For some reason this morning I feel like Michael Moore is telling me that I really need to eat more salads:
President Obama is catching heat from Nevada lawmakers and business leaders regarding his comments Tuesday criticizing trips to Las Vegas.
During the president’s town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, he discussed the need to curb spending during tough economic times. “When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” the president said. “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”
The Obama administration’s $3.8 trillion budget projects a $1.6 trillion deficit in the current fiscal year due in part to enormous pork projects, “stimulus” scams and entitlement programs — not to mention $237 million to buy an Illinois prison so terrorists can be closer to us (how thoughtful) — and I’m getting lectured about buying a f—–g boat?
The guy with six-figure “date nights” with a wife who wears $2,700 coats and $540 sneakers who said we all need to “sacrifice for the next generation” says we shouldn’t be spending the night at Caesars Palace to try to recover some of the money he’s losing us?
And what’s with this “don’t go to Vegas when you’re financially hurting” kick? Obama’s own budget is loaded with gambles. For example, Obama’s new budget assumes passage of the health care bill. Talk about a big gamble! The odds of winning big at a Vegas slot machine are better than Obamacare passing in its proposed form.
But of course if health care doesn’t pass and the deficit balloons as a result of the budget being all out of whack, it’ll be your fault because you opposed it. Well, yours and Bush’s.
Usually I like to see a little more populism in my populists.
Closing thought: So, Obama’s trying to help get Harry Reid re-elected in Nevada by telling people they shouldn’t be spending their money in his state? Good luck with that. We’re witnessing the Obama Curse claiming another victim right before our eyes.
Update: Obama’s making pals fast out there. Nevada’s Governor: â€œDoesnâ€™t President Obama know that thousands of families in Las Vegas are suffering because of his failed economic policies?â€
The Mayor of Las Vegas talks about Obama’s visit later this month to campaign for Reid: â€œIâ€™ll do everything I can to give him the boot back to Washington.â€
Read all about it in Obama’s next book, “How to Lose Friends and Influence People to Vote Against You.”
Update II: Obama has given up on telling people how to spend their money and is instead telling people how to spend their time:
President Obama’s back is against the wall, so he’s getting in touch with his inner Agnew, hitting the neo-nattering nabobs of cable and the net.
â€œIf we could just — excuse the press — turn off the cameras,” he told Democratic Senators at their annual retreat. “Turn off your CNN, your FOX, your MSNBC, your blogs, turn off this echo chamber â€¦ where the topic is politics. â€¦ Weâ€™ve got to get out of the echo chamber. That was a mistake I made last year â€“ not getting out of here [Washington].â€
I’m going to take that advice too… that should free up some time so I can go buy a boat and plane tickets to Las Vegas.