President Obama said Saturday that he´s willing to compromise with Republicans on taxes and spending cuts in coming months, but will not budge on honoring America´s obligations as the national debt this week topped $16.4 trillion – the congressionally set "debt ceiling." "I will not compromise over ... whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up," Mr. Obama said in his taped weekly address, his first of the new year. "If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire
Comments: As usual the media is most interested in Obama ´winning the fight´, not the stability of the country´s finances.
There´s plenty of money to "pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up". There´s just not any money to rack up new bills. So, tell those federal workers to take some time off without pay. Also, deny all new applications for food stamps, unemployment, etc. These are not previous obligations.
The gall of this lying oaf is simply unbelievable. First he talks congress into spending trillions on various vote-buying boondoggles, now it´s they who racked up the bills. If republicans cave on this decision, all is truly lost. When you give an addicted spendaholic a no-limit credit card, disaster is unavoidable.
Boehner is talking tough. He better follow through with it. He is becoming a joke for caving in to Obama. He has the upper hand this time so if he cries and caves again he is done. Boehner you wanted to be the leader so LEAD.
Boehner and the House Republicans passed 2 budgets detailing the cuts they would make in spending. It went nowhere because Republicans..don´t..control..the process. Obama and the Senate Democrats have the power to ignore anything Boehner and the Republicans pass. Demanding that Boehner " lead " ignores math and the Constitution. The Tea Party Senate candidates of O´Donnell, Akin, Angle, Buck, Mourdock, Raese, Rehberg and Berg cost us the Senate in 2010 and 2012. Boehener´s options and McConnell´s would be entirely different if Democrats did not have a 10 seat advantage in the Senate and the Presidency. The far right and talk radio demand that Boehner " lead." Apparently that means making unrealistic demands that will never happen legislatively . Limbaugh and Levin promote some type of Congressional fantasy land where all Republicans have to do is stick to their " principles " and voila !-wonderful legislation happens. Do they really think Obama and Reid and Schumer and Leahy and Boxer et. al and the rest of the 53 Democrats and 2 Indys will suddenly agree with conservative ideas ???
EVERY Republican should be briefed and learn the mantra..If you have maxxed out your credit card, can you go to the bank and demand that they raise the spending limit? Well, neither can the government. It has to stop, and stop now. Take 2% off Foo Stamps and the Obama pho for starters..call it a tax.
I have no doubt whatsoever that the Republican "leaders" will concede the debt limit - they are already a joke, they will prove it once and for all. My preference would be to shut down the government - it has no money to spend anyway. It may take weeks without freebies for the truth to seep into the low intelligence mush minds. If ever there was a need for tough love, it is now.
Bottom line: the debt ceiling is going up. Spending will go up. Taxes will go up. And a generation born today will deal with the reckoning of today´s weak. When there is no more money to be borrowed or printed, people will line up readily behind the next "leader" who promises bread and full employment. I pray, not for today, but for my son´s future.
What kills me is this bogus argument the left puts out there hat debt ceiling fights lead to a credit downgrade when it´s actually new spending and declining revenues that´s the problem.
It´s really distressing that people trying to keep a lid on the debt have become national villains. These are the people who make it possible to make absurd demands that the president should be allowed to raise the ceiling any time he wants. There´s almost no chance that the debt will be $20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office,especially with the huge costs of Obamacare on the horizon.Instead of expanding or hiring more people,business will be strapped for all these unnecessary costs rammed down their throats.
As Ron made famous --Here we go again- all negative ranting without an ounce of support. The dems don´t have to crush the GOP critters the so called party members do it for them. But don´t get stressed because the Liberal nancy and others are trying to invoke the 14th amendment to allow any amount they want to spend. Ain´t just wonderful how they can be so 100 percent to claim that outdated national operating plan when they want.
#23 is right on, the downgrade will come if we have no credible plan to deal with our deficits and debt. Obama is inviting a downgrade. That would force bernanke to create even more phony money to buy treasury debt, no one else wants it.
To make matters worse the student loan bubble is about to burst. 90 day plus delinquent loans are soaring.
24 - this isn´t negative ratings without support. Reality is, Republican leadership begged for our support, we´ve given it to them, and the result is Boehner folds like a house of cards after an appropriate amount of Kabuki.
A lack of trust and confidence is well deserved and earned by the idiots in DC. I simply don´t believe they´ll do the right thing.
So Obama wanted the debt ceiling where it is, now he is blaming Congress for giving it to him and wants to now raise it higher? Let the government not pay it´s bills they will soon find out what we all know if we do not pay our bills or have the money to pay our bills, we do without or budget differently.
A couple of questions: 1) who racked up the trillion dollar bill for Death? 2) who racked up the billion dollar bill for Dodd-Frank? 3) who racked up the bill for shafting bond holders and turning over 2 car companies to the union? 4) who racked up the loss for the failed stimulous which just turned money over to the favored bundlers and elitists? 5) who racked up the bill for cash for clunkers which shredded over 650,000 vehicles instead of recycling them? 6) who racked up the bill for Solyndra and other bankrupt failed solar companies? 6) who racked up the bill for handling over billions to every muslim country they could find? 7) Etc.
