American Elephants

Not My Fault! Not My Fault! Not My Fault! by The Elephant's Child

You have heard of the Big Lie technique. You repeat something over and over, and pretty soon everyone will believe it. This is Barack Obama’s  strategy for the battle with the Republicans over the debt ceiling.

He wants the public to believe that the huge deficits of recent years are all the work of Congress (only the Republican House of course), and that now Congress must “take responsibility for the mess it made. ” Oh, please.

On Saturday the White House declared “there are only two options to deal with the debt limit. Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default.”

At his Monday press conference “Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply allows the country to pay for spending that Congress has already committed to.”

The problem is those irresponsible Republicans and Speaker John Boehner, and those radical Tea Party wackos who want the federal government to fail to send out Social Security checks.

Congress can’t spend a single cent unless the president signs a bill to do so. The biggest spending binge was in 2009 when Democrats were in charge of both houses and Obama asked for and got a massive stimulus bill.  Outlays soared from $2.98 trillion in 2008 —to $3.53 trillion in 2009, and $3.46 trillion in 2010 — fiscal years ending in September.

Congress appropriates to fulfill the president’s budget. Obama’s budgets asked for the deficit spending he now claims was not his fault. The Big Lie is objectionable because it has become common knowledge that nothing, nothing is ever Obama’s fault.


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