President Barack Obama will visit Scranton today - to speak to lawmakers in Washington.
Lest you think otherwise, this is not a campaign stop.
Obama’s not coming to little old Scranton to make a big announcement or to look for Dunder Mifflin but “to push Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut that has given tax breaks to millions of families,” a White House press release says.
The Wall Street Journal says, “Obama Swing-State Visits Surpass Presidential Record.” The newspaper said that Wednesday’s trip to Scranton will be Obama’s 56th to a battleground state this year. How does he ever get any work done?
We already know Obama wants the Congress to extend his payroll tax cut and to make those greedy millionaires and billionaires pay for it, or to rob Peter to pay Paul. What we want to know, though, is why is it necessary to fuel up Air Force One and drag the secret service and the rest of his entourage to Scranton to tell us something we already know? The president could easily – and far less expensively – travel across town to our nation’s Capitol and speak to the Congress directly.
Obviously, the White House believes that we here in Northeastern Pennsylvania have the clout to get the job done. It also must believe that we are country bumpkins, who don’t know a campaign stop when we see one. But it’s always nice to see the President of the United States in person.
The Times Leader reported that Vice-President Joe Biden has been assigned to three critical states, including ours, for the campaign, which began after Obama was sworn into office in 2009. Good move, because we here love Joe, especially when he makes us laugh when he puts his foot in his mouth, which is quite often.
And our own Sen. Bobby Casey, acting in sync with the president, introduced legislation to not only extend the one-year payroll tax cut but to expand it in 2012. He said doing so is vital to boost the economy. How so, Sen. Casey? “We know this works. This is the right thing to do,” Casey said in a published report. Good answer.
The WSJ reported that Mr. Obama has attended 54 events in 11 battleground states over 42 days. In between, he’s managed to hit the golf course, go on swanky vacations with Michelle and the girls and kill Osama bin Laden. And he did push through health care reform, but no one seems to like it, and the U.S. Supreme Court will decide next year if it’s even constitutional.
So, yes, President Obama is a busy, busy man, and we’re very lucky that he’s dropping by to say hello and to speak to the Congress.
Just don’t call this a campaign stop.
- Betty Roccograndi