With all eyes on the Republicans and their presidential-nomination donnybrook, behind the scenes President Obama is still busy with the “fundamental transformation” of the US that he promised during the 2008 campaign.
While analysts have been chewing over Rick Santorum’s surprise near-victory over front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses last week, the real action has been going on under the media radar in Washington, where:
* A rogue Senate, under the feckless majority leader, Harry Reid, has not passed a budget resolution since April 29, 2009 — nearly a thousand days. Since then, the government has been funded under a series of continuing resolutions and other gimmicks. The Senate adamantly blocked consideration of Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget, which passed the Republican-controlled House back in April 2011.
Dereliction of duty or all part of the plan? Obama’s strategy this year — in addition to demonizing whichever Republican gets the nod to challenge him — will be to run against a “do-nothing” Congress, a la Harry Truman in 1948. But in this case the “nothing” is being “done” by the Democrats, who have gone to the mattresses in their battle to preserve the entitlement state.
* As a result, the nation closed out 2011 with the total debt at an astounding $15.22 trillion, or more than 100% of GDP. We’re less than $14 billion (chump change these days) from having to raise the debt ceiling yet again — a farce that apparently will continue until a responsible Congress, not to mention a new president, takes office next January. And maybe not even then, given the corrupt state of a permanent governing class that bipartisanly enriches itself via “public service” by trading on insider information.