I know that there are those who think the tax cut deal worked out between President Obama and the GOP is a good thing. There are those who think it is a terrible thing. There are also those who feel it is the best thing available at the moment, and we can deal with the nasty bits later.
On the one hand, it doesn’t really matter, does it? The country is lurching toward hell in a handcart, as they say, and perhaps another $900 billion added to a debt that my great-great-grandchildren will not be able to retire is neither here nor there.
That’s not the most interesting part of all this. What I think is most interesting is that this whole tax cut deal is the most recent instance of what some would call President Obama’s greatest failing: capitulating to the GOP at nearly every turn. Members of his own party are furious with him, while Republicans can be seen dancing tiny jigs in the halls of the Capitol.
Even more illustrative, perhaps, and I don’t think it is heretical to suggest this, is that it is becoming ever more clear that President Obama is unconvincing and ineffective as a speaker on just about any issue you care to name. I know, he went to a posh Ivy League university and got a law degree, and presumably argued on his feet from time to time thereafter, as well as during his relatively brief spell in politics before becoming president. How can it be, then, that every time I hear him make a speech it rather sounds like President Obama is launching into a discussion of the United States $3 Columbus stamp of 1893, a coil issue perforation twelve, describing the third voyage from the rare Columbian Expo issue? The constant mantra of compromise and bi-partisanship has blunted him, leaving us with all the misguided enthusiasm of a deranged philatelist. That’s no way to get things done.
I don’t know if President Obama writes any of his own material. If he does, he shouldn’t, and if he doesn’t, he should get a new speech writer.