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Obama should confront Republicans with the $6 trillion in new federal debt they’ve voted for

 

In the coming tug-of-war over the debt ceiling, Congressional Republicans are counting on the likelihood that most Americans don’t realize that these same GOP lawmakers voted last year for $6 trillion in new federal debt.

But Matt Miller is PLEADING with President Obama to make the populace aware of this inconvenient truth:

To listen to the GOP…you’d think they support budgets that don’t add much to the debt at all. This is demonstrably, laughably, even shockingly false. But only a president can emblazon this fact on America’s consciousness and move it to the center of the conversation. Once you do, it will force Republicans to alter their calculations in the current showdown. 

The way to do this is to propose (in a bipartisan spirit, if you’re feeling sly) that the debt limit be raised just by the amount it would take to accommodate the debt Republicans voted for in Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget last year — $6 trillion over the next decade.

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Let the TV cameras in briefly before you and House Speaker John Boehner meet, and allow one question Jay Carney has planted on the debt ceiling. Then say: “My latest offer to John is that we raise the debt ceiling just by what it would take to accommodate the debt in the Ryan budget Republicans voted for last year. Most people don’t realize Republicans voted for $6 trillion in new debt over the next decade. I think honoring their vote on the debt is a fair way to resolve this — any other posture would mean they’re using the debt ceiling as a form of extortion. I won’t allow that, and I’m sure John would agree it would be destabilizing for world markets.”

 

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  1. This only makes sense if you’re only going to implement Ryan’s plan in its entirety. If Democrats want to do that, we’ll all be a lot better off.

    Otherwise Miller seems to forget (or perhaps just doesn’t know) that the only reason Ryan’s plan has a deficit built in is so people retiring in the next 10 years won’t be affected. Its people my age that will have to adjust their retirement planning accordingly. Of course, if Miller is so objectionable to deficits at all, we can forgo the waiting period, and introduce the cuts and voucher system right away, which is fine by me.

  2. Neftali nailed it.

  3. doc: Neftali nailed nothing. He wants Ryan’s plan implemented in its entirety. The American public decidedly does not, as voters demonstrated in last month’s election and as polls on Ryan’s fiscal nostrums have made amply clear.

  4. Obviously.

    Then the Democrats cannot reasonably follow Matt Miller’s idiotic advice.

    Neftali nailed it.

  5. Here’s another interesting update on union bad behavior from Lansing. Apparently the unions are only for the little guy when he pays union dues. Otherwise, screw ‘em.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012212120485

    Labor unions and liberals like to pretend that “main street” mom and pop small businesses agree with their policies on everything from Obamacare to Right-to-Work laws. They create bogus http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=5716“>support groups and http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/who-is-the-small-business-majority/?pagemode“>organizations to bolster the illusion of such support – and are often successful in conning the main street media to play along and report the fabrications as fact.

    But their true feelings about entrepreneurs that sustain small businesses were on full display at the state Capitol Tuesday as their Astroturf mob demonstrating against RTW legislation destroyed Clint Tarver’s hot dog stand.

    Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing (see his business story https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jzfwj7Eb8cA#%21“>here), is always out on the corner of Michigan and Capitol selling hot dogs and other food from his hot dog cart – another hard working guy trying to make a buck. When he heard about the expected crowds he did what any smart business owner would do – he bought extra food and set up shop at the Capitol.

    Unfortunately for Clint, his cart was totally destroyed by the labor union and liberal activist mob assembled to protest against the Right-to-Work legislation. Lorilea Susanne, who has kindly set up a fund to help restore his loss, reports:

    “Early today, Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol. Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way did he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him. Regardless of your position on current legislation, rebuilding Clint’s Hot Dogs is something we can all support. Please give what you can to get this deserving businessman back out there!”

    Anyone wishing to donate to help Clint pay for a new cart and get back in business can do so http://www.gofundme.com/1o8toc“>here.

    Stay classy, organized labor.

  6. doc: You just don’t get it, do you? Or are you playing especially dumb today simply for the sport of it?

    Miller advises Obama to expose the hypocrisy of Republican posturing about deficits by dramatically pointing up the fact that they voted last year to add $6 trillion more to the national debt.

    Stick with medicine, doc. You could never cut it as a political strategist — even if you teamed up with Neftali in the effort.

    By the way, what do you hear from your Tea Party buddy Ron Johnson? Is he boasting about his vote against the disabilities treaty? Keep us posted on that, will you?

