Washington Post-it writer Dana Milbank, better known at this site as Dana Milkbag, has a three interesting takes today and one clunker.
First, he recognizes the so-called Buffett Rule is a gimmick. He probably recognizes it because the President has admitted the same.
President Obama admits it: His proposed “Buffett Rule” tax on millionaires is a gimmick.
“There are others who are saying: ‘Well, this is just a gimmick. Just taxing millionaires and billionaires, just imposing the Buffett Rule, won’t do enough to close the deficit,’ ” Obama declared Wednesday. “Well, I agree.”
Next, he recognizes the President’s Potemkin Village of stage props and suck-ups central to the Obama re-election effort:
On stage with him [the President] were eight props: four millionaires, each paired with a middle-class assistant. The octet smiled and nodded so much as Obama made his case that it appeared the president was sharing the stage with eight bobbleheads.
Finally, Milbank recognizes (taking the very long way around) that the President has been… insufficient (emphasis added):
Three years into his presidency, Obama has not introduced a plan for comprehensive tax reform — arguably the most important vehicle for fixing the nation’s finances and boosting long-term economic growth. His opponents haven’t done much better, but that doesn’t excuse the president’s failures…
His opponents haven’t done much better is code for this: they have done better.
However, the Milkbag then reverts to form. It’s like he just can’t forget his initial Obama media indoctrination (emphasis added):
Nothing is inherently wrong with campaign-style rhetoric from the White House; George W. Bush used it repeatedly to pass his tax cuts and in his attempt at a Social Security overhaul. The pity is that Obama doesn’t use his unrivaled political skill to sell a tax plan of more consequence — and less gimmickry.
Thus endeth the lesson, thus saith the Milkbag.
Somehow, the rest of the world missed the President’s unrivaled political skill in helping slow the rise of the oceans and in the healing of the planet. We also missed his mad skills in enhancing U.S. national security, positively impacting the economy, reducing the federal debt, addressing energy independence, and finally, through his Administration’s many foreign policy accomplishments.