He can only spend what Congress says he can spend and the only way to do that is to raise the debt ceiling and also revenues. It is the small band of Tea Partiers that are holding John Boehner and the rest of the entire gov't hostage by threatening to shut it down if they do not get their way.
WE must cut spending, raise revenues, while at the same time allow for cost of living raises and entitlements, some to DOD and their contractors along with Medicare in order to pay our bills.
Manufacturing a debt 'crisis' every three months just to get your minority way on things is not the way the US is supposed to do business. The American public agreed with BHO and elected him to four more years. Hence his bully pulpit stance towards the backward thinking Tea Partiers and their friends in Congress.
He should have used stronger words to call them out in my opinion.
We need to have a real budget, too, and reduce the federal debt. Harry Reid said something recently that I've been waiting for him to say for four years:
".....most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing. After all, I repeat, the Baby Boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it."
Yes - Harry Reid said that. Believe it or not. The same Harry Reid who has refused for more than 3 years to allow a budget - which would make TRANSPARENT what the government has been and intends to spend our tax dollars on - to even come to an up-or-down vote in the Senate. His actions single-handedly stymied all efforts to get government spending under control. Why did he take this approach? BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT ANY CONSTRAINTS ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING!
There's no other possible reason.
So, my brother in advocacy...Reid is a shopaholic on meth?
It is the TEA PARTY electorate that is holding us down.
This is how I see the problem. BHO is in a catch-22. Nothing he does will be the right thing. In order to manage the debt ceiling he has to raise revene (taxes) and cut spending. Neither is popular. And what does he cut? Right now he on his plate is Sandy,SNAP, Meicaid/Medicare, Social Secuirty, education, arts and sciences, Obamacare, Big Bird, the military, etc. All of these programs are near and dear to most people. What to save, what to cut and what programs to discontinue? No decision he makes will be the "right" one. You couldn't pay me enough to do his job.
Good point, up2.
Sandy: Get the "pork" out, it will pass.
SNAP: Do as sebem said, keep up with their transactions to catch fraud.
Medicare/Medicaid: Catch errors, double billing, and "audit" them .
Social security and education, leave it alone.
Obamacare: Was done behind close doors!
Big Bird: Can support itself threw sells of clothes, toys, books, ect.
Military: SUPPORT THEM 100%.............
Even with all he pork and fraud gone, there are tough decisions to be made as that a lone will not balance the budget. Descisions that will not be popular with anyone. When I said Big Bird, I was speaking of programs like Seasme Street.
Here is President, then Senator Obama on raising the debt ceiling on March 20, 2006. The National debt was about 6, but less than 7 trillion.
Here is Senator Obama calling George W. Bush irresponsible and unpatriotic for accumulating 4T in 8 years.
Even he acknowledges that we have a spending problem and one of his promises was to sign legislation to cut the National debt in half. Why so many that voted for him have forgotten this promise, and do principles really matter?
I think we have stumbled upon a situation that we can truly agree upon as long as we stick to principles here. I addressed this issue and was in an honest debate with Chief MVB back in July 2011 debt ceiling crises. Check out my post in the blog on 7/27/11 at 20:32, I outline it all there. And remember Boehner is the Speaker of the house and #3 in the chain of command. See the blog Smoke and Mirrors below!
“Article I, Section 7.1: All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”
Shutting Leviathan down is not a default because there is still enough revenue to pay the national debt, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Active duty soldiers. All the other entitlements discussed in this blog, should be put on the table for cutting because they influence dependence which is not what our country was built upon and is not what influences greatness within the individual.
Also America elected the Republicans to stay in charge of the House and revenue, if they wanted BHO to do his will without checks and balances they would be out and Nancy Pelosi IN.
John Boehner hasn’t refused to raise the debt limit; he has proposed a balanced approach of 1 dollar cuts to each dollar revenue increase even after the fiscal cliff deal when BHO bullied the Republicans into 41 dollar revenue increases to 1 dollar of cuts. The Speaker owns this debate on principles based on law, the US Constitution and the word shall is absolute in legal terms with the Legislative branch being an equal to the Executive in regards to authorized power. Can BHO be a true leader with divide government like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan? Inquiring minds like to know and are waiting for Federal government to work together, triangulate the best ideas from each party and be successful in governing!
You cannot rob Peter to pay Paul. Our government needs to stop with all the "tricks" and do what is needed to be done already.