  7. doc: One other thing:

    I just posted something about one of your fellow Benghazi conspiratorialists. Check it out.

  8. I just called Ron on the phone. Here is what he says.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/treaty-sounds-good-would-have-accomplished-little-007u25i-182457081.html

    Nearly two years ago, I ran for the United States Senate because our nation faced many serious challenges. What I found in Washington was a political establishment more concerned about the politics of re-election than solving real problems. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a perfect example of this.

    Political demagoguery like “making the rich pay their fair share” will not solve our debt and deficit problems. And legislation with feel-good titles such as “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” “Employee Free Choice Act” and “Paycheck Fairness” do not seriously accomplish their stated objectives. Even though it may be politically expedient to vote for legislation based on a feel-good title, I did not seek public office to take part in misleading political charades.

    Protecting the rights and freedoms of the disabled is a worthy goal. But I voted against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because it is another example of legislation that sounds good but accomplishes little, if anything.

    The United Nations has a long history of corruption, mismanagement and appeasement of regimes that are determined to develop weapons of mass destruction, limit freedom and commit genocide. These are indisputable facts. Before signing on to another U.N.-sponsored treaty, we should examine the failure of that organization to effectively address significant matters of human rights and international security.

    The United Nations has repeatedly failed to enforce its own agreements. It has failed to take steps to prevent its own “peacekeepers” from allowing – and sometimes committing – violent crimes such as human trafficking and rape. Our representative to the Human Rights Commission continues to call on the U.N. to take action on female mutilation, protection of minority populations and many other abuses. Yet on many of these issues, the United Nations has done virtually nothing.

    Too often, the greatest abusers of certain rights sit on panels established to protect those rights. In the case of this treaty, one of the signatories is China. Yet China unjustly detained human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who fled to our embassy in Beijing for shelter from persecution that stemmed in great part from his activism on behalf of the rights of the disabled.

    Why would we enable the very human rights abusers – too often with an anti-American agenda – to dictate guidelines and policy to the people of the United States? We should not agree to any treaty that could require American municipalities to subject themselves to an unelected group of United Nations bureaucrats.

    Advocates for the treaty have done little to explain how it benefits the American people. The Americans with Disabilities Act is already the world’s model for expanding access and protecting rights. Its existence encourages other nations to enact reforms such as the ADA. Our protections are a model because of the prestige of the United States as the world’s foremost protector of human rights. They gain nothing from being associated with the United Nations, and linking our law with this treaty diminishes its standing in the world.

    Instead of wasting time voting on nice sounding treaties and other feel-good pieces of legislation, the U.S. Senate should begin to seriously address the fiscal challenges facing America. A good place to start would be to pass a budget for the first time in more than three years.

  9. By the way, it sounds like he nailed it.

  10. doc: And you actually believe that staff-written drivel from Johnson?

    He, like most of his GOP colleagues, voted against the treaty because they fear a backlash from the Tea Party idiots who think the United Nations is going to take their disabled kids away from them.

    You were really born yesterday, weren’t you? In-freaking-credible!

  11. By the way, that stuff about a “treaty that could require American municipalities to subject themselves to an unelected group of United Nations bureaucrats” is beyond wacky.

    It is pure, unadulterated paranoia.

    I am truly amazed that you, a presumably educated man who can walk upright, would actually believe such silly crap.

    This is a new intellectual low for you. I will hereafter regard you in a completely different light. You’re now in a league with some of the dimmest bulbs we’ve ever had here.

    Everything you say from now on will be viewed through the prism of your acceptance of this nonsense.

    In all honesty, I am shocked.

  12. I am shocked every time I visit your blog. Welcome to the club.

    Of course you didn’t really address Johnson’s central points.

    But I’m not surprised.

    Start with this- “The United Nations has a long history of corruption, mismanagement and appeasement of regimes that are determined to develop weapons of mass destruction, limit freedom and commit genocide. These are indisputable facts. Before signing on to another U.N.-sponsored treaty, we should examine the failure of that organization to effectively address significant matters of human rights and international security.”

    And this-”Advocates for the treaty have done little to explain how it benefits the American people. The Americans with Disabilities Act is already the world’s model for expanding access and protecting rights. Its existence encourages other nations to enact reforms such as the ADA. Our protections are a model because of the prestige of the United States as the world’s foremost protector of human rights. They gain nothing from being associated with the United Nations, and linking our law with this treaty diminishes its standing in the world.”

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