McConnell announces fallback plan: Let’s give Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling himself

posted at 4:11 pm on July 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

NRO has a step-by-step rundown of how things would work legislatively, but it’s baroque. You’re better off with Guy Benson’s user-friendly explanation. This is, quite simply, an enabling statute:

Now that the table is set, here’s how the proposed plan would work: Republicans in Congress would agree to vote to authorize the president to propose three separate incremental debt ceiling increases, spaced over the remainder of his term. He would be required to couple each request with a corresponding set of spending cuts that exceed the dollar amount of his sought-after debt limit hike. These cuts would be of his choosing alone. The first pair of requests would come prior to the August 2 deadline. It would be for roughly $700 Billion. The next requests, for $900 Billion, would come in the fall, and the final tranche (also for $900 Billion) would be scheduled for summer of 2012 — in the thick of the campaign cycle.

In all likelihood, on each occasion, Republicans would overwhelmingly vote to disapprove of the president’s debt ceiling increase request. This allows GOP members (and almost certainly some vulnerable Democrats) to technically vote “no” on raising the debt ceiling. If, as is likely, simple majorities in both houses vote to disapprove of the president’s requests, he’d be forced to veto each disapproval, pinging the issue back to Capitol Hill. If Congress can’t override those vetos with 2/3 majorities (and Republicans won’t have the votes, even with some Democrats), the debt ceiling will increase. But not without the exacting a substantial political price from the president and his allies in Congress. They will own the debt ceiling hike. Period. Members of Congress who vote with the president will set themselves up to be targeted by brutal attack ads (“so-and-so has voted to increase the national debt limit three times in the last year alone,” etc).

It sounds complicated but it’s not. This achieves two things in one fell swoop: (1) it provides a nearly foolproof mechanism to avoid default armageddon in case the two sides can’t make a deal by August 2, which will reassure markets, and (2) by investing Obama with near-unilateral power to raise the ceiling (it’s not fully unilateral because Congress could, in theory, override him with a 2/3 vote), it makes him almost wholly responsible for the debt hike, which will be a major political liability with the election around the corner and a plurality of voters still more worried about raising the ceiling than letting a default happen. After a month of shrieking from lefty legal experts about how the Fourteenth Amendment supposedly lets O ignore the ceiling, here’s McConnell calling their bluff. You want to own America’s debt problem? Enjoy.

Dave Weigel says he can’t see why any Republican would vote for something like this when Obama already owns the debt problem. The answer: Because if talks break down and default looms, which seems increasingly likely given even moderate Dems’ demands for tax concessions and the House GOP’s unhappiness with a medium-sized debt deal, it almost certainly won’t be Obama who owns the fallout. For a variety of reasons, including but not limited to media Narrative-building and The One’s own determined efforts to position himself as a “centrist pragmatist” even if it means reducing the chances of making a deal, it’ll be the GOP who bears the brunt politically. (A Pew poll taken last month found 42 percent would blame Republicans if no deal got done versus 33 percent who’d blame the White House.) McConnell’s bill is anticipating that and trying to salvage a political victory from likely defeat by punting the whole mess to The One if no deal can be reached. It’ll be horribly, horribly disappointing if the big debt-ceiling showdown results in nothing more than a few trillion in cuts of Obama’s own choosing, but the alternative if talks break down is no cuts at all, a possible economic tailspin, and endless media shrieking about how this never would have happened if it not for those darned wingnuts and their fetish for rich people.

Long story short, the debt-ceiling showdown was a big gamble and this is McConnell’s way of hedging the party’s bets at the eleventh hour. Unsatisfying, but if it happens and O faces a nasty backlash for raising the ceiling, it’s a compelling argument next year for why we need a Republican president and more Republican congressmen. A serious deal on long-term sustainability simply isn’t possible with the left in control of one or more branches of government. If the GOP wants to do this, they’ll have to do it themselves. And then reap the consequences.

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Farking genius!!!

james23 on July 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

If the GOP wants to do this, they’ll have to do it themselves. And then reap the consequences.

Throw Obama and the entire Congress out in 2012.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Giving Obama more power?

Sounds too risky.

portlandon on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I actually was came to this site to post about this but Allah already had a thread on it.

Spathi on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

This is a nuke, and if this even starts to get going, the Republican party will blow up.

