Make no mistake where Republicans stand in the debt ceiling crisis that once again threatens government and seniors. They don’t care about Social Security and other essential benefits as they want to eliminate them and erase the obligation. That is cruel and unreasonable as well as inexcusable. That is why I characterize their actions as that of being saboteurs and downright treasonous.
If they have specific spending cuts in mind, put them on the table for everyone to see. Obama has put forth his plan and should submit his budget as intended. Then, we can all see where the sides are completely.
Playing roulette with American seniors is already being played out and that is intolerable. Let’s get to the bottom of this and fix identifying the culprits so that We the People can throw the bums out. We don’t have to wait until 2014 if we identify candidates for recall and impeachment.
The President makes an excellent point, we have already created the bills and obligations requiring our payment. Don’t play games with American’s reputation that resulted in downgrading our currency. Pay the bills and that means raising the debt limit.
“Obama knocks GOP on debt limit; says US not a ‘deadbeat nation’
By Peter Schroeder – 01/14/13 12:52 PM ET
President Obama at a Monday press conference demanded that Congress raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, saying the country is “not a deadbeat nation.”
Obama said Congress should pay the bills government has already rung up, arguing would be disastrous for the economy — which he said is showing signs of lifting off — to not raise the debt limit.
“It would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy,” he said. “To even entertain the idea of this happening … is irresponsible. It’s absurd.”
The president has insisted he will not negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling, and gave no sign of wavering on that position. Republicans are demanding steep spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.
“They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy,” Obama said Monday of Republicans.
Rather, he said he would be happy to discuss deficit reduction with both parties separate from the looming threat of the debt limit. But even then, he insisted that increased revenues would have to be part of the equation.
Obama: US “not a deadbeat nation’
“We can’t finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone,” he said. While open to “modest adjustments” to entitlement programs, Obama said, “we need more revenue through tax reform.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded to Obama’s remarks with a statement that said the White House and its allies “need to get serious about spending, and the debt-limit debate is the perfect time for it.”
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed the House would pass legislation that increases the debt limit and cuts spending.
“The American people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time,” he said in a statement. “The consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved.”
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/276967-obama-demands-congress-raise-164-trillion-debt-ceiling#ixzz2Hyb92iw8