McConnell: “A real solution is unattainable” as long as Obama is president

posted at 3:00 pm on July 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It was a floor speech to be quoted and re-quoted. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this morning spoke movingly about Republicans’ commitment “to choose a path that actually reflects the will of the people” when it comes to an agreement about a debt limit increase (or lack thereof).

That path, he said, will include the responsible fulfillment of obligations on the debt — but it will also entail an ongoing commitment to pressure the administration to “rein in Washington — not to freeze it into place.”

If McConnell meant everything he said, it’s good news for the significant majority of Americans who oppose raising the debt ceiling because it implies Republicans will at least not go along with an increase unless Democrats offer something more than the shenanigan of future spending cuts that could easily be reversed by future Congresses.

McConnell was clearly proud of the conviction Republicans have demonstrated in deficit-reduction negotiations so far, but he didn’t sound the least bit optimistic about the possibility of a real agreement with the administration and congressional Democrats.

“[A]fter years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable,” McConnell said. “I was one of those who had hoped we could do something big for the country. But in my view the president has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or default. Republicans choose none of the above. I hoped to do good — but I refuse to do harm.”

More highlights from the speech:

At a moment when we needed leadership the most, we got the least. The financial security of the nation was being gambled on the President’s wager that he could convince people our problems would be solved if we just all agreed to take it out on the guy in the fancy house down the street. In my view, that was the saddest commentary on the status of the leadership at the White House.

And I’m proud of the fact that Republicans refused to play along. We stood our ground. We know that what Americans need right now is for government to make job creation easier, not harder. And we said so. At a time when 14 million Americans are looking for work, we refused to support a tax hike. We supported jobs and economic growth instead. …

Republicans have told the President we’re not interested in business as usual in Washington. We mean it. We will not be party to something that claims to save trillions but leaves it to future generations to pick up the tab, and to future Congresses to reverse it with a simple vote. We will not pretend that a bad deal is a good one.

That’s highly encouraging, as McConnell will be among the leaders who continue negotiations at the White House today, even as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner clamors ever-more-loudly for a deal and Obama presses whatever edge he’s got. McConnell and the other Republican leaders will need every ounce of the steely resolve McConnell expressed this morning — as well as consistent confirmation of the support of the American people — to continue to stand firm in the face of Democrat demands.

 


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I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

OT: Obama on Social Security checks per a few minutes ago on a CBS release of exerpts of the Pelley interview for tonight….

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Greece is the word!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

For the question that Mr. Plouffe should be worried about is how people think the unemployment figure affects themselves and their hopes for the future. Ronald Reagan understood this well, which is why his question at the end of his only debate with Jimmy Carter was so devastating:

“When you make [your decision to vote next Tuesday],” he said to the American people, “it might be well if you would ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was?”

Are you better off?”

2012 slogan, front and center, if the Rs utilize their brains, and the voters do too.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I dont, that would get very ugly very fast, and most likely spiral out of control quickly.

Johnnyreb on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Unfortunately, it is a sure bet that tonight on MSNBC, Roast-McConnell-On-A-Spit will be the featured item on the menu.

pilamaye on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

That’s one of the finest speeches I think he’s ever given.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Didn’t Palin say the other day something about needing new leadership? Apparently, congress is starting to follow Palin’s lead

ConservativePartyNow on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

The GOP have a really STRONG hand if McConnell is giving this speech..:)

PS..Good for McConnell!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Hold the line GOP … hold the line. Stick to your guns and you will win.

darwin on July 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Well done mcconnell

Boehner, please do not cave…..

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

That’s one of the finest speeches I think he’s ever given.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I agree..By far one of his best..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Greece is the word!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

It’ll really expose your enemies.

A media mogul, a bank chairman, an oil executive, a corporate-jet depreciation-claimant are easily demonizable: As President Obama cautioned CEOs a couple of years back, My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
More fool us. Our pitchforks are misdirected.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Folks, mark my words. His SS threat is the end of his presidency.

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

But there is plenty of money to keep up the bombing in 6 countries, or for welfare, union friends, foreign aid to Pakistan and other countries that hate our guts…

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I dont, that would get very ugly very fast, and most likely spiral out of control quickly.

