Debt Ceiling Crisis Over…NEXT!

It’s been incredibly frustrating to me to watch the events surrounding the debt ceiling increase unfold with increased federal revenue seemingly Obama’s one and only reason for involvement in the debate. Incredibly, this seemingly nonsensical demand of a piece of legislation billed as a means by which to cut federal spending has been questioned by no one! Not once has the president been asked to give an account of what he intends to do with the hundreds of billions or even trillions in additional revenue he demanded nearly to the end. I find this unacceptable and a sign of widespread incompetence in Washington; as if you needed further proof. This entire issue could have been long forgotten by now had someone, anyone had the presence of mind to question and publicize the president’s motives and publicly delegitimize his demands.

Now that we’ve run out of time for any hopeful second termer to continue playing political games, Obama seems willing to sign a deal without the tax increases. For the time being at least we can breathe easy knowing that Obama has once again saved the world from economic collapse and this time it’s not going to cost Obama’s “enemies” further economic stress.

Make no mistake America, Obama’s objectives in “solving the debt ceiling crisis” had nothing to do with the nation’s debt ceiling and it doesn’t appear they will be met by the bill that will raise the debt ceiling. Therefore, the “crisis” is not over. It will continue into September’s appropriations proceedings where the American people will be threatened with government shutdown all over again, and on and on until Obama either has the “federal revenue” he needs to move his massively expensive agenda forward in his second term, or America is spared a second term of Obamanomics.

Obama is speaking as I type, giving his take on the agreement that will be voted on tomorrow and telling us all “this is not over” and he still believes “the wealthy need to pay their fair share”. He stated he would continue to try to convince lawmakers that his “balanced” approach, ie: increased taxes, is necessary.

This isn’t over by a long shot. It won’t be over while Obama is in office as long as a single American is in possession of money Obama thinks he can make better use of.

Boehner Hits One Out of the Park

Despite the fact that the debt ceiling crisis is still looming over the nation, I for one am breathing a sigh of relief after Speaker Boehner’s response to Obama’s remarkably civil address tonight.

Right out of the gate I was cheering the speaker’s address as if I were watching the Vikings beat the Giants in some far off NFC Championship. When he opened with, “I serve as Speaker of the whole House – of the members of both parties…” it was clear the speaker was taking charge with or without the president’s cooperation.

The speaker went on to explain some of the issues he and others in Congress have over the president’s demanding increased tax revenue in “the largest debt ceiling increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.” Speaker Boehner reminded America of what they got from that historic spending spree, mentioning specifically, “a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for” and “a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.” In stark contrast to Obama’s fear mongering and assuming we the people are incapable of wrapping our tiny minds around “complicated” concepts, the speaker was straight forward, down to Earth and a breath of fresh air that I at least found comforting.      

Speaker Boehner did an outstanding job of respectfully articulating the difficulties he and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have had in trying to negotiate a deal the president finds acceptable. The Speaker spoke directly to the nation and never once attempted to frighten the public that they were at risk of losing their SSI or veteran’s benefits; a tactic the president should drop as it’s an absolute lie and all but the most ignorant of Obama’s supporters know it.

Speaker Boehner’s address to America gave me the feeling that there were in fact some adults left in Washington and that they intended to address their responsibilities. Fortunately I don’t think even Obama is stupid enough to allow the nation to default with his political future at such a critical state.

Obama’s $400 billion fast one blows up in his face.

"Can we get to the part where I get more money already?"

I just watched Speaker Boehner’s response to Obama’s news conference from earlier today following Boehner’s walking away from the debt limit talks. Boehner’s response was about what I had expected having watched Obama’s press conference earlier.

Obama’s frustrated response to the difficulties he’s been facing in relieving more Americans of more of their hard earned money was immensely entertaining to watch. He was clearly agitated and kept me thinking that at any moment he could say something that would shed a little more light on his view of his political opponents. You know another comment of the caliber of his “Bibles and guns” or “typical white woman” comments. Unfortunately that never happened though Obama did once again clearly illustrate his confusion over how our system works as he “ordered” top lawmakers to a meeting with him at 11:00am tomorrow.

It was clear throughout the president’s rant that he was desperate to get his side of the day’s events into the history books. I can’t recall a time when I’ve seen this president act as quickly as he did today. Mere minutes after reports surfaced that Boehner had walked out on the negotiations Obama had scheduled a news conference which started on time about an hour later. Keep in mind; it took this man 4 days to sign the stimulus legislation after warning that failure to pass it would result in the end of the financial world within days. In this case however, Obama’s punctuality and timeliness were in line with what one should expect from a leader. Obama’s sole intent was to get his side of the argument out there quickly and ensure the media’s spin on the situation be that Republicans simply will not agree to anything and he said as much.

