False Debt Ceiling Crisis
Republicans have created what they refer to as the debt ceiling crisis. There is no debt ceiling crisis if Republicans vote to elevate the ceiling to honor our nation's debts and obligations. The Tea Party will not permit that to happen. Therefore, the Republicans have created a crisis out of thin air which they are not capable or resolving due to the Tea Party holding the debt ceiling hostage for Democrat support of their conservative agenda. The crisis is of the Republican's making.
To obfuscate this most obvious fact, the Tea Party attempted to create a dependency between the debt ceiling, honoring past debts incurred, and future budgets and the deficits and debt which attend future budgets. But, these are entirely separate issues. There is no logical or rational reason why addressing deficits and debts in future budgets cannot follow elevating the debt ceiling to honor legally incurred past obligations. And that makes the Tea and Republican Party's efforts in this regard, both illogical and irrational.
Republicans have created a crisis, and now are attempting to convince the public that the Democrats are responsible for this crisis. That was the gist of Rep. Boehner's news conference this afternoon, that it is the Democrats who are preventing the debt ceiling from being raised by refusing to accept Republican terms for hostage negotiation. This is pure sophistry.
Rep. Boehner continues to refer to "the debt ceiling crisis", which he and his party created out of thin air for political advantage. (You Tube Video) Voters should reject the notion that the debt ceiling is a crisis. It is in fact, a political invention by the GOP. And voters should hold Republicans responsible for creating this false crisis in the first place.
Democrats have stupidly fallen for the Republican bait, and have become hooked into equating the debt ceiling with future fiscal management. Even President Obama fell for that bait, allowing himself to be reeled into the Republican artificial debt ceiling crisis of Republican making.
The simple reality is, if Democrats decouple the debt ceiling from future fiscal management, insisting on a clean unadulterated bill to elevate the debt ceiling, the Republicans will refuse to vote for that bill, and make themselves the cause of the very REAL negative economic consequences that will follow. Democrats still fear the GOP propaganda machine, and it has muddied and corrupted their ability to objectively assess the political situation. Democrats have now involved themselves in the responsibility for failure to raise the debt ceiling, as Republicans hoped they would.
Now, the politics of the situation have created an economic crisis, out of an issue which never needed to be a crisis at all, honoring American federal obligations previously and lawfully, incurred. It is not too late for Pres. Obama to re-assume his original position of demanding a clean debt ceiling raise bill, or let the consequences fall upon those who refuse his demand. In my opinion, this is the greatest failing of Pres. Obama as president, to date.
Months of valuable time to address a host of other American issues facing the nation, have been put on the back burner, and all because of this false crisis which never should have, nor needed to, become a crisis. While our politicians wrestle over crises of their own making, millions of Americans remain unemployed and millions more fear for the jobs they still have. That is the real crisis our politicians should have been addressing all this time, but, haven't.
American voters have not been presented with a clearer case for voting out incumbents in 2012 since the invasion under false pretenses of Iraq. But, are voters logical and rational enough to exercise their constitutional obligation of responsibility to vote out politicians who mismanage the people's government? We shall see.