HS Fan, my perception of the Clinton presidency was that he finally came to the
table to change welfare and work to balance budgets only after midterm elections
gave Republicans the House for the first time in decades. Granted
that Clinton positioned himself as a moderate Democrat. He did not, however,
act the part until after those midterm elections that gave Newt Gingrich the
speakership. Until that time Clinton spent time on nationalized healthcare,
gays in the military, and other liberal aims.
Mountanman and Joe Blow-Deficits only matter to the party out of power
because they use it for politcal purposes only. Both parties have proven
deficits mean little to them when they have power. The only exception to that
was Clinton as he actually created a budget and legislation to pay down the debt
when the economy was healthy on his watch. I'd like to say the Republican
controlled Congress at that time also played a role but not one voted yes for
the landmark 1992 Deficit reduction act because it increased taxes.
Get to work and compromise on a deal that puts the American people first and
individual and party politics a distant second (Joe Blow).I have to
agree.The past 4+ years have been full of power grabs, finger
pointing, and efforts to weaken the opposition. It seems that very little work
has been done that has solved real problems. The blame lies with
both parties. I applaud the president for engaging and putting forth efforts to
establish a new tone: listening, working together. Do I completely
trust the president at this point? For the past 4 years he hasn't shown
anything but arrogance and disregard for Congress and others viewpoints. While
I applaud the president for reaching out to Congress, it will take time to see
if he really is sincere. I feel the immediate problem is federal
spending. It must be reigned in, and specifically entitlement spending.
We'll see if the president will pursue a path of working together to reduce
federal spending...without raising additional revenue. The State of the Union,
with dozens of new programs, still lingers as a warning: is he sincere?After some success, move on to immigration, fixing Obamacare, etc.
So, the president brings a pile of manure into the room which he calls a
"budget". Now, after years of 'do it my way, or else' tactics,
he realizes he needs to smooze the Republicans so he can get his way, no matter
how ineffective the plan.Voila, here's the result: disinfect
the manure and offer a few smiles, turn on the charm, offer a meal, and what
have the American people got: a pile of non smelly manure.
"You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the
mid-term elections, this is our due. "- Vice President Dick
"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 US Government cannot 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." ~ Senator Barack H.
Obama, March 2006
So, some blast Obama for not meeting with GOP congressmen. Some blast him for
not proposing a budget.Some blast him for meeting with GOP
congressmen. Some think we should "lock him out of debates and
discussions"Takeaway? Obama will get blasted regardless of what
"I don't think this is just a political change in tactic." Sen.
Coburn are you that naive. Obama does nothing I repeat nothing that is not
political and in his favor.
One can easily and correctly assign partial blame to Obama for the
"frosty" relationship with the GOP congress.Sole blame? Not
even close. But, who cares about blame...Get to work
and compromise on a deal that puts the American people first and individual and
party politics a distant second.Like that will ever happen...
Hopefully the houses of congress will come to their senses and learn that
sometimes you have to do what you gotta do to get out of debt and economic
strife, like tear up your credit cards.The first rule of order is to
lock the president out of the debates and discussions, its not his right or
authority to be present. The president is limited by the congressmen and he must
conform to their plans and limits. What congress does in not up for discussion
with the white house.So far the president is going around punishing
the american people for the sequester being enacted by shutting down essential
government agency's to keep his non essential welfare and education
programs in place. Why this congress is allowing the president to shut down
essential government is irresponsible and irrational and illegal. The congress can defund welfare and education and all nonessential government
aid to states social programs which would save a lot of money yet an agenda of
evil hate is putting essential government out of business. This is what happens
when government becomes to big.