeed.
But it isn’t going to happen. The Congressman and his cohorts had better be ready for the carnage to come.