Unlike Truman, Obama’s “buck” stops with previous administration
Last week it was New York Times’ columnist Joe Nocera calling Tea Party patriots “terrorists wearing suicide vests” and saying “Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.”
Now Obama advisor David Axelrod has joined the liberal throng. He blames the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on Tea Party Republicans. Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Axelrod called the historic Standard and Poor’s U.S. credit downgrade “a Tea Party downgrade” and says it’s clearly on the backs of lawmakers who were willing to see the country default to get their way. For good measure, he criticized GOP presidential candidates for not speaking up in favor of compromise.
Not a word has been uttered regarding Barack Obama’s out-of-control spending. This first-ever downgrade occurred under Obama’s watch, but Democrats remain mute regarding his responsibility. Another Democrat President, Harry Truman was known for the sign on his desk which proclaimed “The buck stops here.” Yet after nearly a full term in office, Obama and his surrogates are still blaming George W. Bush.
Preceding Axelrod’s tirade, The Hill reported on liberal dissatisfaction exemplified by MoveOn.org’s fury over what the group perceives as Obama’s docile response to the role of the Tea Party in the deficit debate, reporting “Republicans and Democrats have unleashed fusillades of attack against each other in the wake of the announcement but Obama has stayed quiet, frustrating his party’s base.”
Aha! Cracks are beginning to show in the liberal veneer.
Howard Dean, former chair of the DNC didn’t screech as he is known to do, but also took aim at conservatives during an appearance on Face the Nation, repeatedly stating the need to “raise revenues.” The vast majority of the American people want us to raise revenues (read: “taxes“) particularly on all those gazillionaires,” he said. He called Tea Party patriots the “radical right and right wing splinter groups.”
“This is a Tea Party problem,” he said. “They are totally unreasonable and doctrinaire and not founded in reality. I think they’ve been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) actually sounded reasonable. He appears to do better without John McCain hovering over his shoulder.