Wednesday, June 01, 2011

House GOP Meet with Obama on Debt Ceiling

This piece written by Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal describes the game plan for Team Obama in this re-election campaign season:

If Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling's presentation at the summit was indicative of White House strategy, then we're in trouble. Because that strategy comes down to windy and manipulative statements about how "we're all in this together" but GOP proposals "will lead to millions of children . . . losing their coverage." He added: "We are not criticizing their plan, we are explaining it."

It is a long time since I've seen such transparent demagoguery, such determined dodging. It's obvious the White House political plan for 2012 is this: The Democrats will call for fiscal discipline and offer no specifics or good-faith starting points. They will leave the Republicans to be specific, and then let them be hanged with their candor. Democrats will speak not of what they'll do but only of what they would never do, such as throw grandma out in the snow. In honeyed tones, Mr. Sperling said both parties should "hold hands and jump together," like Butch and Sundance. But it was clear Sundance was going to stop at the edge of the cliff and hope Butch gets broken on the rocks.

She was writing about the Mediscare campaign against the GOP plan - the Ryan plan - that the Democrats thinks will serve them well in 2012. Team Obama is good at talking the talk of working together and acknowledging economic problems, they just don't actually want to do anything about them.

Wednesday, the President invited the House Republicans to the White House for a "listening session" with them about the economic recovery that is not happening in our country and the prospect of handling the debt ceiling vote. A symbolic vote on raising the debt ceiling was held in the House on Tuesday afternoon and failed to pass. The vote was 318 - 97, so it is evident there is a group of Democrats not comfortable with simply raising the debt ceiling without agreement on budget cuts.

The vote on the debt ceiling was symbolic, to be sure, but it was important. It was a "clean bill" - one without amendments - and that is what the Democrats, including President Obama, were calling for. Then, as the GOP stood together and announced there would be no passing of an increase to the debt ceiling if substantial cuts were not agreed upon, the Democrats decided to do what they always do - they called it a stunt. In fact, it gives each member a chance to put on the record what each of their positions are on the matter. It is a tactic used by both parties - the Democrats used it most recently for the Obamacare votes.

It's called gotcha politics.

After the GOP House members exited the meeting with the President, Speaker Boehner generously described the meeting as "productive". He said he repeated a message to the President that he delivered before - "This is the moment. This is the window of opportunity". He wants the President to understand that the GOP House members are serious on finding solutions to runaway national debt that is unsustainable.

Brit Hume said on Fox News that the Democrats are behaving "remarkably cynical" on the issue of raising the debt ceiling. A long time political reporter, Hume has seen it all, so this description is noteworthy. He reminded the viewer that the Democrats have not passed a budget in two years and that is a legal requirement. He asked the question that if it was the GOP who were neglecting their sworn duty, would the media be so willing to let the matter go without question?

Other members exiting the meeting expressed caution about President Obama's willingness to do what needs to be done. Obama is said to have parroted the standard response that "investments" must be made in the economy. That word, investment, is code for spending. He punted to say that Vice President Biden would re-start talks with the two parties on June 9.


Montana said...

You know what this current crowd of GOP liars want is to turn the United Sates into China, where only a few giant corporations run things, they own the factories, that apartments, the grocery stores, the gas stations, the newspaper and magazine publications, the radio stations, the television stations and you pay them and they get all the benefits, and if you do not like it go jump off cliff. Well some Chinese workers seeing that as individuals that they cannot progress have done just that by committing suicide. The current crowd of GOP liars want to abolish Medicare from the elderly, they want to abolish a woman’s right to choose and have control over her own body, they want to abolish collective bargaining rights, and on top of it all they want to blame the poor, the middle class and the public sector workers for a recession that the GOP created, while their beloved “Fat cats” continue to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, bonuses, fringe benefits. Yes this is the GOP “Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering” that they dream about. The win in New York was the beginning but the next will be Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and later the other states of our nation.

srp said...

Montana is sooooo sad. He/she is buying into the far left mania and being one of their useful idiots. Actually, it is Obama that wants us to be like China and Russia ... it isn't big business that owns things... it's big government. In China the government owns everything...

You know, it is TRUE... the left and the socialists and communists have infiltrated our country insidiously through education. Instead of teaching reading, writing, and math... along with real history, factual history... they have interjected bits and pieces here and there and have obviously (by what Montana knows and has learned) re-written history.. of the US and the World.

As for Medicare. Obamas changes have already shown up..... I see it in the decrease in allowed payments to physicians and even hospitals in my own parent's statements. I see it in my neighbor's experience with his mother... where the hospital suggested that at her age (78) the chemotherapy to fight her cancer might not be cost effective... even though she is still mentally and physically more active than many much younger people. I see it when trying to find a family physician for a parent... or an oral surgeon for a broken jaw in an elderly parent.... fewer and fewer are accepting medicare. Obama is doing this. If Medicare isn't revised it just won't be there.... I don't know why people don't get it. Perhaps we should just let things go the way of the Dems and then try to pick up the pieces of the train wreck.

What an angry hateful person Montana seems to be. So sad.