Perhaps GOP leadership is asleep once again. Maybe Boehner and McConnell didn’t hear our President put the blame on them in yesterday’s press conference.
Let’s recall what President Obama said:
And Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.
GOP leadership, this is the part where you hold a press conference setting the record straight on the debt ceiling. Own the arguments by being on offense, not defense. Haven’t you learned that it’s a bad idea to let the President win public opinion on an issue by allowing him to repeat false information over and over unchallenged?
On his radio show last night, Mark Levin emphasized the key point:
We, as a nation, will not go into default anytime soon because our revenue exceeds our debt payments. So the full faith and credit of the United States is not in danger unless the President puts it in danger.
See what Levin did there? He told the truth, then put the debt ball right back in Obama’s court. In other words, Mr. President, we’re not giving you a limitless credit card to steal from future generations. And we’re not going to let you lie about the consequences of not hiking the ceiling, either.
In a recent segment with Levin, Sen. Ted Cruz articulated a similar point:
Not raising the debt ceiling does not mean we default on the debt. And President Obama saying that is just fear mongering and deliberately deceiving people. The average tax revenues for the federal government are roughly $200 billion a month. Service on the debt is between thirty and forty billion dollars a month. There is ample revenue to ensure that we service the debt…
What is the purpose of a debt ceiling if you’re going to hike it up on a constant basis? If I gave myself a monthly spending allowance in order to save money, but then hiked up the spending limit every few months in order to spend more and more, what would be the point?
There would be no point whatsoever. I know that. Obama knows that. GOP leadership knows that. And every American family living on a budget knows that.
This is not rocket science. It’s something that families everywhere can understand. Hence why Obama turns to scare tactics, the blame game, and misinformation. And he will get away with it over and over if the GOP doesn’t smarten up and realize the importance of publicly–and repeatedly–setting the record straight on these issues.
GOP leadership: If you don’t combat deception, it sticks. Two Obama election victories later, isn’t it time to wake up?
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