It is common knowledge in the political and activist world that the Democrats had control of the Legislature and Presidency from 2008 until 2010. They could have pushed through any legislation they wanted to and did on what they felt was important. not what was important to the people. One glaring example of that is that leading up to the 2010 election cycle the Democrats for the first time did not pass a budget. Why would they fail to enact a budget? If you can’t figure that one out go read Dick and Jane primers. We all know what politics does. But let me show you just how bad it can get for one supposedly powerful guy who is currently our President.
The current budget battle is a real struggle for Washington. Cut too much and anger the left, cut to little and anger the right. But Barack Obama has a unique take on it. Here is what he said in his press briefing today.
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Good afternoon. As many of you know, this morning I had a meeting with Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, as well as the two appropriations chairs, Inouye and Rogers, to discuss the situation with last year’s budget, and I wanted to give you and, more importantly, the American people an update on where we are.
From the outset, my goal has been to significantly cut our domestic spending but, at the same time, make sure we’re making key investments in things like education, infrastructure, innovation — the things that are going to help us win the future.
First we are back to winning the future. Is this Obama or Charlie Sheen? (Sorry had to do it) The second paragraph will be the focus. Investments like education, infrastructure and innovation. So he has stated his purpose. I have to assume that when He, Speaker Boehner and Harry Reid met this morning that he was looking line by line at the proposal and pouncing on these three big issues. So why then when asked about it does he say this. This from CNS news service
President Obama said Tuesday he would not sign a budget agreement to keep the government running that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“There can be some negotiation about composition,” Obama told reporters shortly after discussions with congressional leaders on the budget.
“What we can’t be doing is using last year’s budget process to have arguments about abortion, to have arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency, to try to use this budget negotiation as a vehicle for every ideological or political difference between the two parties.
Planned Parenthood and the EPA? Come on Mr President. How agenda driven are you and even more importantly how far off message can you get. Neither of these issues fall into your stated Big 3. But your lack of knowledge about our process is reflected in the last paragraph when you said this.
That’s what the legislature is for, to have those arguments, but not stuff it all into one budget bill.”
I say the legislature can stuff whatever they want into a bill and you proved it with a real sham perpetrated on the American people called the Affordable care act. A bill that started out as an appropriation for the FAA and was illegally gutted by the Senate and pushed through in an unconstitutional manner. It is hard to believe anyone ever said you were a constitutional scholar. I need to ask whose constitution because you sure as heck don’t understand ours. Let the legislature vote on a bill so We the People can see where they stand, then you either veto or sign. So we know where you stand.
Now I have to say, I keep hearing about a government shutdown. But oddly enough I only hear it from one group. Here is what Barack Obama said in the CSN News article on the matter.
“What we can’t do is have a my-way-or-the-highway approach to this problem,” Obama said. “Because if we start applying that approach, where I’ve got to get 110 percent of everything I want or else I’m going to shut down the government, we’re not going to get anything done this year, and the American people are going to be the ones who suffer.”
A shutdown would halt an economic recovery, he added.
“Most of the members of Congress, they’ve got enough of a cushion, they can probably put up with a government shutdown. But there are a lot of people out there who can’t,” Obama said.
“If you’re a small business right now and you’re counting on a small business loan, it may make a difference in whether or not you can keep that business going. And you find out you can’t process it for three or four weeks, or five weeks or six weeks, because of some bickering in Washington? What does that say about our priorities? It doesn’t make sense.”
Correct this writer if he is wrong but is it not the banks job to lend money? Why is our President threatening small business with a shutdown on matters he has never stated were his priorities?
Here is the skinny. Anyone in the know already knows that he is doing through regulation via the EPA what he could not get through the congress. We all called it cap-and-trade. A bill that died even as he had control of both houses. It was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now but doing it through the EPA takes away the messy dealing with congress. The republicans called his bluff with this one. He failed. He is off message and lying outright about the need for it.
The next non-issue is Planned Parenthood. An organization that reportedly gets a small amount of its operating capital from the Government. Let’s you and I be clear here. Planned parenthood is NOT a government agency. Planned parenthood should not receive federal funds. Look we can have an abortion debate right here. The President said this.
“What we can’t be doing is using last year’s budget process to have arguments about abortion,
Defunding Planned parenthood is not debating abortion. Nowhere in this legislation is there even a reference to banning abortions. The Presidents straw man argument is simple. If we the US Government do not pay for it we need to tell the people the Republicans are banning abortion. Look abortion is not a good thing. It does effect the women who go through it. That is why many facilities offer counseling, including Planned parenthood. Do I think it is right? No! Do I think we can turn back the clock? NO. Women can make a choice. The morality of which is theirs to bear alone. As should be the cost. God gave people free will . He explained what is right and wrong. People will make bad choices.
Obama, the Democrats, and even some Republicans make this a real easy black/white argument. It is, the Government should not be footing the bill for a personal choice.
Mr President try speaking the truth for once. BTW nobody is asking you to give 110 percent. We are asking for a few billion dollars out of a trillion you spent.