If Obama and his Democrats simply won’t govern, then someone has to – from Politico:
House Speaker John Boehner hopes to have a framework for a debt-limit plan in place by Sunday afternoon to avoid roiling the Asian markets, he told colleagues on a Saturday conference call.
An immediate deal would raise the debt ceiling and cut spending, Boehner said, and there are still options on the table for more comprehensive deficit reduction of $3 trillion to $5 trillion, according to GOP sources on the call. He is also aiming for a framework in the form of Cut, Cap and Balance — the plan that has failed in the Senate, Obama has threatened to veto but House Republicans passed overwhelmingly…
The linked article reports that Boehner advised the President that, at the end of the day, Congress writes the laws and the President decides to sign or veto. As Obama keeps messing around with negotiations – probably in hopes that the GOP would just get scared and go along with a debt increase without significant spending reform – there is really no need to bring him in to the discussion. Work out a bill which can avoid any problems starting Monday – make it something which can pass the House and Senate regardless of what Reid or Obama might want…and then just leave it up to them. Reid, as Majority Leader, could refuse to hold a vote…or Obama can veto the result. In either case, it would be Democrats blocking the necessary action.
Remember what we’re up against in Obama and his Democrats: people who’s only goal is to retain power for themselves, and that means keeping Big Government alive and ever growing. But the time for that is past – we’re broke and we’ll default in a few years if we don’t start getting our house in order. Fundamental reforms cannot be done while Obama has the ability to obstruct, but we can get something together which bridges the gap between now and January, 2013. At that time it is hoped we’ll have a new President and a new Senate Majority Leader…perhaps even of a type which cares more about America than personal power.