By Tom Quiner
The President said:
“This is part of the problem with a political process where folks are rewarded for saying irresponsible things to win elections or obtain short-term political gain, when we actually are in a position to try to do something hard we haven’t always laid the groundwork for.”
So the President is critical of short-sighted politicians (Republicans) trying to game the system for political gain.
The next day, the President said he can’t guarantee that there will be enough money in the treasure to pay social security recipients if Congress (Republicans) can’t find ways (increase taxes) to decrease the deficit.
He said that the next day!
The National Review reveals, though, that the Treasury has a cash balance of $74 billion.
The amount need to pay social security recipients on August 3rd is $22 billion.
The money is there.
The President didn’t shoot straight with us for the purpose of extracting short term political gain, the very thing he derided on Monday.
Republicans have put their political career on the line to honor their mandate from last election to reduce spending without raising taxes. Voters put Republicans back in office because we fear we are on the brink of financial collapse if we don’t live within our means by reducing government spending.
The President is playing politics with our country’s future while America is burning. His fear mongering with Granny poisons the well in these delicate negotiations.
Republicans have done the honorable thing. They produced a budget. The House passed their budget. Democrats in the Senate, on the other hand, have refused to produce their own budget.
They’d prefer to demagogue the issue, even if it means throwing the U.S. into bankruptcy.
Some moderates are railing against Republicans for not accepting the President’s deal to increase some taxes and implement a little spending restraint down the road.
The problem is, the President can’t be trusted.
Would you trust the President with your political career?