Johnnyreb on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

You’re just post ponint the inevitable. Have to deal with it, the sooner, the better.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

While his speech was incredible, it appears as though McConnell just capitulated to Obama.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/271706/more-contingency-plan-rich-lowry

Indy82 on July 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Good point!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

It’s just like Rush has been saying….HE broke the bank with TARP and effin Obamacare. Now he wants to be fiscally responsible? rrrriiiiiiiggggghhhhhttttttt.

search4truth on July 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I so hope you are right..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

You’re not kidding pilamaye
Tingles will go ballistic

Those evil gop terrorists

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Did bho say that those on welfare or food stamps wouldn’t get their checks? NO just those on SS or the military. Just like a state telling the citizens if taxes aren’t raised the firemen and police will get the boot. Pure scare and lies all around. Gads, how much do I detest bho and the d’s, let me count the ways!
L

letget on July 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Getting popcorn…

… be back after watcing video!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

The poor, elderly should not have to go without a check because Obama is a jerk. I am afraid we have to walk a tightrope on this one.

bopbottle on July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Folks, mark my words. His SS threat is the end of his presidency.

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

He’s all smoke and mirrors, chicanery, anyway. Biggest fake that ever lived.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Folks, mark my words. His SS threat is the end of his presidency.

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Between this and the Fast & Furious cover up he should be toast…

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

You can’t trust this weasel. He’s already planning legislation that makes debt-ceiling raises almost automatic, requiring a 60 percent vote to prevent. What a maroon. He’s the epitome of a RINO with not guts and no backbone. He’s Bob Michel with a Southern accent. Totally co-opted by D.C.

rivlax on July 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

spoke movingly about Republicans’ commitment “to choose a path that actually reflects the will of the people” when it comes to an agreement about a debt limit increase (or lack thereof).

Where was Mr. Chao when obamacare passage was bottled up in the Senate? Oh yeah, making a deal with Reid to go home for the Christmas break. The result???…

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Greece is the word!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Brilliant, DS!

lukespapa on July 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

While his speech was incredible, it appears as though McConnell just capitulated to Obama.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/271706/more-contingency-plan-rich-lowry

Indy82 on July 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I may be missing something obvious but this sounds pretty good.

They avoid a tax increase, they avoid the bad optics of seniors and veterans not getting their checks and they keep this front and center the entire election cycle so our candidate can run on it up until election day.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Boehner better not cave to the SS check scare tactic

Cripe

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Vashta.Nerada on July 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Very nice!!!

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

My brain hurts.

Akzed on July 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

My brain hurts.

Akzed on July 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I think I’m going to get back to my spreadsheet – it makes more sense then this debt ceiling thing.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Weird.

It Is Time To Burn Mitch McConnell In Effigy. He Goes Pontius Pilate On the Debt Ceiling.

Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011″

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/07/12/it-is-time-to-burn-mitch-mcconnell-in-effigy-he-goes-pontius-pilate-on-the-debt-ceiling/

SirGawain on July 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

So what I am understanding is that the best we can hope for is that Congress can run interference and keep The Won making it worse before it can get better. I think that’s probably true but what are they going to do about all these crazy executive orders being put into place. How do we fight them? In court?

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Rush interviewed Marco Rubio today.

He talks about the SS checks. Here’s just a bit:

SENATOR RUBIO: Senator Pat Toomey has a bill that does that, that actually directs them to pay certain things first, and I don’t think Harry Reid, with all due respect, is gonna be giving it a hearing any time soon, but there is a bill out there that will direct that, and I am a cosponsor of it as are most of my Republican colleagues in the Senate.

RUSH: So we will only go into default if Obama makes us default. I mean he can stop this, right?

INC on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I dont, that would get very ugly very fast, and most likely spiral out of control quickly.

Johnnyreb on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

You’re just post ponint the inevitable. Have to deal with it, the sooner, the better.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Oh i dont disagree with that, but just cutting off SS checks next month is not the way to deal with it. There are other ways of fixing SS short of tossing about 65 million people out of their houses over night. And threatening seniors that there will be no checks is politcal suicide. Obama just pissed off nearly every single member of the AARP, lol.

Johnnyreb on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Greece is the word!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Precisely what the goon would want. Chaos to save us from…he be wrong, if the voters use given brains. Don’t pick lottery tickets based on latter.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Why is there a social security check scare, did we not just have a thread about the difficulty of changing the check issuance procedure?

