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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Self-Created Crisis

Thomas Lindaman writes:

The current debt crisis is a target-rich environment, so here we go...

Games People Play The Obama Administration and its supporters have accused Republicans of not dealing in good faith, and if you've listened to the media coverage, you might agree. However, it should be pointed out it's been the Left's position we need tax hikes, even after Republicans have said they wouldn't accept a plan that would include tax hikes. How exactly is that showing a willingness to negotiate?

Uh... yes... REPUBLICANS, how exactly is that showing a willingness to negotiate? The GOP has made it abundantly clear they have no interest in compromise. Again, they have no intention of giving the President anything no matter what Obama agrees to. The GOP are a bunch of petulant children in desperate need of a swift kick in the ass.

Obama, the Adult? The Left has praised Obama's efforts to date to try to hammer out a budget deal. Whether it was Nancy Pelosi gushing that the President "has the patience of Job" to Leftists saying Obama was "the only adult in the room" at the negotiations, the narrative is being written and repeated without question. The problem: Obama stormed out of one of the meetings. Democrats are quick to point out Paul Ryan did the same thing earlier, but it's different when you're the President. The expectations are a lot higher, and after the image of Obama being cool and intellectual has been touted for going on 3 years, this show of emotion doesn't help his cause any. Personally, I think Obama has been less than adult and less than statesman in his approach, which the Left has seen and is trying to overcome with spin.


The "storming out" was pure GOP spin. Cantor rudely interrupted the President three times to advocate for short-term debt ceiling increases while the President was wrapping the meeting. You don't constantly interrupt anyone, let alone the President of the United States, in the middle of a negotiation and expect them to continue dealing with you. Cantor's a douchebag who needs to learn some farking manners.This is just more juvenile behavior from him and Boehner needs to rein him in, and let the grown-ups get to work.

Why does anyone ever vote Republican? Seriously. All I've seen for years out of them is this kind of behavior, immediately lied about and spun to look like "stick-to-it-ive-ness" and standing fast. And right-wing idiots eat that shit up.

The meeting was over. Cantor kept nagging the President about a deal that had already been dismissed as unacceptable. "Obama lit him up. Cantor sat in stunned silence," said an official in the meeting. "It was incredible. If the public saw Obama he would win in a landslide."

Cantor has no respect for the office and needs to be smacked down hard. He's just a legacy Republican whose daddy's connections got him where he is, and Obama shouldn't, and probably doesn't, have any respect for him either. I'd pick Obama in any kind of fight.

That the right-wing shills are admonishing this when they were cheering when Cantor actually did walk out in the middle of the meetings because "the other side doesn't understand compromise" is just too goddamn much cognitive dissonance.

Lies, Damnable Lies, and Statistics At a press conference yesterday, President Obama said 80% of Americans want a balanced approach to dealing with the budget issues, which includes (according to him) modest tax increases. I beg to differ, sir. I think raising taxes is a horrible way to bring in revenue since it takes more money out of the economy and puts it into an entity that has no concept of how to make money or grow the economy. Anyone else see that as a problem? Raising taxes won't raise revenue, nor will it address the primary cause of the budget crisis: spending. Let's ask these same people if they would prefer significant budget cuts or higher taxes and see how many support you, Mr. President.

Meanwhile... in America:

By 45 - 38% they trust the President more than congressional Republicans to handle the economy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters will blame Republicans over Obama 48 - 34% if the debt limit is not raised.

Voters say 67 - 25% that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts.

"The American people aren't very happy about their leaders, but President Barack Obama is viewed as the best of the worst, especially when it comes to the economy," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute.

"Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of President Obama's handling of the economy, but by 2-1 they pin the blame on former President George W. Bush rather than Obama, who is now more than 60 percent through his term of office."

Let me repeat myself... I advised the GOP some months ago to consider making cuts in some of their pet projects as a means to show how serious they were about getting our fiscal house in order. They didn't take my advice, and now they're having to fight with the President over the budget while at the same time having to fight a PR war to try to persuade the country they're serious. Recent polling data shows the public trust Obama with the economy more than the Republicans. That could have and should have been been avoided by bringing more substance to their budget cuts.

McConnell said their only goal is to make Obama a one-term president... if they have to put more financial pain and misery on the poor and middle classes to do it, then so be it. Besides, when has the GOP ever given a toss about anyone except the wealthiest Americans? They like to blow a lot of smoke up their asses around election time, but they haven't done a damn thing to help the folks suffering in this economy. Not one... But holy shit, they will bend over backwards for corporations and billionaires... It's disgusting.

Scare tactics are only for Republicans? During a recent interview, President Obama suggested he couldn't guarantee seniors would get their Social Security checks if the government were to shut down. Actually, sir, you don't make that call. It's Congress who does, and from the way it sounds, we have enough coming in on a monthly basis to pay Social Security and other interests and still have money left over, and that's without raising the debt ceiling. For you to resort to such blatant dishonesty is an indication you know you're losing the battle.

Sigh... "We may not have enough money to send out social security checks if Republicans won't compromise" is not the same as "I won't send out social security checks if Republicans don't give me exactly what I want."

No Quiet on the Leftist Front Finally, Sheila Jackson-Lee said racism was the cause of the current budget crisis. She blamed the Republicans for wanting the economy to fail because Obama is black. No, ma'am. Republicans aren't opposing the President because he's black. They're opposing the President to try to get this country back into the black.

Says the proven racist and the proven Birther.

In summary: The Republicans had no problem raising the debt ceiling... until Obama was elected.