It's my way or the highway. That's the message President Barack Obama is taking around the country as he puts pressure on Congress to pass his $450 billion "jobs program" that he wants to pay for with tax increases.
Congress should approve his legislation immediately, with no changes, President Obama has said.
"No games, no politics, no delays," he says.
In other words, just do what I say - now.
Americans have had it with that attitude. Under President Obama, the government has spent trillions in "stimulus" and "bailout" programs, yet the unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent. Spending another $450 billion solely on President Obama's say-so just isn't prudent.
The tax increases the president proposes to pay for the jobs program - primarily eliminating certain tax deductions including those on charitable contributions - already have been rejected by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
Conservatives do seem to like part of the plan involving temporary tax relief. Their concerns are with the $200 billion for new "stimulus" programs to bail out cities and states, as well as the tax increases.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, "For the president to ... say, 'It's pass my bill all or nothing,' that's just not the way things are done ... in Washington."
Conservatives of both parties should inform President Obama his plan is only a starting point for a real jobs bill. If anyone is playing political games, it is the president.