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Obama, Before and After

Before becoming President:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills.

And after:

Obama said Congress would be “irresponsible” if it does not act quickly to raise the debt ceiling… “To even entertain the idea of this happening, of America not paying its bills, is irresponsible. It’s absurd.”

Which is it? Is crushing our economy and our young with ever-greater debt under an ever-rising ceiling ‘paying our bills’, or not? Obama had it right the first time: It’s not.

Hat tip to Hot Air and the many others who have remarked on this. I just thought it bears repeating.



  1. In related news, the Congress just passed a “Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill” that contains more pork than actual Hurricane relief.

    Let. It. Burn.

    Comment by V the K — January 15, 2013 @ 9:47 pm - January 15, 2013

  2. Meanwhile, the New York State legislature…with GOP support… just trashed the 2nd Amendment, Due Process, and the “Takens”-clause of the Bill of Rights.

    Start digging those holes in the backyard before it’s too-late where you live.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 15, 2013 @ 9:58 pm - January 15, 2013

  3. The hurricane relief bill just sucked up the tax increase.

    Obama only thinks raising the ceiling is bad when a GOP president is in charge. It is fine and dandy though when he is in charge.


    Comment by Just Me — January 15, 2013 @ 10:08 pm - January 15, 2013

  4. Rumor is circulating that NYC Mayor Bloomberg bought republican Senators in Albany much the same as he did for SSM.

    True or not, the republican party is now irrelevent in NYS.

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 15, 2013 @ 10:13 pm - January 15, 2013

  5. I’ll give you what a legislator who was present for the vote in Albany relayed to me.

    “This absurd legislation was passed without a copy being made available to anyone. Most of the Senators had not seen the legislation until they went into chamber where they only had 3 minutes max to read the bills. We should be ashamed and afraid of our state because this proves they will do anything necessary to steal your rights.”

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 15, 2013 @ 10:22 pm - January 15, 2013

  6. Richard Bell: And they didn’t walk out or die trying to leave? There is NO excuse. They can rot with the rest of NY.

    Comment by Lobogris — January 15, 2013 @ 11:16 pm - January 15, 2013

  7. Obama does as Obama pleases. He missed the budget deadline as Americans watched football. Presenting a budget is the law but oh well. I grew up hearing we’re a nation of laws but it’s a lie.

    If you’re a black Democrat, you’re king. Obama learned early that the white man caves. It’s the only way a failing student could rise to the Presidency. But hey, it was historic. Isn’t that what people say? When whites die broke in line at the free clinic, they’ll rethink racism.

    Comment by Gary Cole ( — January 15, 2013 @ 11:47 pm - January 15, 2013

  8. It’s the Progressive march toward complete fascist control. He says whatever is convenient for the moment.

    Comment by Paul — January 16, 2013 @ 12:55 am - January 16, 2013

  9. It’s so much deeper than European fascism. Obama hates whites – it’s all he knows. In his world, whites are banks. My stepfather is a ghetto black – he knows what whites say about us. Obama heard it too but was given (GIVEN) the Presidency. Until people realize that race is a factor, our black militant President wins the day.

    I understand that segregated whites don’t have a clue. Black rage cannot be contained by reason or Constitutional restraint. My father hates every one of you. He only loved my mother and her sons. He’d lie, cheat and kill for us. Other whites are his enemy.

    Obama is the Ivy League version of this black reality. Too bad for middle class whites that he’s President. You’re doomed. None of you will call a spade and spade and refuse to fight back. My people are safe. We were broke to begin with.

    Comment by Gary Cole ( — January 16, 2013 @ 2:22 am - January 16, 2013

  10. IF the Repubs cave again on the debt ceiling (I predict they will) the GOP is effectively dead. In two years ‘Dictator Owe-bama’ will get the House and have the whole enchilada to get his real agenda solidly in place. America, as we have come to know it, will be a thing of the past. Until the Repubs get their act together instead of being a collection of small factions beating up on each other we will ‘enjoy’ the spoils of a one party government.

    Comment by benj — January 16, 2013 @ 6:20 am - January 16, 2013

  11. Expect a cave. Boehner betrayed conservatives again. The Sandy Relief bill passed the House with just 49 Republican votes. How could he even let a bill that a supermajority of Republicans oppose come to the floor in the House? He represents everything that’s wrong with the Republican Party. At least he’s doing well at one thing.