I look forward to seeing responses from the candidates. And then, after all the candidates weigh in and the situation resolves itself, I expect Romney to give his response.

Nu. cu. lar.

Darksean on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Along those same lines, lets give him power to “fix healthcare” all by himself, fix the Tax Code all by himself and fix the environment all by himself.

Mitch McConnell, you sly fox, you!

james23 on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Republicans lose again.

Media control the narrative.

Dems win.

rickyricardo on July 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Not sure if this is even legal, since congress is supposed to control the purse

ConservativePartyNow on July 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

paint me doubtful…..too many years of RINO cave-ins….

SDarchitect on July 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

We need to do an intervention on a junkie.

At the eleventh hour, one suggestion is that we leave some works on the kitchen table, so any further injections have to be self-administered.

Seriously, this is some of the stupidest stuff I’ve ever seen come out of Washington — and that’s a high bar.

cthulhu on July 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Why would Bambi agree to this?

Labamigo on July 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Let’s give Nero a match.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

This would be a disaster. It’s a punt, and it gives Obama cover to say “I had no choice, the Republican terrorists had a gun to my head — grandma’s monthly check.” Don’t do it, GOP. Default, and let Obama deal with it. In either case, the media will crucify you, so why hand Barry more power? It’s insanity!

Rational Thought on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Im perplexed….so the debt ceiling will still be raised even if we can’t override a veto and dear leader can decide to cut all of defense and other gop depts

I’m feeling eeyorish right about now

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Basically it’s a punt, and sometimes it’s smart to punt.

aquaviva on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Of course, there’s no reason to even have a Congress anymore. See, another benefit, you sharp ol SOB Mitch!

james23 on July 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

The Turtle blinks!

Monkei on July 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Somehow this seems like bad idea country.

alwaysfiredup on July 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

How can you even countenance something like this, Allah, even as political strategy?

Debt ceiling does not equal default – it means reprioritizing some programs. If we were really in any danger of actual default, the rating agencies would have destroyed us already. So stop saying we’re going to default as if it’s an objective truth.

Secondly, punting to Obama would constitute an absolute betrayal of everything we’ve been standing for. We’d see no spending cuts (mandatory or otherwise) and almost certainly no action taken on balancing the budget.

I’m disappointed, Allah. I knew you were more pragmatic than ideological, but this is a bridge too far.

KingGold on July 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Okay obviously I was missing a BIG something when I read it the first time.

That’s what happens when you try to post and work at the same time.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Can the villagers get their torches and pitchforks yet???

phreshone on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

At first blush, this plan has some attractive elements and some serious drawbacks:

Positives – (1) It forces Democrats, especially the president, to wear this mess. Not once, but three times. (2) It (supposedly) includes over $2.5 Trillion in spending reductions. (3) It does not raise taxes. (4) And it prevents a cataclysmic default.

Negatives – (1) As far as I can tell, there are no enforcement mechanisms to hold the president to his end of the bargain on spending cuts at each step of this process. If he sets forth woefully inadequate cuts (think Obamacare-style smoke & mirrors, or devastating defense cuts), or if he simply refuses to meet the “required” dollar amounts, I don’t see how Republicans can force a correction or scuttle the deal.* Once the initial legislation authorizing Obama to send these requests is passed, the die is cast. That is deeply worrisome. (2) Desperately-needed entitlement reform is off the table, meaning that huge elephant will remain in the room for the forseeable future (although one could argue this will be the case as long as Obama is president anyway). (3) Finally, on a superficial level, this strikes me as an exercise in too-cute-by-halfery. Republicans are constructing a scenario which allows them to vote no on something that they tacitly understand will come to fruition anyway. From a purely political standpoint, it makes some sense, but it’s also not especially serious, given the gravity of the problem we face.

Overall I don’t like this plan. It gives Obama too many ways to screw around with his so-called obligations to cut spending. If no reasonable deal can be done, I think the House Republicans should just vote on a $2 trillion spending cut(with no tax increases), send it to the Senate, and let Reid either block it, or have Obama eventually be forced to veto it. Or Reid and Obama swallow their pride and accept the deal.

It’s a crappy outcome for conservatives and Tea Partiers, but let’s be realistic here. No entitlement reform will ever happen as long as the Dems control the Senate and White House. At least with the $2 trillion deal, the Dems’ bluff will be called. Either they block the deal and force “armageddon” which they’ll fully own, or they accept the deal and don’t get any tax hikes.

