President Obama refuses to negotiate on the debt ceiling

Newly elected 113th CongressDo you have “fiscal cliff” fatigue?  I do.

Are you tired of politicians literally waiting until the last hour to do their jobs?  I am.

And are you convinced that politicians truly don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘compromise?’  I am. 

I would love to share some encouraging news out of D.C., but unfortunately I’m not one to lie.  Our inept Congress passed another short-term fix on December 31st.  The bill passed absolutely no cuts in spending.  Somehow politicians surmount that as a victory.  If anything the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) has said the deal actually increases the already $16.4 trillion in debt by many more trillions.  But what’s a few more trillion dollars.  A trillion dollars is only an arbitrary number to a politician.

President Obama recently made headlines, while on his annual Hawaiian vacation, that he would NOT negotiate on the debt ceiling.  He would NOT offer any spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.  He wants Congress to do what he wants.  Afterwards he wants to raise more taxes and then he is willing to concede some cuts.  This is what the president calls ‘negotiating.’  Telling the opposing side what you want and refusing to budge at any costs.  In some respects the president has earned this aggressive “negotiating” tactic due to the fact that no matter what happens the media narrative will direct most of the blame to Republican leaders.

As I recently wrote, the “fiscal cliff” debate is far from over.  If anything we have engaged in a “super fiscal cliff” showdown.

  • On Monday, the U.S. reached its debt limit.  The Treasury Department has said it can move some numbers around to allow for more spending for about 2 months.  Congress has to raise the debt limit.  Refusal to raise it would certainly cause another credit downgrade as well as uncertainty in the markets.  It would stall the already meager recovery.
  • Around the same time, our politicians must approve a bill to starve off the automatic sequestration that would cut government budgets across the boards.  The defense and social security budgets amongst them.
  • Congress will have to pass another bill to ensure our government does not shutdown on March 27th.

These are the self-created deadlines our politicians have created.  These are their “brilliant” ideas.

Deals will probably be brokered in all cases.  We of course will have to wait until the last-minute.  Otherwise it wouldn’t be “entertaining.”  Politics nowadays have become a form of entertainment.  There is one thing that we know we can count on from this newly elected 113th Congress.  They will do whatever it takes to protect their entitlements, especially their vacations.

That’s something YOU can believe in.

I leave you with these words from Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue the other day.  I think it pretty much sums up what we have to expect.

Today, members of the 113th Congress were sworn in at the Capitol. After which, they were like, “Well, that’s enough work for the year.”


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A conservative who doesn't pander to the GOP.

11 responses to “President Obama refuses to negotiate on the debt ceiling”

  1. mariampera says :

    Great piece. Although I think the president took the election as a referendum on taxing millionaires and so he feels he has the upper hand in negotiating. And to be fair, the GOP especially in the house doesn’t need help from the media to look inept.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :


      He certainly has an upper hand, but stating that you won’t even negotiate isn’t great way to start negotiations lol

      While that may be true, the media narrative certainly won’t be in their favor no matter the outcome.

  2. reasoningpolitics says :

    I don’t think the debt ceiling is anything to play around with. The GOP is unwise to use this as a bargaining chip. It’s massively irresponsible.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      I don’t think they won’t raise it. They’ve said they would. They want cuts in exchange. It’s the only leverage they have.

      As for irresponsible, I think they all are irresponsible for letting it get this far to begin with. We shouldn’t have to raise our debt limit. How about cutting our debt?

  3. mariampera says :

    I agree that it’s important to get our fiscal house in order. But honestly, with the economy still on life support, I think it unwise to cut from programs that are helping people get through this recession. It just doesn’t seem the time to limit the help people can get, not just when they’re getting back on their feet. This is why I think a tax increase makes sense (even though I don’t *really* want to pay more in taxes). I think people should still get the help they need, and that’s helped keep us from complete financial ruin.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      The fiscal cliff deal they passed only added trillions of dollars to the debt. It did NOTHING to address the debt. Even if you raised everyone’s taxes it wouldn’t be enough. My position isn’t one of convenience (and I’m not saying you think i think this). It is one of necessity. We’ve unfortunately run out of options in this country.

      It is never an easy decision when facing cutting social welfare programs.

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