(2) Based on his new rhetorical framing device, Obama himself voted for American "deadbeat" status as a freshman Senator in 2006. And I quote:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
Republicans have been calling for a restoration of normal order for years. It's Democrats in the Senate who have refused to even introduce a budget for nearly four years, leading to one countdown cliff after another. If the president truly wants this appalling ad hoc governance to end, he ought to have a terse conversation with Harry Reid and Patty Murray, not lecture Republicans
Obama is now resurrecting these revenues (which caused liberals some convenient amnesia just a few weeks ago). Republicans should hold firm that these potential revenues -- which would come through closing loopholes and eliminating deductions -- will only be placed back on the table if they're part of a broader tax reform package that includes lowering rates across the board. It's also worth mentioning that Congress and the president authorized a $2.1 trillion debt ceiling hike just 17 months ago. We've already blown through all of it, but playing a little political hardball to stem the insanity is somehow the height of irresponsibility. It's going to be a long four weeks years
UPDATE - Right on cue, the White House has informed the House Budget Committee that the president will not produce his FY 2014 budget on time. Obama has missed 80 percent of his statutory budget deadlines......snip~
Obama: "We Are Not a Deadbeat Nation" - Guy Benson