Moscow - President Barack Obama´s decision to cancel a planned Moscow summit with President Vladimir Putin next month was brought on by a wide spectrum of US frustrations with Russia, not least of which was its decision to grant temporary asylum to fugitive ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. But another issue, one that´s just beginning to come into public focus, may carry the long-term potential to do far more damage to Mr. Putin´s and Russia´s already deteriorating image in the West. That is the widespread impression, based on a new Russian law that bans "homosexual propaganda,"
To most people, climate change means melting snowcaps and helpless polar bears sweltering under escalating temperatures. But most of the world’s populations aren’t likely to see an iceberg in their lifetimes, much less a stranded polar bear in the wild. Which explains why the dangers of these environmental changes haven’t exactly earned high priority on most people’s list of attention-worthy crises. (Does anyone remember Al Gore’s $300 million We Campaign?) The politicization of climate change — the never-ending debate over whether it exists, for example, and the ensuing back-and-forth over its causes, its implications and potential solutions
MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday faced a mounting campaign against its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after passing what campaigners called "barbaric" anti-gay legislation, six months before the opening of its biggest ever sporting event. British actor Stephen Fry called for Russia to be barred from hosting the Games in the Black Sea resort while gay rights campaigners handed over a 320,000-signature petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging it to condemn the law. Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed into law legislation that punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors
Older chocoholics may have a new excuse to indulge their cravings: The dark stuff not only soothes the soul, but might also sharpen the mind. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help improve brain health and thinking skills in the elderly. The Boston-based team found that older people who initially performed poorly on a memory and reasoning test and also had reduced blood flow to their brains showed improvement after drinking two cups of cocoa every day for a month. The researchers had set out to test whether chocolate
MIAMI — Guards were preparing to serve the first in a series of special meals Wednesday to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to mark the end of the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, which this year brought a lull in a long-running hunger strike. The military planned to serve lamb, bread, dates and honey as the last daylight fasting period of Ramadan ends, followed by three traditional holiday dinners on Thursday, said a spokesman for the prison, Navy Capt. Robert Durand. There will also be a special hour-long prayer for the holiday known as Eid al-Fitr in addition to the
Justice´s delay isn´t necessarily justice denied for Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite entangled in the scandal that toppled former CIA director David Petraeus. The Justice Department has asked for a 30-day extension, until Sept. 4, to respond to her lawsuit against the government for violating her family´s privacy, rifling through her e-mails and leaking confidential information about her. And Kelley is fine with the extension, says her lawyer, Alan Raul. The government says it needs the time to sort through the allegations in the 65-page complaint.
A 320,000-signature petition protesting Russia´s stance on gay rights ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi early next year was presented to Olympic bosses in Switzerland on Wednesday. The petition, delivered to the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne by gay rights group All Out, calls on Russia to repeal its anti-gay propaganda law in advance of the Sochi Games. It also urges the IOC to condemn the law and urged Russia to ensure the security of all visitors, athletes and Russian people before, during, and after the Games. Implemented last month, after Russian President Vladimir Putin
Get ready to shell out more money for individual health insurance under Obamacare ... in some states, that is. While many residents in New York and California may see sizable decreases in their premiums, Americans in many places could face significant increases if they buy insurance through state-based exchanges next year. That´s because these people live in states where insurers were allowed to sell bare-bones plans and exclude the sick, which has kept costs down. Under Obamacare, insurers must offer a package of essential benefits -- including maternity, mental health and medications -- and must cover all who apply.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plan to meet here in Washington with their Russian counterparts on Friday for a day of talks that could determine the fate of a September summit meeting between President Obama and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. State Department officials on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the meeting with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergei K. Shoigu, the defense minister. Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said the four officials would discuss “a number of pressing bilateral and global issues.” “There’s a lot to discuss,´´Ms. Psaki said.
The story of climate change is largely a story about what´s happening to the ocean. Most of the damage during Superstorm Sandy, after all, had nothing to do with the rain or wind. It was the rising ocean that swamped Staten Island, flooded the Rockaways, and knocked out power and subway service in lower Manhattan for days. People noticed the hurricane sweeping up the coast. But it was the already high ocean that did the damage. Which is why it´s worth paying attention to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration´s newly-completed assessment of how climate changed during 2012.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a rising star in the Democratic Party, confirmed on Monday that if she doesn´t run for re-election, she´ll run for governor. "I can say with absolute certainty I will run for one of two offices: either my state Senate seat, or the governor," Davis said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "I´m working very hard to decide what my next steps will be. I do think in Texas people feel like we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership that we´re seeing in our statewide leadership right now."
Employer retiree health care coverage, which has been deteriorating for years amid high health care costs and waning employer interest, is headed for bigger changes thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. More than 40 percent of employers have eliminated their traditional group health coverage for retirees over the age of 65 in favor of giving these former employees a defined amount of money for them to buy their coverage on the individual Medicare plan market, according to a new survey of more than 540 companies by employee benefits consulting firm Aon AON -0.22% Hewitt (AON).
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,