U.S. President Barack Obama blasted his “Republican” antagonists in Washington, D.C. for their positions on the so-called government shutdown and the ongoing debt debate. Specifically, he went after fiscally conservative “tea party” lawmakers – arguing that they were holding the country “hostage” on both issues.
“I’ve shown myself willing to go more than halfway in these conversations, and if reasonable Republicans want to talk about these things again, I’m ready to head up to the Hill and try,” Obama said. “I’ll even spring for dinner again.”
You better believe the ears of liberal GOP Senators like Lindsey Graham perked up at that offer …
Of course Obama once again made clear that he isn’t going to negotiate (or buy Graham a sorbet) until he gets everything he wants – an end to the “shutdown” and the unconditional surrender of fiscal conservatives on the debt debate. Which makes that whole “more than halfway” rhetoric a bit hard to swallow …
“I’m not going to (negotiate) until the more extreme parts of the Republican Party stop forcing John Boehner to issue threats about our economy,” Obama said. “We can’t make extortion routine as part of our democracy. Democracy doesn’t function this way. And this is not just for me; it’s also for my successors in office. Whatever party they’re from, they shouldn’t have to pay a ransom either for Congress doing its basic job. We’ve got to put a stop to it.”
Wait … extortion? You mean like forcing someone to pay a massive fine if they don’t purchase health insurance? Or trying to block a private company from moving jobs into right-to-work states?
Anyway … Obama was just getting warmed up.
“The greatest nation on earth shouldn’t have to get permission from a few irresponsible members of Congress every couple months just to keep our government open or to prevent an economic catastrophe,” he said.
On the day Barack Obama took office the national debt was $10.6 trillion. Today it is $16.9 trillion. That’s a 60 percent increase in less than five years. In Obama’s first term alone, each American household saw its share of this massive debt burden increase by more than $50,000.
Yet those of us fighting to put the brakes on this unsustainable excess are the irresponsible ones?
With all due respect to Obama, he had it right back in 2006 – when he stood against big-spending Bush “Republicans” and their efforts to raise the debt ceiling.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” Obama said at the time. “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. 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 and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
Obama wasn’t just saber-rattling either … he followed through on his threat and voted against the debt limit increase.
Funny how the shoe is now on the other foot, isn’t it?
Oblah Oblah Oblah. Now were ‘threats’ instead of ‘jihadi terrorists. Oblah Oblah Oblah
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on…
Oh yeah. I forgot. Your a commie. Should have thumbs down that. +1/4 for being old enough.
Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit, and knowing you’re shit.
Yeah, what a dork. Half way from ‘assassins’ to just ‘threatening assassins’. What an Odickhead.
And his horse Harry Reid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Verbiage to hang your hat on. To the point and non missive. I concur sir.
The last sentence of Obama’s March 2006 debt limit speech says it all, “…America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”.
To Hell with Obama!
It’s a fact Jack!
Pointless. Partisan. Please sir. Tis a gentlemens forum this. I beg you to take care ykur contrite behavior sir.
Clever. Non-contrite. Well spoken. Pointed. Direct and Concise. Well said sir. Well said.
What’s funny is how that shoe on Obama’s other foot is kicking republican ASS!!
Gotta love it!!
Fuck you FITS, spin is all you got!! Obama has the republicans by the short hairs and everyone but the most dense dumbfuck knows it.
johnq – you must remember that Republicans in general are stupid . . . . but South Carolina Republicans are a special breed of stupid!
And I agree about President Obama kicking Republican ass – just like he kicked their asses in the last 2 elections! LOL
True sir. But oh so true. But that i beg you to allow me just that morsel. I would so like to provide my child with soup. Would just once a week be to dream?
In response to your question, my response would be—if you can’t feed’em, don’t breed’em.
Thank you so kindly for allowing me to keep some meager portion of my salary. I’m sure that 10% would be more than sufficient.
God Bless you sir. God Bless you and yours as you take what I have to feed your own. The privilege to slave for you and the government is a true honor.
My only regret is that stones will not sustain me, that my children eat more. Must be God’s fault. Couldn’t have anything to do with those poor souls who deserve to receive money from the government. I mean, seriously. Someone has to feed you good, kind and generous folks.
