Thursday, April 30, 2009

All good things must come to an end

With the landmark hundred days behind us, there are faint glimmers of real hope and change in media coverage of President Sockpuppet. Calvin Woodward fact checks for AP.
"That wasn't me," President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was him - and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years - who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

Obama met citizens at an Arnold, Mo., high school Wednesday in advance of his prime-time news conference. Both forums were a platform to review his progress at the 100-day mark and look ahead.

At various times, he brought an air of certainty to ambitions that are far from cast in stone.

His assertion that his proposed budget "will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term" is an eyeball-roller among many economists, given the uncharted terrain of trillion-dollar deficits and economic calamity that the government is negotiating.

He promised vast savings from increased spending on preventive health care in the face of doubts that such an effort, however laudable it might be for public welfare, can pay for itself, let alone yield huge savings.

He goes on to pillory claims on the deficit, health care and Social Security. Read the rest at the link will brighten up your day.

1 comment:

  1. I think the nationally televised prime time news conference may chip away a few more "journalists".
    Some are calling that event the "Enchanted News Conference". With one or two exceptions, the conduct of those reporters chosen to ask questions was an embarrassment to everyone who ever worked in the news reporting business.
    It has to make many stop and think.