Enough Already

Republicans in the House should take Charles Krauthammer’s advice; immediately pass a short term debt ceiling increase and a dollar for dollar set of cuts in the neighborhood of $500 billion. Buy five months to engage a more serious set of proposals absent a looming deadline. Put the final decision to “avoid Armageddon” firmly on the Senate and the President. Do it now!!! It’s not perfect, it’s not even desirable but as Republicans seem incapable of coming up with proper messaging or the ability to unify the caucus, buying time is a reasonable option. The President agreed in his press conference saying that “running out of time” was his major concern.

Senator McConnell is, unfortunately correct, a permanent solution to spending and debt will not occur during an Obama Presidency nor will it occur in the context of a Democrat controlled Senate. Fault finding has descended to the rhetorical level you’d expect in a 2nd Grade schoolyard argument. Fact is both parties have participated in this spending and debt debacle; however a solution that includes both parties is clearly not in the cards at the moment.

We cannot ignore the facts surrounding the current hissy fit. The President’s budget proposal not only maintained spending, debt and deficit levels but increased them. Democrats and Republicans alike in the Senate rejected the President’s plan. If he’s the “adult in the room” and he submitted what he believed to be an “adult budget” we’ve got serious problems with the definition of adult. Democrats have not passed or approved a budget proposal in two years; “adult” approach?

The Ryan Budget proposal, the only serious budget proposal we’ve seen in two years, is “economic terrorism” according to opponents who did not even engage the attempt at a budget proposal. The President’s Debt Commission proposals have been praised even by those who did not vote to approve the final report. The typical response being “there are good ideas in the Commissions work”; they were ignored by the President who empowered the commission. Adult in the room you say?

When “economic Armageddon” is trumped by a demand that the timing associated with a solution clear the way for the President’s re-election campaign doubt is cast on motivation. For some reason, lately, every time I hear him say “the American people” what I hear is “my re-election”.

One point of Presidential consistency prevails; public opinion matters not. 76% of Americans (CBS poll) do not want the debt ceiling raised. The President dismisses the numbers and by extension the people; “people aren’t paying attention to the ins and outs”. Gallup disagrees; their polling of folks paying “very close attention” says that 53% are against a debt ceiling increase. So far major policy initiatives by the President have paid no heed to public opinion and there is little to argue he will engage an epiphany; American people indeed! The President, today, wants it both ways; he praised the common sense of the American People as a source of his hope and optimism, but continues to ignore the opinions that are the result of that common sense.

Another point of Presidential consistency based on today’s press conference; it’s Bush’s fault. Enough already! Having passed a series of ideologically based legislation and generated an avalanche of ideologically based regulation the President castigated ideologically based political positions. Enough already! Again, facts; 30% of the current long term deficit has occurred in just the past two and a half years.

The President says he has “reams of paper and spreadsheets on his desk”, he contends that “we know how to make a big deal”. Great Mr. President, make a proposal, do it in public. There has been no public proposal from the President or his Democratic colleagues. Enough already! In an intellectually honest world criticism is followed by an alternative.

Seriously, enough already

  • D.D.Mao

    When the President said that “The people aren’t paying attention to the in’s and out’s of the debt debate but it’s not their job it’s our job.” he was calling the American public uninformed. More than that he was saying that the public isn’t smart enough to make these decisions thats what the political elite are for.Yesterday he told Rep. Eric Cantor of Va.”Don’t call my bluff or I’ll take it to the public and you’ll see they are on my side in this.”

    Is this the same American public you suggested weren’t qualified to make these decisions Mr. President? Are these the same American public who were against Obamacare and you didn’t listen to?

  • D.D.Mao

    Has anyone else noticed that President Obama must feel pretty certain the Republicans will cave-in and he’ll win on this that he set the deadline THE DAY BEFORE HIS BIRTHDAY?

    The Republicans should set their campaign slogan for 2012 as


  • Bill Hedges

    I listen to the lies the President spreads.

    1. Bush did not pay for his prescription plan. That is true. PAY AS YOU came about under obama’s administration. Not in effect under Bush.

    2. Bush did not pay for wars. See reason in 1.

    Now barry:

    1. barry wants to stop company welfare for cooperate planes. barry’s own stimulus plan gave.

    2. Was extension of unemployment really paid for. How far in the future.

    3. Is barry’s wars PAID FOR ?

    4. Were unemployment extensions really paid for ?

    4. Believe me barry said there should be no taxes raised in recession. With unemployment rising does barry think we are out of recession ?

    5. barry has said he would cut debt in 1/2. His budget proposals for 2011 adds $$$ 9.5 trillion in new debt over time according to CBO.

    6. In a rare occurrence Democrat President & Democrat controlled Congress failed to pass 2011 budget due Oct. 2010.

    It is clear Democrats will misinform, not do their job, and blame Republican when Republicans try to do their job.

    Democrats wish to erase their responsibility. Be back seat drivers. Whatever happens they could have done better.

    We all should remember the legions that went over line by line of each of Sarah’s Governors e-mail. We all know liberals say she is worse excuse of a human being. Well they found nothing, except she deserved her 90 % + approval rating.

    Now to Fox’s Freedom of Information Act.

    Fox was being denied access. WH said was not them causing. Was other department. Took a year + but Fox got information. Boy did the WH e-mails have Chicago’s dead fish smell. White House LIED.

    I am not a racist even if I am against obamacare. Is stuff like this, why barry should not have second term. Barry has thrown Carter off the train as worse President. Richard Nixon would be ashamed to have done what barry has done…