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Monday, October 14, 2013

This Is What I Think

The Back Up Plan

I don’t know what’s going on with the backroom negotiations but neither does the reporters, pundits, and in many cases the politicians.  It’s become an hourly update that cannot be verified.
This morning Joe Scarborough said that the White House is looking at the polls, thinking they have the upper hand so they are sticking it to the republicans. I don’t agree with that because it all goes back to the 2011 negotiations where many democrats thought that Joe Biden and President Obama gave up too much because of the upcoming election.  This time around, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is in charge of the negotiations.

The Republicans want the president and vice-president to get involved in the negotiations because of what they agreed to in the last 2011 fiscal cliff battle.  President Obama is not a good negotiator because he likes to establish long-term goals rather than squabble over short term fixes.  The GOP is always about the next election because they think they will have the upper hand in 2014.  That’s why going for the grand slam (defunding Obamacare) didn’t make a lick of sense.  This current battle is about a short-term fix because the GOP will never agree to raise taxes or increase spending.  They also know that Harry Reid is not a pushover, and he will use the nuclear option (51 votes) to pass a spending bill.  It’s not about letting the Republicans save face because a Senate bill cannot be weighed so heavily to get GOP votes that it makes it difficult for Nancy Pelosi to get all her Democrats to go along.
Joe Scarborough likes to live in the 90s, a time that he was in Congress but things have changed.  He continues to question the leadership of President Obama because he was not involved in the negotiations from the start.  That’s from his line of thinking.  President Obama submitted a budget and he made it clear that he would not negotiate to raise the debt limit.  That’s being involved in the negotiations from the start .  A good leader will use all the tools in the toolbox and will learn from past mistakes.  President Obama has learned that he cannot negotiate in good faith with a group of people that don’t like him and will use any trick in the book to remove him from office or make him a failure.  Present Obama is involved in the negotiations but he using Harry Reid as his proxy.
The cat is out of the bag, the current GOP tactic to shut down the government was thought of this past summer.  Repealing the Affordable Care Act several times was just a warm-up for the upcoming budget battles.  The goal was to overturn the results of the 2012 election.  There’s more to it than Obamacare, and it’s another step toward impeachment.  Louie Goehmer said that going into default is an impeachable offense.  The GOP also said bombing Syria without congressional authority is an impeachable offense. Those people don't know or care about the seriousness of those charges, and they can't do the math because all the House can do is charge the president, the Senate (54 Dems) has to convict.

 This week after being instrumental in shutting down the government, Senator Ted Cruz tried to rile up the veterans by telling them that President Obama does not care about them.  Sunday Chris Wallace asked Senator Manchin of West Virginia, if the administration was purposely closing down the memorial’s to make it hard on the veterans for political reasons. Senator Manchin said no president (Republican or Democrat) would ever stoop that low. Joe Manchin was too kind because he could’ve reminded Chris Wallace, who shut down the government in the first place.
It’s time for Harry Reid to play a little hard ball or these issues and tactics will resurface again in six weeks.  The battle to reopen the government and raise the debt limit for at least a year (to calm the fears and grow our economy), should be over the sequester limits and be neutral on Obamacare.  Republican senator Collins has a good plan but it needs a few tweaks.



Mike said...

Our newspaper put up a question of false equivalence about filibusters… Claire Fletcher correctly said that Ted Cruz 21-hour rant was not an official filibuster since it did not influence the defunding of Obamacare in any manner… Senator Cruz had to get Harry Reid’s permission to use the Senate for his sideshow.

The Victoria Advocate should have known better because all they are doing is promoting the ignorance that has taken for fact..

Mike said...

Common sense, logic, true moral values and truth are principles and words rarely used in our society today. It has become an empty and controlling society. You have President Obama talking out of both sides of his mouth and blaming others for his own mistakes and shortcomings.

Remember, we do not work for the government; it works for us. We are supposed to be a free society, but we have had many violations against us.

Pray for a change.

Bette Andrews Noble, Victoria

How does Bette know how we use those words in our daily lives?
Society may be empty to her and she may be controlled by society but I'm not,so
She can't speak for me....

Really all our ills comes from the president lying and blaming others for his shortcoming?
Switch TV channels once in a while Bette,you might find that your views aren't as popular
as you think.

Freedom is a two way street and it's not all about government.

I'm getting a little tired of these crybabies lost because 5 million more people voted for President Obama.

Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocate said "I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Koran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,"

Edith Ann said...

Bette Noble is still alive? What is she, like 113? Geeze, lady!

Loved the story this morning about Cruz and Co., getting busted in their little secret tea party meeting at Tortilla Coast!

Joe was a bit agitated this morning, wasn't he?

Mike said...

Darn I missed out on Joe and I didn't record it...I had two doctor's appts. but one was to remove my sling...Hooray, now I have four weeks more of therapy and I'll be a free man ..Free to ride my bicycle and sleep on my left side...That's if I can touch both of my thumbs behind my back...I told him that I couldn't do that before the injury..:-)

Mike said...

Yes, the Tea Party criticized the OWS people, but they dismantled barricades, cussed out policemen and park rangers (who were not getting paid)and made fools of of themselves this weekend.

Edith Ann said...

Why does that dang Joe always cut off and interrupt guest who do not agree with him? (Well, Duh!) Seriously, Carl Bernstein was trying to express his opinion of the crap in DC, and Joe just wasn't going to have it!

Mike said...

EA, that's conservative SOP if you're losing the argument change the subject, talk louder or go to a commercial...:-)