Lord knows if I weren’t feeding you some real pond scum would come around and take all of my earnings to feed themselves. God Bless you Sir. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS THE USSA.
If South Carolina Republicans are a “special breed of stupid” then South Carolina Dimocrats must be down about the cretan level since Republicrats keep kicking the Dimlocans in the nuts in state wide elections.
Yeah and look at the idiots that they elected – Jim DimWit – Nicki “Reach Around” Haley – Trey “Bad Hair Day” Gowdy – Mark “Take a Hike” Sanford – need I go on??? LOL
I’ll see your Trikki, Jim Demint, Howdy Gowdy and Marky Mark and I’ll raise you a Jim “who” Hodges, Robert “play toys” Ford, Ol’Enos “poverty pimp” Clyburn and a Ted “the victim” Vick
Are all you guys in some echo chamber? Look at the moronic comments, circular logic and straight up asinine insults to our president (like him or not but be civil). All your comments/assertions are easily shot down. Why don’t you try a comment board that isn’t an echo chamber for your madness. Don’t be cowards. Air your grievances and engage in reasoned debate instead of the circle jerk here.
What sir would you like to converse about. I have no love for Demlicans or Republicrats. I am guaranteed at minimum to be centric on any issue. Por favor senior. Spew at will.
Here i stand, begging you to allow me to keep some meager portion. Is 10% so much to ask sire? Beans are so expensive. I beg you, that the body could live on Stone and breath.
Obviously you don’t spend much time here – we come here to argue politics without the need to be civil. Calling my liberal coworker a “dipshit” for her asinine political view doesn’t go over well in the office…
“Calling my liberal coworker a “dipshit” for her asinine political view doesn’t go over well in the office.”
I know the military has changed a lot in the last 30 years, but maybe you aren’t phrasing it properly.
“I know you feel that gov’t knows best how much to take from people and where to spend their money, but have you considered that history has proven that strong central govt’s always end up imploding, dipshit?”
See how courteous I was there?
Shut up and pass the Kleenex.
“like him or not but be civil”
lol…are you that lost? Are you sure you didn’t mean to go over to the website for Candyland or something?
Why on god’s green earth would anyone bother with civility on this great albeit trashy website?
I come here to embrace my inner white trashiness(word?) while occasionally throwing out substance(in my mind of course, it’s pure crazy to others) for the sake of pure laughter at the mass hysteria it sometimes creates.
Although, I also come here to get the latest, honest to goodness happenings in SC…not some sanitized version of MSM slop that serves as pablum for the masses.
That’s what The State, WIS, etc. et al is for.
In fairness to “Soft Sigh” though, he was completely correct in his observation that you can chum here with sawdust-and that provides its own entertainment as well.
So if you don’t like it, take your candy ass some place else, or join in on the circle jerk and at least give someone the courtesy of a reach around-most likely 9″.
I’m guessing Obama has known all along what the republicans and their tardtastic tea party had planned and has acted accordingly. It’s not like their plan to shut er down was a secret.
It’s a trap.. and the republicans now know it. Watch em squirm!!
Republicans southern strategy ain’t gonna be worth spit when the tea party pukes are regarded as lower than a snakes belly in a rail rut.
LoL! Eat shit!! You deserve it!
Anyone else watch the hour long press conference today? Not one question about Obamacare, not one!
What was it the republicans said this was all about? Looks like nobody else gives a shit anymore. They know the rethugs jig is up and that subject is a dead horse.
The questions were geared more toward why our grand leader, Obama, would not throw the republicans a lifeline as they bobbed up sputtering yet again for Obama to compromise.
LoL! Shut er down!!
But sir, have you not given adequat, nay careful, consideration to said presidents inability to care for you in whole and in part should I, or the contemptible filth like myself, should simply decide to jump on board with you? That is, should we all decide that everyone should be paid by the government because we simply honor the government with breath from our lips.
I beg you sir, negotiate with us. Allow us the utmost privilege of keepi.g merely 10% of our income, that we might be able to support you. I beg you sir. Please allow us the privilege of your kindness. Only that you negotiate, we ask.
