Man Up President, Call The GOP’s Bluff
First, GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of the talk with the Biden-led team negotiating the debt ceiling deal with an ultimatum—the negotiation must include direct involvement of the president. The next day the House Speaker threatens, “The president and his party may want a debt limit increase that includes tax hikes, but such a proposal cannot pass the House.”
And what does the President do? He falls on his knees, crying aloud, please, please, please, come back to the table. I am always open to negotiation. I am the ultimate deal maker—just tell me what would make you happy. Cut in social security? Destroying Medicare in the name of reform? Making Bush tax cuts permanent? Nothing is off the table for me. I am the ultimate deal maker!
There is no one more apt in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory than President Barack Husain Obama, as he has proved time and again, with his health care reform, Bush tax cut extension, and even the stimulus deal, among others.
After eight hours of GOP excesses, the American people were hungry for a change in course. They had handed him a mandate for change—giving him and his party, control of the House, Senate, and the White House, and in no time he squandered it.
Obama rode his high horse to the Capital with a promise of change, and people were hungry for change. Notwithstanding, it did not take people long to see that he was more of the same—the same old wine in a new bottle! His party’s base got disenchanted. The electorate took away his Senate majority. Albeit, the harbinger of change, did not change, frustration grew deeper, and this time people took away his control on House.Continued on the next page