Whatever happened to Obama's idea of 'smarter,' not bigger, government?

Watching President Obama zip around the country in his bus again makes one wonder whether Democrats got their money's worth in 2008. Did they expect when they elected Mr. Obama that he would campaign for the final two years of his term?

The president's singular purpose at this point appears to be to demonize those who oppose him, especially those of us in the tea party, and anyone else who elected members of Congress who would stop the government's runaway spending.

True, Mr. Obama's speeches criticize individual politicians. But it's really the people who voted them into office that he demonizes, even though they're just doing what we sent them there to do.

The Senate is now breaking up his half-trillion-dollar spending bill and offering it up in pieces to get ammunition for the 2012 elections. Those bills will provide fodder for the campaign commercials Democrats will be running to depict those who vote against the Obama plan as indifferent to the plight of unemployed teachers, policemen and firefighters.

That's absurd, but it's on par with the other things this administration has accused us of.

The fact is we're broke, and we in the private sector are laying people off and trimming as much as we can to survive, and that's what we expect our state and local governments to do.

The president may not remember this, but I remember him saying, "Not bigger government, but smarter government." Now is the time for smarter government.

The crony capitalist deals with the Solyndras of the world are at an end. The massive health care bills that nobody can now figure out how to pay for are yesterday. The president can't keep fighting with this all or nothing attitude. It makes him look like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, an aging starlet who still thinks she commands the crowds she once did.

Now is the time for the president to prove how smart he really is. It's time to pack up the bus, go home, and help everyone figure out how to be a smaller and smarter government.

The president is still popular. Who knows, it might even save his presidency and get him a second term. I'm betting he can't bring himself to do it, that he's too addicted to those cheering stadiums that once welcomed him.

Fred Pasek, Frederick

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