President Obama Not Telling The Whole Story


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President Obama is not telling the American people his entire story regarding the fiscal cliff.  He’s only publicizing the parts he wants us to hear.  The expiration of the Bush Tax cuts for those making over $250,000 is repeated over and over again.  He recognizes that many, if not most Americans would agree with him on this issue.  He talks about continuing the tax cuts for the middle class, so that’s a popular speaking point.  But it’s the parts he’s not discussing that should have most Americans concerned.  This President, due to his lack of negotiating skills, likes finding ways around the normal and proper channels.  For example, the President wants to raise the debt ceiling.  If the idea is to reduce the deficit with a series of tax increases and spending cuts, why raise the debt ceiling? Timothy Geithner approached Republicans with this idea and it of course was not taken seriously.  According to Kurt Nimmo, if Republicans agreed to his proposal, “it would give the president sole power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling at any time. Congress could pass a resolution to stop the increase, but it would require a two-thirds vote of both chambers to pass and could still be vetoed by the president.”  This is clearly Unconstitutional as borrowing authority, as written in Article I of the US Constitution, is at the discretion of the Congress, not the President. Geithner’s proposal for raising the ceiling on government borrowing, would make it virtually impossible for Congress to block the President going forward.  He doesn’t want to answer to Congress and that is completely unacceptable.  Fortunately, Republican House and Senate members will never allow this.  In addition, another proposal in the President’s plan calls for spending increases, including $200 billion dollars for jobless benefits and spending increases for public works projects.  While most people might agree it’s a good idea, it’s simply not possible at this time.  The President can’t cut here, raise here and spend there.    So while the GOP will carry the burden of blame because they appear to be blocking the great communicator on his flawed plan, they are correct in standing their ground.  The GOP must do a better job of explaining these issues to the American people or face a massacre in the mid-term elections.

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