I concur that any decesion will not please everyone. I just can't get past that there is no tangible way to reduce spending in a common sense manner that produces tangible results. It is out there, but to be honest I don't feel an candid objective assessment is being conducted. One area I think we should look at is the billions in forgien aid; I can't wrap my head around why this is not seriously looked at. We seem to have no problem with burdoning our own people with tax increases and sequestrian inititives but continue to state that there is "no" money to be had. I don'r know folks, pretty frustrating overall as there is no actionable recourse for us....
I respectfully disagree ASmith. Suppose you had a close family member that lost their house to a fire. Helping them is a no brainer, they're family. So you give them some money to help them back on their feet. Well that wasn't free money you plucked out of the air. Since you've taken the money from your household budget (our government with a savings plan? LOL) you're going to have to cut back somewhere. You might eat less, do less recreational activites orcut back how much you put in the collection plate. The same is with the government. The money must come from somewhere. That means cuts have to be made. I do agree though, victims of Sandy should not have to wait this long to receive help.
Excuse me ASmith, please read the last line of my repsonse again. And yes, the money does have to come from somewhere.
"So, my brother in advocacy...Reid is a shopaholic on meth?"
I'd call him a "spendaholic." Nothing new there - but my point was that without a budget there's no real "transparency," which is what this administration said it would be from the outset.
...and on the debt ceiling, back in 2011 President Obama admitted he did not have the legal/constitutional authority to raise the debt ceiling on his own. See:
What has changed since then? I can think of only three things;
*Mr. Obama may have a new batch of lawyers.
*He has been reelected and now does not have to "face the nation" in another election. This new "flexibility" has perhaps emboldened him to ignore legal/constitutional limits that he - prior to the 2012 electoin - was heretofore unwilling to ignore.
*His reelection has put him on a "power trip," in which he thinks he might as well push on all fronts and see where the Republicans cave.
I think a combination of all three is most likely. After all, it's good politics that when you have your opposition on the run, you should KEEP 'em on the run. It's like in football: if you're opponent can't stop a particular play, it's smart to keep running it until it no longer works.
HOWEVER, I am convinced that - unchecked - this administration will further bury this country in debt and consign our children and grandchildren to the economic problems of Greece, Italy, Spain, France, et. al. Consequently, I applaud the Republicans in standing fast in their position on the debt ceiling. I have transmitted these feelings to my elected representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The Bottom Line: If Mr. Obama wants to raise the stakes, he ought to issue the executive order(s) and force the GOP to take him to court. I hope he does, and I hope they do.
ASmith, Congress is a separate and equal branch of government within the constitution, King George is dead and we don't play that in America. We have the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and an avowed conservative saved Obamacare because of congress authority to tax, and there are 21 new taxes in that flaw that will hit all of us. President Obama said himself we have a spending problem and he would cut the deficit in half in his 1st term. John Boehner should hold his stance as the #3 in the chain of command and hold BHO to that broken promise because it is principled , the law and the right thing to do. Most of us can put political affiliation aside when we engage on principles and not emotions and personal beliefs as Progreeives do!
I'm not being a parody; however you are insisting the President to do something he's not authorized to. In Welfare not Medicare you were for the constitution , and in this blog you're not. I'm for the constitution 99.9% of the time because tadhering to it is fair and the right thing to do! Do want the President to get impeached?
News flash for you and the rest of the uninformed, GWB went to congress and procured congressional approval with resounding bipartisan support. The Dems tried to kick him to the curve once the war went sour. That's why they weren't put on trial my dear, there was no legality to it. The Democrats controlled both chambers of congress in GWB's last two years, if they could do it they would have. Why don't you read the constitution and arm yourself, so that you won't believe progressive talking points as being gospel.
Yes ASmith, I’m drunk on the truth :D
And on Sunshine: D
ASmith, if you are so informed explain how GWB and Cheney can be tried for war crimes with they got approval from Congress by a 70% margin, and look at the prominant democrats that voted for it Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Edwards, Evan Bayh, Zell Miller and many more?
Joe Biden and Harry Reid too, and if the GOP's favorability is as low as you say it's because the grossly and emotionally uninformed like you who lack principles!
I don't care what anybody's favorability rating is or whether or not they get reelected. None of them. If you've got the goods on Bush and Cheney put them on trial and get it over with for pete's sake.
They can't HuDhat1, because it's all smoke and mirrors with 0% substance and no legal reason to go forward with nothing more needed to be said!
ASmith, let’s cut to the chase and see if you have values and principles. I post this blog last year and listen to crickets from left leaning people like you. So is it ok for a sitting US Senator to lie to his constituents like this?