Doughboy on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The interpretation of this potential move is playing out very differently on other blogs/news sites.

glennbo on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’m torn. Yeah, it makes Obama own it, which is good, and could frighten him into proper action. But it does so by giving him more power, and I’m not sure he’s smart enough to realize that this would be bad for his electoral prospects.

Dunno. It’s a ballsy move.

Caiwyn on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Obama would then pass the buck to his newly minted Debt Ceiling Czar to wash his hands of the decision.

WashJeff on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I defy anyone here to make a compelling case for continuing the GOP on life support. Cons either get their own place at the table, or its ovah

james23 on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Tru dat RT, the lsm will trash them one way or so stand strong for Cripe sakes

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

This is, quite simply, an enabling statute:

That it is…Mr. Chao is proposing to issue the obamanation a “no limit” credit card…

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Unsatisfying, but if it happens and O faces a nasty backlash for raising the ceiling, it’s a compelling argument next year for why we need a Republican president and more Republican congressmen.

Explains McConnell’s comment about never getting it done as long as Scooter is president. Thanks for the explanation, AP. It makes a little more sense, now.

a capella on July 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

And here I thought congress was in charge of spending…

golfmann on July 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Simply put something in that sunsets the power, and its gravy for the GOP.
People need to realize just because the reality of default don’t equate the end of the world, thats not what most people think will happen. Perception outweighs reality in politics too much of the time.

Zaggs on July 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

avoid default armageddon in case the two sides can’t make a deal by August 2, which will reassure markets

Default is not the end of the world! Please stop repeating Geithner’s talking points.

It’s not the Federal government’s job to support markets. The markets simply price reality, and if reality stinks, so be it.

Well before August 2d, it looks like Europe will implode. That’s where the “armageddon” will occur.

Emperor Norton on July 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Screw the gamesmanship. The American people are sick of it.

Take a principled position. Stand your ground.

Quit screwing around.

novaculus on July 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

This is what always — always — pisses me off about the GOP. Obama goes out this morning and threatens to hold old people and disabled veterans hostage if he doesn’t get huge tax increases, and instead of RIPPING him limb by limb for it, instead of meeting his nuclear option with TOTAL DESTRUCTION, they start to whimper and look for a deal. OBAMA IS A DESPICABLE THUG. You don’t crawl into the corner and ask the thug not to hit you. YOU THROW EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT AT HIM, and when he’s looking for a corner to crawl into, you hit him again. And again. And again. Where is the GOP’s sense of INDIGNATION on behalf of the American people?! Why aren’t they as PISSED off as I am that our president is threatening his own citizens? Man, I am PISSED!

Rational Thought on July 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

These cowards are more concerned with reelection than doing their frackin jobs.

csdeven on July 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

So before Honda gets here and asks, I might as well pipe up for him: Why don’t the House Republicans just pass a debt limit increase in the House with $2 trillion in cuts and no tax hikes?

Then the Dems can still own it if they refuse to pass it in the Senate or if Obama vetoes it, and we don’t give him any more freaking power than he already has taken for himself.

This play is ballsy and it is clever, but it is dangerous and I don’t know that I like it.

Caiwyn on July 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Has anyone run this idea past Hugo Chavez?

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Its a dodge, the President now can get away with anything and if GOP spending priorities are first on the chopping block Obama can rightly say they made him the decider in chief. By a happy coincidence constituencies not being slashed will still be able funnel money and votes to Dems while GOP backed groups find their resources weakened.

rob verdi on July 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

What McConnell is forgetting…

… is that everything that comes out of Obowma’s mouth is a lie.

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

WTF? Has the McConnell lost his mind?

AUH2O on July 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

And you don’t think the media won’t excoriate the GOP and blame them after this plan fails? Do you really think that the masses in the middle could care or understand this stuff? It’s about blame -and re-election and they are the professionals while we wimper with our logic and economic responsibility. They laugh at this stuff and will have an angle by daybreak to turn it to their advantage. And, we have no idea about the October (or August or..)surprise is yet. Shutting down the internet to catch terroists, martial law, faux news about racial incidents provoked by Holders friends?

Don L on July 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

If no reasonable deal can be done, I think the House Republicans should just vote on a $2 trillion spending cut(with no tax increases), send it to the Senate, and let Reid either block it, or have Obama eventually be forced to veto it. Doughboy on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

This.

mwdiver on July 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Math is very hard.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

No debt ceiling raise.

