Charles Krauthammer: Obama blames luck and GOP for his mistakes

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  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Many republicans are lamenting the fact the Tea Party is sabotaging the country. Yes I would consider it bad luck for all of us to put up with the tea party people who do not want to esolve problems but would rather create problems and then blame you for it. You are darn right it is bad luck but that is life.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Yeah,, that's it Obama, bad luck. You are just like Lincoln according to you, yourself. He had bad luck too, what with the Civil War, secession, the slaves and all that, and a terrible war torn country with an economy in the toilet. How well I remember his " Poor little bad luck me" speech. Do you remember that one? Probably not because he didn't give it, he didn't have time for it unlike you. What with golfing, vacations, and managing your wife's six million a year staff you certainly don't have time for solutions so I would blame it on "bad luck" too.
    He was a leader, you are not. He found a way, you find an excuse. Harry Truman, a Democrat like you, once said "the buck stops here", in your case the buck flies by you faster than a speeding bullet. You might find that the harder you work and the less time you spend finding excuses the "luckier" you get.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Bad luck? That rhymes with "duck" and he's as lame as a duck can be.

  • Jash Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    RE: JoeBlow

    "So, if low tax rates are the single biggest key to economic prosperity, how did the economy crater in this 10 year environment?"

    The repeal of the GlassSteagall Act in 1999 by Clinton and the Republicans contributed significantly to this crater.

    This act ought to be re-enacted.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 22, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Obama is totally clueless. He couldn't lead a group of Girl Scouts out of a wet paper sack.

    He claims to be a leader but takes responsibility for, well.....nothing.

    Gee, I guess it's still Bush's fault, right?

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 9:12 a.m.


    I'm quite certain a good number of tea party activists are involved in social issues. They're also involved in gardening, football, knitting, bowling, fencing, rowing, bingo, ice hockey, painting, and speed skating. The tea party comes from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

    When the tea party gets together, the organizing principles are fiscal responsibility and constitutionally-limited government. If that attracts a certain subset of the GOP, then great. It also attracts many independents and some Democrats. It doesn't matter what party you belong to, or don't. Anyone who cares about saving our country from financial ruin is welcome here.

    I think your question presumes that the tea party movement is a political party with a stated platform of some kind. It isn't. It is a movement from within all parties and no particular party, which recognizes that we can't go on running up debt and spending like there's no tomorrow. Reality always catches up with you.

    How we differ from the GOP, is that we see the GOP as part of the problem. They have participated in the expansion of government beyond its proper scope. Now it needs to be reigned in.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Aug. 22, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    So, T.Party, are you saying that the T party is not involved in social issues?

    What is their stance on Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Prayer in school?

    And, as I asked, "how are the T Party and the Right wing of the GOP differ."

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 6:24 p.m.


    Every tea party rally I've seen has been focused on fiscal responsibility. Have you seen something different?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    The President gets Charles again. First Bin Laden the day after Charles said he was "leading from behind" and then Libya without the military industrial complex get Billions of dollars and no US losses. Charles must be frustrated even though he get millions to spin everything against the President.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    So are conservatives ready to admit 9/11 was Bush's fault then?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Quote"Joe Blow. We have the highest corportate taxes in the world!"

    But the founding fathers never taxed individuals at all, they taxed busineses. The t-party never responds to that divergence in thier thinking from the founding fathers.

    The personal income tax was passed in 1913.

    As far as 50% of the population not paying taxes - we call them children.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Aug. 21, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    You seldom get everything.

    There are WANTS and NEEDS.

    Right now, this country NEEDS to move towards fiscal conservatism.

    Many WANT to deal with Gay Marriage, Aborting and bring religion to the forefront.

    If the T Party would focus ONLY on our NEEDS, it may get some real traction.

    But in the end, the T Party is just the right wing of the GOP.

    Disagree? Fine, tell me how they differ.

    Now, I am sure that some will tell me that my list of WANTS are really NEEDS.

    But you know better.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Re: KJB1 | 10:03 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011

    Mr. 'Don't-Call-My-Bluff' Obama said that he wouldn't sign a budget bill that didn't include new taxes. Obama is still suffering indigestion from the budget will without new taxes that the Republicans instructed him to sign.

    The liberal Democrats found out what the Palestinians already knew .... Obama caves when pressure is applied. Looks like the liberals have hooked their wagons to a nag that just can't pull the load.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Great Moutainman, now you agree with Clinton is's?

