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Obama’s deal with ‘nutters’ is bad for America
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Obama’s deal with ‘nutters’ is bad for America
Cap Times editorial | (11) Comments | Posted: Monday, August 1, 2011 5:30 am Hamburg
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is all smiles as he walks to the Senate floor to announce that a deal has been reached on the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011.(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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“Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time,” said Harry Truman. If the 33rd president was right, then Barack Obama just did himself and his party a world of hurt.
Faced with the threat that tea party-pressured Republicans in the House really would steer the United States toward default, Obama had to do something. But instead of bold action — borrowing a page from Ronald Reagan to demand a straight up-or-down vote on raising the debt ceiling; borrowing a page from Franklin Roosevelt to pledge to use the Constitution to defend the full faith and credit of the United States — the president engaged in inside-the-beltway bargaining of the most dysfunctional sort.
In cutting a deal with Republicans that places Democratic legacy programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — at risk while cutting essential programs for working families and the poor, Obama has positioned himself to the right of where mainstream Republicans such as Howard Baker, Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush used to stand in fights with the fringe elements of their party.
Now the fringe is in charge of the GOP. And Obama is cutting deals to satisfy Republicans that Britain’s banking minister describes as “right-wing nutters.”
Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are claiming that they have done everything in their power to avert deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And it is true that they have given the Republicans (and their paymasters) less than House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan was demanding with a proposal that turned Medicare into a voucher program and began privatizing Social Security.
But a compromise without total destruction can still do a lot of damage.
The president’s bow to the political extremism — and the economic irrationality — of a tiny circle of “right-wing nutters” in Congress will, according to reports based on briefings by White House and GOP aides, “raise the debt limit by about $2.7 trillion and reduce the deficit by the same amount in two steps. It would cut about $1 trillion in spending up front and set up a select bicameral committee to put together a future deficit-reduction package worth $1.7 trillion to $1.8 trillion. Failure of Congress to pass the future deficit-reduction package would automatically trigger cuts to defense spending and Medicare.”
An aide familiar with the deal told The Hill newspaper that the Medicare cuts would not affect beneficiaries. “Instead,” according to the report, “health care providers and insurance companies would see lower payments.” But that’s still a squeezing of Medicare.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Raul Grijalva says Obama and his negotiators have bent too far. Like many progressives, Grijalva favored a straight up-or-down vote on the debt ceiling. “Had that vote failed,” he argued, “the president should have exercised his Fourteenth Amendment responsibilities and ended this manufactured crisis.”
Instead, the president blinked. And in so doing Obama agreed to what Grijalva described as “a cure as bad as the disease.”
“This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” Grijalva declared Sunday. “Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this would be enough for me to fight against its passage.”
How widespread that sentiment will be within the House Democratic caucus remains to be seen. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has signed on with the president, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she must meet with caucus members before taking a position.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, slammed the deal: “Nada from million/billionaires; corp tax loopholes aplenty; only sacrifice from the poor/middle class? Shared sacrifice, balance? Really?” she tweeted Sunday.
Grijalva objected, in particular, to the lack of shared sacrifice.
“This deal does not even attempt to strike a balance between more cuts for the working people of America and a fairer contribution from millionaires and corporations. The very wealthy will continue to receive taxpayer handouts, and corporations will keep their expensive federal giveaways. Meanwhile, millions of families unfairly lose more in this deal than they have already lost. I will not be a part of it,” the Arizona congressman explained. But Grijalva’s gripe was political as well.
“For decades Democrats have stood for a capable, meaningful government — a government that works for the people, not just the powerful, and that represents everyone fairly and equally. This deal weakens the Democratic Party as badly as it weakens the country,” explained Grijalva. “We have given much and received nothing in return. The lesson today is that Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want. While I believe the country will not reward them for this in the long run, the damage has already been done.”
How much damage? How much damage to vulnerable Americans? How much damage to the global reputation of the United States as a functional state? How much damage to a U.S. economy that is threatened by rising unemployment? How much damage to the image of the Democratic Party as a defender of working families?
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Posted in Editorial on Monday, August 1, 2011 5:30 am Updated: 7:57 am. Barack Obama, John Boehner, Debt Ceiling, Paul Ryan, Raul Grijalva

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011, 04:00:03 pm »

Obama himself is a nutter and a Globalist traitor.

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