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President Obama’s Deceit About The Debt Ceiling

Debt CeilingAt the very least, a sitting President always has one true advantage over his political opponents. Some people call it the bully pulpit, but it is the ability to use his office to make statements, even hold press conferences at the end of their first terms, to push for the policy initiatives they hold near and dear to their heart. Some presidents are better at this than others. Considering that, Barack Obama should be classified as a master of the bully pulpit. He is using it to its full potential and is attacking the Republicans for their stance on the coming debate over the debt ceiling. Yes, his hastily called press conference, which have been few and far between for this President, covered other issues besides the debt ceiling. He mentioned gun control, which will probably get its own time in the sun later in the week, but the main bulk of his remarks had to do with the debt ceiling.

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After the fiscal cliff deal was passed and signed into law, many of us who follow these things warned that the fight was not over. The Republicans arguably held a stronger hand, now that higher taxes were off the table, but it turns out that isn’t the case. President Obama has made sure everyone who is listening knows he isn’t finished with higher taxes. He plainly told the Republicans they had another thing coming if he was going to allow them to make spending cuts, without raising taxes even higher. It was also revealed that the President does not believe our federal government has a spending problem. I call that denying the obvious, but Obama seems to really believe that fallacy.

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Ever since the beginning of the year, the President has made it clear he does not intend to negotiate or hold a debate over the debt ceiling. He has made statements that decry such a debate as irresponsible and has flatly said he will not negotiate with Republicans over this issue. He reiterated that position in yesterday’s press conference and even went a step further. He is making the claim that if the Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, certain things are likely to happen.

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(Washington Post, via The Lonely Conservative) “I’m a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon.

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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.

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“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.

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I would like to take this opportunity to point out a small fact that has been omitted. Even if the debt ceiling is not raised, the federal government still takes in tax revenue. Some estimates have that revenue at over $200 billion each month. That means the federal government still has money coming in, money that does not have to be borrowed. If I am not mistaken, the Secretary of the Treasury is the Executive Branch official who determines where that money is spent. Simply put, that means one thing. If the debt ceiling is not raised and payments are delayed to anyone, Social Security recipients, veterans, or military personnel, the monkey is on the Obama administration, not the Republicans in Congress.

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This is just one more example of how President Obama is lying to the American public. By doing so, he can continue his assault on our country and no one seems to be the wiser. That doesn’t change that he is lying to us and he is using his bully pulpit and the liberal media to set the hook.

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  • Dragonconservative

    Here’s the thing. The United States is in a bit of a bind when it comes to the debt ceiling. If we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we can’t pay back our loans, and interest rates will begin to rise, possibly creating more economic problems. However, if we do raise the debt ceiling, the Obama administration is bound to continue their ever-growing spending.

    Now, let’s examine Obama’s spending piece. He wants to raise taxes on the rich even more, and at that point, he says that he will cut spending. I personally don’t believe that he’ll make the necessary cuts. He does not want to stop spending, and that’s a huge problem. The federal government has become nothing but a vehicle for spending taxpayers’ money. America does not have the money to fritter away on God knows what. We need a strong leader in 2016.

    • I agree, DC. President Obama has no intention of cutting spending. He can’t see his way to do that because he does not believe we have a spending problem. If there is one thing I know about anyone, they can not solve a problem if they do not believe it exists.

  • Mike

    DC has it right and, though I strongly disagree with his fiscal policies, so does Obama. Raising the debt ceiling is not a negotiable issue — we CANNOT default on our debt. Your simplistic approach to federal cash flow really doesn’t match reality. That money is already “spent” before it comes in the door. My view here is that the GOP controlled House needs to lead this issue by denying funding on programs. The problem with that will be that choices will have to be made and that could be a huge political problem unless it’s done somewhat neutrally. Cut some Education and Energy Dept funding but also cut some Defense Dept funding. The GOP has a big stick in funding the government programs — they need to figure out how to wield it.

    • I understand the United States should not default on its debt and loan obligations. Having said that, Obama is spouting off and acting as if he has all the leverage. I am convinced that he will not, under any circumstances, submit to spending cuts, unless he is absolutely forced to do so. At some point, the GOP has to exert the leverage I believe they hold. Unless they do, we will never see Obama acquiesce on spending.

      • Mike

        I agree with you but the debt ceiling cannot be used as political leverage. There should be a big sign on the cover of the debt ceiling bill that says “Off Limits For Political Leverage”. The GOP needs to find its muscle elsewhere and that’s why I’m saying they have to use their appropriations leverage. “Mr President we need to sit down and agree to massive lending cuts otherwise we will defund the following departments and programs in the following way…” It’s a lot like the postponed sequester agreement and it needs to be equally well balanced or the GOP will lose the moral high ground of focusing on total spending not just spending on Dem priorities.

        • The only problem with your suggestion of defunding certain departments and programs is the Senate. With it firmly in the hands of the Democrats, it is highly unlikely they will agree to any kind of spending cuts. I agree with you about using the spending cuts as leverage, but I seriously doubt the Democrats will play ball on that. I could be wrong, but I do not believe I am.

          If that is the case, where do we go from there?

    • The money isn’t spent, it’s slated to be spent when it comes in. The fact that Obama is picking and choosing what will be defunded as a result of the debt ceiling not being raised tells me that the revenue the government receives can easily be redirected as the government sees fit.

      • But yet, Obama is able to stand up and lie with a straight face, all the while blaming the Republicans for this or that. The fact that he gets away with it so easily irks me to no end.

  • It sure would be nice if we had some adults in Washington. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone, on either side of the asile, would initiate a discusion of what needs to be done to grow the economy and put people back to work.

    • Adults, you say? I’m not sure they know the meaning of that word in Washington.

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  • Yes Obama is a master at using the bully pulpit and he is doing it here. If the debt ceiling is not raised the country could still pay for the military and social security and Barack Obama knows this. It would be all about prioritizing who gets paid first and that is Obama’s decision; if SS and the military don’t get paid it will be because of Obama. But he knows that most people listening to him don’t know this and he is using that tactic to scare people into supporting his position.

    • Truly, Obama is doing a masterful job at keeping the Republicans on their heels. I have never witnessed a President do this so well.

  • The conservatives are already playing catch up with Obama on this issue. They should have been in front of a camera the moment the President’s conference ended yesterday countering every misleading statement he made. They should have grabbed the narrative from him and said we must do the things we need to do to save Medicare and Social Security and not strap our children with this massive debt. Look the President agreed with us back in 2006 and 2008. He said we were robbing from our children and it was unpatriotic. They should have used his words against him. Instead we hear nothing from the right again…allowing Obama to shape the narrative. How many times to you have to get hit in the head with a political hammer before you finally wake up and say enough?

    • I wish I knew the answer to your last question. One would think that after four years of Obama doing this, and getting ready to enter his second term, the Republicans would realize they are going nowhere fast, whenever they take this tact with him. If I didn’t know any better, I would think they are afraid of him and his bully pulpit. Maybe they are just gun shy?

      At any rate, they desperately need to change their tone and their tactics. Unless they do so, they are almost certain to continue being sidelined by the President.

  • The Government has $200 billion per month coming in… and that’s not enough to “live” on?

    There needs to be a law that says the Government cannot spend more than it takes in except during times of war.

    • It wouldn’t matter if they did pass a law saying the Government cannot spend more than it takes in except during times of war. They would just ignore it like they do all the others that are in place.