Via The Corner (and others):
President Obama contended that the United States would become reminiscent of a banana republic if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling and provide funding for Obamacare in upcoming budget negotiations.
“This is the United States of America — we’re not some banana republic, this is not a deadbeat nation, we don’t run out on our tab,” the president said during a speech at a Ford plant in Liberty, Mo., on Friday afternoon. “We can’t just not pay our bills.”
Just in case a leftie reads this, I’ll spell it out.
- Thanks in part to President Obama, the U.S. is indeed more like a banana republic every day. Think of a government that lies to its people (Obama administration – check) and impoverishes them (Obama spending, deficits and money-printing – check) to benefit its favored cronies (Big Banking, Big Labor, Big “Green” – check).
- We raise the debt ceiling, precisely because we are “just not pay[ing] our bills.” The debt ceiling is the nation’s credit card limit. You get your limit raised when you’ve maxed it out. Rather than wait and pay down your card, you want to pile on still more debt. It’s not a virtuous sign of your intent to pay your bills; it means, actually, that you’re failing to pay them.
- Which means, We are indeed a deadbeat nation, running out on our tab. If we were going to pay our tab, we would (if anything) reduce the debt ceiling, or at least stop raising it. Raising it makes us “a deadbeat nation.” To not be “a deadbeat nation”, we’d have to cut spending – enough to pay down our debt; and that would include (but not be limited to) a full and immediate repeal of Obamacare.
In short, Obama denies that which has already come to pass – and was brought about, at least in part, by him.
NB: Some language tweaks, after publication.
UPDATE: V reminds us of what Senator Obama had to say in 2006, about his future self:
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. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
UPDATE: I realized that what Obama and the Left are up to in 2013, is: Trying to confuse people about “paying bills”. They’re all about government-as-Santa Claus. They want to spend, spend, spend. So, they are trying to spread a (false) concept that their wild spending is “paying bills”; that, when the government budgets for some crazy thing we can’t afford, the spending itself should be considered a ‘bill’ to be ‘paid’. That is what Obama is trying to put over on people, now.
But of course it’s nonsense. A really lame, crazy shopaholic might try it on you, if you cornered him. “Oh, but I promised to buy my daughter that expensive pony. You want me not to? But my crazy promise is a ‘bill’ that I have to pay now! That is why it’s up to you to keep letting me borrow ever-more money, so that I can buy people all the crazy gifts I’ve promised them.”