I’m well aware it’s a cliche, but I just love the phrase, ‘What goes around, comes around.”
We’re two days away from the sky falling, and President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are pleading for a compromise in raising the debt ceiling from an already incredulous $14.3 trillion.
“In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday night to avoid an unprecedented government default …., the Associated Press reported.
“Unforgiving display of partisanship.” Does anyone recall such veiled, subjective criticism last year when the Democrats - without a single Republican vote – overhauled the nation’s health care system despite the objections of the American people?
“The time for putting party first is over,” Obama said on Saturday. He wasn’t singing that tune last year, was he, amid the back-room arm wrestling and million dollar deals to buy votes to pass his cherished ObamaCare?
“The time for compromise on behalf of the American people is now,” said Obama. Again, where was that compromise last year and that concern for the American people who made it clear they did not want or trust Obama’s health care overhaul? Tough luck, my fellow folks, we have the votes and we’re using them.
So last November, the folks got their say when they returned the House of Representatives to Republican control. Obama called it a shellacking. Kevin Blaum in today’s Times Leader blamed those mid-term elections for the “terrible spectacle we are witnessing” now over raising the debt ceiling.
Blaum’s advice to Obama is to ignore the Congress entirely and use his executive power to raise the debt ceiling. The Congress be damned. And Blaum calls the Republicans elected last year to restore fiscal sanity “a cadre of extremists.” He whines that the president should not be held hostage. Yeah, like the American people were held hostage by Obama’s determination to push through his reviled health care plan.
Then we have our own Sen. Bobby Casey, who has seen the light and is also calling for compromise because we have to make sure “we have a bipartisan agreement to pay our bills and meet our obligations.” Where was his concern last year when he and his colleagues overhauled health care with no concrete plan on how to pay for it?
The hypocrisy here is astounding.
The one thing holding up the inevitable debt ceiling increase is Obama’s demand that it be raised high enough to free him up next year to crisscross the country to raise billions of dollars for his re-election and maybe squeeze in some more rounds of golf. That’s what’s foremost on his mind. He had threatened to veto any legislation that would require the debt ceiling to be increased in two steps .
And he has the audacity to implore the American folks to contact their representatives and tell them to put politics aside and do something for the sake of the country.
He’s the one at whom the American people should be infuriated. His motives are self-serving and his concern for the country is less than pure.
“The time for putting party first is over,” he says? The time for putting his re-election campaign first is NOW!
- Betty Roccograndi