The Hill newspaper reports that with energy prices soaring, President Obama “will move aggressively this week to deflect blame for rising gas prices.”
President Obama deflecting blame? You don't say. This must be the most blame-deflecting White House in our nation’s history. Now, Press Secretary Jay Carney is claiming that the Republicans are to blame for President Obama’s disastrous decision to scuttle the Keystone XL pipeline.
Andrew Malcolm observes:
According to President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, his boss sounds like nothing but a hapless, helpless bureaucrat bounced around by partisan winds blowing down from Capitol Hill. Poor fellow.
In yet another revealing exchange Tuesday with ABC News' intrepid Jake Tapper, Carney placed responsibility for the vast Keystone XL pipeline's death squarely on conniving Republicans forcing the Democrat to kill it because he was so determined to do things the right way, but after the November election.
It was the initial accidental admission by an administration spokesman that there was something other than credit to be assessed for Obama's torpedoing the job-creating pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas to carry 700,000 barrels of reliable crude oil per day to American refineries from the United States' largest, most reliable and friendliest trading partner, enhancing energy security and keeping billions of dollars a year from flowing to unfriendly regimes in sandy, hot places across the dangerous, environmentally-sensitive seas.
Unless reversed soon by, say, a presidential administration of a different political flavor, Canada will begin building a shorter pipeline to its Pacific coast to sell the oil to Asia, namely China.
When China gets the pipeline that could have meant so much to the U.S. economy, you can bet your bottom dollar (assuming you still have a bottom dollar by then) that President Obama will blame somebody else.
It seems to me that this constant blaming reflects a certain unappealing childishness in our top leaders. Some things president’s get blamed for aren’t their fault, but this president seems to take responsibility for nothing.
In a way, it’s this childishness versus the sober taking of responsibility, so lacking in the current White House, that Mike Browning is talking about in a piece today that contrasts the Mardi Gras mentality (President Obama) with the Ash Wednesday mindset:
We find ourselves today divided into two camps, two parties, which do not completely match up with our two major political parties. On the one hand, we have the endless-Tuesday party. This group, when faced with unpleasant realities like debt and insolvency, simply opts to crank up the music and pretend there's nothing wrong. "Party on, dude!" they cry, channeling the intellectual depth of Bill and Ted. When, in rare sober moments, the Tuesday party does acknowledge that the endless reveling will leave a gigantic mess, they, rather than facing the unpleasant task of cleaning up their own vomit, try to pin that burden on someone else. They attach blame for all negative outcomes on Bush and fix all upcoming problems by taxing the "rich" (who are defined as "people who make more than I do"). The Tuesday crowd cannot be held accountable. After all, they're too busy partying.
The other group is the Wednesday's-coming party. Hardly the dour killjoys as which the Tuesday party would paint them, the Wednesday party enjoys a good time like anyone else. The difference is that the Wednesday party understands consequences. Mardi Gras, they realize, cannot go on forever. Eventually, all of the partiers would run out of cash, the parades would stop, the hotels and clubs would close, and the party would come to a rather unpleasant end. New Orleans recognizes that Mardi Gras can happen only if the partiers go home and work the rest of the year so that they can come back next time. The Wednesday party recognizes that there's a bill to be paid for every Tuesday.
Over recent months, we've witnessed prolonged debate regarding the extension of the payroll tax cut. While the Tuesday party argued that "ending the payroll tax cut would cost average Americans $2,000 a year," the Wednesday party recognized that all of those $2,000 payments will not be going into the national coffers, will not be helping to offset any of the profligate spending of our government, and will certainly hasten the date of insolvency for Social Security. But who cares? It's a party!
Let’s hope our national Mardi Gras ends before the morning after hangover becomes so bad we don’t survive it.