The Washington Post reports — no doubt with glee –
“A leading House conservative said Tuesday that enough Republicans oppose the debt-ceiling plan drafted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to make Democratic support crucial to passing it.
“I am confident as of this morning that there were not 218 Republicans in support of this plan,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee. The group comprises more than 170 House conservatives.”
Representative Jordan – I very much hope you will consider a change of heart.
Yes, I’d like deeper spending cuts, too. But you won’t have them, as long as President Obama is in the White House. Do you really think a bill passed by Congress is going to force Obama and his minions in federal agencies to stop spending? Look – Obama hasn’t even had a budget for his entire adminstration. And he is still he greatest spendthrift President in American history.
If Obama is re-elected, we will have Obamacare. Obama really doesn’t care if this outrageously expensive, incoherent bill bankrupts the country. Do think that someone with the ego of our President ever would consider a repeal of his “signature legislation”?
The only way to put an end to federal deficits that will bankrupt this country is to put an end to the Obama presidency.
Let’s say the House passes the Boehner debt ceiling bill, and it gets to Obama’s desk. Obama now has two choices:
Choice #1. Obama can sign the bill. This would continue to fund the federal government and avert the “debt ceiling crisis.” However, the bill also guarantees that in about 6 months, the debt ceiling will need to be raised yet again. In other words, as the 2012 election campaign is heating up, Obama will have to defend his record as the most fiscally irresponsible President in American history. Good luck with that!
Choice #2, Obama vetoes the bill. Obama and his minions have spent the last month fear-mongering about what an awful catastrophe we will face if Obama doesn’t get more money by August 2. Further, Boehner’s debt ceiling bill has been drafted by a man who Obama has praised as a moderate. So how will Obama explain vetoing the bill, and throwing the country into “default,” with the horrors of “rating agency downgrades” and “higher interest rates.”
Mr President, good luck with that, too.
You already know Obama’s 2012 election playbook. Obama will want to portray all Republicans –and especially tea party members — as dangerous, irresponsible, and extremists. According to the Obama playbook, Republicans are all wealthy white men, who fly around on private jets, writing tax breaks for “millionaires and billionaires.”
But what if Republicans in the house have written and passed a moderate proposal to avert the “debt ceiling crisis,” while Obama hasn’t even written a proposal?
Now who’s irresponsible?
The Boehner plan is fiscally responsible. It’s also a brilliant piece of political strategy.