This afternoon Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House Republican Conference, said during a conference call that it is “irresponsible and unprecedented” that President Barack Obama and Senate Leader Harry Reid won’t even come to the table to negotiate the debt limit and the continuing resolutions to fund the government. She said the demand to pass the CR and increase the debt limit with no conditions shows his desire to “take the easy way out,” while noting that “these issues need to be addressed.” Just look at what the Treasury has been doing in the past year if you have any doubt.
This was the headline streaking across the weekend edition of the Jakarta Globe, one of the largest newspapers in Indonesia.
The photo beneath was of Barack Obama, his lips pursed and eyes steeled as if he was fighting back tears. Or perhaps staring off into the fiscal abyss.
The subheadline read: “Obama’s APEC absence symbolic of US waning influence in Asia.”
The article goes on to describe how the President’s conspicuous absence from this weekend’s summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (a multinational trade bloc in the Asia/Pacific region) highlights the decline of the US as the world’s superpower.
It’s so obvious to everyone else that the US is in terminal decline.
(Granted, the Indonesians are a bit miffed given that they went to the trouble of closing the brand new airport in Bali for four days, partly because of the anticipated arrival of Air Force One… and then the President didn’t bother showing up.)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up in Obama’s stead, taking the world’s stage in yet another clear sign of where the real economic power and leadership is.
Putin himself was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize… for preventing a former Nobel Peace Prize recipient (Barack Obama) from starting a war Syria. (Read More)
So much for our standing in the world.
So now the White House is floating the idea of raising the debt ceiling a little bit, to give the parties more time to negotiate. In other words, he’d be on board with them raising it long enough for the Republicans to cave to his demands. But as McMorris Rodgers noted today, and Speaker Boehner noted yesterday, these issues need to be addressed now. They can’t just keep kicking the can down the road, as much as Obama would like them to. They have to get spending under control and stop digging us into even more debt. Obamacare is only making it worse, so taking that out of the equation doesn’t make any sense, as much as some would like them to do that.
Rep. Cory Gardner was also on the call this afternoon and he pointed out that in the past during times of divided government Republicans and Democrats were always able “to forge legislative solutions that the country faces.” Granted, we may not have agreed with some of those solutions, but at least they sat down at the table. But that was then, and this is now. Now we’re just a diminishing superpower, and if Obama and Reid have their way we’ll soon be a former superpower – a former superpower with a vindictive little leader who goes out of his way to make things miserable for the American people.