A fantasy-driven presidency. “They imagine the world as a new interconnected world where climate change is the biggest threat and they are shocked that the Russians actually are interested in territory.”
The most common adjective used to describe the president’s budget seems to be “unserious.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): “The President’s plan is an open declaration that deficits don’t matter, debt doesn’t matter, and that reality itself doesn’t matter.”
The speaker of the House finds it unbelievable. “After dramatically expanding entitlement programs, the president now believes our entirely predictable long-term debt crisis is the next president’s problem. Despite signing last year’s bipartisan budget deal – and touting it as an accomplishment – the president now proposes violating that agreement with a spending surge.”
The short version: The president’s out to lunch. “Pushing for sanctions, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘only understands strength.’ Russia could continue its march deeper into Ukraine unless forced to stop, Menendez said, citing the 2008 invasion into Georgia. . . . Menendez said the United States must follow through on its promises regarding the Crimean peninsula. ‘At the end of the day, he’s looking to see what the world is going to respond,’ Menendez said. ‘President Putin only understands strength. And it is a moment in which we must mean what we say and act upon what we say as what we actually mean.'” Why doesn’t he run in 2016?
Someone in the White House must have been under the delusion that putting the president on the phone with Putin was a good idea. “Dick Durbin: John Kerry Told Me Obama’s Call To Putin Was ‘Ominous, Worrisome.'”
The Obama people seem like they are in dreamland every time they express surprise that Putin is cunning. “While taking a question from NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, Kerry appeared shocked when she informed him that Russian President Vladimir Putin had insisted earlier that no Russian troops were present in Crimea outside Russia’s bases.” Now, that is ominous, worrisome.
Thanks goodness not everyone is in the world of make-believe. “Top congressional Republicans are seizing on Russia’s invasion of Crimea to call on the Obama administration to lift barriers to U.S. energy exports. Russia’s control of the region’s fossil fuel supplies is seen as a potent weapon in its expansionist campaign in Crimea. American policymakers hope increased U.S. exports of oil and natural gas can counter that weapon. The first step for the Obama administration should be to remove self-imposed obstacles to U.S. energy exports, they said. Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said on Tuesday that House Republicans ‘will work with the Obama administration on measures to impose consequences on Russia for its hostile act,’ and pointed to energy exports as a good place to start.”