Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mr. Obama Says He Will Not Negotiate Over the Debt Ceiling

If You Close Your Eyes and Meditate You Can Almost Believe Him

Almost all of the blame of the recurring crises in Washington over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling so that the U. S. can borrow money to pay for what it has already spent belongs to Republicans.  They are the ones that continually fight to create a crisis.  But a part of the blame lies with the President.  He has negotiated in the past and so there is every reason to believe he will cave in the future.

And yet now the President is saying he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling.  From the Washington Post.

Obama: I will not negotiate on the debt ceiling

President Obama on Monday reiterated that he will not negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling and called on them to cede the battle over Obamacare and pass a new budget.
"The Affordable Care Act has been the law for three-and-a-half years now," Obama said in a speech at the White House. "It passed both houses of Congress. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. It was an issue in last year’s election, and the candidate who called for repeal lost."

Obama said the still-fragile economy is only threatened by the GOP's threats to potentially allow a government shutdown if Obamacare is funded and to not raise the debt ceiling if it doesn't include more spending cuts. Both battles are set to occur in the coming weeks.
"In case there’s any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations; I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States," Obama said. "Let's stop the threats, stop the political posturing."

Well let’s hope he means it this time.  Really let’s hope that past experience taught Mr. Obama a lesson.  And let’s remember that hoping for something don’t make it come true.

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