    Krathehammer is a shill propagandists and it's a shame the DN prints it faithfully every week.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the President acted stupidly. Thats a real big part of the reason we find ourselves heading into a great depression.

  • coach hines Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    charles once again hits it out of the park exposing obamas lack of leadership....he will be voted out next year and rightly so, he has no record of accomplishment to run on

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    So what's Charles answer?

    What are his solutions?

    Other than his weekly write ups on how we should invade Iran and Libya, give out my handouts (in the forms of subsidies and tax cuts) to the rich, and blaming everything on Obama?

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    A bit strident this morning Mr. Kruthammer. However, as a former supporter of Mr. Obama and this administration, I must agree with you that the President is being hypocritical. In his defense, he is a politician fighting for his political life and that of his Party, which he leads. So, why shouldn't he suggest all of this about the Republicans and their policies? He is doing what he must and should. What we need is more folks doing like you have done in this article that points out the inconsistencies and partisanship, failures and when they occur successes. Too many times, all that media does today is play the cheerleadeer for their side. This isn't so bad, but their claim to be objective journalists is what is so galling.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Krauthammer criticizing Obama? How could this be? It's unimaginable. I I've seen it all!

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Aug. 21, 2011 10:03 a.m.


    1) Only 40% of total tax revenue comes from income tax.

    2) That 50% that doesn't pay income tax only controls 2.5% of this nation's wealth.

    3) People who don't pay income tax still pay state tax, local tax, sales tax, Social Security, Medicare, and property tax. Contrary to what Fox News tries to tell you, we all have "skin in the game."

    4) Without a class of people who are able to buy stuff, rich people aren't going to get rich. A "poor person" may not offer you a job, but our economy can't function without them. You can only sell so many yachts and private jets.

    We've have 30+ years of trickle-down economics. We can keep making excuses and demonizing everyone who isn't insanely rich, or we can admit that it's failed and try something else. I know which way I'd go...

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:30 a.m.


    Tax rates are part of the picture, but not the whole picture.

    The economy is in a shambles because of government attempt to "run" it. They don't know enough to run it. They tried to create "affordable housing," and destroyed the lives of the very people they were supposedly trying to help.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    So, chuck, how was the economy doing the day Obama took office? Any bailouts in place? Companies tanking?

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    @JoeBlow: Low taxes are a key to economic prosperity. Unfortunately, that's no the only component. The economy is also drowning in debt and the heavy hand of government currently throws up roadblocks and uncertainty at every turn.

    To see prosperity we need business-friendly policies, low taxes and most of all to get the fiscal house in order. That is going to take time. This isn't Obama's fault, but he has made it worse. We need entitlement reform, regulatory reform and about 7-10 years of paying down debt before we will see a booming economy again.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    All I saw was the headline and I told myself, "Yep, that's Krauthammer."

    Isn't he the one who'll say that we need to balance the budget one week and then tell us we need to invade Libya and that we can pay for it later?

    There are plenty of conservative commentators who (while I may not agree with them) are capable of making coherent and well-reasoned arguments. Why does such a hack like Charles get endless space to whine about Obama?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Joe Blow. We have the highest corportate taxes in the world! About 50% of Americans pay no federal income taxes at all while the most productive Americans are paying nearly 80% of all federal income taxes. Low taxes for some, not so much for others! I will answer your question with another simple question; When was the last time a poor person offered you a job? Made in China sound familair?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 21, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Charles is doing his job as a political observer. He observes what Obama says and does and comments on it. Those who don't like the message, will attack the messenger. Those who like his message will say he is telling it like it is! The question then; it depends on what is, is!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 21, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    Luck is when preparation meets opportunity! Even Hillary warned us that Obama was unprepared and unqualified to lead this country! Does Obama blaming "bad luck" prove her point or what?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Was it bad luck to allow Bush and republican minions to run our country into bankruptcy, nah, just apathy combined with stupidity and ignorance and arrogance. Obama is a good-guy trying to solve the problems created almost entirely by the previous 8 years of disaster.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    I agree that the "bad luck" comment is a pathetic response to the problem.

    But, lets back up.

    The GOP answer to everything is to lower taxes.

    How low do you want to go? We have the lowest federal tax rates in 50+ years.

    And we have had them for 10 years now.

    So, if low tax rates are the single biggest key to economic prosperity, how did the economy crater in this 10 year environment?

    Someone? Anyone?

    Let me guess. Bad luck and Democratic mistakes?

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    Go easy on him, Chuck. At least he gives good speeches.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Wow. Charles is writing another weekly blasting of the President.

    This isn't something you see every day...