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Obama Versus the Republican Right in Congress on the Debt Ceiling

President Barack Obama and Ambassador Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, wave to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan as he departs from the North Portico of the White House, Jan. 11, 2013.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [via NBC's First Read]

PRESIDENT OBAMA is the commander in chief and the keeper of America’s prowess and prestige, which includes the financial vibrancy of this nation.

If Congress, specifically the American right in the House, believes they have the authority to put the full faith and credit of our country on the line for the sake of some ideological tantrum, President Obama not only has the obligation, but must use all the power given to him legally to make sure the extremist fringe doesn’t take this country down fiscally.

The letter quoted above, joined by Senators Patty Murray, Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer, puts it succinctly and every single American should put aside politics to support them.

The minority fringe right, led by the wackos on wingnut radio, have no right to lead the American populace around by their extremism, whether its through N.R.A. nonsense, or their economic hostage taking.

Politicians and their fanatical supporters who encourage economically extremism and ideological suicide should be called out for putting their own financial hallucinations over country. If a politician doesn’t know the debt ceiling is about paying our bills, each member of Congress who threatens to vote against doing what’s right deserves to be recalled by the people who sent them to Washington to do their job.

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13 Responses to Obama Versus the Republican Right in Congress on the Debt Ceiling

  1. ladywalker68 January 12, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Spot on, Taylor. If I wanted to quote my favorite part, I would have to copy and paste the whole darn thing but I won’t. I’ll just say, I agree completely and this post is perfect in every way!

  2. PeggySue January 12, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Ditto to what Ladywalker said. The GOP intransigence is nothing more than economic/governmental terrorism. Time for a major smack down.

    I’m not a big fan girl of Barack Obama but on this issue he has my full support.

  3. Cujo359 January 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    The debt ceiling is nonsense to begin with. Congress passes a budget and authorizes spending. If it doesn’t do that in a way that produces a balanced budget, then the choices are to borrow money or increase the money supply to cover the difference. Congress should really repeal the debt ceiling, not increase it. If it wants a balanced budget, then it should raise taxes accordingly.

    In short, yes, Taylor, this is nothing but a political ploy by a small group of politicians on behalf of a small group of extremists. It’s high time they stopped trying to hold government operations hostage for the purposes of those extremists.

  4. ladywalker68 January 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    They are not only holding the government operations hostage, but the entire country.

  5. TPAZ January 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Funny, there is always drama following around “No Drama Obama”. Someone needs to look into this.

    • Solo January 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      I do believe you’ve got it surrounded. The insanity and nihilism that permeates todays GOP is all President Obama’s fault.

    • angels81 January 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      What a great idea, you should be the one to look into that, then get back to us with what you find. We will all be holding our breath waiting for the big surprises you will uncover.

    • jinbaltimore January 13, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      hee hee…true

  6. secularhumanizinevoluter January 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Once again that mean old Communist, Socialist, Muslim, Kenyan, Liberal is treating those nice reasonable republicans just so…MEAN.

  7. Solo January 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    These Tea Party nutz don’t even realize that the debt ceiling is about money that has already been spent. Spending authorized by Congress itself not the President. I do find it more than a little odd that Taylor wrote a piece on GOP obstruction considering that every time I have brought up the subject in the recent past she dismissed it as Obama supporters making excuses.

  8. jinbaltimore January 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Obama WANTS to cut Social Security, and he will not let the Debt Ceiling go to waste as an opportunity to do so.

  9. DaGoat January 13, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    ” If a politician doesn’t know the debt ceiling is about paying our bills, each member of Congress who threatens to vote against doing what’s right deserves to be recalled by the people who sent them to Washington to do their job.”

    I agree with this, but apparently Senators Murray, Schumer and Durbin, along with Senators Clinton and Obama, did not understand this back in 2006 when they all voted against raising the debt ceiling. Apparently all 47 Democratic Senators were unaware the debt ceiling authorized payment of money that had already been spent, something that is obvious to everyone in this thread.

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00054

    The problem is not limited to crazed Republicans (although I agree they’re acting pretty crazy), the problem is politicians putting politics over what is the right thing to do. It was a political ploy when the Democrats did it, and it’s a political ploy now.

  10. Ramsgate January 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    It can be said that Obama brought a lot of this onto himself by his compromising nature. His opponents are people who perceive kindness or any form of compromise as weakness. These knuckle-draggers have no fear of him. So they keep testing and testing, probing and probing, insulting and insulting.

    In the final analysis this is a test of his manhood. They will continue this sort of thing until he delivers a harsh and ruthless blow from which they will find it difficult, if not impossible to recover. But that is not in him. He will be the one to give them a helping hand up.

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