Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Out Of This World

David Horsey's very brief column doesn't quite capture the essence of his cartoon, which I think captures the situation involving the White House and Congress beautifully.

They do not seem to be on the same planet. While the White House forges ahead with implementation of the national healthcare plan, the House Republicans hold frequent votes to repeal the whole scheme. As the president tours the country touting his economic recovery proposals,  House Speaker John A. Boehner declares Obama is offering nothing new and, even if it is new, it isn’t going anywhere. Obama says toe-may-toe, the Republicans say toe-mah-toe.

While the House Republicans don't appear to be close to the planet we reside on, neither does President Obama.  He is as far away from our consensual reality as they are.

As I mentioned yesterday, Obama is playing defense.  His call for a "grand bargain" when it comes to tax cuts and the economy was rejected, just as he knew it would be.  He just wanted them on the record on the issue so the rest of us don't blame him for the sorry state of our economy.

Nice try, Mr. President, but you're still a long way from getting it done.

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