Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceili...

Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise

There are 28 comments on the www.reuters.com story from Jan 14, 2013, titled Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise. In it, www.reuters.com reports that:

President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing U.S. fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.

"If the goal is to make sure that we are being responsible about our debt and our deficit - if that's the conversation we're having, I'm happy to have that conversation," Obama said. "What I will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people," he told a news conference.

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AntiMelting

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 14, 2013
He's an adult child.
Lance Winslow

San Jose, CA

#2 Jan 14, 2013
He's doing exactly what we elected him to do: ask the House GOP to cooperate and do the right thing, otherwise hold them accountable.

“Never give up”

Since: Dec 12

Avon, OH

#3 Jan 14, 2013
Obama doesn't want to cut spending because it might jeopardize the 'Robin Hood' legacy that he's worked so far to achieve.

Good old Obama...Mr. Redistributethewealth

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#4 Jan 14, 2013
So once again it will be the GOPasaurs fault we go right to the brink before they finally give in and do what is required by the constitution.

Since: Dec 07

Spring, TX

#5 Jan 14, 2013
Lance Winslow wrote:
He's doing exactly what we elected him to do: ask the House GOP to cooperate and do the right thing, otherwise hold them accountable.
Half the country didn't elect him, bozo. And just how the hell are you going to hold them accountable for NOT allowing the country to go the way of Greece and Spain??
Bill SqPants

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#6 Jan 14, 2013
BraveCon wrote:
Obama doesn't want to cut spending because it might jeopardize the 'Robin Hood' legacy that he's worked so far to achieve.
Good old Obama...Mr. Redistributethewealth
U mean Rumney Hood vs Obamacare!! ;-000000h, just biparteesunk ways of DC!!!!!!!!;-000
Bill SqPants

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#7 Jan 14, 2013
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
<quoted text>
Half the country didn't elect him, bozo. And just how the hell are you going to hold them accountable for NOT allowing the country to go the way of Greece and Spain??
cowboys! how many estate of EU? 17 or 27?+ 50 or maybee U.N.=145Estate...just can"t wait till 2014-1914= incentive!!;-00
McGruff

Greensburg, KY

#8 Jan 14, 2013
As a senator he wouldn't negotiate it either. He voted against raising it.
Joel Osteenage

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#9 Jan 14, 2013
McGruff wrote:
As a senator he wouldn't negotiate it either. He voted against raising it.
100 amigos!! he onlee 1 vote!! ;-000000h, 1/99!;-000h, and a baby one!! ;)

“It's Time to Defeat Terrorism ”

Since: May 11

NYC

#10 Jan 14, 2013
Undoubtedly, Obama who will be sworn in few days as the constitution hater president who proved to walk and talk like America destroyer Jihadist dictator who cling to the money that American people wrongly trusted him to use fairly and honestly for the American people. Obama proved to come as almighty dictator with unlimited executive orders and using threats to the US Congress and saying that he will issue executive orders to circumvent US Congress that was elected by the American people. The Jihadist dictator Obama who said to be sworn in few days threatens the American constitution by saying that that he will close down America and stop payments to military and other emergency operatives if US Congress will not surrender to his demands to spend as ,any trillions of dollars as he desire on his liberal base. Obama demands to spend trillions on his of monstrous dysfunctional government of unions employees that enjoy double the salary and benefits of the private sector and in addition “free Obama checks” to all 26 millions of the liberal parasites that Obama pulled out of the work force as willingly unemployed, disabled, poor, tax evaders, and student and mortgage defaulters. America fell under the America hating Jihadist dictator Obama who is the naked Emperor who rules ‘Morsi Style’ and vowed to push America over the cliff. The Jihadist dictator uses the reckless ugly liberal media of AP and the NY Times to cover his evil deeds and to keep him in power while his corrupt and faceless liberal Democrat congressmen and senators vowed to go blindly after him over the cliff to bankrupt America and destroy it from within the White House.
thetazva

Richmond, VA

#11 Jan 14, 2013
It seems to me that Obama is doing just what he says the GOP is doing holding a gun to the head of the American people. WE WANT Reductions in spending across the board and a massive reduction in the debt ceiling. Enough is enough.

