The country is going to Hades in a handbasket, and while many Democrats are trying to flee the scene of their own accident, President Obama is embracing the chaos and failures with open arms.
The new head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, she of the angry perm, announced that the Democrats should be psyched with the economy. So psyched, in fact, that they should rush to "own" it: "We own the economy," she told Politico. "We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue the pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place."
Debbie: the Bush administration? Really?? You just couldn't help yourself, could you? In one breath, you're saying that the Dems are moving forward, owning the economy, turning the page, and in the next breath, you're invoking Bush and the shopworn "ditch" metaphor. Are your speechwriters seriously that lazy?
Also, we'd love to know about this economic "turnaround" of which you speak, Debster. 9.1% unemployment, jobs situation getting worse not better, 6 million home foreclosures and home prices collapsing, 1 million construction jobs lost, nearly a million manufacturing jobs lost, nearly $4 trillion added to the national debt, three straight record-high deficits. Interesting facts on which to base your "turnaround" comment, Deb.
When the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, was asked about her eagerness to have the Democrats "own" the dismal economy, he replied: "We all own the economy. We all work together in Washington to devise policies to improve the economic situation."
Excuse me, Jay: we all don't "own" the economy. You were never that "generous" when President Bush was in office. Then, he owned it. The Republicans owned it. In fact, until about last week, you guys were still blaming Bush and whining that the Republicans "drove the car into the ditch." Actually, Debbie over there just said that this week (see above). So don't give us the nonsense that we all "own" the economy. You own it. Obama owns it. The Democrats own it. And it sucks and you know it, which is why you're trying to "spread the blame around."
In other Obama disaster news, the U.S.-led war in Libya will be illegal come Sunday, when the president's authority to commit combat forces abroad expires under the War Powers Act. Never mind that people of both parties (including me) believe it's unconstitutional. It remains a federal statute, to which presidents on both sides have at least paid lip service. President Bush went to Congress to get authorization for the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. So much for "ravaging the Constitution." That's Obama's territory. Imagine if Bush were prosecuting a war in the Middle East without Congressional approval?! Maxine Waters would be leading impeachment proceedings.
The only gesture toward compliance with the War Powers Resolution has been a 32 page report that Obama sent to Congress, laying out in painful terms why he believes the operation doesn't qualify as a war, and therefore why he's not bound by the War Power Resolution. It's tortured logic. U.S. combat forces engaged? Check. An enemy resisting? Check. People dying and getting wounded? Check. A war is a war is a war.
When asked about the ludicrous report, Carney said, "It is his position, and he worked with the White house counsel and his team. As a constitutional law professor himself, obviously he owns this document."
He owns the war in Libya, although please don't call it a war. It's a "kinetic military action." And we thought Bill Clinton parsing the word "is" was absurd. At least life and death weren't at issue there.
What we have here is Obama attempting to look like he's taking responsibility while dodging it at the same time. He owns the economy, while simultaneously saying that we ALL own it. He owns the Libya war while saying that it's not really a war.
No matter: he owns the economy and he owns the war in Libya. He's the president, and these catastrophes are happening on his watch. As Harry Truman's famous motto went: the buck stops with him.