An honest response without progressive talking points would be highly appreciated!
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, you are incapable of an honest debate and that's not an opinion it is a fact, based on your personal responses!You own them my dear.
Funkie apparently doesn't know what is meant by "self parody," though he seems to like engaging in it.
Not prosecuting Bushco, for the same reason Ford let Nixon walk, makes about as much legal sense as Ford's pardon. It might be nice to tell the nation to move on for the sake of not further tearing it apart but, at the end of the day, it lowers the bar for future behavior. It would have been great to see Tricky Dick behind bars but that didn't happen. Likewise, we will just have to settle for the reality of the rest of the world wanting to prosecute Bush and Cheney but the US, as usual, refusing to allow these two US citizens to come under the jurisdiction of international law. It's nothing new for the US as it often holds itself to different legal standards when acting in the international arena. It's why the United States is so overwhelmingly popular in the countries where it has a footprint.
Is the United States overwhelmingly popular in the countries where it has a footprint?
I don't think we are very popular in any of the countries that we have gone to war in the past twenty or thirty years.
What are the other countries in which we are overwhealmingly popular.
I too would like to see a debate between ASmith and Fannie73.
Maybe it will continue here on this site.
We've had a pretty good start to the new year.
Hope we all have a good week-end.
"Hope we all have a good week-end." sayeth ToT.
Well Tot, let's see. I will probably plan my weekend by patterning mine as you did when you blamed the Newtown tradgedy on me and Liberals by noting some national horror or tradgedy as being the fault of you and other Conservatives. I might go to Kroger and wipe boogers on shopping carts while looking for some baby to sneeze on. All the while blaming the contamination on Conservatives such as yourself who don't get flu shots and generally reject global warming and other proven scientific facts.
After that I'll find some little ole lady to push into traffic while pretending to mimic a conservative stumbling along his way while reading a Karl Rove comment in a magazine.
You have a nice day now, ya heah!
And lest I forget, if the Falcons manage to lose tomorrow or in the Super Bowl, that too, of course, will be the fault of you and Conservatives.
The "experts" favor the 49ers and the Patriots to meet in the SB. For that reason - among others - I hope it's BAL and ATL. The Falcons need to avoid doing goofy stuff near the end of the game, though. That "squib" at the end of the last one was boneheaded fer sure.
Yea Sebe. I b looking at the spreads. The niner defence is pretty scary. Tot gave them the Falcon's playbook.
Yeah....their D is tough, but the wild card is that QB. The story goes that he chose football over pitching for the Cubs (I wonder why?). He sure seems to run fast.
Funkie apparently doesn't know what is meant by "self parody," though he seems to like engaging in it.
Fannie73, I looked the word up in the dictionary before I responded; and I wholeheartedly didn’t see the comparison, maybe I’m biased go ahead and enlighten me with an example. However it’s no more than S.I.N.
Switch the subject
Ignore the facts
Because GWB went to Congress with its 435 US Representatives, the US Senate with its 100 Senators and garnered 373 Yea votes 70%, 156 Nay votes 29% and 6 Present votes 1%
If Bush lied people died, all 375 of them should be tried for war crimes, not just two. Bush and Cheney used the law of the constitution and got the permission to act before doing so.
Do principles and the rule of law even matter?
The President should invoke the 14th Amendment, thus ending this manufactured crises and depriving the Republicans of yet another way to hold the country, and in this case the world, hostage so that they can get their way.
It's people like Funkentelecky who have caused the GOP to have an unfavorable public opinion rating of 45%. Their positive rating is 30%.
The thing is this. Most people in this country don't like uninformed paranoid freaks--but that is who the GOP leadership panders to.
An honest response? You're just not too bright. That's my opinion in all honesty.
ASmith here is Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.
The Congress shall have power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Shall is absolute in legal terms, and King George is dead.
Here is a copy of the US Constitution, so that you may verify for yourself.
How can President Obama invoke something he has no power of?
This is the greatness of our constitution, and we all should hold our representatives responsible for their actions regardless of race, creed or color.
We need to start working to get out from under all of this debt NOW. To force compromise, the Republicans only have one item of "leverage" to move the President to the center: the debt ceiling. IMHO - if they cave on that, they lose whatever credibility they have left as the party of small government and fiscal responsibility.
On principle alone the GOP needs to stand fast and stay the course.
I agree with sebekm, A.K.A. Chief MVB and in this situation so should we all by principles and rule law!