Well, President Obama landed in the briefing room today to talk about the possibility of a shutdown or a default, neither of which he seems to like. And the Republicans who might upend the apple cart are “extremists”:
The American people have worked too hard to recover from a bunch of crises – several of them now over the last couple of years inflicted by some of the same folks in Congress that we’re talking about now – to see extremists in Congress cause another crisis.
And their colleagues in the House caucus are “appeasers”:
The House Republicans are so concerned with appeasing the tea party that they’ve threatened a government shutdown or worse unless I gut or repeal the Affordable Care Act.
They’re engaged in “shenanigans,” pushing a “hobbyhorse.” They want to “burn the house down simply because you haven’t gotten 100 percent of your way.” The contempt is palpable.
“That’s not how our constitutional system is designed!” Obama declared, making me wonder if he’s smoking out GOP subversion of the Constitution in order to justify taking unconstitutional measures himself.
Well, IT IS how our constitutional system is designed. Congress gets to spend. But the Constitution doesn’t say Congress has to spend.
Obama claims he’s willing to be reasonable on Obamacare.
As I’ve said before, if Republicans have specific ideas on how to genuinely improve the law, rather than gut it, rather than delay it, rather than repeal it, I’m happy to work with them on that through the normal democratic processes. But that will not happen under the threat of a shutdown.
Really? Then why did you pass Obamacare without a single Republican vote through the normal democratic process. Instead of working with Republicans, Obama decided to get 100 percent of his way. When you do that on such an epic piece of legislation, you get a law that Republicans believe is set to destroy the country.
The “extremists” aren’t threatening to burn the house down. They’re trying to alert the public that the house is on fire. And that it’s going to burn down. Obama blotted them from the system, excised them from “regular order,” so now they’re going outside “regular order” to fight him. Why is he surprised?
It’s only in Washington that conservatives could be referred to as “wacko birds,” as Sen. John McCain, who used to be known as a “maverick,” recently called them.
Well, what’s wacko exactly? Running up $16 trillion in debt, or trying somehow to put a stop to it? Debt has piled up in excess of GDP. Is that rational behavior?
Obama has added a vast new entitlement when the ones we already have are trillions of dollars short of cash. Is that wacko or what??
These people in Washington, they keep promising to fix things. They keep saying they’re going to start acting responsibly. And when someone raises the alarm, the ones trying to fix things are called irresponsible.
Conservatives are trying to stage an intervention here for a dissolute government addicted to spending and creating new programs. Like all addicts, this one is kicking and screaming, lashing out, refusing to change, saying, “Your the ones with the problem, not me!”
The addict may get up and walk out of the room. And those trying to help him may or may not lose this round. But they will have at least put the addict on notice that it’s not business as usual anymore. Because without harsh measures, addicts never reform.