I watched the New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game on Sunday. The Patriots won 23-20 because Billy Cundiff, the Ravens’ field goal kicker missed a relatively short field goal at the end of the game that, had he made it, would have tied the score and provided the Ravens with a chance to win. What does an NFL game have to do with politics, you ask? Well, nothing and everything. Nothing because NFL games are played by a consistent set of rules, something Democrats don’t seem to be able to do. Everything because during his State of the Union address, President Barack Hussein Obama scored with the left/liberals/progressives and the MSM, even though his message was, like Billy Cundiff’s field goal try, wide left. How did he score? Simple! He moved the goal posts so that his message was right on target, centering the goal posts. He has done it before and the left ate it up, so why should he quit now?
How does Obama claim to score? By claiming credit for what may have happened, had he not been elected; by moving the goal posts.
In his first State of the Union address he said, “Over the next two years, this plan [the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus] will save or create three and a half million jobs. Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double the nation’s supply of renewable energy over the next three years…. We have also made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history; an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, science, and technology…. We will soon lay down thousands of miles of power lines that can carry new energy to cities and towns around the country.” Remember? Well, guess what?! Except for investing (wasting tax dollars), none of the things he promised have happened.
And also remember that in 2009 and 2010, Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House of Representatives, so laying blame on those “Wascally Wepublicans” won’t wash.
All of his economic promises were based on projections; on models. Obama chose to use a model which assumes, despite a body of contrary evidence, that every $1 of government spending will yield $1.50 or more in higher GDP. Based on the model Obama claimed that he has “created or saved” several million jobs. He modeled it, therefore it is.
And what was in Obama’s State of the Union address? More what may have happened, more projections, more grandiose non-specific rhetoric, more of what he defines as fair, more class warfare. Obama talked about his “blueprint” for revitalizing the economy that he says will work for everyone, not just the wealthy; a rebirth for US manufacturing, bolstering domestic energy production, and training workers. He also talked about the principles he brought to public service since he began his career in public service. You know, the same principles that gave almost 20 percent of Obamacare waivers to Nancy Pelosi’s district, the ones that led him to say nothing after Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. called Tea Party people “sons of bitches.” The ones that spend taxpayer dollars so his wife and children can have a few more hours of vacation time.
In short, more goal post moving. Some of you may argue that my goal post analogy is not a valid one. So be it, but it’s hard to argue against and/or dismiss the facts of the promises on which Obama did not deliver. As Ronald Reagan said, “Facts are stubborn things.”
But that’s just my opinion.