Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Party That Can’t Say Yes


For days, the White House has infuriated its Democratic allies in Congress by offering House Republicans more and more in exchange for a deal to raise the debt ceiling and prevent default. But it was never enough, and, on Friday evening, it became clear that it may never be enough. Speaker John Boehner again walked away from the “grand bargain” he had been negotiating with President Obama, leaving the country teetering on the brink of another economic collapse.

At the White House podium a few minutes later, the president radiated a righteous fury he rarely displays in public, finally placing the blame for this wholly unnecessary crisis squarely where it belongs: on Republicans who will do anything to upend his presidency and dismantle every social program they can find. “Can they say yes to anything?” he asked, noting the paradox of Republicans, who claim that financial responsibility and debt reduction are their biggest priorities, rejecting yet another deal that would have cut that debt by at least $3 trillion.


  1. Nonsense. The cap nad balance budget approved by the Republicans contained no cuts to veterans benefits, social security or Medicare. It's Obama that insists on redistributing the wealth ie even peoples social security benefits that they paid for.

    A question? Has someone new been picking the stories lately??? They all seem the same. Let's mix it up a bit like you used to.

  2. "the president radiated a righteous fury...?" I watched it live; this president radiated a PETULANT ARROGANCE if you ask me. It was pathetic; it was truly ADOLESCENT; and it was outrageous. The NYTimes has it completely wrong on this one; but who's surprised by that? No one who has a clue. Here's some REAL "righteous fury":

    "There has never been in a situation in my lifetime where a guy increases the debt by 40%, GDP growth is on the way down, Food Stamps are up, millions more are unemployed -- and to accomplish this we spent $4 trillion." -- Howard Davidowitz

  3. "There's a little arrogance and self-superiority there."

    David Brooks on Obama's Friday Night display of petulant temper tantrum.

  4. Obama is utterly useless. Bush actually managed higher tax receipts with lower taxes, a lower unemployment, ran a war, and had way less debt than Obama.

    As soon as Obama gets in office, he proceeds to make excuses about a horrible situation he inherited, while passing some retarded health care bill, raising taxes, running up a ridiculous debt, overseeing skyrocketing unemployment and constantly pumping tax dollars into his corporate interests.

    Obama is the absolute worst president I've ever had the misfortune of being alive for. I can't believe how bad this guy is, and how the media bends over backwards to make excuses for him. Sure there are kooky republicans too, and the media seems to love focusing on them, but how does Obama keep getting a pass? Not everyone is a birther or a racist, but those are the only people the media shows out of the Republican Party (although to be fair, the Republicans really should make sure people like Sally Kern and Palin and others don't get to speak for them).


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