The President accuses others of demagoguery in the breath before he demagogues them. He pretends to be the Serious Parent, asking "if not now when". When? How about when he spent two years not pushing Congressional Democrats to pass a budget? How about when he punted to the Debt Reduction Commission that HE assigned and then ignored their proposals? How about when he offered a "budget" that was so unserious that not even a single democrat was willing to attach their name to it? How about when he accused Republicans of not being serious about deficit reduction and governing, so Republicans actually brought forth a budget that seriously addressed painful decisions, and his response was to accuse them of going after autistic children and peoples' grandmothers?
The President refuses to provide specifics or leadership, but someone needs to, so he waits for Republican congressional leadership to fill the void and then he demagogues them for doing so.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
No society has prospered in the history of man during a time of war. Do not kid yourself we are still at war. We should not be surprised that home loans, Wall Street and our debt have been left to police itself. When you fight a war you need money so you cut regulators and policing functions of the SEC, EPA, FDA, etc , etc When you take people and instead of 2 people per 100 there is now 1 per 100 more falls through. In 11 years we, because of war, have left the industry of America to the companies. And companies are in it for the money, and at the end of the day want to make the most money any way possible through any means.
Curing the debt will take budget cuts, INCLUDING DEFENSE, which is where a huge cut should start. And returning taxes for ALL Americans to Clinton era levels and closing loop holes is what will start this. IT WILL BE PAINFULL for ALL. Not just the poor or middle class
Well, tax hikes are just as essential as spending cuts to stabilizing things, but stubborn tactics and ultimatums are childish. I expect more from Obama than to parrot the nonsense spewed by his enemies. He's smarter and more civilized than they are.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.