Skip to comments.GOP chairmen say Obama trip to Buffalo won’t accomplish much
Posted on 08/22/2013 3:08:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
President Obama may escape the Washington scene today when he travels to the University at Buffalo to make his case for affordable college education, but the national political cauldron seems to follow him anyway.
The chairman of the Republican National Committee and his New York and Pennsylvania counterparts blistered Obama on the eve of the presidential bus tour through the two states, labeling him a lame duck who excels at talking but who has accomplished little.
Hes doing what he does best talk, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said in a conference call with reporters. Its just the same old policies that either have not been implemented or will not work now or in the future. Theres nothing else he can do.
New York GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox and Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason also piled on the president and any other Democrat in sight to underscore what they called a weak economy offering little opportunity to the students Obama will address in Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton, Pa.
Cox pointed to the probability that the New York students who hear the president will flee the state to find opportunity in business-friendly states like Texas and North Carolina that have Republican governors and legislatures.
New York remains the highest taxed, the most regulated and least business-friendly state in the nation, with the highest debt per capita and the highest out-migration of taxpaying citizens, Cox said.
And the presidents heavy-handed, government knows best programs are leading the rest of the nation down New Yorks path. Well, where does that path lead?
Gleason, meanwhile, questioned what the president can accomplish by the trip to the blue-collar cities on his schedule. Traveling around like a rock star surrounded by doting supporters will not help cities like Scranton, he said.
Priebus added that the president remains obsessed with trips dominated by pageantry, staging and bunting.
Ive got to believe that staging is high on the priority list, he said.
As he has on many previous occasions, Cox included criticism of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for failing over several years to approve fracking for natural gas recovery. The New York chairman said he is not surprised Cuomo will avoid Binghamton on the tour, since fracking has spawned a $10 billion industry and 30,000 jobs just across the border in Pennsylvania, accusing him and Obama of lacking the political guts to encourage the practice and the jobs it creates.
It is indicative of Obamas increasingly lame-duck status and Cuomos political cowardice that the governor does not seem willing to join his president in facing the rabid mob of anti-frackers who have promised to protest in Binghamton, he said.
Cox also said that while the president will emphasize education policy during his two days in New York and Pennsylvania, politics actually dominates the agenda. Obama is heading into solid Democratic turf in Erie County and Syracuse today as well as Binghamton and Scranton on Friday all areas he solidly claimed in last years presidential election.
Cox pointed to the three congressional districts around Syracuse that the Democrats are hoping to reclaim. It will not happen in 2014, the state chairman said.
The White House on Wednesday dismissed any notion that the president was minimizing other problems during his New York-Pennsylvania tour.
I dont think that anybody has reason to question the seriousness with which the president confronts these challenges were facing, said Josh Earnest, principal deputy press secretary at the White House.
Were going to spend some time on a bus in New York and Pennsylvania at the end of this week talking about another priority of the president, which is reducing the cost of a college education. But that doesnt mean that theres any less attention being paid to the ongoing violence in Egypt or reports of chemical weapons use in Syria or any of the range of serious things that are happening all across the globe.
So say the masters of accomplishment!
Ultra-Liberal President Carrying Coals To Newcastle
went there last february to see the falls.
saw whole lot of stupids there still with obammy bumper stickers.
was told the area use to be a great industrial center and that unions destroyed everything in the area.
That’s good news.
...blistered Obama on the eve of the presidential bus tour....
Sure they did. If they were capable of delivering or willing to deliver any sort of blistering we would not be in the fix we are in now. Sorry, GOP, not impressed and not coming back.