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    Our Obama problem far exceeds our spending problem

    Our Obama problem far exceeds our spending problem

    Mitch McConnell had it right a couple of weeks ago when he made the following statement:

    A “real solution” to U.S. fiscal problems isn’t possible as long as President Barack Obama remains in office, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, heightening the rhetoric surrounding the debt-ceiling debate….

    “But after years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable,” Mr. McConnell said in a Senate floor speech.

    It is against that backdrop that we must judge these last few days of argument over the debt ceiling increase and budget.

    Simply put, anything which increases Obama’s chances of reelection will more than offset any additional cuts to be gained beyond the Boehner plan.  That plan is far from perfect, and doesn’t go far enough, but think how far we have come in just a few months since Obama proposed a budget which was so outrageous in its spending and deficits that not a single member of the Senate from either party voted for it.

    Our Obama problem far exceeds our spending problem.  The Boehner Plan keeps that Obama problem front and center for the next year, when Obama would rather be talking fluff and hope and change and playing class warfare.

    Bill Kristol calls it a “time for choosing.”  Others say not good enough is not good enough, and if not now when.

    All I ask of you and myself is that as Boehner reworks his plan in light of CBO scoring, keep in mind the end game.  We simply cannot afford 4 more years.

    Just think what this country will look like in 2016.


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    Oldflyer | July 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Let’s get one thing said up front, I was a Conservative before I started my twenty-five year career; and have been all along. However, sometimes lately I am almost ashamed to be identified with Conservatives. That is if being conservative means standing on the sidelines and throwing excrement at every GOP leader who is trying against very heavy odds to move the government in the right direction. Meanwhile, a cadre of people, Limbaugh included, are laying on the floor, kicking their heels and bawling “not enough”. Does that describe anyone on this forum? Hope not.

    I think a lot of people, including some here, have forgotten that this is a Representative Republic. You don’t get to unilaterally decide how things are going to be. Even the “Idiot in Chief” acknowledged that in his speech to La Raiza (how nice is that) the other day, when he said he would like to (sic) “just do what he wants; but he can’t because it doesn’t work that way”. If that narcissistic fool recognizes the facts, why can’t others? Politics is deal making and the “art of the possible”. Progress is often made in small steps. Significant change happens over time. If you don’t understand that, you do not understand reality.

    Like it or not, the GOP is the only pony that Conservatives have in the race. Continued sniping at the GOP leadership plays beautifully into Dimocrat hands.

    […] and reforming entitlements as long as Obama is president and Democrats control the Senate. Professor Jacobson agrees.Simply put, anything which increases Obama’s chances of reelection will more than offset any […]

    kobayashi | July 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    The 111th Congress have turned the Federal Government into a very profitable business – they are the worlds first ultra-rich “Trillionairs”

    I had some idea what was to come before the 2008 election but the problem we’re looking at today is an expansion of federal expenditures as a percent of GDP from 18% to 25% – a growth from 2.9 Trillion to 14 Trillion.

    The underlying deep fundamental is that the 1974 Congressional Budget Act sets the next years budget as the current year + inflation + 7% growth.

    What were the 1974 Budgets and GDP?

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