    Comment by David — January 16, 2013 @ 7:02 am - January 16, 2013

  12. Oh the GOP is going to cave.

    Comment by Just Me — January 16, 2013 @ 7:27 am - January 16, 2013

  13. A democrat sums up the state of affairs in the NYS legislature perfectly. Just as Speaker Bonehead is the one man responsible for the demise of the republican party post 2010 election cycle so to is republican leader Dean Skelos single handedly responsible for the demise of the NYS republicans.

    “From Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.:

    You should know that there are people playing Lieutenant Columbo games in the New York State Senate, and in the process, they have turned the Senate Democratic Conference into a mere rubber stamp for the political gains and purposes of others.

    We all remember the television program, Columbo, where Police Detective Lieutenant Frank Columbo used to let people believe they were so smart and intelligent that they were capable of getting away with murder.

    You, dear reader, should see how Senator Dean Skelos and the Republican Senate Conference play dumb and allow pieces of legislation such as gun control (just as they did with gay marriage) come to the Senate Floor knowing that every Democrat will vote for it, pass it and approve it – and later, Senator Skelos turned on his Columbo-like dumb-act saying that it was not the Republicans but the Democrats who did it.

    You should also know that in the near future, Senator Dean Skelos will be allowing the Minimum Wage Bill and the so-called Reproductive Health Bill to come to the Senate Floor, knowing that the Democrats will be voting for both, and in the process, bringing legalized late-term abortion to New York State.

    All of those bills are being allowed by the Republican-controlled Senate – against the will of the Republican voters in the State – but Senator Skelos will reap many benefits from those votes without being blamed for them and without being held accountable. In the process of using the Democratic Conference as their rubber stamp, you should know that Senator Skelos and the Republicans are keeping the benefits that come with being the Senate Majority.

    It was so very interesting to watch, observe and see Senator Greg Ball, a Republican, accomplishing his agenda by including exactly what he wanted into the gun legislation bill, and then – oh, how he played Columbo like a real master, using the Democratic Conference as a rubber stamp! Senator Greg Ball stood up on the Senate Floor, attacked the Governor, spoke and voted against the bill – all so he could make his Republican constituents believe that he was no part of it.

    Then, there is Governor Andrew Cuomo, covering himself behind the pretense that he has ended the use of Member Items and Capital Funds. As you all know, Member Items and Capital Funds were the only way that a State Legislator used to be able to help those struggling groups such as little leagues, senior centers, schools, and not-for profit organizations in their districts. The Governor got the Senate Democratic Conference and the Democratic Assembly Members to vote against their own community interests and against themselves, while on the other hand, the Governor created his own, private, HUGE Member Items – or should I say, Governor Items and Governor Capital Funds for his disposal, making everyone believe that he did away with the system – and in the process, using the Democrats as rubber stamps.

    And finally, there are those “geniuses” and “smart” Senators who were dead set on not accepting Senator Jeff Klein back into our Conference and making him the Majority Leader. “We’re better being in the Minority,” they used to go around bragging. You should know that those same Senators are the ones now responsible for our own Democratic Conference being used as a tool by Jeff Klein and the Independence Democratic Conference to bring to the Senate Floor and approve a Democratic agenda that gives all the credit and recognition to Senator Klein and the IDC.

    The IDC are the ones who get the credit and all the benefits from the Governor while our Democratic Conference – who provide the votes – gets zero, nada, nothing. We are the ones being used to approve all those pieces of legislation and they all know that without our votes, nothing will get done – and again, we get bupkis, and we get no respect.

    Perhaps it would have been better if we had not listened to the “geniuses” in our conference.

    Jeff Klein is the one getting all of the credit, using our Democratic Conference and our votes while we are being left out of every negotiation, not being consulted, and being taken for granted by one and all.

    Ladies and gentlemen, these are games that people play, and if you don’t know how to play them, you’re out of luck because others will play you and make believe they are Lieutenant Columbo, using you however they can and making you just a rubber stamp.

    This is Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz and this is what you should know.”

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 16, 2013 @ 8:30 am - January 16, 2013

  14. Obama craps on his own campaign workers. No health care benefits and no invites to the inauguration for ex-campaign workers.

    Did these idiots really think they were special or something?


    Comment by V the K — January 16, 2013 @ 10:26 am - January 16, 2013

  15. Here’s an article I think largely nails it: “The Overrated Debt Ceiling”.

    Comment by Ignatius — January 16, 2013 @ 1:56 pm - January 16, 2013

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