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

This SS story is spreading fast and the reaction is devastating for the little Marxist…

I think he’s painted himself into a corner on this one…

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I may be missing something obvious but this sounds pretty good.

They avoid a tax increase, they avoid the bad optics of seniors and veterans not getting their checks and they keep this front and center the entire election cycle so our candidate can run on it up until election day.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Perhaps this will explain where the shortcoming on this is:

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/07/12/it-is-time-to-burn-mitch-mcconnell-in-effigy-he-goes-pontius-pilate-on-the-debt-ceiling/

Indy82 on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

It is time to break these “scare the he!!” out of seniors” tactics up at the door..It is sad that a POTUS would even suggest this..:(

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Oh i dont disagree with that, but just cutting off SS checks next month is not the way to deal with it. There are other ways of fixing SS short of tossing about 65 million people out of their houses over night. And threatening seniors that there will be no checks is politcal suicide. Obama just pissed off nearly every single member of the AARP, lol.

See this

letget on July 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The great letget nailed it.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Update time. McConnell to give President nearly unassailable power to raise the debt limit?

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/07/12/another-mortifying-mcconnell-head-banging-against-the-wall-moment/

How can this be the same person?

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Congressional Leader is a very ironic term

blatantblue on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

It is sad that a POTUS would even suggest this..:(

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

This is a malicious power thug, no more, no less.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Good one, Dire…

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

The GOP was going to raise the debt ceiling anyway, Boehner and McConnell have said so clearly. It looks like McConnell’s contingency plan will do that by forcing Obama to come up with a plan for spending cuts greater than the ceiling increase. Is that right? Sounds kind of lame to me.

RedRedRice on July 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Where are you hearing that patriot rider

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

It is truly sad situation..:(

PS..I agree with you picking lottery tickets..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Tina, you’ve misread McConnell’s statement by a mile …

What he’s really doing is informing the GOP base that there will be tax increases in any deal that raises the debt ceiling and yes, the debt ceiling WILL be raised.

He’s doing some “back slapping” for Republicans holding firm – but also letting people know they’re going to cave and …

It’s ALL Obama’s fault that the GOP are going to cave. He’s trying to say that Obama is just so unreasonable – in order for the GOP to “save” the nation they’ll have to cave into Obama’s demands.

And that’s what will happen.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

How can this be the same person?

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

McConnell is a conceited azz, another one of those incontinent ones who don’t know when it’s time to retire gracefully. Count on the Rs to betray you, every time. Boehner is already buddies with the goon.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I thought Social Sec. checks came from somewhere else? Then how can Social Sec. liability not be part of the debt, hmm?

WitchDoctor on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Our first anti-American President is making a huuuge mistake.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

For his own future, 0 better be bluffing about withholding SSA checks at the very first tightening of the belf. Seniors will not forget that with his Energy / EPA depts he has caused the cost of energy and food to drastically increase along with screwing up the medical program. Plus, with all the costs seniors face, the first time in 30 years that they did not get a COLA increase in their checks occurred in this Adm. Two years in a row and then to be notified their checks would be withheld because he wasted so much money on failed programs sure won’t go over well.

Oleta on July 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

It is time to break these “scare the he!!” out of seniors” tactics up at the door..It is sad that a POTUS would even suggest this..:(

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

That’s all he has. That’s all he ever had: marxist co-conspirators and threats.

Vashta.Nerada on July 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Ace sees this as a cave in.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

If this fool were to stop SS checks ..Folks will go bonkers!..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

McConnell and the other Republican leaders will need every ounce of the steely resolve

If the GOP caves they’re done. Next year the were will be a big convention and the key note speakers will be Alle West, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and the sign out front will say “National Tea Party Convention 2012″.

NickDeringer on July 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I agree. Shoot, we all have been in crisis mode since this idiot was sworn in. I’m sick of it.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Is it my imagination, or has Scooter really racheted his insanity up a notch or two the last two weeks?

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Where are you hearing that patriot rider

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Front and center on Drudge…links to CBS

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

HOLD THE LINE! The time is NOW!

Phuck the peas!!!!!!

SDarchitect on July 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Ace sees this as a cave in.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

He’s right. The details of the cave are on MM. See my link above.

