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Obama Says: ‘I Shouldn’t Have To Offer Anything’

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Obama: ‘I shouldn’t have to offer anything’

By Aaron Blake | September 30, 2013

President Obama says in a new interview with NPR that he doesn’t feel the need to compromise on anything when it comes to the budget and debt ceiling debates.

"I shouldn’t have to offer anything," he said. "They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do – carrying out their responsibilities."

What a petulant child. Or worse, what a tyrant. That is not how our system of government works. The House of Representatives has the power of the purse. Not the Senate. Not Obama.

We don’t have a monarchy. Not yet, anyway. (And, as we have noted, this was never questioned when the Democrats were in control of the House.)

Our whole system of checks and balances primarily works via budget negotiations. That is why ‘negotiating the budget’ is always the biggest project at any one time in Congress. Or, at least it used to be, when we had real budgets.

But since the Democrats have refused to offer up a budget, these budget negotiations have to get carried out on the backs of continuing resolutions and debt ceiling debates. And, no, nobody gets everything they want.

But you really have to wonder if Obama is really this ignorant, or is he just counting on the low information base not know any of this?

Obama said he remains willing to work with Republicans on budget-related issues but that Obamacare is a topic for another time.

When? Because there is no actual budget, the Republicans have no other opportunities to make changes. (Which is why the Democrats don’t want a real budget.)

"We’re not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want (and) if they don’t, they threaten to burn down the house," Obama said.

Once again, the Republicans have already compromised three times. They first wanted to defund Obama-Care. Then they passed a bill to delay the individual mandate for a year. And lastly, they offered a bill that would end the Obama-Care subsidies for Congress and their staff.

So, for Obama to claim the Republicans ‘want all or nothing’ and to refuse to negotiate with them is an absurd lie. But, then again, Democrats always project their own methods on their enemies.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Says: ‘I Shouldn’t Have To Offer Anything’”

  1. jfpack

    Well he does have a point. He doesn’t need to compromise on anything because the press will carry his water for him and reflexively blame the Republicans. Most people don’t now the Senate is required to pass a budget, they don’t care to know about how congress works.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    In all my years of TV watching, every tyrant, as portrayed, was indistinguishable from a petulant child. I feel this is not an accident.

    That kind of insolence is inherent in the species. Narcissistic, petulant, arrogant, obnoxious, etc., etc. By the Obama Mouse Club fans, it’s “strength” and “solidity”.

    On the one hand, I understand the “root for your guy” mentality but on the other this isn’t a Sunday football matchup. It’s 1/6 of the nation’s economy and the news media has been grossly negligent in their discussion of the facts.

    This is because they believe that socialism is what’s best for the nation.

    They, the LIV’s which includes, sadly, the reporters who simply get their talking points from the New York Times, if not directly from the national socialist party, cannot think deeply enough to understand how this affects themselves or people they know. And even when reality shows up at their door, they are still obtuse enough to dismiss it as an “evil republican plot”.

    What we have in America is people who not only can’t think but now we have those who refuse to think, possibly due to fears that it will crumble their socialist dreams.

    • Petronius

      Rusty, talk about “a petulant child” … Vladimir Putin allegedly said off the record:

      “Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board, and then struts around like it won the game.”

  3. captstubby

    i will let this speak for itself.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013.....eir-honor/

    damn, must have got something in my eyes.

    • Something tells me that park officer just lost his job. But he’s a national hero.

    • Petronius

      What was that park officer doing out there anyway, erecting barricades around an outdoors monument? I mean, what’s the point?

      The government is supposed to be closed. And why and how do you close an outdoors monument from view? Are they going to cover up Mount Rushmore?

      Last time I looked Grandfather Mountain was still visible. The government hasn’t dropped a big canopy over it yet. Maybe they’ll get around to it later.

  4. Petronius

    I can’t leave this article without stating that Steve’s commentary here is by far the best analysis of the subject that I have read anywhere.

    It is brilliant. It should be required reading in every university political science class. It should be shouted from the rooftops.

    For a constitutional lawyer––and Nerobama is at least trained as a lawyer––to make such statements as those he uttered above is cause for genuine alarm. Nerobama clearly has the aptitude for despotism. If you still had any doubt remaining on that score, his own words should remove that doubt.

    If the American system were rigid and inflexible, the deadlock with the House would be a problem. But the system is highly flexible by design. And his deadlock is self-imposed.

    
For Nerobama not to understand that––and in fact to choose to abuse the system––is perhaps the most frightening thing that he does.
    
Here the inflexibility is entirely of his own making. Nerobama renders the system rigid and unworkable as a matter of his conscious and deliberate personal choice.

    Again and again, he acts like a dictator.

    And when Nerobama says, “doing what the American people sent them here to do” he is being deliberately obtuse.

    The House of Representatives is the American people.

    In the Congressional election of 2010 the Tea Party movement sent these representatives to Congress to dismantle Obama-care. They did so again in 2012, despite the full power of the IRS and other Federal agencies being brought to bear against them.

    “The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse…. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”
    – James Madison, The Federalist No. 58




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