The reason Congress is so reactionary and immature is because the electorate is reactionary and immature.
They'll fight to remove Obama from office, if he follows through on many of his proposals.
July 25, 2011 10:00 AM
Refusing to take ‘yes’ for an answer
On Friday afternoon, after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned debt-reduction talks with the White House, President Obama held a press conference and raised a compelling point:
“I think that one of the questions that the Republican Party is going to have to ask itself is, can they say yes to anything? Can they say yes to anything?”
The answer may very well be, “No, they can’t.”
I’m trying to remember all of the various offers Republicans have turned down over the last several months. They started from the sensible position that the debt ceiling must be raised, and then proceeded to turn down every viable alternative.
* Democrats asked Republicans to pass a clean bill, just as GOP leaders had supported many times in the past. Republicans said, “No.”
* Democrats invited Republicans to Biden-led bipartisan talks. Republicans quit.
* Democrats offered a $2.4 trillion debt-reduction package, 83% of which would come from spending cuts. Republicans said, “No.”
* Democrats sought a Grand Bargain, with more than $4 trillion in savings. Republicans said, “No.”
* Several Democrats offered some preliminary support for the “Gang of Six” blueprint. Republicans said, “No.”
* Many more Democrats signaled support for the McConnell/Reid “Plan B.” Republicans said, “No.”
Is it me, or is there a pattern to all of this?
Late yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced his support for a yet another approach that would meet all of the GOP demands: it would (1) include about $2.7 trillion in debt reduction; (2) bring in nothing in the way of new revenue; and (3) require only one debt-ceiling increase this Congress, just as GOP leaders requested.
By all indications, Republicans will reject Reid’s latest offer, too.
Which brings us back to the president’s question: “Can they say yes to anything?”
My personal thoughts and observations:
Obama is so close to losing this election. The polls reflect this change.
Chances are real good that McCain can and will pull off a come from behind victory.
Obama was once called "The Chosen One", but he is now "The Forgotten One".
It was a nice run while it lasted, better luck in 2012.
This is amazing...
Sarah Palin is suddenly the conservative female Messiah.
She has knocked Obama from his mountain and he is sliding down hill.