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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Political gambles

Obama is trying to force Congressional Republicans' hands against a default by refusing to shut down the government but yet to delay welfare checks - blaming the GOP, even though there is enough federal revenue even with a default to pay both debt interest and entitlements - all mandatory spending with some left over.

So Obama's talk is all anti-Republican staging. He wants to beat them into oblivion. He might just get his way, because the RINOs aren't about to join the conservatives in firm opposition to Obama's plans.

Obama is just bullying again at this point. His debt ceiling "negotiations" haven't even begun, but he's already blaming the GOP for any bad that comes of it, with the media happily complying. He's threatening delayed checks, the whole shebang. Even the Washington Post has picked up on the bullying now.
“I’m a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon.

The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn’t spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be. Indeed, there was no precipitating event that led him to schedule the last-minute session in the East Room — lending credibility to the theory that he summoned reporters so he could bait Republicans.

“If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed,” the friendly president said, explaining his refusal to negotiate over increasing the debt limit.

Calling the opposition’s stance “absurd,” Obama advised Republicans that they “have two choices here: They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. . . . And they better choose quickly, because time is running short.”

And that was just the opening statement. The hectoring continued through the Q&A. Exactly one month after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Obama said of debt-reduction talks: “What I will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people.”
Don't you love it? He refuses to compromise at the very time he's calling for compromise - of GOP principles that work.

If it's No-more-Mr.-Nice-Guy with Obama, how bad will he be? He was never "nice" or cooperative with the Congressional Republicans in the first place!

Will the GOP stand their ground and accept default and real cuts over raising the debt ceiling with few if any spending changes? I hope so, but I doubt it. Boehner isn't made of steel. Even when the American public overwhelmingly wants big cuts - cuts they ought to know full well won't be coming from the Democrats.

I still hold out hope against hope that the two-month-delayed sequestration will happen. It will by default, but will Obama wrap it into the whole debt ceiling nastiness and the GOP leadership will want to avoid the blame, once again? Most likely.


  1. So depressing that the GOP leadership has no apparent backbone! They will be blamed no matter what - why not do what is best for the country?! They also desperately need better PR representation - if I were Boehner I would be on every news program possible explaining what is REALLY going on instead of having everyone listen to Obama's spin and outright lies about delayed checks (if only it were HIS check!) and a collapsing economy.

    1. But it isn't that easy. First Boehner would have to find shows willing to host him, and most of them are liberal enough that they frame the entire conversation how they want it. They certainly will never grant a Republican a favorable interview.