The other day at the budget talks, President Obama abruptly ended the meeting and, according to Republican Eric Cantor, just walked out after chiding Cantor and saying, “Don’t call my bluff.” Now that’s an interesting statement. What did he mean? If you parse this accurately, apparently he’s saying, in effect, he’s actually bluffing when he declares that Republicans have to meet his criteria for dealing with the debt ceiling. Perhaps he’s only bluffing when he sadly opines that the money may not be there to pay Social Security recipients. If that’s the case, go ahead, Republicans, call his bluff.
Of course he may have just mixed up his words and said something he didn’t intend to say. You know, like he’s visited all 57 states. Or how we can save on gas by inflating our tires rather than drilling for oil. Or confusing Memorial Day with Veterans Day. I’m sure it was a simply slip-up when he declared the border fence was complete, that the Mexican holiday was called Cinco de Cuatro, and that corps is pronounced corpse.
Hey, no problem, because he’s the smartest person who’s ever been president. How do I know that? Easy—all the media tells me so.
What comes out of that meeting, though, is something that surfaces repeatedly and on which I’ve commented before. When it comes right down to it, Obama’s pretty thin-skinned. Less flattering descriptions might be “immature,” “childish,” or “petulant.” I think he really believes all his press about being so smart, and how dare lesser mortals try to correct him. He’s gone through his entire life with all the privileges: classy private schools, a Harvard law degree [who paid for that?], a smooth path in elections [primarily by finding ways to disqualify his opponents]. I’m not sure he knows how to handle anyone who actually disagrees with him. He finds it rather incomprehensible.
Welcome to the real world, Mr. Obama. That’s where the rest of us live.
Only in the realm of Obamadom can a government continue to spend more than it receives, and then blame it on not receiving enough. A reality check is sorely needed.
What he apparently doesn’t realize is that this can’t go on forever. You can’t add another $5 trillion to the debt over the next three years [like he did in the last three] and remain solvent. He’s now beginning to talk about the problem, but his solution is so insufficient it hardly qualifies as a solution. In fact, no one quite knows what it is. That’s probably because it doesn’t really exist. He just goes merrily on his way thinking nothing will change. Not true. There will be a day of reckoning.
And then he has the nerve to call out Republicans for being irresponsible—the very party that has passed a budget in the House, but which he and the Senate under Harry Reid rejected. By the way, if that August 2 deadline comes and goes, there will still be enough money coming in to the government to pay Social Security, the military, and all essential services. There just won’t be enough for everything the government pays for all the time. This could be a good thing; it would force the government for the first time to live within its means. As I’ve explained countless times, if we would return to constitutionality and only legislate and spend money on things the Constitution gives authority to spend money on—we would be out of debt in no time.