Dodgers Refusing to Negotiate with Braves Over Relinquishing Division Series Title
In last nights game we must have sent over 40 batters to the plate but just because we couldn’t score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to
relinquish the title — and worse, they won’t even discuss it, LA’s stubborn refusal to even talk to us about reversing the
results of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American. But there is
an answer: If the Dodgers won’t listen to the cries of average
Americans like you and me, then Congress should outlaw Major League
Baseball until the Dodgers cave.”
“Just because the Dodgers had more hits, scored more runs,
and won more games doesn’t make them right,” Kaplan wrote in closing.
“You can help them see that.”
He ends by saying that if this means there is no baseball, “the Dodgers have only themselves to blame.”
Sir. I agree. Being legally empowered to negotiate on behalf of the Dodgers, we offer 49% of the score to be transfered to the Braves immediately.
In conjunction we offer 49% of our paycheck for the next 250 years to atone for our ambivilance toward your humanity.
Sir, youre gonna have to do better attracting tbe commies. I ran johnq off in record time. Scblues didnt even spend a half hour here. I missed 1 episode of MASH for this puny little twerk?
Well at least i get to see both episodes of Gilligan Isle.
Come on Sic. Dont make start writing articles for you.
Some of us have a life, Frank – you might want to try it sometime.
I nailed your butt 20 minutes after your post. Heat. Kitchen….Life.
Sorry mr. Folks. Cell phones…. Meh.
this is like #5 for SJ. Shes pretty. Move on.
Let the defaults begin…………….
and the maobama voters???…….GO to the FRONT of the line.
Black president huh………he thinks the money last as long as there are checks in the check book. Out with that POS and big lip Michelle to. Ass monkey!!!
Shutdowns are SUPPOSED to hurt. That is the point. That is what is so frustrating by this SELF MADE GOP crisis. Some ‘patriots’ they turned out to be. Bunch of dangerous phoneys.
The truth takes few words.. The GOP has driven it’s self off the edge into utter insanty. (I wish I were only half joking).
Only ONE party has the ability to open Government this minute if they WANT TO. And it isn’t the Democrats.
Pride goeth before a fall, too bad they will drag us all down with them, and others who once called themselves patriots, will cheer the self inflicted Republican wound to the nation.
I almost ENVY future history students reading and studying about the great GOP MANUFACTURED crisis of 2013. So much for recovery. The GOP couldn’t stand the President didn’t crash the markets like they demanded he would, so now they are going to fulfill their prophecy even if they have to do it themselves.
Click on this jokers profile he’s nothing but a troll.
When’s the Welfare going to be shut off??????
This just gets better and better – now the
GestapoNPS Police in Yellowstone is locking park visitors into privately run “in park” hotels and threatening other park contractors with the loss of their licenses if they render any services to a group of senior citizens.
I’ve been saying this for two years. I truly believe this country is heading for war (nothing civil about it). If Obutthead doesn’t start it, the next one surely will. :)
Make sure you stay sober lest you shoot off your own foot.
I don’t know why right wingers keep bringing up that obama quote from 2006 about the debt ceiling. At the time he was a junior senator in the minority party. He was making a purely political statement when he knew there would be no question about raising the debt ceiling, since republicans had already voted to raise it 3 times prior during the bush admin. Any body who thinks obama is above such posturing is an idiot.
Really what you do by continually quoting that is remind every one that republicans were more than happy to increase the debt and deficit when their guy was in the white house.
Letting the country default is not how you handle the national debt. You handle it by creating a responsible budget and coming to an agreement on spending priorities.
If you don’t like 2006 how about 2008:
“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents — #43 added $4
trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we
are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” – Barack Obama, July 3, 2008
Irresponsible, unpatriotic, if it’s good enough for Bush it’s good enough for Obama.
I’ve seen that quote too. It’s still the same. Isn’t it funny how presidential candidate promise an awful lot and then never seem to be able to deliver on most of it? They all do that. It seems the reality of governance is a lot more complex than can be laid out in a few quotes.