At one point Whitehouse correspondent Nora O’Donnell asked the president about an agreement that had allegedly been reached between the Whitehouse and Congress and about claims that the “goal post had been moved” on Republicans at the last minute. Obama denied that he had attempted to modify any agreement and turned the question of trust around on Republicans, implying that they could not be trusted as they are refusing to simply roll over and give Obama what he wants.

The entire press conference seemed a desperate attempt to plant the seeds of Obama’s account of events in the minds of America before the other side was heard. The urgency he displayed in suggesting what the press should report and insisting that the Republicans inexplicably walked away from a better deal than they were originally seeking was a dead give-away that the world would soon hear another account of the day’s events that would stand in stark contrast to the president’s version.

A short time later Speaker John Boehner responded to the president’s earlier attacks and as expected his account was vastly different. Boehner said that indeed an agreement on revenue had been reached but, as Ms. O’Donnell put it, “the goal posts were moved” when yesterday Obama demanded an additional $400 billion in increased taxes. This would have brought the increase to the federal coffers from this deal to $1.2 trillion as both sides agree that the closing of tax loopholes and other action outlined in the agreement would have generated $800 billion. Not a bad chunk of change for a piece of legislation we’re all being led to believe will reduce out of control federal spending. Just imagine the interest the feds will collect on all that extra money just sitting in the bank not being spent.

As I’ve already discussed here: https://somestuffyoushouldknow.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/the-debt-ceiling-non-issue/ as well as here: https://somestuffyoushouldknow.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/obama-the-sky-is-falling-again/ , Democrat and Republican lawmakers have been in agreement for weeks that the debt ceiling must be raised. The only issue holding this entire process up is Obama’s incessant insistence that he receive more and more dollars from the already strapped American tax payers. He has mentioned on more than one occasion that he and people like him could and should be giving more money to the government however, he’s not once mentioned exactly what he intends to spend the additional revenue on or how generating more revenue for the fed to spend has ANYTHING to do with reducing spending which has been his claimed objective since day one. Rather than attempting to once again scare the country into willingly giving up more money, Obama should attempt to be a leader and focus on the issue at hand. He’s still got time to attempt to bilk us out of more of our money after the debt ceiling issue has been addressed. This is textbook “never let a crisis go to waste” governing from an administration that has created crisis after crisis in order to push its agenda of massive government and endless federal spending forward.

Speaker Boehner was asked today during his televised response to Obama’s tirade if he trusted Obama as a negotiator. Mr. Boehner gave a safe response in that he said he did trust Obama as a negotiator.

I submit that based on Obama’s less than upfront approach to Obamacare, the fact that he has used scare tactics each time he’s been forced to make the case to the American public that he needs to spend more of our money and now his inexplicable insistence on getting his hands on more tax dollars under the guise of reducing spending, Obama cannot be trusted as a negotiator.

Of course the fact that he lied directly to Ms. O’Donnell today might imply that he has integrity issues beyond the negotiating table.  

That Was Only Healthcare, This Is E-Verify

Caution: The man in this photo is a professional. Do not attempt to put this many feet in your mouth at home.

In a news conference last week president Obama refused to give a direct
response to a simple question. On its own this is a nonissue as we’ve come to
expect this kind of response from “Every Man’s President”. During the press
conference Antonieta Cádiz with La Opiniόn asked the president if he
would veto a clean E-Verify bill that did not grant amnesty to undocumented
workers. The story which can be read here: http://americasvoiceonline.org/blog/entry/president_obama_sees_flaws_in_e-verify_renews_call_for_comprehensive_immigr/
is intriguing and worth a blog article on its own. However, the real story as I see it can be found on the three minute forty second video which can also be viewed at the above link.

Two minutes and seven seconds into the video Obama says, “E-verify can be an
important enforcement tool…what I don’t want is a situation in which employers are forced to set up a system that they can’t be certain works.”

I hope you caught that. The same man responsible for forcing a massively
expensive socialist healthcare overhaul on a nation drowning in economic
uncertainty is suddenly concerned with possibly inconveniencing American
citizens and businesses with an unproven system. Is there truly no end to the direct contradictions and hypocrisy with this man!? The administration’s 2000 plus page healthcare bill which neither the president nor a single lawmaker took the time to read, was in fact forced on the nation with no guarantee it would benefit anyone. In the words of the president himself, “employers are forced to set up a system that they can’t be certain works.”

E-VERIFY VS OBAMACARE

In the case of E-Verify, the president cites employers not being allowed to
hire legal Americans that the system may incorrectly flag as illegal and that
legal citizens may be deported as examples of the system not working. While
either of these outcomes would be unacceptable, I’ve got to think there could be
other safeguards implemented that would prevent the president’s worst case
scenarios. Fed safeguard number one: Take a look at your track record on
efficiency and success and then hand the entire concept over to the free market
to design and operate a system that works. If they were to do that they might
even inadvertently create a real job or two.

