"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Boehner: The President Wants a Blank Check; Krauthammer: Obama Address was a Campaign Speech; Obama Tried to Channel Reagan

Going to start off this morning with Speaker of the House John Boehner's Response to the Obama 'Campaign' Speech.  No one has worked harder than John Boehner to get this done but everytime he thinks they are near an agreement, Obama changes his mind which looks to a lot of us that Obama doesn't want an agreement.  Obama has never negotiated in good faith on the debt ceiling which is becoming more clear by the day.  Obama has one thing on his mind -- reelection and how he can fool the American people again.  This speech by Boehner that responds to Obama's speech details what has been happening:

Boehner’s Response: The President Wants a Blank Check
by Fox News Insider
July 25, 2011

NOTE: If you can stomach watching Obama's campaign speech, it is at the end of this post.

Will admit that I did not watch Obama's speech last night because frankly I didn't figure he would have anything new to say except to continue to blame Speaker Boehner and House Republicans.  Thought it would be better to view it in the morning. Wasn't wrong -- it was a campaign speech as he cannot help himself as he needs to blame everyone else. Think he believes his own press clippings that he was the 'annointed one' because he has to be the biggest narcissist that anyone has seen in politics.

It is never what is good for the Country but what is good for his reelection -- has been that way from Day One. Even stimulus and bailouts were geared to how to help his big donors. Never how can I help the American people as a whole. His answer to Red State America was to sick the EPA on us even more and when a disaster happened in Texas and Oklahoma, take months to approve disaster assistance.

The House and Senate had a framework agreement which Obama turned down on Sunday because he changed his mind on what he wanted at this late date. Obama is not fit to occupy the office of President when he gives a campaign speech on such a serious issue. Don't think he cares if we default because he will just blame the House which is filled with Representatives from every state who are not going to take the blame lying down when they know Obama is the problem.

The word out of the White House is Obama has been studying President Reagan on how to talk to the American people. News for Obama, he is no Ronald Reagan because Reagan spoke from the heart and if he had to compromise for the good of the Country, he would. This occupant of the White House is all about reelection and nothing more. Obama is treating default like the Clinton/Republican stand-off of government shut down which is two totally separate issues and if Obama cannot understand that, then he shouldn't be President. All this is nothing but posturing by Obama is score political points for his reelection campaign. His speech last night which is at the bottom of the article was more rhetoric to try and sway the American people that only he knows best.

Obama wasn't involved in debt ceiling talks until recently as he has been flying around the country on the taxpayers nickle attending fundraisers for his campaign. You would never have seen past Presidents out campaigning/fundraising with a debt crises looming. They would have been right in DC involved in the talks. Not Obama -- he came flying in with weeks to go on the talks giving his demands which keep changing.

Obama walked out of one negotiation session he called for at the White House, and then stormed into the White House Press Office Friday Night furious at Boehner and Republicans to gave a press statement which showed his anger at Boehner for quitting the talks after they were going nowhere.  Obama had changed what he would accept once again.  He said he would VETO the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill out of the House before he even knew the details of the bill. That should come as no shock as he signed the Obamacare bill without anyone reading the bill to see what was in it -- typical out of liberal Democrats.  Does Obama not want to sign a Republican debt ceiling plan?  He never did provide one of his own -- all he provided was demands on what he wanted not what was good for the Country.

It seems like Obama has held more press conferences in the last few weeks than all year as he tries to convince the American people that it is the mean old Republican's fault as they won't listen to him. He acts like a spoiled brat that keeps taking his basketball and going home when he doesn't get his way.

This article about Charles Krauthammer's comments last night showcase what is wrong with any negotiation involving Obama -- it is all about politics and his reelection which leads to most people's conclusion that he doesn't care about the Country.
Krauthammer Reacts to Obama Address: This Was a Campaign Speechby Fox News Insider
July 25, 2011 
After Monday night’s address by the president and response by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Bret Baier and his political panel reacted. Steve Hayes and A.B. Stoddard weighed in, A.B. saying that when it came to the president, his speech was “exactly what [was] expected.” Hayes suggested that the president’s remarks completely ignored the progress of the last few days. 
The critique most noteworthy, however, may have belonged to Charles Krauthammer who said he believed Obama’s speech was a purely partisan campaign speech. 
“He kept using the term ‘balanced approach,’ which is a word tested in the polls to appeal to Independents.” 
Krauthammer also pointed out the comparison Obama tried to make to President Ronald Reagan in the former commander in chief’s ability to sway Americans on a particular issue. 
“Remember what he said to Eric Cantor? ‘You call my bluff, I’ll go to the people?’ This is his attempt … let’s see if it works.”


Speaker Boehner's Speech as Prepared for Delivery

Good evening. I'm John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of the whole House -- of the members of both parties that you elect. These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why. Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual. I've got news for Washington - those days are over. President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual -- yet another routine increase in the national debt limit -- we in the House said 'not so fast.' Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.

Here's what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for. A 'stimulus' bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs. And a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours. The United States cannot default on its debt obligations. The jobs and savings of too many Americans are at stake.

What we told the president in January was this: the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms.

And over the last six months, we've done our best to convince the president to partner with us to do something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track.

Last week, the House passed such a plan, and with bipartisan support. It's called the 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' Act. It CUTS and CAPS government spending and paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which we believe is the best way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn't have. Before we even passed the bill in the House, the President said he would veto it.

I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president to identify a path forward that would implement the principles of Cut, Cap, & Balance in a manner that could secure bipartisan support and be signed into law. I gave it my all.

Unfortunately, the president would not take yes for an answer. Even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the president's demands changed.

The president has often said we need a 'balanced' approach -- which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more. Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs.

The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. As the father of two daughters, I know these programs won't be there for them and their kids unless significant action is taken now.

The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.

You see, there is no stalemate in Congress. The House has passed a bill to raise the debt limit with bipartisan support. And this week, while the Senate is struggling to pass a bill filled with phony accounting and Washington gimmicks, we will pass another bill - one that was developed with the support of the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate.

Obviously, I expect that bill can and will pass the Senate, and be sent to the President for his signature. If the President signs it, the 'crisis' atmosphere he has created will simply disappear. The debt limit will be raised. Spending will be cut by more than one trillion dollars, and a serious, bipartisan committee of the Congress will begin the hard but necessary work of dealing with the tough challenges our nation faces.

The individuals doing this work will not be outsiders, but elected representatives of the people, doing the job they were elected to do as outlined in the Constitution. Those decisions should be made based on how they will affect people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician's chances of getting reelected.

This debate isn't about President Obama and House Republicans ... it isn't about Congress and the White House ... it's about what's standing between the American people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families.

You know, I've always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it's sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity.

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it.

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

We are up to the task, and I hope President Obama will join us in this work.

God bless you and your families, and God bless America.

Now if you have made it this far, be prepared for Obama's attempt to morph into Ronald Reagan which he failed:

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