So sayeth the President. So Sayeth the Speaker of the House. So sayeth the Majority Leader in the Senate.
Really, guys? If we pass Oct. 17 with no resolution of the debt ceiling we’ll get there with no one talking to each
other? Sure, there was a meeting last night of the Hill leadership and President. It was called “cordial” but nothing was accomplished. Why’d they have the meeting??? No one had anything to put on the table?? WTF as the kids say now.
I don’t think the President should negotiate on Obamacare – it passed the Congress, albeit with no Republican votes, but it passed. Law. Done. Move on. But he has other things in his power to negotiate with. Can’t he even try?
He gives a speech now and again, but he’s mostly absent on this budget issue. Granted, the power is in the Congress, not with the president but he is the president, for gosh sakes. He has power. He has the bully pulpit. Imagine Lyndon
Johnson president right now. Would he sit on the sidelines? Would FDR? Would Ronald Reagan? Granted, times have changed, power has shifted. But the president is still The Leader of this country.
Speaker Boehner is in a tough spot. At some point, I'm assuming, hoping, he puts a clean bill on the floor and we move on.
Let me be clear: I blame the Congress for the situation we’re in. I blame the 30 or 40 nutcake Republicans. I blame Ted Cruz who had some great rhetoric (for his crowd) but no end game. And, I blame President Obama for not engaging (other than one meeting with the Hill leaders) in this and finding a solution. Trust me, there is a solution. It isn’t defunding Obamacare … but there is a solution. What it is, I don’t pretend to know.
But where there is a political will there is a way. Let’s find the political will.