AUH2O on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

This wacky idea is an example of what is meant by “too clever by half“!!!

Much better idea: DO NOTHING, and let the Democrats stew in their own deficit!!! This way, the Dems own all the pain of cuts, and all the pain of being exposed as unrepentant, prolific, habitual spenders.

There is no justification for an increase of any amount or kind in the Debt Limit.

landlines on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Will the House pass this?

BKeyser on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

You know what else baffles me? If the Treasury decides to default (and it will be on the Treasury’s shoulders to do so) Obama gets the blame, because somebody’s not getting their sittin’ at home check. So why the hell are Boehner and McConnell trying to escape this?

The way I see it, Barry has less than a month to make a deal before his world gets a lot smaller. The GOP is tipping their hand far too much here.

KingGold on July 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Rob Verdi

*shudder*

Epic fail from the gop me thinks

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Pass The Peas!

Christien on July 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Red State: Passing the buck and blame to Obama may or may not be smart politics. It is very clearly not leadership. It is very clearly not sound policy. It is very clearly not the way to dig ourselves out of the fiscal hole we find ourselves it. It is big government. It is not conservative.

idesign on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Ceding fiscal authority to a man who spends other people’s money with reckless abandon. It’s so much easier than Congress fulfilling its Constitutional responsibilities. What could go wrong?

obladioblada on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Any Republican who supports giving up their Constitutional duty to the executive branch should be primaried.

p40tiger on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Initial Reaction in House…Seems Cool

From a Republican aide who would know on the sentiment regarding the contingency plan:

“We, the House, hate this and it will not move. It would basically mean that the President only needs 1/3 of the either body to raise the debt limit, meaning that we would cede our majority status in the House. Can you imagine how insane this would make the grass roots/tea party—we have the numbers to stop an increase, but we completely give up and let Dems uphold a veto with a 1/3 vote. No way.”

NRO.

Initial House GOP reaction: No.

Wethal on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

More extremely naive political analysis from Allah…

This is capitulation.

Own it? Are you kidding – do you really believe that we’ll lay all this debt at the feet of Obama after McConnell SURRENDERS this fight?

This is ENABLING legislation – if it passes – anything Obama does is owned EQUALLY by the Dims and Republicans.

This SHOULD CAUSE an immediate schism in the Republican party. I would call on ALL Tea Party Republicans to leave the party of fools now.

Allah – do you really think that we are stupid enough to blame Obama for raising the debt ceiling while IGNORING the man and the party that gave him the right to do it? And simply because they had not the testicular fortitude to challenge him?

This is betrayal of the highest order.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Time to light up the switchboard folks..:)

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

This is somewhat useful politics, but a complete lack of leadership.

Indy82 on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

kingsjester,

Let’s give Nero a match.

Heh. Or allow Casey Anthony to adopt.

Mike Honcho on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Obama would then pass the buck to his newly minted Bipartisan Debt Ceiling Czar Commission to wash his hands of the decision.

WashJeff on July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

And named to the Bipartisan Debt Ceiling Commission would be stalwart Republican (pick one) Charlie Crist, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Ray LaHood, Fred Upton, Lindsay Grahamnesty, I could go on forever…

Jaibones on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

freaking sheep. someone primary this idiot.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Long story short, the debt-ceiling showdown was a big gamble and this is McConnell’s way of hedging the party’s bets at the eleventh hour.

Much like wanting to go home for Christmas and us getting obamacare in our stocking…Oh how I loved that lump of coal…

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

The GOP clearly did not understand the message of the Mid-term Elections.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

and endless media shrieking about how this never would have happened if it not for those darned wingnuts and their fetish for rich people.

And this too. Who gives a damn about reporters hyperventilating for a while? That’s not going to hurt the GOP’s numbers considerably, because Obama’s still the president. When the country goes into a tailspin, people don’t blame the Congress. They blame the President for his lack of leadership.

KingGold on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

[Obama] would be required to couple each request with a corresponding set of spending cuts that exceed the dollar amount of his sought-after debt limit hike.

If these are cuts that equal or exceed the amount of the debt limit hike, that means we don’t need any debt limit hike. If spending is less than before, there is no need for a debt limit hike!

These cuts would be of his choosing alone.

