Let’s cut the crap. The only reason we are witnessing this debt ceiling contest is because of Tea Party involvement. Don’t be fooled for an instant, if it weren’t for us the debt ceiling would have been raised with no fanfare and business would have continued as usual. If it weren’t for the Tea Party there would have been no debt talks several weeks ago. Specific to my point, consider how little was actually cut during the budget cut wrangling. Do you think for an instant they would have done that much if we hadn’t been involved?
As I have written before, the debt ceiling didn’t sneak up on congress or Obama. They knew it was coming and both sides were salivating over what it meant for them and their pet projects, best donors, and special interest groups whose orders they march to.
They are attempting to play the public like a cheap fiddle. I’m not clear to what extent the public is buying their gamesmanship – but I can tell you this, sadly too many people are buying this very public dog and pony show.
With the exception of “hello” the words and phrases Obama uses over and over, have been poll and focus group tested and found to be the ones needed to sway opinion his way. Ergo, Obama doesn’t give a rip about us, he cares about taking us down his primrose path to Alinskyan-Marxist nation. He is lying and being disingenuous, interested only in saying whatever it takes to get what “he” wants.
Republicans, who used to be the party of values, family, small government, traditional values – have today morphed into a pachyderm that mirrors the ass we oppose. Things are not done for us. Our concerns and interests are not theirs until we force them to be. And then we are lied to, ridiculed and berated by Obama – lied to and mislead by Boehner and company.
It is imperative that people realize this is not our government. Our government has been hijacked and saying we want it back without the understanding of who we are fighting is a formula for us to end up further in the hole.
Do you actually think the members of congress and/or administration staff live respect us? Do you have any idea what their lives are like? Before the communist, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers undertook the writing of Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” he was a broke cokehead wannabe “something.” The six-figure advance paid him by Simon&Schuster was spent in Bali and if we are to believe reports on drugs and the high life. At one point we are told there was talk of forcing him to return the advance or produce the book.
With that kind of background it should be of little surprise that Obama and his family are behaving like sharecroppers who just won the power ball. Congress has a long and unwavering record of passing legislation for the express purpose of protecting and insulating themselves. They hand our money around like cigarette companies used to pass out match books. For those who remember the democrat Charlie WIlson, who was almost single handedly responsible for arming the Afghans to overthrow the Russians invading their borders – the thing people should have been aghast at is how easily he was able to procure hundreds of millions dollars or more without anyone giving a glance. Does anyone think that doesn’t go on today? Charlie Rangel was responsible for writing the tax codes he flagrantly broke and as punishment he got to keep his ill-gotten gains and was made to stand in front of congress while Nancy Pelosi read a 50 second rebuke.
Congress and the presidency is a fraternity of sex, alcohol, drugs, ribald extravaganza, and taxpayer welfare. How many fully funded junkets do you and your family go on each year? How many of you that are small business owners, have your spouses profit to the tune of tens of millions of dollars from war, while you publicly decry the war and military? Care to guess which congresswoman from California has a spouse enjoying such a windfall? Here’s a hint – it’s Diane Feinstein’s.
American’s are not given to researching and studying the issues. They are happy to watch CNN, FoxNews, or 10 second soundbites on the evening news as a means of informing themselves. There is a reason politicians use the same playbook so to speak. It is because the know the American public has a short memory span and that the public would rather believe the spin and lies than the fact and reality.
No matter what happens we are going to end up on the short end of the stick pursuant to the debt ceiling negotiations. Because it is not about us, it’s about them. As I said to a colleague yesterday, I’m sick of compromise and negotiating for that which a worthwhile civil/public servant should do because it is best for America. If your child needed their leg amputated to save their life, would you negotiate for an ingrown toenail to be removed instead? That is the equivalent of what congress and Obama are trying to put over on us.
We have a serious debt problem that cannot be solved by increasing taxes and/or vilifying corporate America. If raising the debt ceiling and increased taxes is the answer now, why wasn’t it the answer when Obama, the same democrats, and the same special interest groups now claiming we will be plunged into financial armageddon if it’s not done now. In 2006, these same persons and groups including Obama thought it was a failure of leadership to raise the debt ceiling, today they parrot Obama that it is equivalent to apostasy if it isn’t raised. What changed? Why is it more imperative today than it was in 2006? The difference is that it was Bush arguing for the debt ceiling to be raised.
Why are Americans who are seeking the same constraints we practice in our financial personal lives, condemned for saying government should do the same? Why are we called names by congress and the president and publicly belittled by those we elect? Why would the president, who appears to be living quite well at taxpayers expense, deride us and speak contemptuously of us for expecting financial responsibility by our government? What does it say of the character of the man elected to serve all, to openly engage in class warfare and fear-mongering?
Where were the Republicans who are fighting this increase today, in 2006 when our president was spending wildly? We are in a debt and spending crisis that was not created last week or last year. The fact that Obama has increased spending and debt beyond any limits heretofore imagined possible in less than one term. The unsustainability of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs has been known for at least three decades – but against all warnings Congress, past presidents, and the current one’s answer was/is to spend more.
When George Bush called for social security reform and tax reform the same democrats now saying these things are needed, argued that it at that time would have been the worst of scenarios. They argued to reform those programs would do irreparable harm to the citizenry. Enough of this nonsense. Americans do not want the debt ceiling raised, that is a damnable lie. Americans want congress and the president to respect our money and live within their means. The American people want financial responsibility. The American people are tied of being lied to by those we elect to represent us, especially the president.
Obama has repeatedly shown himself to be not only a prolific spender, but an even more prolific liar. His lies since taking office are legion. And those of us paying attention are tired of it. Attacking the Tea Party members is not a winning solution. Obama may have polls telling him that its the way to get what he wants, but what it won’t do is save him or those who are insulting us come November 2012.