There’s been a lot of finger pointing, feigned outrage and umbrella delegating at the White House this week, Save Jerseyans. What we haven’t heard? Someone stepping up and taking responsibility. Truman said “the buck stops here.” 1600 Pennsylvania’s current occupant doesn’t seem to agree.
In case you’ve forgotten, Save Jerseyans, here’s what real leadership looks like:
I think Lou Dobbs captured the sentiments of this President’s detractors (and many of his disillusioned supporters) earlier Monday after the President’s IRS presser:
Let’s just try to be smart about this, folks.
Opposition parties rarely affect positive change through impeachment hearings. What we can do constructively in the face of rampant corruption and abuse of power is use the House’s tremendous oversight powers to shine a light on this Administration’s many, many sins ahead of the critical November 2014 elections; that’s how Teddy Kennedy & co. cooked Nixon’s goose long before articles of impeachment became a real possibility.
Don’t let your emotions get in the way of the greater good, conservatives… focus!
Take a deep breath, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie appeared on this morning’s “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC and continued his full-throated defense of President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
“The president has kept every promise he’s made,” said Christie. “I think he’s done a good job. He kept his word.”
Whether that’s true or not depends upon whom you ask, doesn’t it?
Last week, right here we wrote about how President Obama lost the vote on the gun bill; here’s part of what we said:
President Obama is really more interested in campaigning and demonizing Republicans than he is in reaching across the aisle to make a deal. Obama doesn’t want a Democrat/Republican, bi-partisan unity vote.
If he did, he would have gone to the GOP with a solid 58 votes and that likely would have tipped the scales and brought two more Republicans in the fold and the scales would have been tipped.
But it wasn’t worth it for him to keep his own party together and then just two more GOP votes. He was more interested in campaigning all over the country, using parents of the Sandy Hook massacre as props and denouncing gun owners and second amendment defenders. All that was more important to Obama and his team than quietly working out a deal.
He didn’t want to do the hard work that needed to be done.
Instead — as is often the case with Obama — he wanted to grandstand; to campaign; to propagandize. He simply doesn’t appear to be interested in leading and building consensus the way a president should.
Now, the undisputed Queen of Liberal Columnists writing at the Liberal Bible (The New York Times) agrees with us.
If you needed proof that our President was cold and detached from whom the people he has sworn to protect, look no further than the sad excuse for a press conference he had in reaction to the Amendment to the Gun Legislation which failed to pass on Wednesday afternoon in the Senate, Save Jerseyans.
What was particularly alarming? In the middle of an investigation (now thankfully concluded!) for two suspects who left four dead and nearly 200 wounded at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, the President found time to issue a shrill condemnation of the U.S. Senate (a body controlled by his own party) for voting against new gun controls. He can’t turn off his political animal instincts much like his allies in the media…
Sorry for the delayed absence, Save Jerseyans, but the private sector called!
As you’ve already read on Save Jersey, Governor Chris Christie’s proposed tax cut is now an issue in LD1. Republican challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt has endorsed Christie’s plan. On April 16, one day AFTER roughly half of us paid our taxes, State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who had been backing the party of tax hikes for his entire career, suddenly broke ranks and endorsed the Christie approach.
And Van Drew got himself all in a tizzy when Chris Christie thanked him for supporting the plan while other Democrats rained down criticism.
In my opinion, Chris Christie was wrong to thank Van Drew. Jeff Van Drew doesn’t want tax cuts; he just wants the votes of people in Cape May County who want tax cuts. And I think the Governor is aware of this, and he only thanked Van Drew to needle other Democrats, not out of sincerity.
If you were planning on visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, you may have to change your plans. Effective this Saturday, March 9, 2013, visitors will reportedly no longer be able to tour the White House. This disappointing news was announced by the White House with the blames placed on sequester cuts and a resulting lack of personnel.
Others feel the decision is purely political and a desperate attempt by the Administration to make the sequester cuts look worse than they really are. Unfortunately, the public are the ones being punished. What else is new?
I’ve been gauging opinion on the matter. Middlesex County Committeeman, Peter Carroll, had the following to say:
Being that the sequester truly only stops an increase to the budget and is not actually a cut, I feel it is appalling that this President is trying to gain politically from punishing the American People. Closing the White House to tourists is truly a new low for this Administration, as there is no good reason to deny the American People their heritage.”
I could not agree more. It’s a hugely disappointing scheduling problem for all of the Americans who wanted to visit the White House over the upcoming spring break vacation.
For now, they will have to visit the Capitol Building instead which remains open to the public. Until the White House throws its next hissy fit?
The caustic interactions among Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats are becoming more and more characteristic of a dysfunctional marriage, Save Jerseyans. Even though today it seems to be so easy to walk away from a strained relationship, to just shut down, take your losses and part ways; this is not the reality for our elected officials.
And boy oh boy, do they need counseling!
One of the greatest contributors to a failed relationship is a lack of compromise. What happens to a unit when both parties shut down and stop trying? The system stops working. Communications break down. Both parties dig their heels in, stop listening to one another, and fail to work together as a team. The relationship quickly deteriorates because the key components of a fully functional relationship are entirely missing. This is where we are in Washington, and where we are all across the country, among states and districts and municipalities.
With regard to the sequester, we have distinct units at play against one another. There is a general unwillingness to compromise, to understand each side of the coin, and to come to consensus about how to proceed with the best option for the country.