With a radical leftist in charge, you can say goodbye to National Defense.

Emperor Norton on July 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

fight damn you GOP. fight.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, and while we’re at it…let Obama become President for life as well. WTF are these people thinking? Finding someone to blame after our country is destroyed is not going to make anyone feel any better.

search4truth on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

While it sounds arcane; I actually like it! Because it makes O! O!wn both his spending/tax increase choices and increasing the debt ceiling.

Although it sounds like it sets a bad precedent, that being congress abdicating it’s control of the purse strings to the executive, it might just be a political stroke of genius; and serve to highlight the spending/tax issues throughout the 2012 campaign.

RocketmanBob on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Where is the GOP’s sense of INDIGNATION on behalf of the American people?! Why aren’t they as PISSED off as I am that our president is threatening his own citizens? Man, I am PISSED!

You don’t think this whole issue has been political bullshit … the party now crying about the debt ceiling had no problem signing off on it for YEARS.
Be pissed, but be pissed at your own party … they played the game and found out that it was bad politics in the end … blinked … and lost.

Monkei on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Hedging their bets = CYA.

portlandon on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Why is there any need for plan B? The Democrats are trapped in a box, just don’t let them out.

FloatingRock on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

think the House Republicans should just vote on a $2 trillion spending cut(with no tax increases), send it to the Senate, and let Reid either block it, or have Obama eventually be forced to veto it. Or Reid and Obama swallow their pride and accept the deal.

Doughboy on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

like this a whole lot better

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Initial House GOP reaction: No.

Wethal on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Thank God in Heaven.

We’re lucky to have them.

KingGold on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I can’t believe McConnell would think of doing something like this. Even as a last option. The last option should be calling Zero’s bluff. Wait til Aug 3 and see what happens. The checks will go out. People are still paying in to SS.

I’m so sick of republicans caving or thinking about caving.

I sure hope the house doesn’t go for this $h!t sandwich. I hope they can stand up and vote against this bill.

Brat4life on July 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Mr.McConnell, If you don’t have the cajones to stand up for this country then resign your post and call in someone with some stones.
READ OUR LIPS! WE DO NOT WANT THIS PRESIDENT TO DO ANYMORE DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY!
What part of NO don’t you understand?

SgtRed on July 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

these are cuts that equal or exceed the amount of the debt limit hike, that means we don’t need any debt limit hike. If spending is less than before, there is no need for a debt limit hike!

Emperor Norton on July 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

not true. we would have to first cut the 41.5 trillion deficit then after than you would be correct.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

think the House Republicans should just vote on a $2 trillion spending cut(with no tax increases), send it to the Senate, and let Reid either block it, or have Obama eventually be forced to veto it. Or Reid and Obama swallow their pride and accept the deal.
.

Doughboy on July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

like this one much better

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Does China approve of this?

revolutionismyname on July 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

You know, this will not pass the House.

rob verdi on July 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Initial House GOP reaction: No.

Wethal on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

along with the HA crew…

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

REPEAT: DO NOT GIVE OBAMA ANY MORE POWER THAN HE CAN ALREADY TAKE FROM YOU SPINELESS IDIOTS.

SgtRed on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

OH hell yes. Let’s give Obama the drunken sailor a Visa gold card at the door to the Whorehouse. What could possibly go wrong?

DANEgerus on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

There is no middle ground here. No more time for diddling.

Financial ruin and collapse vs. Embarking the road to fiscal sanity. It is that really that dire and that simple.

No compromises, no reaching across the aisle, no commissions, no czars, no panels, no B.S. and no gimmicks like this proposal.

Choose a path and lead. That is what you were elected to do.

DeathB4Tyranny on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Because if talks break down and default looms

Except that default doesn’t loom!

The Republicans have all the cards. The only thing the Democrats and Obama can do is bluff.

Put a House bill on the table that has $2 trillion in cuts over 2 years and a $2 trillion increase in debt limit. Tell Obama take it or leave it.

huckleberryfriend on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Although it sounds like it sets a bad precedent, that being congress abdicating it’s control of the purse strings to the executive, it might just be a political stroke of genius; and serve to highlight the spending/tax issues throughout the 2012 campaign.

RocketmanBob on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

If King Barry allows a 2012 election.

Knucklehead on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Initial House GOP reaction: No.

