Vacationing mostly on the taxpayer’s dime, as usual, President Obama phones in the duties of his office from far-off Hawaii, just to remind the American people he’s not through with us yet:
Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won’t be afraid to use it… “I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office,” Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.”
He added: “I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made in health care. I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made on environment and clean air and clean water.”
If you’re scoring at home, those “gains” would be the crippling tax increase on the middle class that goes by the name of the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act, Obama’s contribution to the expansion of the welfare state; and the EPA’s unholy crusade against the coal-mining regions of America and against American energy independence.
Obama’s notice to the GOP came as he sought to set the tone for a year in which Congress and the president are on a near-certain collision course. Buoyed by decisive gains in last month’s midterm elections, Republicans are itching to use their newfound Senate majority to derail Obama’s plans on immigration, climate change and health care, to name a few.
On the other hand, the GOP is led by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, so that itch will be quickly scratched by the president’s pen and phone. Look! Here’s Mitch now:
“Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the President’s desk, and he’ll have to make decisions about ideology versus creating jobs for the middle class,” McConnell said in response to Obama’s comments. “There’s a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don’t like.”