The New York Times lead story at this hour is a classic of agenda journalism: Blame gridlock for the deeply worrying deficit and debt problem, and not the Democrats who control both houses of the Congress and the presidency.
When the GOP lost control of the House and Senate, the annual budget deficit was $161 billion. President Obama’s budget for next year –with no stimulus and no TARP– calls for $1.6 trillion in red ink.
Thus in three years of democratic control the deficit has swell from 161 billion to 1,600 billion.
That’s the opposite of gridlock –that is one party rule by the party of massive spending and unlimited pork.
The president and his congressional allies can indeed use reconciliation on budget matters with no controversy whatsoever. They have the ability to slice and dice the deficit. On fiscal matters they only need 51 votes in the Senate, and they have 59. They can raise taxes. And they most assuredly can dramatically and deeply cut the spending and the size of government.
But the Democrats don’t want to. MSM’s unwillingness to candidly cover this obvious fact –this defining reality of D.C.– is why it is so utterly out of gas with the average American.
“Gridlock” is MSM code for “It isn’t Obama’s fault,” when in fact the deficit and debt are his fault and will remain his fault. He doesn’t need a bipartisan commission to lead the charge against the out-of-control spending and massively burgeoning federal government. He needs a bipartisan commission to cover the fact that he wants the spending to rise and the government to expand.
Another Times article suggests that the GOP could gain control of the Senate in 2010. I doubt that very much given the distance that must be covered. It could be a very good year, but the map to nine or ten pick-ups is uphill.
But every time the Manhattan-Beltway media elite
try to cover for the president’s failures –and they do it every day– the public disgust with a corrupt media’s blocking for an incompetent and hard-left president and congress grows, and thus makes significant gains by the GOP more possible.
I remarked to Mike Allen of Politico.com on yesterday’s show that watching D.C. from afar has become similar to the early plot in The Truman Show. The whole country is watching the Democrats in D.C. very closely, and laughing at their posturings. They think voters will be fooled by the health care summit and the had wringing about bipartisanship etc, but the voters know the stimulus didn’t work, that the GM takeover was a massive gift to the UAW, and that Obamacare was a collection of special interest payoffs. They know, and no amount of MSM spinning about gridlock is going to unlearn the knowledge gained.
The bubble around the Beltway seems very thick indeed. Even the massive jolt from Massachusetts preceded by those from New Jersey and Virginia failed to shake the confidence of the elites residing their in their ability to head fake the entire country.
“Gridlock” is not only code for “It isn’t Obama’s fault,” but also shorthand for “The people are stupid.” We’ll see.