KILLERS

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#12 Jan 14, 2013
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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Half the country didn't elect him, bozo. And just how the hell are you going to hold them accountable for NOT allowing the country to go the way of Greece and Spain??
Stupid Of The House is a worthless leader,so start there holding people Accountable. Then get the Teabaggin Pledge People who are more interested in gaining political points than doing anything for this country.This New Tea Party Owned Republican Party would rather see this country fail and go to hell before they do anything half way possible to help this President get things right. Still bitter over the election iI guess.
spending

United States

#13 Jan 14, 2013
The spending has already been approved by laws the congress and the president. The debt ceiling is usually a formality to allow the loan so we can pay the bills. The house of representatives is refusing to allow the loan to pay what has already been approved by law. Though most had no problems raising it over and over during previous administrations.
Jeff Brightone wrote:
Undoubtedly, Obama who will be sworn in few days as the constitution hater president who proved to walk and talk like America destroyer Jihadist dictator who cling to the money that American people wrongly trusted him to use fairly and honestly for the American people. Obama proved to come as almighty dictator with unlimited executive orders and using threats to the US Congress and saying that he will issue executive orders to circumvent US Congress that was elected by the American people. The Jihadist dictator Obama who said to be sworn in few days threatens the American constitution by saying that that he will close down America and stop payments to military and other emergency operatives if US Congress will not surrender to his demands to spend as ,any trillions of dollars as he desire on his liberal base. Obama demands to spend trillions on his of monstrous dysfunctional government of unions employees that enjoy double the salary and benefits of the private sector and in addition “free Obama checks” to all 26 millions of the liberal parasites that Obama pulled out of the work force as willingly unemployed, disabled, poor, tax evaders, and student and mortgage defaulters. America fell under the America hating Jihadist dictator Obama who is the naked Emperor who rules ‘Morsi Style’ and vowed to push America over the cliff. The Jihadist dictator uses the reckless ugly liberal media of AP and the NY Times to cover his evil deeds and to keep him in power while his corrupt and faceless liberal Democrat congressmen and senators vowed to go blindly after him over the cliff to bankrupt America and destroy it from within the White House.
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#14 Jan 14, 2013
ACORN needs more BLING. Raise the debt ceiling!!!!Barack Benghazi Needs his BLING!!!
Bill SqPants

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#15 Jan 14, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
ACORN needs more BLING. Raise the debt ceiling!!!!Barack Benghazi Needs his BLING!!!
do U like this song!! from Xtrema: more dan words

;-000

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#17 Jan 15, 2013
Obama refuses to negotiate and calls the House and GOP obstructionists. A bit of Orwellian logic, methinks.

It is not they who are holding the gun. It is Obama. The gun is aimed at the American people. Obama is demanding that Americans empty their pockets under the threat of losing their freedom to disagree.

Sure, Congress has authorized programs to be funded but should not be taken as a demand that everything be funded. It's a bit like deciding to purchase a house and then finding out that it is not affordable. The responsible action to take in this case is to recognize that the house must be given up and some less expensive living accomodations must be found.

Here, we have a Congress that cannot make the hard decisions. It is up to our Executive to make them. In the absence of a rise in the debt ceiling, Obama should simply decide which programs should be funded and which cannot be funded. What has he got to lose? Whether he chooses rightly ot wrongly, as far as the American people are concerned, he isn't getting re-elected anyway.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#18 Jan 15, 2013
BraveCon wrote:
Obama doesn't want to cut spending because it might jeopardize the 'Robin Hood' legacy that he's worked so far to achieve.
Good old Obama...Mr. Redistributethewealth
The debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending.

The wealth in this nation is being redisributed from the 'working' "blues states," to the 'welfare' "red states;" and also from the middle class to the wealthy.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#19 Jan 15, 2013
SirPrize wrote:
Obama refuses to negotiate and calls the House and GOP obstructionists. A bit of Orwellian logic, methinks.
It is not they who are holding the gun. It is Obama. The gun is aimed at the American people. Obama is demanding that Americans empty their pockets under the threat of losing their freedom to disagree.
Sure, Congress has authorized programs to be funded but should not be taken as a demand that everything be funded. It's a bit like deciding to purchase a house and then finding out that it is not affordable. The responsible action to take in this case is to recognize that the house must be given up and some less expensive living accomodations must be found.
Here, we have a Congress that cannot make the hard decisions. It is up to our Executive to make them. In the absence of a rise in the debt ceiling, Obama should simply decide which programs should be funded and which cannot be funded. What has he got to lose? Whether he chooses rightly ot wrongly, as far as the American people are concerned, he isn't getting re-elected anyway.
Under the 14th Amendment Section 4; and Article 1, Section 8; the Congress has the duty of paying all bills and debts.

To do other, as they now threaten, violates their oath of office to uphold the US Constitution; and they then have the duty of impeaching themselves, en masse.

Constitutionally, the GOP in Congress have painted themselves into a corner.
They are issuing an ultimatum they cannot legally uphold.
McGruff

Elizabethtown, KY

#20 Jan 15, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>The debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending.

The wealth in this nation is being redisributed from the 'working' "blues states," to the 'welfare' "red states;" and also from the middle class to the wealthy.
obammy voted against raising the debt ceiling as a senator. In fact said it was irresponsible and showed a lack of leadership.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#21 Jan 15, 2013
McGruff wrote:
<quoted text>
obammy voted against raising the debt ceiling as a senator. In fact said it was irresponsible and showed a lack of leadership.
No argument. Funny, no?

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