Last week, our President remarked that we have to “pull off the Band-Aid… eat our peas….” and address the issue of the debt ceiling. Oddly, I can imagine House Speaker Boehner or someone on the Republican side saying the same thing, except that they have a better sense of playground rhetoric, and realize how it might be mocked by the other side.
Sean Hannity worries that if there is no deal to cut spending, America will become an oppressive socialist hellhole. Meanwhile, the left wing worries that if there is no deal to preserve government funding, America will become an oppressive corporatist hellhole.
And finally, from the ‘Who Said This?’ department:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
No, it isn’t Boehner, nor House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: it’s Barack Obama, back in 2006, facing the same issue of raising the debt ceiling.
But Obama and the Democrats wimped out back then.