If you haven’t heard, the details of the 38 billion dollar deal between the White House and Boehner The Orange were released today and it turns out, the President was underestimated by many in the Professional Left, who preemptively accused him of caving, of selling out and of being a bad negotiator. I keep saying people shouldn’t underestimate him…the man is good. JM Ashby over at Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go! broke the news to me, and a lot of folks on Twitter, with another most excellent blog post…
Now that we have the details of last Friday’s budget compromise, and now that we know that President Obama clearly out-played the Republicans in every aspect, will the very serious media and the pants-pissing Professional Left apologize or walk-back their narrative of cave-in and capitulation?
I wouldn’t count on it, even though it’s painfully obvious that a narrative was chosen to run with before anyone actually knew what was included in the bill.
I don’t know about you, but ever since the health care debate that went on and on and on and on, the Professional Left has been spending all their precious blog space and time beating up the President over things that they think he is going to do. So, they have preemptively whined about the health care bill, The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (they called it the ‘cat food’ commission, aren’t they clever?), which tomorrow night will not be embraced by the President and no one is going to be eating any goddamn cat food. They absolutely were beside themselves and convinced that President Obama was NEVER going to pass DADT…they went on and on about that one. And what happened? He passed it and they gave themselves all the credit, turned their heads and spit on the ground and started attacking the President on their next pet project…was it Bradley Manning? So the most recent one was leading up to this budget deal that was just reached. Here are some details about the actual deal, not the one that exists only in the haters minds, from YahooNews…(emphasis is mine)
WASHINGTON – A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.
Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs — Pell grants for poor college students, health research and “Race to the Top” aid for public schools, among others — from Republican knives.
As a result of the legerdemain, Obama was able to reverse many of the cuts passed by House Republicans in February when the chamber passed a bill slashing this year’s budget by more than $60 billion. In doing so, the White House protected favorites like the Head Start early learning program, while maintaining the maximum Pell grant of $5,550 and funding for Obama’s “Race to the Top” initiative that provides grants to better-performing schools.
Obama also repelled Republican moves to cut $1 billion in grants for community health centers and $500 million from biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, while blocking them from “zeroing out” the AmeriCorps national service program and subsidies for public broadcasting.
No shit, you mean the Professional Left was wrong and spent all that digital ink and Youtube time blathering on and on about how the President caved in to the Republicans. And since the President supposedly caved so much, I’m sure the Tea Party just loves it right…
Even before details of the bill came out, some conservative Republicans were assailing it. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said he probably won’t vote for the measure, and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is a “nay” as well.
Huelskamp and other conservatives are also upset that most conservative policy “riders” added by Republicans were dropped from the legislation in the course of the talks.
The White House rejected GOP attempts to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to issue global warming rules and other reversals of environmental regulations. Obama also forced Republicans to drop an effort to cut off Planned Parenthood from federal funding, as well as GOP moves to stop implementation of Obama’s overhauls of health care and Wall Street regulation.
The administration also thwarted a GOP attempt to block new rules governing the Internet, as well as a National Rifle Association-backed attempt to neuter a little-noticed initiative aimed at catching people running guns to Mexican drug lords by having regulators gather information on batch purchases of rifles and shotguns.
Late addition to this post, Angry Black Lady pointed us to a post at The Reid Report, new to my blog roll, she is really good. Go look at her post which gives even better details and push back against the false portrayal of the deal…Think Progress and Huffington Post get it all wrong. Now I expect that out of Arianna’s scam site, but not Think Progress. Hmmmm…..
Now I will cut to the chase. I opened Google, typed in something like “Obama caves to republicans” and what comes up, Cenk Uygur in one of his famous internet video rants, which in the last year has been pretty much directed at bashing President Obama for the outrage of the week. I started watching this video after having just read JM Ashby’s piece and clicking over to the Yahoo News story. Wow, Cenk looks like a damn fool, in my opinion. This entire rant was posted Monday, before the details were released. It’s quite amazing to watch, because he is very pompously claiming he was right about President Obama caving and what a bad politician he is – with no negotiating skills. Cenk had apparently built this false narrative in his head, filling in the details with whatever would feed that false narrative. It was like the climax of his contempt and hatred. He was mocking the President with condescension, showing no respect for our President, portraying him as a doofus, an incompetent…watch the video if you can stand it. I understand if you pass on watching it, but if you really want to see someone who exemplifies the wrong-headed thinking and false narrative creating Professional Left, this video will do it for you. I don’t know what motivates Cenk, he is yet another one of those Republicans turned Bush basher, turned President Obama basher and according to the Motor City Liberal in the comments, Cenk says he was a Republican up until 2000. I sense a trend with these folks in the Professional Left…watch the nauseating video.
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