Fool Me . . . I Dunno How Many Times

by Michael Walsh

My Monday New York Post column is up, contemplating the president’s newfound conversion to fiscal sanity. Like you, I could easily wait a year or so for yet another Obama speech — the law of diminishing returns has never been more draconian — but apparently we’re getting one Wednesday whether we like it or not. 

Well, that didn’t take long: Less than two days after President Obama reluctantly agreed to accept a less-than-whopping $38.5 billion in cuts from this year’s spending, the White House announced that Obama will take to the airwaves Wednesday to announce his new plan to deal with the deficit.

Paul Ryan, take a bow. With the release last week of his dramatic “Path to Prosperity” proposal to trim $6 trillion from the bloated federal budget over the next 10 years, a mere congressman from Wisconsin has finally obliged the president to get serious about spending. Or at least do a somewhat better job of pretending to.

Making the rounds of the Sunday shows yesterday, White House adviser David Plouffe announced that Obama will do what he does best in times of crisis — make a speech, this one about deficit reduction and what he intends to do about Medicare and Medicaid.

Plouffe has just given us a new definition of “chutzpah…”    

This about-face should surprise no one. As National Review’s Jim Geraghty is fond of reminding us, all Obama statements come with an expiration date.

Meanwhile, over on the home page, an idiot has written some drivel about which of the possible Republican candidates in ’12 the left finds completely unacceptable

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