Obama: GOP Using Extortion In Debt Limit, Budget Fights

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the Business Roundtable, a trade group representing America’s big business, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington.

President Barack Obama took his toughest swipe yet at congressional Republicans Wednesday in the burgeoning fight over raising the nation’s debt limit again, accusing the GOP of trying to extort him by tying a potential increase to a delay in the implementation of Obamacare.

“You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a president or a — a governing party,” Obama told the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs.

Obama said his dispute with House Republicans over a budget for the federal government has also entered uncharted territory, with their demand to link a continuing resolution to postponing the unpopular healthcare law.

“What we now have is a ideological fight that’s been mounted in the House of Representatives that says, we’re not going to pass a budget and we will threaten a government shutdown unless we repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Obama said. “We have not seen this in the past, that a budget is contingent on us eliminating a program that was voted on, passed by both chambers of Congress, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, is two weeks from being fully implemented and that helps 30 million people finally get health care coverage — we’ve never seen that become the issue around a budget battle.”

Republicans note that Obama himself voted against raising the debt limit as a form of protest against the Bush administration when he was a Senator. The president asked business leaders to lean on members of Congress to change course. After his remarks, Obama took questions behind closed doors.


Debt-Limit Debacle is Tea-Party Hypocrisy


Why would any Tea Party activist, supporter, or proponent (‘Tea Partier’) in Congress choose Government shutdown and to not pay Government bills for existing obligations? Is the Tea Party movement not about fiscal responsibility, sound financial management, and reductions in Government debt, spending, the Federal Budget Deficit, and taxes?

Why would any Congressperson choose to risk further degradation of the U.S. credit rating and harm to our economy, future, and reputation? Have they not sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution and to faithfully execute their office? 


McCarthy would have a field day investigating the GOP of today.


Don't editorialize when reporting the news.  Obamacare is not "unpopular".  Quite the contrary.  It has well funded opposition.  That's about it.

That said, I'll editorialize in response.  Threatening to destroy our economy and our country over a health insurance law is crazy.  


The GOP is beginning to sound like those who are later charged for RICO violations.  Locking them up for a few weeks might do them a world of good, especially if the government shuts down and all there is are Ready-to-eat meals.


Looking for Obama to keep on hitting hard.  This bill was passed.  End of story.  Can only say one thing to the GOP: Bring it!



Statement (101)

National Coalition to support legitimacy And Anti - coup

R4BIA & Nahda massacres were a month ago.And the obnoxious coup is still perched on our chests.

Protesters who are rejecting the coup did not forget the bloods of their brothers in R4BIA & Nahda . Also thebloods of their predecessors martyrs in the Republican GuardClub and the memorial, besides the 25th Januaryrevolution's martyrsand the subsequent two years of struggle of ourcourage people to recover their freedom and not forget the bloods of the martyrs in Al Fatth mosque- (Ramsis Square)followed by other pure bloods everywhere in Egypt.

While the coup was not torn by the bloods ,or never shake their consciences the acute suffering of the wounded people , nor the tears and mourning of widows.

They are who have committed these crimes against humanity before it is already against their compatriots in a massacres are rarely seen in history.

We were surprised to see the security organs of military coup meeting the Zionist security delegation to coordinate what they call to fight terrorism in the beloved Sinai !!!

Grand disaster happened when the coup makers satisfied their friends of Zionists by killing innocent people and destroying their homes , destroying their mosques , burning their vehicles and killing livestock, uprooting citrus trees , olives , burning palms , scraping the Earth just as it has done by the Zionist occupation army in the occupied territories and the blatant form of cooperation between the coup leaders and the Zionist enemy, though not the only model.

The Coalition warns that the institutions , bodies and committees appointed by the coup is not representing the Egyptian people but is Null. What is built on falsehood is false.

Coalition calls upon the honest and free people around the world not to support any of these bodies , or institutions . Then we declare the invalid representation of the country's interim President. Whom the coup leaders declared him in front of the United Nations .

That's funny that alleged coup figures and their horns a few media crowd standing and continuing demonstrations which called by the Coalition while extending the State of emergency and ban the travel , arrest , kill protesters and close fields in their faces and cut railway lines to suppress the people's revolution that swept across Egypt.

And the evil scourge to laugh, said the untruthful: How many things in Egypt from the comic but it is crying as laughing, while the prices are increased , economy is deteriorating to an unprecedented degree even external debt reached unprecedented numbers and Coup figures resorted to borrowing from banks to cover deficit and meet the needs of the State we find them raise the army & Police salaries as a reward of these massacres, which shed bloods of their brothers and sisters from the innocent Egyptians, if we are about to understand the position of the coup leaders of the non-application of the minimum wage, how we could understand the position of the non-application of the maximum wage in the devastating crisis.

The Coalition sends a message to the coup leaders that the arrest of women , insult them ,kill protesters and detained will not extinguish fires of peaceful revolution but it willincreases fire up the ignition.

And in this context , the coalition invites the groups the Egyptian people to complete the week "Loyalty for the martyrs' blood " and take to the fields on Tuesday in the million man rally declaring that we will never forget the innocent blood of the martyrs is irritating the tree of liberty .

And Allah is the Greatest, victory is near
Allah Is the Greatest & Viva Egypt

National Coalition to support legitimacy And Anti- Coup

September 16th , 201


@DavisFoulger I noticed that, too. As an editor, I would have blue-lined that adjective and reminded the reporter he's supposed to be objective.