Not sure if it was the candle of La Virgen de Guadalupe I lit, or the reality of a debt deadline and the economic ramifications of a government default, but Congress finally got a deal passed… for my grandmother’s sake, I’ll say it was the power of la velita….
A few thoughts on the debt deal.
- I applaud Speaker Boehner for his leadership. He was able to find common ground with his caucus using only his leadership, and none of the tricks of the past – no earmarks, no pork. The bill isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.
- This deal was a victory for Republicans and for fiscal conservatives. A Republican controlled House (and a strong Republican minority in the Senate) was able to get a divided Government, where Democrats control two of the three branches, to pass a bill that reduces government spending by over $2 trillion dollars and had no new tax increases. The new GOP is changing the conversation in Washington D.C., and that in itself is an accomplishment.
- President Obama came out of this debate weaker than ever. He never provided a plan, and never showed leadership on this issue. Peggy Noonan was right, he’s a “loser.” VIDEO
From her WSJ column: “So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. Senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.” READ FULL WSJ ARTICLE.
- The Debt deal can’t be that bad. Any bill that uber liberal Congresswoman Maxine Water hates I’m probably going to like.
- The violent rhetoric used by the Democrats is reprehensible. Calling Republicans “terrorists” and saying the GOP is “holding America hostage” is wrong. Just because the politicians disagree on policy, does not mean they should use violent terms to define their opposition during a debate of ideas. Especially given the special appearance of Congresswoman Giffords, we should know the difference between debating policy and violent extremist. READ: Post-Giffords ‘New Tone’ Already Long Gone.
- This entire situation makes me remember the words of my former boss, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), who sized up Barack Obama back in 2007 , saying Obama is Jimmy Carter in a better suit. AUDIO: Obama/Carter Mashup
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