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McCotter: Don’t blame Boehner, blame the intransigent Democrats

posted at 3:36 pm on April 10, 2011 by

McCotter says that it wasn’t Boehner’s fault that the deal reached didn’t cut as much as people wanted:

And it certainly wasn’t the fault of Speaker Boehner or anyone else that the cuts weren’t as large as people wanted. You have to remember that it was the intransigents of the Democratic Senate and the White House that led to this issue being prolonged, that led to the resolution being less than people expected in many quarters.

I’m mixed on whether I agree with McCotter or not. In one sense I think McCotter is right, that if we had a Republican Senate and White House, that the cuts would be much larger. But in the other sense that Boehner was afraid to use his leverage point of a government shutdown, I think McCotter is wrong. Ultimately this war over spending cuts is being shaped by each and every battle that we fight, and the fact that Boehner settled on so little because of what appears to be fear doesn’t make our prospects for success look to be all that good as we approach the debt ceiling debate and the 2012 budget debate.

But there is a part of what McCotter says that rings true to me, and that is the fact that we should put the blame squarely at the feet of the Democrats because they are the ones who didn’t create a budget; they are the ones have been spending us into oblivion over the last few years; and they are the ones who are using vitriolic rhetoric to lie and deceive the American people. They want this country in ruin and they will say and do everything they can to get us there.

The fact that we may feel we have weak leadership is something we will have to deal with until 2012. But make no mistake about it. This war over spending is with the Democrats, not Speaker Boehner. And we should aim everything we have in their direction lest Obama gets reelected in 2012.

Here is McCotter’s full interview:

If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can watch it here.

Cross-posted at www.therightscoop.com.

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The fact that we may feel we have weak leadership is something we will have to deal with until 2012. But make no mistake about it. This war over spending is with the Democrats, not Speaker Boehner. And we should aim everything we have in their direction lest Obama gets reelected in 2012.

Absolutely.

single stack on April 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM

The only question about whether or not there was going to be a gov’t shutdown was if the Democrats thought it benefited them. My guess is that their internal polling showed that they’d get the blame and that the Republicans would reap the political benefit. So they cut a deal.

rokemronnie on April 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The only question about whether or not there was going to be a gov’t shutdown was if the Democrats thought it benefited them. My guess is that their internal polling showed that they’d get the blame and that the Republicans would reap the political benefit. So they cut a deal.

rokemronnie on April 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

All I can say is, Amen

IowaWoman on April 11, 2011 at 2:32 AM

We don’t need a govt shutdown, we need a govt that does the job they were elected to do. Please, explain the pros and cons of raising the debt ceiling. I’ve heard some of the reasons for doing it and not doing it. It may be necessary in the short term just to keep our AAA bond rating. Stop with telling us old people will starve, or women will die. We want the reasons why it should be done or not.

Kissmygrits on April 11, 2011 at 8:42 AM

the fact that the President didn’t follow OMB rules from the 80s so that the military pay is a non factor. I know a few military people who looked at half due on the 7th and 8th in the war zone, would receive half pay on the 15th puts everyone over a barrel to ensure that a deal is done. There can’t be much a cut with the CPUSA endorsing deficits this size.
As it is, Obama has booby trapped the equity markets with his early retirement plan that they came up with to heavily subsidize early retirements for those 55 and older after ATT and a couple other companies warned on earnings shortly after Obamacare passed, now there is deafening silence?. Where else but in the age of Obama could GE get a $4 Billion rebate from the tax payers.

mdetlh on April 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM