Post-'Cliff': A Celebrity President, A Leaderless Washington

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POST-'CLIFF': A CELEBRITY PRESIDENT, A LEADERLESS WASHINGTON

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President Barack Obama is supposed to lead the country, but barely participated in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations except to berate Republicans in the media. As Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is meant to move legislation through the upper chamber, but gave up and was sidelined by the Vice President. House Speaker John Boehner is meant to lead his caucus, but they rejected his proposals, and he barely held onto his job.
Welcome to post-”fiscal cliff” Washington, a leaderless chasm in which no one is bold enough to offer an agenda, nor confident enough to compromise. Even the Tea Party refuses to step up: it was ironic that Michele Bachmann cast the 218th vote that gave Boehner the bare majority he needed to retain the Speaker’s gavel. This is an age without a Reagan, without a Thatcher--without even a Ted Kennedy, on the other side. President Obama marked the conclusion of the “fiscal cliff” deal by promising he would not negotiate with Congress on the debt ceiling. Likewise, Speaker Boehner promised he would no longer negotiate directly with the President. These are absurd promises that mock the spirit of the Constitution’s separation of powers, bold statements that are meant to convey strength but in reality betray the weaknesses of both party’s leaders. The branches must co-govern, even as they check each other’s power. The separation of powers is something President Obama has never accepted, as he ignores Congress and writes regulations or makes appointments as he pleases. He resents the fact that Congress controls the debt ceiling, and there is now serious talk (http://www.businessinsider.com /suddenly-lots-of-influential-people-are-talking-about-the-trillion-dollar-coin-idea-

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to-save-the-economy-2013-1) that he might simply ignore Congress by minting a $1 trillion coin and depositing it in the Treasury. Meanwhile, in Congress, the Senate has treated the Republican-controlled House as if it were an illegitimate body, ignoring dozens of economic bills passed through the lower chamber even as it refuses to pass a budget. The “extremist” House compromised on the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff, much to the annoyance of the GOP base, because Republicans accepted the reality of divided government. Not so the Democrats. The new Republican temptation, as expressed by Boehner’s promise not to deal one-on-one with the President, is to withdraw from a political process in which good faith is punished by mockery and demands for more concessions. That is understandable, but mistaken. President Obama is actually weaker than ever, because there is no political will to enact further tax hikes, and because fiscal circumstances demand spending cuts. These are precisely the conditions under which Republican leaders should want to engage President Obama directly. The President does not want to negotiate because he knows he will have to make concessions--just as, during the campaign, he did not want to debate Gov. Mitt Romney because he did not want to have to defend his record. The House has the opportunity, finally, to hold the President accountable for his debts. But instead of inviting direct talks, Speaker Boehner had to reject them to retain his position. And so Republicans have re-elected a leader on a promise not to lead. It is almost as bad as watching Democrats re-elect Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader after guiding her party to two successive defeats. Because there are few consequences for bad leadership, there is little good leadership. And so we stagger into the next crisis.

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Barack Hussein Obama is a community organizer. Organize, disrupt, destroy. He has succeeded.
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JAGMAN

We are living smack dab in the middle of the complete breakdown of America. Just imagine a nano second after a stick of dynamite reaches 'ignition', then the chain reaction begins....that is where America is at this moment in 'time'. The EXPLOSION comes shortly thereafter.

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AUNTIELIB

The explosion will come when the broodmares and the welfare maggots discover their EBT cards don't work any longer. At which point they will turn on their benefactors - the Democrat Party. And, fortunately, we conservatives are the ones with the guns.
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COLLIEMUM

This 1-trillion-$ coin ... where's the money for that coin going to come from? More borrowing?

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And what would it achieve? Btw - shouldn't he cast at least 70 of those coins? To cover all the debt? There's more: are the platinum deposits for these coins all found in the USA? Who's paying for that to be mined, refined etc? More debt ... Aww, just go and print some more $$ - at some point the Fed will run out of trees for the paper, and can't pay for the ink ... Aren't these true intellectual giants in Washington DC!
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VERRATA

Heh...another ridiculous Breitbart tabloid-style article, where the writer acts like he/she (really just 'he' for Breitbart, since only males seem to write here) can decide the reason anybody does something, based on their own biases. Not trustworthy as any kind of news, but entertaining like the Weekly World News.
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JUSTSAYNOTOSOCIALISM

There you go again, you clueless, feckless, idiotic left-wing Obama sycophant.
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AUNTIELIB

Yet here YOU are, day after day, faithfully reading all the Breitbart articles. Which makes you "special", doesn't it, VERRATA.
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ALAMB

Why is this Obama cult allowed to continue unchallenged, where is the GOP, what are they doing?
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AUNTIELIB

I suspect Obama will encounter a bit of a challenge when he requests the Debt Ceiling be increased again. Time will tell.
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PIKEMASTER

The Media now controls everything. It does not matter what the Republicans do. The MSM will burry it or turn it against them. The true evil in this country is on the TV, 24/7.
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PUTUPJOB

All those dopes worshipping the idol who is burying their future. Yes, they are dumb as they look. Maybe even dumber.
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JAGMAN

To these 'bots', there IS no future!!! Their entire life, past & future, is RIGHT NOW. The everything RIGHT NOW generation got oDUMBo elected, not once, but twice!
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REDLEG99

Slacker an chief, waist of tax dollars on this hater. Ant that right Rev wright.

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JUST_THINKING2

Obama makes holidays on the taxpayers money and let the others do the work.... unbelievable this guy!!! He only turns up to campaign against the republicans and to portray them as the bad guys. He really is mean and disgusting!
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1CONSERVATIVEUSA

Remember all the times Obama started a sentence with, "I will not rest until ....." Well, said the same about improving the economy. The big lie continues.
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HAWGRIDER

Look at the expressions on those kids faces. We are sooooo screwed!
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PUTUPJOB

They are so screwed.
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AUNTIELIB

Yes, but that's kind of the point, isn't it? Today's Democrat Party supporters look, act, and think like children.
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SILVIOCONTE

When the only branch of government you control is populated with morons, you get moronic government. The House GOP leadership is brain dead. The fiscal cliff was a self-inflicted wound, and the planned fall back position of refusing to pay the nation's bills will result in another credit downgrade, the height of idiocy. Let's face it, there is nothing to be done until the 2014 midterms. The Democrats got 5 million more votes for their House members than the GOP got. The term for that is "mandate."
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AUNTIELIB

The GOP won control of the House, where spending bills originate and where debt ceilings are set. The term for that is "mandate". "Let's face it, there is nothing to be done until the 2014 midterms." If you are correct about that, then we don't need to increase the Debt Ceiling.

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VERRATA

In fact, Auntielib, you don't know what you are talking about. The GOP already had control of the House. They lost 8 seats. That means there are eight more Democrats and eight fewer Republiklans than before the election. True, the Dems did not take control of the House from the Republiklans, but they gained seats. You did not "win" the House, and certainly got no 'mandate' of any sorts. You lost seats. In fact, about 5 million more people voted for Dems than Republiklans in House races....but you did not lose the House because of gerrymandering (that means there are a lot of safe Republiklan seats). . So Auntie Lib, you did not 'win' the House, and you did not get a 'mandate'...about the only

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thing we can really say is that you haven't the faintest idea what you are talking about.
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VICTORIAAUTMORS

http://eatgrueldog.wordpress.c... They have become irrelevant. They just don't realize it yet
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PIKEMASTER

OH HAIL OBAMA! The anti Christ is now living in the White House. And the Media sycophants are creaming themselves, while the country burns. And very few people seem to give a damn!
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HEATSEEKER2011

__________ Obama wants revenge. "Revenge" is his word, not mine. 51% of the voters decided "revenge" is a terrific idea. Here's the bad news: We are screwed. Here's the good news: So are all the people who believe Obama is the Second Coming. __________
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