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Why is there a social security check scare, did we not just have a thread about the difficulty of changing the check issuance procedure?

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Because Barry just threatened it a couple of hours ago.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

90% of the people on Social Security either unable to understand the larger picture of what is going on,and why, and /or they don’t care if everyone else is turned into slaves, for generations, as long as they get their ‘sugar’ and ‘gubermint cheese’ next month.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

He might have wagered and lost. It will take fortitude on the right side. Don’t go to Vegas based on this.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I just read Michelle’s take …

Oh yeah – I can TOTALLY see this going down exactly this way. McConnell gives up the fight and gives Obama basically unchecked authority to raise the debt ceiling – so that way no one “blame” the GOP for raising the ceiling – or for any corresponding tax increases that come as a result of it.

I just want to gloat here a moment – I said prior to the elections in 2010 that a GOP Senate led by Mitch McConnell would be an abortion and I’m about to be proven right again here. This is the whole reason I supported Christine O’Donnell and a few others who didn’t quite make it up the hill in 2010 – not because they were the best and brightest – but because they’d have voted for some other leader than Mitch McConnell if they had made it into the Senate.

Mitch McConnell – dirt bag.

This is the same guy that went to G.W. prior to the ’06 elections and begged him to pull some troops out of Iraq so Republicans wouldn’t take such a big hit politically in the elections.

This guy … and John Boehner – are hold outs from the old GOP that sank this party and tainted Conservatism.

We have to get rid of him.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Ace sees this as a cave in.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM
He’s right. The details of the cave are on MM. See my link above.

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I see Ace’s point..The GOP has too strong a hand to do this..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Time to hit the phones and the emails to Congress.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

The only logical explanation for the behavior of Democrats is the Cloward and Piven plan. Is there any other reason they would continue to insist on a course that will lead to bankrupts?

The Rock on July 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Great speech…

… It had to be said!

“I was one of those who had hoped we could do something big for the country. But in my view the president has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or default. Republicans choose none of the above. I hoped to do good — but I refuse to do harm.”

Hold your ground McConnell…

… We are living through history!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Folks, mark my words. His SS threat is the end of his presidency.

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

B-b-but he’s still got 5 1/2 years left to go!

Christien on July 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

And from Red State.

Can anyone give a good reason now to vote GOP in 2012?

The Republican Party is unsalvageable …

I hope this results in a schism and the Tea Party Freshmen form a third party – which will be the new SECOND party as the GOP is left to rot in history with the Whigs.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

How can this be the same person?

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

WTF?????????????????????

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Tina, you’ve misread McConnell’s statement by a mile …

What he’s really doing is informing the GOP base that there will be tax increases in any deal that raises the debt ceiling and yes, the debt ceiling WILL be raised.

He’s doing some “back slapping” for Republicans holding firm – but also letting people know they’re going to cave and …

[snip]

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I am not getting that at all from this speech. It sounded to me like he is prepared to stand firm against 0bama and his fiscal insanity.

But if you’re right and I’m wrong, there are going to be many, many people who will be very disappointed in the GOP.

UltimateBob on July 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Good For Mitch.

I’m usually highly critical of him, but sometimes he does something impressive, at a critical time.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

NickDeringer on July 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

You maybe right..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

BS.

a capella on July 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Thanks pr

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

“Let me be clear: I have been able to spend 1.5 trillion dollars above tax revenues for two years now. And I will not let a debt limit created by Congress stop me from spending that amount or more for the next two years. Otherwise, I will stop sending the troops their pay and granny her social security check.”

AshleyTKing on July 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Push back from the GOP. Finally.

Hening on July 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

BS.

a capella on July 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Not at all. Obama will pay SS selectively. See letget’s comment to sort out.

LHI is right, so is letget.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I am not getting that at all from this speech. It sounded to me like he is prepared to stand firm against 0bama and his fiscal insanity.

But if you’re right and I’m wrong, there are going to be many, many people who will be very disappointed in the GOP.

UltimateBob on July 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Why don’t you wander over to Red State, Michelle Malkin, and Ace …

You will see the depths of Mitch McConnell’s treachery here.

What Tina has posted is tough talking political pap from McConnell.

His actual action though – is to give Obama unlimited power to raise the debt.

