Addressing reporters on Tuesday at the White House, Obama indicated that he has spoken to House Speaker John Boehner and is willing to negotiate as soon as the shutdown is ended.
“If Congress refuses to raise what is called the debt ceiling, America would not be able to meet its financial obligations for the first time in 225 years,” Obama said. “Raising our debt ceiling does not add to debt.”
Obama took the opportunity in front of the press to berate Republicans and implied Tea Party Republicans want to default on debt. Obama also compared tax reform and compromise on a debt ceiling hike to Xboxes.
He insisted that raising the ceiling had nothing to do with increasing the debt. His comparison to Xboxes was clearly aimed at a youth audience that doesn’t know the first thing about budgeting money.
The debt ceiling means we can’t borrow any more money until we’ve paid off enough of what we owe to make up the difference. Obama would have us believe that we can just go on spending and spending, leaving future Americans to figure out how to pay it off.
Obama is no one to talk about extortion. His Affordable Care Act program includes an army of IRS agents who will exact payment from you in the form of a fine if you’re an uninsured individual and don’t purchase insurance from his exchange. If you refuse to pay the fine, you’ll be arrested and put in prison.
What the Republicans want is for some of the interest on the debt to be paid off before the government borrows any more money. What Obama wants is for our economy to collapse. “We can’t make extortion part of our routine as a democracy, he says.” But he’s willing to resort to it when it suits his political purposes.
According to a TownHall.com column by Phyllis Schlafly:
“The Democrats are chanting that Republicans must fully fund Obamacare because it is the law of the land, passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. Therefore, they say, it must be obeyed and can’t be altered by Republicans who want to defund it.
“That argument is both wrong and hypocritical. Any federal law can be changed, repealed, amended or defunded by our legislative branch of government, Congress.
“The Republican House wants to deal with the controversial huge ‘continuing resolution’ bill in separate pieces, giving the OK to worthwhile federal spending purposes while leaving others (like Obamacare) without funds. Obama refuses to negotiate and demands a “clean” (blank-check) bill; his position is all or nothing-at-all.
“Actually, the Supreme Court decision did not give a ‘clean’ upholding of Obamacare. The Court effectively rewrote the law by allowing states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, and other pieces of Obamacare are still being litigated in federal courts, such as the mandate that employer-required insurance must include objectionable abortifacient drugs.
“Obama’s hypocrisy about the issue of considering Obamacare in pieces is obvious from the many times he has unilaterally messed with other matters that are clearly the law of the land. He has frequently refused to enforce other laws of the land he doesn’t like, and he pretends to legislate laws that Congress declined to pass.
“Welfare reform is truly the law of the land; it was passed by Congress in 1996 and signed by President Clinton to ‘end welfare as we know it.’ But in violation of the law’s explicit language, Obama unilaterally carved out (in effect, repealed) the ‘work’ (or training for work) requirement for persons receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
“Obama’s use of waivers from various laws of the land is notorious. He has given waivers from the No Child Left Behind law of the land to more than half of the states.
“Obama has even picked pieces out of Obamacare. He gave a one-year deferral of its insurance employer mandate to large employers, and he exempted Congress and government staff from the requirement on individuals to buy compulsory insurance or pay a significant penalty.
“Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, admits that a federal law of the land prohibits the federal government from interfering with or dictating public school curriculum. But Obama used carrot-and-stick tactics to bribe or threaten a majority of states to adopt Common Core, and Duncan pretends it is OK for the feds to require states to be aligned with federally approved Common Core standards and Common Core tests, which will effectively dictate school curriculum.
“The Constitution makes an undiluted grant of power to Congress ‘to regulate commerce with foreign nations.’ Obama is trying to coopt that power for himself by demanding that Congress pass ‘Fast Track,’ an enormous unconstitutional shift that would give Obama the authority to write our trade treaties in secret and then let Congress vote on them under rules that limit Congress’s power to debate or amend them, all within in a short preset time period.
“All these foreign trade treaties are encrusted with promises about how they will create U.S. jobs. Those are all lies; every single month since Congress accepted the Korea trade agreement in March 2012, our exports to Korea have declined, and the agreement has already cost us 40,000 U.S. jobs.
“The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the power of the purse in the Origination Clause in Article I. But Obamacare’s taxing and spending sections actually originated in the Senate, a maneuver not yet ruled on by the Supreme Court.
“The Constitution starts with the powerful words, ‘All legislative powers’ are vested in Congress, consisting of a Senate and House. Paying no attention to the Constitution, Obama has done his own legislating.
“Congress declined to pass the Dream Act, but Obama is legislating it anyway through regulations. In defiance of the law of the land, Obama has allowed millions of aliens to stay and work illegally in the United States.
“Congress declined to pass Cap and Trade, but Obama is legislating it anyway through regulations. His regulations are designed to bankrupt coal plants, skyrocket our electricity costs so we can’t ‘keep our homes [at] 72 degrees,’ and spend our tax dollars to subsidize inefficient, costly solar and wind energy.
“In April 2012, nine state Attorneys General issued a Memo listing 21 violations of law by the Obama administration, and now we have so many more examples.
“Obama is the one who doesn’t obey the law of the land. “
One last thing he wants to do is take away the First Amendment rights from groups like FreedomWatch and TownHall.com. Without the voices of knowledgeable political players like Phyllis Schafly, Byron York, Matt Kibbe, Andrew McCarthy, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others; without the research power of organizations like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity, we average Americans would be in the dark.
Information is power. Obama doesn’t want us to have that power. We need to turn the lights on on this mole in the White House and his cohorts in Congress and on the Supreme Court. Don’t let the Media fool you; the direst consequences will result if we raise the debt ceiling.
What will this lawless extortionist do if Congress defies him further? Tear down the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials? Demolish the Washington Monument? He’s doing what he said he always wanted to do: close federal lands to the public and seize those assets.
Sooner or later, true Americans will have to rise up in revolt (of some sort) against Obama’s tyranny.