At his news conference this morning, while urging Congressional leaders to seize the opportunity to make a grand bargain on taxes and spending that would reduce the federal deficit for years to come, President Obama told Americans that now is the time to eat our peas. Americans do not want to hear that. Americans do not like peas. We don't like broccoli much either. The last president who told us to eat our peas was Jimmy Carter, and look what happened to him. Americans would rather hear our leaders tell us that now is the time to have our cake and eat it too. We like cake. With a nice super-size Coke. OK, maybe we'll settle for a diet Coke to wash down our cake. But peas? Forget it.
We also want the government to cut taxes. And gas prices. We want lower gas prices. And we want the government to do something about high unemployment. But they have to do it without spending any money, because we don't want the government to spend money. So what should they do? We don't know, but they should do something. Maybe cut taxes some more. But don't add to the deficit, remember. We don't like the deficit.
Truly, Americans cannot understand what is so hard about getting a deficit deal done. Why do these Congressional leaders have to keep traipsing over to the White House for all these meetings? What is wrong with these Congressmen? Americans really don't like Congress. We don't like John Boehner and we don't like Nancy Pelosi much either. Why can't they just follow our clear instructions and get the job done? Cut some more taxes. And cut spending. But don't cut any programs that Americans like. And don't add to the deficit. And while you're at it, create more jobs. And stop all this talk about eating our peas. What do peas have to do with any of this?