History is scattered with the stories of those who held fast to rigid ideologies and refused to listen to those who disagreed. But those are not the Americans we remember. We remember the Americans who put country above self, and set personal grievances aside for the greater good. We remember the Americans who held this country together during its most difficult hours; who put aside pride and party to form a more perfect union. – Barack Obama
A technique often used by obstructionists is, “let’s you and him fight.” In other words, if a third party wants to sabotage the process during negotiations, he strives to get the parties who are engaged in the negotiations to argue incessantly. This is a technique that is frequently used by divorce lawyers. If they keep the parties feuding over every small detail, they can extend the process thereby assuring that the cost of the divorce will increase and they can line their pockets in the process.
Barack Obama uses this technique frequently, erecting straw men and pitting varying races and social classes against each other. Then he can ride in on his white horse with a compromise to make himself look presidential although he has stood in the wings erecting barriers during the entire process.
The most obvious attempt was his pitiful performance earlier this week when he addressed the nation about the ongoing negotiations over the debt ceiling.
It has become painfully obvious that Obama is a fiscal lightweight with no strategy of his own. His socialist ideology is so engrained in his psyche that he is willing to allow the nation to default rather than lower the debt while meeting our fiscal obligations.
During his speech he implied that congress had no viable plan. This is a canard. Congress has already passed two significant pieces of legislation to address our fiscal requirements and still pay our debts. One is the Ryan plan. The other is “Cut, Cap and Balance.”
The Ryan plan is far-reaching, addressing not only the existing debt crisis, but containing long-term fixes to social security and Medicare to reduce the debt and prevent the reoccurrence of the crisis. The bipartisan Cut, Cap and Balance legislation introduces major spending cuts, limits future spending, and sets the stage for passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Both strategies have some flaws but they are viable. Unfortunately, although a Republican congress passed both legislative efforts, the Democrat-controlled Senate has rejected them.
In addition, leaders of both houses came within a hair’s breadth of a new agreement over the weekend, but Obama threatened to veto anything passed that doesn’t include a tax increase for the “wealthy.” The talks broke down.
In an effort to cover his behind, Obama went before the American people with his case. During the speech he blamed George W. Bush for the problem, dusted off a quote from Ronald Reagan, used focus-group approved phrases like “balanced approach”, tried to scare old people by threatening to withhold social security payments, and blamed congress — specifically the Tea Party Republicans — for obstructing the process.
But we’ve heard it all before. Doesn’t Obama have a playbook that was written after the 1970s?
We’ve showed Obama our plan – twice, and have come within inches of a third compromise agreement by both houses. It’s time for the obstructionist-in-chief to show us his plan. Unfortunately, the last time he offered any fiscal strategy, even the liberals in the Senate overwhelmingly rejected it.
Hey, Obama, the river card has been turned. Show us your pocket cards or fold your hand, shut the hell up, and allow congress to do their jobs.