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: as well as here: , 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.