It’s Time to Eat Your Peas, Mr. President

"Man, after dealing with those Republicans all day, I need a smoke!"

You can’t talk to a man when he don’t want to understand and apparently you can’t negotiate with Republicans either.  So why try?

John Boehner walked out of debt ceiling negotiations, again?   What is this?  The third or fourth time already? Boehner leaves and comes back more times than an abused spouse.

The hell with him.  Boehner’s afraid if he makes a deal Eric Cantor will take his job.   And he wants to keep his job  so he won’t make any that raises the debt ceiling without huge and painful spending cuts.   Painful for Democrats and their constituents.   As long as no millionaire or billionaire is left behind, that’s all The Boehner Bunch cares about.

This is getting nowhere fast.  After Boehner’s latest walk, the President explained to the press what went wrong this time.

Obama said he offered Boehner “over a trillion dollars in cuts to discretionary spending,” including domestic and defense spending.   

“We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs,” the president said.  “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.”   What Obama wanted in return was $1.2 trillion in revenues and none in tax rate increases.

"I know what you mean, dawg."

No deal, dude. 

“It’s hard to understand why Speaker Boehner would walk away from this kind of deal,” a bewildered Obama said. “Can they say yes to anything?”

Apparently not and so its time to say the hell with the Republicans.  If the debt ceiling is going to be raised and Chaos and Disorder avoided it may be up to the president to save America from going off the economic cliffs.   The GOP is sitting in the backseat of the car screaming in Obama’s ear to speed up and drive off the cliff.   He needs to throw an elbow into their yapping mouths and take control of the situation before disaster strikes.

Maybe it’s time for President Obama to take President Clinton’s advice, bypass the Tea Party-possessed GOP, invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling with the Constitutional powers granted to the Chief Executive without cutting any more dirty deals with double dealers like Boehner, Cantor and  Mitch McConnell.

The New York Times agrees Obama is going to have cut the GOP loose.

A deadlocked Congress has become incapable of acting consistently; it commits to entitlements it will not reduce, appropriates funds it does not have, borrows money it cannot repay and then imposes a debt ceiling it will not raise. One of those things must give; in reality, that means that the conflicting laws will have to be reconciled by the only actor who combines the power to act with a willingness to shoulder responsibility — the president.

There comes a time when no deal is better than a bad deal and a terrible deal would be one that shreds the social safety net for the poor, the elderly, students, veterans and the most vulnerable and suffering citizens while sparing Wall Street once again as Main Street bears the brunt.

It’s time to eat your peas Mr. President.  A big ol’ heaping plate of ’em.

Obama said he’d risk his presidency to resolve this crisis. Fine. Time to call the Republicans bluff.   If they have the balls to try to impeach him, then let them try to impeach him.  The polls say the GOP is playing a losing hand with their “drive faster, homey, not slower”  death dive.   Maybe this is all just one really long and really bad television show where everything gets resolved in the last five minutes and maybe the Republicans are as  crazy as they seem to be. 

Could the Republicans decide to try and impeach the president if he bypasses them and raises the debt ceiling without Congress?   Maybe.  Let’s find out. 

My guess It will never happen. Not with a presidential election right around the corner.  The Republicans will be exposed as the bullies and cowards they are and they will lose And the president and the country will win.

Put a little butter on the peas, Mr. President.  They aren’t so bad at all.


7 thoughts on “It’s Time to Eat Your Peas, Mr. President

  1. If Obama uses the Nuclear Option, members of the Tea Party caucus won’t rest until articles of impeachment have been prepared by the House.

    Since they’re the ultra-right contingent in the Republican party, we can expect an ultra-right response to the president sidestepping congress and acting unilaterally.

    “Obama said he’d risk his presidency to resolve this crisis.”

    In that case, Obama has nothing to lose by invoking the 14th Amendment. A downside to him doing so, as one expert pointed out, is that the financial markets may still falter, and our credit rating may still take a beating, because those affected won’t have the assurance that the president has the authority to act independently of congress, believing, instead, that the Supreme Court, in due course, could reverse the whole thing.



  3. I’m not sure why the president negotiates with the Republicans as if he is in a position of weakness. A large majority of U.S. citizens do not want him to make changes to SS, Medicare or Medicaid and yet he keeps trying to bring the Republicans to the dance by throwing the middle class under the bus.

    I keep hoping against hope that the President will stand up, put his foot down and say no changes to the above and increase taxes to those who can better afford it. However, it appears every time the president wrangles with the Reps, the middle class get the crumbs and the upper class and corporations are served caviar.

    The president keeps beating his head against the proverbial wall trying to negotiate with those that don’t want him to make any progress in the economy or any other areas of government. He should act as if this is his last term and stand up for those Americans he claims to support. Chances are if President Obama did, he’d be elected to a second term in office, winning by a landslide.


  4. Watching the news this morning… and it looks like Obama just capitulated again. So much for eating your pees. “Are You In” come 2012 Jeff? Enjoy.


    • Am I “in” for 2012? Well, you won’t see any “Obama 2012” bumper stickers on my ride, Denise, but until I get a better alternative (and Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader and ANY Republican don’t count), I don’t have a reason to change up either.

      Howzabout you? 🙂


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