In the case of Obamacare the president will not acknowledge the potential for
failure. Despite countless examples of the federal government failing where the
private sector prospers, the nation was forced to accept Obama and Democrat
lawmaker’s claims that this time and with a plan no one fully understands they
can make it work. No one can convincingly illustrate how Obamacare will benefit the vast majority of Americans. No one can guarantee this plan will work. No one knows exactly what effects socialized healthcare will have on our Democracy. There exists no example in history of this type of system reducing healthcare costs without sacrificing quality of care, standard of living or both.

With all these unknowns and the fact that no man or woman on Earth fully
understands how Obamacare will operate, it would appear that Obamacare dwarfs the E-Verify issue in regard to uncertainty. This very real uncertainty toward the future created by Obama’s anti-job/anti-corporate/anti-industry policies including Obamacare is in fact one of the major impediments to economic recovery.

The uncertainty over Obamacare is having a crippling effect on the entire
nation as well as the world. The risks to the nation of making E-Verify ONE of
the tools used to control illegal immigration are non-existent by comparison.

It seems as if nearly every stance Obama takes on any given issue contradicts
a stance he has taken on another issue. As entertaining as Obama is with his
incessant double talk, direct contradictions and simplistic reasoning apparently
meant to convince the high school dropout segment of his base, I am more anxious to have this man out of the Whitehouse than I have been toward any elected official since I cast my first vote at age 18.

Call me kooky but I feel a revision back to the failed Euro-socialist
concepts the first Americans sought to escape would render everything since the founding of Jamestown in 1607 pointless.

The Debt Ceiling Non-Issue

"Don't give me that dismal economy crap. You all have more money for me and I know it."

In a HuffPo interview earlier this week, Delaware Senator Chris Coons stated that he has been involved with a group of lawmakers currently looking into some creative interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The group is hoping to find Constitutional grounds on which in the event of a nay vote from Congress on increasing the debt ceiling, Obama and the Treasury could simply ignore the vote and continue paying the bills as usual.  

DID THEY REALLY WANT REPUBLICANS TO KNOW THEIR INTENT?

In every way this is great news for Republicans and a foolish move on the part of Democrats hoping to convince the American public that any lapse in funding or payments from the federal government will be the fault of Republican lawmakers.

Top Democrats and Republicans alike have said that the debt ceiling will be raised. That fact is not being debated.

What is at issue here are the tax increases Obama and Democrats want so badly. In its simplest form, what the president and his supporters in Congress are saying they want is the ability to go further into debt as a nation in addition to more tax dollars in their hands.

In contrast, the Republicans also want the ability to go further into debt as a nation however; Republican leaders are claiming they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling if there are increased taxes on “any Americans” tied to the bill. The reasoning given by Republicans for their hardline stance is that raising taxes on anyone in this dismal economy would be counterproductive to stimulating recovery. Perhaps it’s just me and all Congressional Republicans, but something in that reasoning seems to make a hell of a lot of sense.

HOW IS REDUCED SPENDING DEPENDENT ON INCREASED TAXATION?

Right out of the gate one has to question what Obama has planned for the increased tax revenue he’s demanding. If the critical issue at hand is raising the debt limit and if Congress is willing to do that and if this increase will keep the current bills paid, why is Obama seemingly making increased federal tax revenue as important as our continued ability to pay our bills? Could it be that our arrogant failed president is so confident he’ll serve two terms that he’s already laying the ground work to generate the financing for even more massive Euro-socialist spending? Obama gives his hand away as he insists on increased federal revenue as a part of reducing spending. Are we to believe that Obama’s intent is to open a federal savings account or tuck the increased revenue into a piggy bank and save it? Wouldn’t it be nice to have an American president with enough respect for the country’s collective intelligence to NOT assume they can go on contradicting common sense as well as their own past statement and no one will notice?

 

EVERYONE WINS…EXCEPT OBAMA

My advice to Delaware Senator Coons and whoever else is looking into this would be to hurry up and do whatever creative interpretation of the 14th Amendment is necessary because this sounds GREAT to me. If this group of lawmakers is successful in making the case that having a debt limit effectually “questions” the “validity” of the US debt, they will have created an out for Republicans and some Congressional Democrats against raising taxes, whereby they can vote down anything with tax increases tied to it as they have vowed to do. At the same time, the president will step up, as always, to point the finger at Republicans and bill himself as a national hero in that his people found a loophole with which we can continue food inspections and funding the National Weather Service.

Let the Democrats continue to demand more taxes be rolled into the increased debt limit, let the Republicans continue to refuse to raise the debt ceiling if it means increasing taxes, and let the president step up and force the raised debt limit.

Democrats can get the increased virtual money to throw around while the Republicans can feel they’re at least trying to slow Obama’s out of control spending by keeping tax dollars in tax payers’ hands. Any new Obamified interpretation of the Constitution will come without the tax increases the president is demanding. Rather than living up to Mark Halperin’s assessment, Obama could finally make good on his promises to bring the parties together to get things done.

Sounds like a win/win to me.

Too bad Obama’s wins always seem dependent on the losses of others.