Exploding the Roof

Armstrong Williams

2/5/2013 9:06:00 AM - Armstrong Williams

Right now the Democratic talking points are that we should raise or repeal the debt ceiling to “pay our bills.” Liberals have some pretty illogical ideas—like shutting down the government to give Planned Parenthood a few hundred million dollars, or raising everyone’s taxes in order to tax the top 2%--but this one might be the hardest to grasp of all.

During Obama's most recent press conference he once again threw down the gauntlet to Republicans, refusing to discuss spending cuts during the debt ceiling debate. He also stated that it would be Republicans’ fault for any negative economic consequences from the federal government’s inability to borrow money, or if veterans and Social Security recipients stop getting their checks.

Sound familiar? Sound any more logical than before?

The President is the executive of our country’s laws; his job is to enforce and “take care” that the laws are carried out. He is the one who spends money. It is the Secretary of Treasury—whose job is to implement the President’s orders and who is answerable completely to the President—who borrows money and spends it directly.

The President claims that since Congress appropriates funds, this is a matter of “paying our bills.”

Saddest of all, Obama says we are “not a deadbeat nation,” when, if anything, that is exactly what this situation tells us. Anyone who needs to go deeper into debt to pay their bills is in serious trouble. Anyone who has to take out a loan to buy their groceries is going to starve.

Further, what is the point of having a debt ceiling if it is summarily raised without any debate anytime it is reached? At least the liberals who want to repeal the debt ceiling are consistent: they want no limit on borrowing, no matter how reasonable.

As with the last debt ceiling crisis and with the fiscal cliff debate, Obama is hoping that the Republicans will be frightened into submission and that they will forget the fact that he also bears responsibility for the execution of the law. The mainstream media is glad to help the president, and so he is rightly confident that he can always set the agenda and control the narrative, no matter how stupid his ideas.

The only true way to defend the American people and our way of life is to forget about the consequences of being blame. Obama is a cheap political hack: he’ll criticize the Republican House no matter what happens. There’s no point in trying to get on his good side: it is emphatically not in his interest to have a good side.

Republican leaders should—and I’m confident that they will—take a principle position to save our nation from further bankruptcy, which is what a rational populace would call our situation. The president knows only the blame game; he doesn’t know what accepting responsibility. Someone has to step up and take on the role of grownup: don’t count on it being Obama. In his four total years in the Senate, he (along with Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, and, oh yeah, Joe Biden) opposed raising the debt ceiling, and now as president viciously demagogues those who do the same thing he did in 2007. He is shameless.

It is characteristic of addiction that the addict tries to justify his actions. If they do not make sense, then he will come up with equally nonsensical rationalizations. And so his pathology spreads throughout his entire psyche, as each error must be rationalized by another, and another, and another.

Right now, the per capital debt in America is greater than the per capita debt in Greece. We have seen the Greek spending addicts, their rioting, their protests, their descent into permanent indigence. We have seen this, and yet we will not repent. Sounds like the addict to me.

How can we be so cruel to the most innocent of all, the children? As we mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (and 50 million legally murdered as a result), it’s obvious that our cruelty to our children, both in killing them or in saddling them with our debts, is a result of the same rex malorum, cupiditas. May God have mercy on this country.