President Obama Threatens to Veto “Cut, Cap and Balance”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is a big sponsor of the bill and noted his party is doing what they promised when they got elected. “[T]his is just kicking the can down the road. And that’s — the American people sent us here to make big tough choices. They didn’t send us here to set up a commission, give the president veto power. That’s not what they sent us here to do,” he said on Fox News Sunday.
“We are headed for a cliff. If we don’t fix it, it’s — now, we are in big trouble,” Jordan added.
While there is some support in the House, it is not expected to make it through the Senate.
Did you catch that? Cut, Cap and Balance doesn’t have enough support to get through the House; but even if it did, it would never pass in the Senate. It’s just the latest in a long list of symbolic votes John Boehner and his Republican comrades have made in order to please their base ahead of the next election. But Republicans – and Fox News, of course – are already attacking Obama for saying if this ridiculous bill came to his desk he’s not retarded enough to sign it.
Given that we’re speeding headlong into Great Depression II unless the debt ceiling is raised – and raised soon – the President has been working nearly nonstop to negotiate a deal with Republicans who continue to play foolish games like Cut, Cap and Balance. With all this going on, we’ve recently heard from the stupidest people in the world:
Representatives of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee took Obama’s campaign headquarters in downtown Chicago by storm early this afternoon. The group, led by press secretary Neil Sroka, was there to deliver a petition signed by 200,000 of its members. If Obama allows Congress to make cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security funding during deliberations over the debt ceiling and the federal deficit, those who signed the petition pledge to refuse to donate or volunteer to Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Please remember recent history on this one. Last November unions sat out the elections because they didn’t think the Democratic Party was working hard enough for them. Union-busting republicans, like Scott Walker, swept into office. The LGBT community also withdrew support last November. The result? Well, for example, in Pa. a Rick Santorum clone was elected to the Senate, while Congressman Patrick Murphy, the guy who got rid of DADT actually lost!
So, Progressive Change Campaign, what do you think Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are gonna look like under President Bachmann?