FAT AND DEBT-RIDDEN
dent talks in generalities rather than detailing specific plans for border security or guest worker programs, then blames Republicans for problems. President Obama needs to engage Republican leadership, he needs to work on consensus building,” Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, tells Inside the Beltway.
“The president knows Latinos are angry at him. His popularity is plummeting, down to 47 percent among Latinos, a Gallup poll said at the end of April. They just don’t believe him. What we’re seeing here is the official start of President Obama’s reelection campaign in the Latino community,” Mr. Aguilar says.
“The president has again called for amnesty for illegal immigrants without offering a single proposal to actually improve the security of our borders,” observes Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “After nearly two-and-a-half years in office, President Obama has yet to present the American people with a comprehensive plan for securing the border against illegal immigration. Implying that ‘we’ve done enough, the border is secure,’ does not make it so.”
Meanwhile, he said Mr. Obama has “endangered U.S. national security” and “staged a politically motivated charade to kill bin Laden because he wanted the ‘bonus’ of the kill without the ‘onus’ of having to handle a live Osama bin Laden afterwards,” all with an eye on the 2012 presidential campaign. Physical fitness = fiscal fitness. So says Rep. Aaron Schock, dubbed “America’s Fittest Congressman” and the “ripped representative” by Men’s Heath magazine. The Illinois Republican — age 29 and a fan of formfitting Zegna suits — is a regular in the House gym, and a devotee of “P90X,” the video workout series created by Tony Horton. Mr. Schock also is pushing his own summer fitness challenge (www.menshealth.com/schock), with political frills. He’s imploring couch-loving citizens to drop 30 pounds by Labor Day.
“How does that help America? Health care may be the single biggest factor in our nation’s ongoing budget crisis. Yet eight out of every $10 we spend on health care is spent on diseases that are preventable, if only we took better care of ourselves. Think of the billions of dollars we could use for better infrastructure, renewable energy and job creation,” Mr. Schock advises.
“Rep. Schock: Who needs Medicare when you’ve got abs like these?” counters the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which confabulated its own parody cover, adding that the lawmaker “employed an unusual tactic to distract from his vote. Schock took to the cover of Men’s Health where he exposed everything but his drastic plans to end Medicare.”