The clear message from this president and this congress is that we can spend our way out of the recession.
The president, a master campaigner, has also volunteered to be a master spender on health care, the environment, education, energy and more.
He has already just about guaranteed that the congress — a pack of spending campaigners — will assist him as enablers.
Just as congress assisted Mr. Obama on the stimulus.
So the president is asking for campaign-style signature pledges from voters to support his spending ideas. That’s why he went to California. The Jay Leno fiasco was unnecessary entirely — and off message entirely.
The president is intent upon showing that the future of America is all about what we spend now.
The message from Washington is spending: even as the voter at home is seeking fiscal responsibility for every member of the family.
And the president even wants those at home to spend more at WalMart and Target to help the economy along.
He’s urging fiscal irresponsibility upon voters and congress.
But this is counter-intuitive to a voter who lost a job and faces forclosure or other economic calamity.
Around the kitchen table, voters are trying to figure out how to limit their spending.
And the prsident who talked so mush about crisis and catastrophe is now saying the economy is not so bad and we should have confidence.
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Confidence is draining from the American voter faster that the president can patch the leaks. Going after the AIG bonuses is understandable and right; but that is only a slight drip and not even a trickle.
The deluge in spending from the stimulus and the omnibus: to the tune of $1 billion per hour in this president’s first 50 days, is staggering, along with the interest payments and national debt.
But it isn’t deluge of water. It is a deluge of money and confidence and political capital: the lifeblood of a president.
And Obama’s cohorts in all this excite no confidence at all: Geithner, Pelosi, Dodd, Barney Frank, Harry Reid and the rest.