And he has the gall to claim Republicans are the ones “holding a gun at the head of the American people” because they want to use the debt ceiling debate to work out a deal to slow the government’s out-of-control spending?
This man is spending America to oblivion, and he has the nerve to try to say it’s irresponsible of House Republicans to try to slow him down?
How dare he.
“They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the economy,” Obama said – as if the money that Republicans save would go into their own pockets, and not taxpayers’.
Think about that for a minute: He’s appealing to the American people that Republicans may not let him spend even more of our money. Outraged yet?
Can you imagine a family in which one spouse accuses the other of trying to exact a “ransom” by trying to slow the family’s rate of overspending?
This is Mr. Bipartisanship – Mr. “I’ll Listen to Any Good Ideas.”
Nope. No negotiating. Just give me more money.
Mr. President, you may have won re-election and retained the Senate, but Republicans were put in charge of the House to act as a check on the other party’s unfettered power – particularly the power of the purse.
You are not a dictator, Mr. President. We suggest you act like a U.S. president and be open to negotiation with the opposing party. That’s the beauty of the American system of government. One president, but 535 members of Congress. Checks and balances. Give and take. Diffuse power.
And, after four years of now trillion-dollar deficits, when are you going to even consider a little thrift?
How is it unreasonable for Republicans to ask for an atom of a speck of a sliver of a shred of frugality? Every family, every business, every city, every hamlet, every state in this nation has had to find some savings in this economy. The only thing stopping the federal government from that bit of sanity is its loosely limited borrowing power – which has been so abused, at $16 trillion and counting, that the nation’s very economy may someday be in jeopardy because of it.
That’s the real gun to the head of America, Mr. President.
And just whose fingerprints are on it?
We are sorely disappointed, though not all that surprised, at this president’s unnecessarily antagonistic approach to solving this nation’s problems.
As conservative talker Rush Limbaugh noted after the president’s lecture, Mr. Obama “really never talks about plans and proposals to solve problems. What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy.”
Likewise, even liberal columnist Dana Milbank – noting that the president called himself a “pretty friendly guy” at the end of the press conference Monday – wrote, “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.”
Obama, Milbank wrote, “showed unrelenting hostility” toward Republicans in his appearance Monday.
In addition, the president’s outrageous threat that Social Security payments and Armed Forces paychecks will be endangered by a failure to raise the debt ceiling is wholly disingenuous: If money becomes tight due to a lack of borrowing authority, the president himself can decide which bills to pay.
Meanwhile, this president – whose own budgets the past four years have yet to earn the vote of even one member of Congress, Republican or Democrat – has officially notified Congress that he will not produce a budget by Feb. 4 as required by law. In essence, the president is about to break the law.
And he’s lecturing us?