John Boehner went to Wall Street last night. A lot of people wanted to hear what he had to say. While Dancing with the Stars seems to rate higher on people’s radar than Boehner’s speech, what he said was important. So were the smoke and mirrors he set up.
Boehner’s proposal is simple. For every dollar the debt ceiling is increased, there must be a dollar cut in spending. Boehner reminds me of J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye comics and his famous line, “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
Boehner is either totally and shockingly ignorant or simply selling us some oceanfront property in Arizona.
First, this is not a one for one trade off. Borrowing money costs money. If nothing else, we will have to pay service on that debt so our spending still increases. Second, does anyone really believe Congress can control itself?
Congress has about as much self control with money as Michael Moore does around a box of Krispee Kreme Donuts.
Boehner is giving us the typical Washington bait and switch. He wants us to agree to a debt ceiling increase today in exchange for spending cuts FIVE YEARS OUT.
Obama is being intransigent. Why not? His opposition is John Boehner. Obama has made it obvious he does not want any cuts. Obama wants to spend us into bankruptcy and is well on his way to doing that.
Boehner and the GOP establishment wonder why the Tea Party and conservatives are so opposed to Boehner. It is simple - Boehner has a track record. It is a record of surrender. We conservatives have neither forgotten nor forgiven him for the budget deal. When he came in as Speaker, the GOP promised $100 billion dollars in budget cuts for this year’s budget that Nancy Pelosi never passed because she feared passing the budget would harm Democrats in the fall election. Boehner managed to work out a compromise, which in the end, meant a whopping $352 MILLION in budget cuts. That is 1/3 of one percent of what they promised.
Last night, Boehner said, “we should be talking about cuts of trillions, not billions.” When Boehner’s cuts morphed from billions into millions, my level of confidence in Boehner is not exactly high.
The only alternative is to pressure our congressmen to vote against ANY increase in the debt ceiling. Obama and Geithner will probably make sure America defaults on its debt, even though there is more than enough money to pay the debt service. This is going to be a difficult time, but we are going to have to do something. As we have mentioned here on Tea Party Nation before, the way we are going is not unexplored territory. Europe has already gone down that road. They have already drunk the Kool-Aid. We can ask them how the hope and change worked out for them, but we already know the answer. Some of the European countries are about to tank and the rest of Europe has neither the inclination nor ability to bail them out much longer.
We are at the point in our economic fight that is something like a scene from one of the old Star Trek episodes where Scotty tells Captain Kirk, “if we don’t break away now, we never will.” If we do not stop the borrow and spend addiction that both Republicans and Democrats have enabled, we will never stop it.
If we are going to win this fight, Boehner is going to have to do something that is not in his nature. He is going to have to fight.
Boehner talks a great game, but keeps his white flag of surrender floating in the breeze.
Well, Mr. Boehner, talk is cheap. Haul down that flag and fight!
I Had to change the channel when Obama spoke in Texas! What Lies! Was it just me or did any of you who saw it thought there was not many people there clapping? And then when he said " There's chairs you don't have to stand" I laughed because who would want to stand for the likes of him?
Sorry Mr. President! Don't try to teach me what it means to be an American, you failed that and as for the economy you failed there too!, Not to mention oil drilling, Immigration, Unemployment, destroyed housing market.... My goodness...... I was wondering when he was simply going to shut up!
And oh by the way Mr. President, look at the cost of Gas at the Pumps! $4.20 per Gallon in California, actually over 5.00 in Los Angeles
NO DEB ! BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE WILL SEE THAT OBAMA CHECK'S OUT AND ITS A TICKET BACK TO KENYA!
In addition to what is said above a "CUT" in Washington is not anything like what you an I consider to be a CUT. In Washington a CUT is when you get less then what you ask for.
In Washington if I ask for 150 million more than what I got last year but I only get a million more than last year instead I can look straight into the camera a proudly say we CUT our budget by 50 Million even though I now have more than ever. These are the types of smoke and mirror games even Republicans play and why the all the CUTS the Republicans claimed to have gotten in the budget amounted to couch change and did not in effect cut anything. All they did we chip into the increases, nothing was really "CUT" as anyone outside the beltway would understand it.
It's all rather discouraging and sickening.