PRIEBUS: Obama’s ‘gaffes’ are what he truly believes – Washington Times


PRIEBUS: Obama’s ‘gaffes’ are what he truly believes – Washington Times.

Calls for context are meant to mask economic misunderstanding

By Reince Priebus

Every few weeks, President Obama is caught off-script speaking his mind.

This month, he insulted entrepreneurs, saying, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Last month, he astonished the unemployed, insisting, “The private sector is doing fine.”

The Obama campaign’s response is predictable. “Context!” is yelled every time the president is caught off-message. The president isn’t out of touch, they insist. He’s simply out of context.

Of course, voters will decide for themselves if the president lacks a real understanding of — and commitment to — the economy. To help, let’s look at a little context.

Mr. Obama has not held a single meeting of his jobs council in more than six months. White House press secretary Jay Carney excuses the president by saying he has “a lot on his plate.” Indeed. Since the last jobs council meeting, he has attended 111 campaign fundraisers and enjoyed 10 golf outings. At the last jobs council meeting, Mr. Obama said, “This has not been a show council. This has been a work council.” But as it happens, context proves otherwise.

The president has called the economy his “overriding focus” and No. 1 priority. It’s surprising, then, that he has not received a presidential briefing on the economy in well over a year. The last time “Economic Daily Briefing” appeared on his official White House schedule was April 26, 2011.

If the president doesn’t bother taking the time to hear what’s happening to the economy, he cannot expect to fix it. You cannot find a solution if you don’t understand the problem. And when you don’t understand the problem, you say things like, “The private sector is doing fine.”

For 41 straight months, the unemployment rate has exceeded 8 percent. Today, 23 million Americans are struggling to find work. But the president has no time for his jobs council or even an economic briefing. He does have time, however, for swanky soirees full of celebrities, stars and the Hollywood glitterati.

Obama fundraisers regularly feature the likes of George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Eva Longoria, Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour and Cher. Celebrities may make for good company, but they are hardly qualified to offer economic advice.

Americans are growing increasingly frustrated with the president. A recent poll from the Hill newspaper found “53 percent of voters say President Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down.”

From Obamacare’s rules and tax increases to the Environmental Protection Agency’s heavy-handed regulations, President Obama indeed has taken the wrong actions since taking office. His reckless spending has added more than $5.2 trillion to the national debt and earned America our first credit downgrade in history. His only plans for his second term are tax increases.

Looking at the whole picture, it’s clear the president’s comments are not gaffes. They are what he really believes. He’s detached from American economic reality, and it’s taking a toll on our country.

The Obama administration and campaign can make excuses all they want, but the facts are clear. Mr. Obama shows insufficient commitment to job creation. He demonstrates a misunderstanding of the economy. It’s all right there in the context.

Reince Priebus is chairman of the Republican National Committee.



Listening to losers. – Tea Party Nation

Listening to losers. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

If you had a doctor who lost every patient, would you want him working on you?  If you had a lawyer who lost every case, would you want him working on your lawsuit? 

 There is a group with that kind of a track record, so someone needs to ask the question, why are we listening to them?

 The group that has that kind of record are the Democrats.    If they were professional, their actions are so bad; their license would be revoked.  

 Today, the Washington Examiner reported that Democrats were training for the election this year and their response to every issue was going to be racism.  As conservatives and Republicans offered free market alternatives, the response the Democrats are planning is these are racist alternatives.

 Yes, the free market is so racist and that is why Oprah Winfrey is the world’s richest woman.   That is why Kobe Bryant, Jay-Z, Don King, Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, and Tiger Woods are so wealthy.  There are many other millionaires and billionaires the free market has worked for.  The free market does not care about race. 

 The left has made war on freedom and the free market in America for decades. 

 Their ideas are not just bad they are stupid.

 The left screams that we must respect them and their ideas.

 Why the hell should we?

 Let’s start with the basics.  Name me a successful social program.  I cannot think of one.  There might be one but that is it and the number of failed social programs goes on to infinity and beyond. 

 Unfortunately Republicans far too often bite on this and go with the liberals. 

 All too often we hear that drivel about the safety net.  What the hell did we do before there was a government safety net?  The answer is we had private charity that took care of those down on their luck but the system did not tolerate fraud the way government poverty programs do. 

 Liberals scream if you even talk about cutting social programs, but the truth is they are absolute failures.  The safety net is not a safety net.  It is a trap.    

 The government subsidizes poverty and one of the first rules of economics is when you subsidize something you get more of it. 

 In 1964, Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty.  If this were a real war, we would have surrendered long ago. 

 Every program the left has tried, has failed.  There is a reason why Barack Obama is the food stamp president.  His programs have failed and poverty is the end result of his programs.

 Poverty is the end result of socialism.  Socialism has never generated wealth.  All it does is increase poverty. 

 In 1960, the illegitimacy rates among whites and blacks were similar.  Then came the war on poverty.  Today three out of every four black children are born to single mothers. 


 Because the government created incentives for teen pregnancy and they totally destroyed the black family.  In 1960, a black child born had a 52% chance of reaching age 17 living in a household with a mother and a father.  Today that chance is 6%.

 Being a single parent is the fastest ticket to poverty. 

 A child born into a single parent household will almost certainly grow up in poverty and there is a great chance the child will end up in the criminal justice system. 

 Leftist policies have destroyed the black family and have wreaked untold havoc on the economy. 

 Every time we have listened to the Party of Socialism, we have paid the price for it.  They tell us they have all the answer and their answer have never worked in this country or any other country. 

 It is past time we call them out for the failures they are and tell the American people it is time to ignore people who are so screwed up they could not find their heads if they were searching for it with both hands, standing in front of a mirror.