Monday, February 1, 2010

The Blame Bush Strategy

Tomorrow afternoon, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil will look for his shadow, forecasting how much longer winter will last; perhaps the famed groundhog can also predict how much longer the 44th President of the United States will go on blaming the 43rd President of the United States.

In his second State of the Union Address, Mr. Obama shifted responsibility to Mr. Bush, “By the time I took office, we had a one year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door.”

And again in his February 1st budget proposal speech, President Obama announced a $3.83 trillion federal budget and rationalized the astronomical price tag was to fix the failed policies of President Bush.

Apparently, the White House strategy is to cast blame back to the last administration long enough to get it into the Guinness Book of World Records. While no president can fix the national economy in their first year in office, Mr. Obama has been in office for one year and 32 days and is still spouting talking points from a campaign that began 1,086 days ago.

In an effort to measure just how long this strategy of scapegoating is employed, we are installing on our home page a Blame Bush Calendar, to chronicle the length of time it takes for the current president to stop blaming the last president.

-- Killswitch Politick

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