Being Against…


againstIf I was a President and wanted something I would claim I didn’t want it. For Congress has not given any President anything he wanted in the last 10 years. Be against anything and then he is sure to get it. – 5 May 1923  — Will Rogers

I can’t understand why each president seems to have to learn this lesson on their own. But, I think President Obama finally gets it.  If he wants something to happen the best thing he can do is to remain quiet about it. Mr. Boehner is constantly harping that the president is not involved enough in the legislative process but what I think he really means is that he wants to know what the president is for so he and all the other sheep in the GOP led house can line up against it.

I imagine it is hard sometimes to put together a list of what you are against. Especially for those House Republicans. They just get lazy on occasion and don’t want to do the work to make up their own “against” list. That is when they insist that President Obama do it for them. A perfect example of that is the immigration reform plan leaked by the White House. It was certain to be “DEAD ON ARRIVAL” before it even left the White House door.

I am waiting for Mr. Obama to evolve into the next phase of Will’s strategy. I expect that soon he will come out with a list of things he is against. If he is good at it the conservatives will want to get everything on that list into law as soon as possible. But the secret is to make sure that Mr. Boehner and company are convinced that he really is against them.  Mr. Obama is a pretty smart guy so I pray that he get good at this game so we the people might be able to get something good from the 113th congress.  But in reality I kind of doubt anything productive will come from that bunch….

But, I’m just a simple guy so what do I know……


  1. I’ve often wondered if the ploy you descibe would work. With this Congress, just maybe.

    By the way, isn’t it a hoot that Mr.Boehner complains the President isn’t involved enough in the legislative process. Firstly, the President is in the Executive branch of government so that is his primary focus. And, importantly, no one in the legislative branch is involved enough in legislation. Shouldn’t Mr. Boehner remove the plank from his own eye first?


    1. Hi Bob, the whole legislative process is out of kilter now. But some of it is on the Democrats as well. The executive branch should be producing annual budgets for their departments but haven’t for several years now. I know they would just be used for fodder but they should be produced.


  2. Hmmm…I’m not sure about that, RJ. He is willing to put the chained CPI on the table and I doubt that Boehner will let that opportunity slip away.

    Your blog is the easiest one to post on-)


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