“You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a president … and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and have nothing to do with the debt,” Obama said in speech to the Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan association of top American CEOs.
That’s very interesting, since:
Obama Sidesteps Question on Not Raising Debt Ceiling as a Senator
Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 11:22 PM By Todd Beamon
President Barack Obama at his news conference Monday on the debt ceiling sidestepped a reporter’s question on why he voted against raising the nation’s borrowing limit when he was an Illinois senator but now expected Congress to do so.
CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett asked Obama about a “new adamant desire on your part not to negotiate when that seems to conflict with the entire history in the modern era of American presidents in the debt ceiling and your own history on the debt ceiling.”
In his 339-word response, according to a transcript from the Washington Post, Obama never addressed his voting history on the issue — beginning, instead, with “getting votes for the debt ceiling is always difficult — and budgets in this town are always difficult.”
He then mentioned how, last year, “certain groups in Congress took such an absolutist position that we came within a few days of defaulting.”
Obama added: “We have never seen the debt ceiling used in this fashion, where the notion was, you know what, we might default unless we get 100 percent of what we want. That hasn’t happened.”
And he underscored how the GOP was doing the same thing again with the impending talks. “But what you’ve never seen is the notion that has been presented so far at least by the Republicans that deficit reduction will only count spending cuts, that we will raise the deficit — or the debt ceiling dollar for dollar on spending cuts.”
The president then reiterated his pledge that the nation’s credit rating would not be held hostage to such demands.
“What we’re not going to do is put ourselves in a position where in order to pay for spending that we’ve already incurred, that our two options are, we’re either going to profoundly hurt the economy, and hurt middle- class families, and hurt seniors, and hurt kids who are trying to go to college, or alternatively we’re going to blow up the economy. We’re not going to do that.”
But as for Obama’s own history on voting against raising the debt ceiling, not a word.
Note that this pathologically dishonest man has been using the same damn lie over and over and over all year long.
While President Obama’s economic advisor Austin Goolsbee argued Sunday that a refusal by the Senate to increase the government’s debt ceiling (currently $14.3 trillion) would be “catastrophic” and a sign of “insanity,” that’s not the position the president has held in the past.
Here are Obama’s thoughts on the debt limit in 2006, when he voted against increasing the ceiling:
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.
In 2007 and in 2008, when the Senate voted to increase the limit by $850 billion and $800 billion respectively, Obama did not bother to vote. (He did vote for TARP, which increased the debt limit by $700 billion.)
Which is another way of saying that Barack Obama NEVER voted FOR raising the debt ceiling when George W. Bush was president. Not even ONCE.
But Barack Obama is that particularly demonic species of hypocrite who says over and over again on issue after issue, “What was fascist for thee is never fascist for me.”
If in fact it is wrong to note vote for increasing the debt ceiling, Barack Obama needs to resign in disgrace. Because he NEVER did it and in fact actively worked against raising the debt ceiling when someone in the other party was president. If it wasn’t wrong when Obama did it, it most certainly isn’t so godawful terrible for Republicans to do the same thing Obama did now. Unless you’re a true hypocrite – which liberals invariably are.
Barack Obama is the WORST kind of hyper-partisan ideologue. Because he is a hypocrite without shame, without integrity and without honor.
A couple of days ago, while some dozen Americans were still lying dead at the crime scene after a psycho’s murderous rampage less than two miles away, Barack Obama gave a viciously partisan speech. The Christian Post summarized the sheer twisted ridiculousness that is Obama:
President Barack Obama was criticized for delivering a highly partisan Monday speech on the economy while the nation was gripped by a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., that left 12 dead. His speech had two main points that appear contradictory: (1) The economy is doing well. And, (2) It is the Republican’s fault that the economy is not doing well.
I would ask you to keep in mind that this is really nothing more than yet another of Obama’s countless “pivots” as he tries to distract Americans away from his blatant incompetent failure over the Syria fiasco. That said, Obama is the kind of hyper-partisan ideologue demagogue who demonizes the other party for being “political” and being “divisive” when HE IS THE MOST DIVISIVE POLITICIAN WHO HAS EVER LIVED.
If in fact the Republican Party acts in ANY way like Obama has acted throughout his political career and throughout his presidency, they will try to attack Obama and stop him in absolutely every single thing he tries to do. And they will absolutely refuse to negotiate just as Obama has absolutely refused to negotiate. They will also utterly and completely contradict themselves while being just as utterly and completely petty.
The only difference is that they don’t have the adoring fascist media propaganda to protect them and spin the news to frame the narrative the way Obama does.
Apparently it’s wrong to act like Obama. Except whenever Obama acts like Obama.