Check it out.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Update time. McConnell to give President nearly unassailable power to raise the debt limit?

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/07/12/another-mortifying-mcconnell-head-banging-against-the-wall-moment/

How can this be the same person?

TexasDan on July 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

I just read the same article. I knew it was too good to be true. McConnell hold out on Obama? Give me a flipping break. Obama is a soft dictator (who could easily morph into a Chavez); he knows his “opponent” is spineless. Obama goes nuclear with the SS, Vet checks and the GOP caves. Why am I not surprised?

HondaV65—absolutely. Predictably, McConnell and Boehner have been such disappoints.

conservative pilgrim on July 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

GOP leaders need to hold a press conference and bring the US Chamber of Commerce execs and small business owners to explain how new taxes and Obamacare will kill existing jobs and prevent job growth. Then they all need to demand that Obama share his plan. Otherwise, Obama wins the PR battle with BS.

Terrie on July 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM

We have to get rid of him.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

We have to get rid of damn near all the “hims” and “hers” in Congress. Plus the Traitor-in-Chief.

Some of us have been forecasting the collapse of the country since, oh, mid-2008 when it began to appear that Osama Obama would win the election and the bold, brave Conservative Commentariat would collapse like wet napkins in a high wind when it came time to call the Chicago Jesus to account.

Being a “Historic First” — and having Congressional opposition of stunning spinelessness — apparently gives Osama Obama free reign to act on all the hatreds and desires to exact revenge on the country that gave him so much more than he earned. He is destroying us with impunity. He is invulnerable.

And, if he chooses to allow elections next year, he will be reelected. If the public reacts in any way, it will be in revulsion over the antics of the Repubs who not only can’t oppose, but can’t even muster a good argument for ending the reign of Emperor Soetoro I.

MrScribbler on July 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

You’re correct. McConnell never misses a chance to miss a chance. Looks like a clear win for Scooter.

a capella on July 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM

AshleyTKing on July 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Cite your source, please.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM

But there is plenty of money to keep up the bombing in 6 countries, or for welfare, union friends, foreign aid to Pakistan and other countries that hate our guts…

PatriotRider on July 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

damn…well said PR

they had better cease spending money on chasing Gaddafi around the sands of Libya BEFORE they cut off SS checks.

DrW on July 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

MrScribbler on July 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Relatively free people deserve their leaders. If they’re fools, again, they deserve him fully. May they and progeny suffer the consequences. Too bad the rest will too.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

The right needs a Christie to respond to the power thug, alas, no one has the gonads to do so, effectively.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Okay, I have emailed my senators in both states.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I just called Toomey’s DC office (I live in PA) and went all apoplectic on the receptionist there about this.

Darksean on July 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

And, if he chooses to allow elections next year, he will be reelected. If the public reacts in any way, it will be in revulsion over the antics of the Repubs who not only can’t oppose, but can’t even muster a good argument for ending the reign of Emperor Soetoro I.

MrScribbler on July 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

At this point – I can’t say that a few decades of losing freedom to a dictator would be a bad thing.

Americans have grown soft – and we are living off the fruits of our ancestors labor – and the $$ of our granchildren’s labor.

Clearly – we don’t deserve the legacy of freedom we inherited. Maybe “Presidente obama” wouldn’t be a bad thing and might instill in the nation a renewed sense to FIGHT for our liberties.

The ballot box has failed – the GOP has caved on this – they caved on the budget – they cave on everything. If you can’t enact change through the ballot box – what else is left to do?

So yes – I hope Obama usurps Congressional power – he already has – and the Republicans don’t do a damn thing about it. He releaseses Black Panthers – nothing. He fights an illegal war in Libya – nothing. He sells guns to Mexican mafia – nothing … no response from Congress – nothing.

The system our founders gave to us has completely collapsed.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

This won’t happen.

I want all of you here to hear me out on this one. Whether you and I have had disagreements in the past. Whether you don’t like me or not. Whether you think I’m full of s***.

I am telling you, this will not happen. I WORK for SSA. I’ve admitted that on here before.

This is a lie, and a damned lie at that. A very disgusting, egregious lie. SSA IS going broke, of course. You knew that. But this nonsense will not happen. The checks will not stop.

“You LIE.”

Vyce on July 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

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