The question is extremely simple: If Congress agrees to meet the president’s demands and hike the debt ceiling without any preconditions, what dollar figure and/or time frame would the president like to see in the legislation? Increasing the debt ceiling isn’t a hypothetical or symbolic action. It involves extending the government’s ability to borrow a finite amount of money — you know, actual dollars and cents. Carney doesn’t even try to answer the reporter’s basic and reasonable question; instead, he reverts back to mindless repetitions of Obama’s exhortations for Congressional action. Yeah, we got all that, Jay. Your boss prattled endlessly about it on Monday. So what’s going on here? I see two possibilities:
(1) Carney was caught off-guard by the simplest of questions and honestly didn’t know the answer, so he tossed himself up a meaningless word salad and made a mental note to get that information for tomorrow.
(2) The White House has made a calculated political decision that high-ranking administration officials should avoid saying the dollar amount on camera. Explicitly talking about trillions in new borrowing authority may not necessarily be the soundbyte they want floating around as as they try to downplay the severity of the nation’s debt crisis. The president seemed to adopt this approach when he David Letterman asked about the specific size of our national debt prior to the election.
If Carney can’t or won’t answer this strikingly basic question in the coming days, we’ll have our answer. (Townhall)
I vote for #2.
Median household income (adjusted for inflation) is lower than it was in 2009. And more Americans live below the poverty level than they did four years ago.
U3 Unemployment is the same as it was 4 years ago. U6 has gone up.
The federal public debt has increased from $10.6 trillion in Jan. 2009 to $16.4 trillion now.
But if we actually don’t raise the limit the President says we’ll default and look like losers who can’t pay their bills (and he threw in the obligatory scare tactic of “not paying Social Security”).
Yeah, when you not only max out your credit card but you go way over it the best thing to do is up your limit and just keep on going with what you were doing!
So, there’s that. Six trillion dollars, and we have the exact same unemployment rate (with the bonus of a much smaller workforce), no more people with health insurance even though Obama has put the nation and the health care system through the wringer implementing his foolproof, expensive plan to get us all insured, and more people in poverty and on food stamps.
And that’s why the people re-elected him. He was better than an evil rich white guy! 🙂
Ben Shapiro: But that’s all the left’s got on issues ranging from gun control to the debt ceiling: appeals to emotion and to the supposed moral shortcomings of their opposition….It’s President Obama, who held a press conference on gun control flanked by small children who had written him letters about violence using guns, then trotted out the grief-stricken parents of one of the children who murdered at Sandy Hook. “[M]ost of all,” Obama intoned, ” I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.”
Obama’s implication is clear: disagree with him, and you are fine with what happened in Sandy Hook.
That’s a vile, despicable Maury Povich tactic. It’s daytime talk show material, not honest political discussion about how to solve the problem of murder by guns in the United States.
But here’s the dirty little secret: this isn’t about preventing another Sandy Hook for the left. It is about political posturing. If the left really wanted to be true to its own philosophy, it would simply attempt to repeal the Second Amendment and go for a total British-style gun ban. The vast majority of murders committed with guns in the United States are committed with handguns. Yet the left insists that it wants to leave private handgun ownership in place, while targeting so-called “assault rifles.” That’s not an attempt at a solution, even from the left. It’s just preening for the cameras while pointing to the bodies of shooting victims.
But that’s all they want out of it. More Power. More agenda-driven satisfaction. And making their political opponents look bad.
What else would they want. NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE.
It’s not about solving the crisis, it’s about what THEY can get out of it Politically.
That’s all that really matters.
Live or Dead, children are just a means to an end.
But the left doesn’t want to have that discussion. They just want the warm glow of moral righteousness in their breasts, even as they invade the rights of law-abiding citizens while making children less safe than they otherwise would be.
They want “school resource officers” aka Mental health enforcers of the Liberal agenda not actual cops or trained armed personnel.
They want to stop deviant thinking, not deviants.
ALL HAIL BIG BROTHER!