In 2006, during the debate over raising the debt ceiling, then Senator Barack Hussein Obama said the following:
"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."That is probably the only time Obama has been right in his entire political life. It is certainly the only time he has been on the right side of any important domestic issue in his entire political life.
Because this is such a rare event, perhaps Republicans should heed the then Senator's wise words and cease negotiating with Democrats.
Now Senator McConnell is telling his fellow Republicans:
"Let's trust the President and grant him the unilateral authority to raise the debt limit the full $2.4 Trillion that he wants to carry him through to the 2012 elections provided he promises specific cuts in entitlements and the overall budget."Say what? Mind you, it would be the first time any Democrat has recommended specific cuts to the budget and to our entitlement programs, but the promises don't have to entail actual cuts, merely promises to cut . . . promises which do not have to be kept--and won't, I guarantee you.
McConnell's plan has theoretical protections against this possibility, in that Congress may vote their disapproval of any debt limit rise the President suggests, but such a protection is chimerical, because the only need veto the act of disapproval and he's good to go. Congress will never be able to over-ride his veto on these extensions.
Incredibly, a number of real conservatives--I mean serious conservatives with serious conservative credentials are supporting this plan in the mistaken belief that forcing Democrats to make even suggested cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements is a victory.
It seems a shallow, valueless victory if the suggestions are not serious and are never acted on.
In essence, the McConnell plan is a complete capitulation, with the added negative that in making such a suggestion, the Senator has undermined everything for which the Republicans have been working since April. With this plan, he has given President Obama and his Democrat henchmen absolute cover to deal as cynically with the budget as they wish.
I fail to see why any Republican would negotiate with the Democrat leadership under any circumstances, since any promises they make, and assertions of earnestness invariably turn out to be lies and deceptions.
Witness President Reagan's negotiated deal with Democrats back in 1982: Democrats promised President Reagan that they would make three dollars in cuts for every one dollar of tax increase . . . they lied. The actual deal they enacted included three dollars of tax increases for every dollar of cuts.
In 1990, the promise Democrats made to then President G.H.W. Bush in return for him setting aside his election pledge of: "Read my lips; NO NEW TAXES," was to make two dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases . . . another lie. The $137 Billion in tax increases went through, but actual spending increased by $22 Billion.
Given this history of the Democrat Party Leadership's dishonesty when negotiating with Republicans, and given President Obama's of broken promises and lies, I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone, especially any Republican would enter into negotiations with Democrats over budgetary matters.
Let the Democrats actually pass substantial serious reductions in spending--not at some later date, but that actually take place in the current and all future budgets, let them put it on paper and confirm it with their votes, and then agree to negotiate in good faith for an increase in the debt ceiling, if you feel you must. If you must negotiate in that manner, then tie the debt ceiling to a Balanced Budget Amendment. Force Democrats--and RINO Republicans--for once in their lives, to exercise a little budgetary discipline.
We Republicans have always advocated negotiations of international treaties out of a position of strength, why should our budgetary negotiation strategy be any different? Are we that worried about our political futures, that we would let this nation's economy be destroyed for the foreseeable future just to win an election?
I know what Mitch McConnell's answer is, what about the rest of you Republicans?
Long Live Our American Republic!!!