Wethal on July 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Thank God for “The People’s House“…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

While it sounds arcane; I actually like it! Because it makes O! O!wn both his spending/tax increase choices and increasing the debt ceiling.

Please … presidents from both parties have raised the debt ceiling, well actually congresses of both parties have raised debt ceilings and presidents have been re-elected regardless of it. Obama won’t own a tax increase because there simply won’t be one.

Monkei on July 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

freaking sheep. someone primary this idiot.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Indeed, indeed. Nothing other will get their attention. All out in 2012, all who don’t listen to the people.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Mitch McConnell gives great speech and then crosses the Dumbicon!

I would prefer he just shut up and do his job which, at this point, is to do very, very little. Saying ‘NO’ to new spending is about all I really want. Is that so very much to expect?

ajacksonian on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

So, McConnell wants to give an easy out to a president who has ballooned government spending by 35% over two years?

Sounds like a great plan.
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Vashta.Nerada on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

The GOP clearly did not understand the message of the Mid-term Elections.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

they understood it and Foxnews and the gop establishment have been trying since NOv 5th to downplay that message. they know what 2010 menat and they know that the reaction to thier “budget” deal in APr was about their last chance.

Cut the dam spending. no on the debt limit increase. rip the freaking bandaid off and eat your peas GOP.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

You don’t think this whole issue has been political bullshit … the party now crying about the debt ceiling had no problem signing off on it for YEARS.
Be pissed, but be pissed at your own party … they played the game and found out that it was bad politics in the end … blinked … and lost.

Monkei on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

He@@ no. Your president has spent more of our money under his poor excuse for an administration than any preceding president has. The buck stops with the president, pelosi, Reid, and the rest of his marxists-in-training.

McConnell, Cryin’ John Boehner, and the rest of the GOP Elites has better grow a backbone, or they will find themselves in the unemployment line ASAP, along with the petulant, anti-American President.

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

OH hell yes. Let’s give Obama the drunken sailor a Visa gold card at the door to the Whorehouse. What could possibly go wrong?

Or… maybe we could be adults and call his bluff by turning off the spigot.

No Justice, No Peas. No blank check until the (D)emocrats pass their first budget in 802 days!

DANEgerus on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

So, McConnell is giving Obama carte tranche?

Christien on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Cut spending, simple! Now can we dispence with the Bull…

Oil Can on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Indeed, indeed. Nothing other will get their attention. All out in 2012, all who don’t listen to the people.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

We disagree on who is best to lead the charge but we agree for the need of that charge.

and that is something the GOp establishment doesn’t understand.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

This just confirms that the GOP is driven by fear. Total, consuming fear of democrat/Leftist/media “narratives”. Whatever cunning you might believe lurks in this abrogation of constitutional responsibility, it is derived from fear.

Rather than fight the true and hard fight of confronting the Left in a disciplined, courageous and straightforward way, strenghtened by principles and faith, they are moving heaven and earth to avoid this confrontation. They have no conviction and no faith in themselves or their traditions.

The Left is driven by hate, the Right by fear. We are a nation governed by addicts.

rrpjr on July 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

This is betrayal of the highest order.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

If the situation in this country plays out the way some of us fear — and which involves words HA’s censor-software doesn’t like — who will “own” the carnage?

Osama Obama will, of course. But so will McConnell, Boehner and every other damn squish that tried to play games with the well-being of our nation, and every spineless commentator who analyzed this kind of treasonous behavior and viewed it through the prism of political gamesmanship.

Once again, like past governments in former dictatorships that we dare not compare the Traitor-in-Chief’s regime to, the pathetic losers in Congress, thinking of their own perks and “power” are ceding authority to the dictator. One day, he will realize he no longer needs them.

MrScribbler on July 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Basically it’s a punt, and sometimes it’s smart to punt.

aquaviva on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

you don’t punt when its the 4th qrt you are down by 21 points with 2 minuts left.

unseen on July 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

These cuts would be of his choosing alone.

Sounds like big trouble.

Isn’t this sort of what happened to the first Pres. Bush when he agreed to raise taxes? He was left high and dry by the democrats who promised to cut spending..

LASue on July 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Cryin’ John Boehner,

kingsjester on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

You leave Boehner out of this. This cockamamie plan is Mitch McConnell’s, not Boehner’s. Boehner and Cantor have shown their chops on this, not accepting a dime of tax increases.

KingGold on July 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

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