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GOP: Please Do Call His Bluff and Man Your Battle Stations


Ordinarily, I'd have difficulty grasping the magnitude of arrogance driving President Obama in budget negotiations that could determine the survival of our nation, but after several painful years of observation, I've come to expect it from him.

Obama's personality type does not well handle opposition, so when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor refused to budge on Obama's unreasonable demand that the GOP agree to raise taxes during these economic hard times, which would not raise revenues, Obama blew up and "stormed out of the room."

Cantor suggested that the parties opt for a short-term deal to avert the debt ceiling deadline, but Obama adamantly refused. "Enough is enough," said Obama. "I've reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this."

Why is it acceptable for Obama to be overtly uncompromising but express outrage that his GOP opposition is unyielding? It's as if he's saying, "How dare you be as intransigent as I'm being."

Obama also warned Cantor, "Don't call my bluff." Notice all the I's and my's in Obama's threatening language. Did anyone ever tell this narcissistic man "no" before he became president?

He acts as though the United States is his personal chattel to do with as he pleases, and no one (including members of the coequal legislative branch) and nothing (including the Constitution) dare get in his way. He masquerades as a mere bystander in all this instead of the primary mover in accelerating this financial catastrophe and the primary obstructer of the reforms necessary to avert it.

Such petulance isn't Obama's only unbecoming conduct concerning these negotiations. He recently attempted to horrify seniors that their Social Security payments would be withheld if Republicans didn't compromise.

Obama knows better than that. Reaching the debt ceiling wouldn't prevent the government from spending money, only from spending more than it takes in, which means it could decide which payments to honor and which to forgo. There are plenty of expenditures less urgent than benefits to seniors. But Obama chooses to scare seniors anyway.

This same principle applies to Obama's refusal to exercise calming presidential leadership at Wednesday's announcement by Moody's that the government's credit rating is under review for a potential downgrade. Moody's said the ongoing debt limit stalemate increases the risk of the government's default on its debt.

But that is clearly untrue, and a president fulfilling his fiduciary duty to the nation would say so in unambiguous terms.

What is true is that if we don't radically reduce our overall spending and structurally reform our entitlement programs at some point in the near future, we will be unable to honor our obligations. But it is the exploding national debt that is the enemy, not the debt ceiling, without which there's no telling how much worse off we'd already be.

Obama should have immediately assured Moody's and the rest of the world that no matter what happens in these negotiations, the United States will honor its debts. But just as he does with seniors, he prefers to ruthlessly leverage international fear as a negotiating weapon in his mission to remake America.

I repeat: It is past time that Republicans take the gloves off and man their offensive battle stations. Obama's constant assumption of the offense and the Republicans' deferential defensive positioning create the illusion that Obama has more power than Congress and that he is not mainly culpable in the events giving rise to this impasse.

Whether or not he accepts this reality, Obama owns this economy and the alarming explosion of the debt in recent years. He is the one whose reckless policies have greatly exacerbated our dire financial condition. He is the one whose unconscionably wasteful and irresponsible economic policies have tanked the economy and suppressed employment. He is the one who, along with his party, has not presented a budget in 800 days. He is the one who formed a bipartisan deficit commission and then ignored its findings. He is the one who hasn't presented a concrete budgetary plan. He is the one who refuses to reform entitlements despite objective evidence that if we don't, the nation will go belly up. Yet he is the one who is pointing all the fingers of blame against the Republicans as if they were the culprits.

Republicans, choose your spokesman (Rep. Paul Ryan would be a good choice), and call daily pressers to make your case instead of always ceding that turf to Obama. In charge of the purse, you have every bit as much right to speak out on fiscal matters as does Obama. Then begin passing your reform bills over and over again, forcing the Democratic Senate and Obama to reject them. It's time that the president and party who are "creating the mess" were put back on their heels and exposed for their wanton fiscal destruction.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Crimes Against Liberty," was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for its first two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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EXCELLENT ARTICLE! Treat him like the rest of the shopaholics and chop up the plastic, and cut the credit limits. Give him an IRS Spending Budget Manager.
Comment: #1
Posted by: ScarletRose
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:34 PM
Yes, excellent article. I was heartened by Obama's display of petulance today. Cantor seems to be getting to Obama, and these negotiating sessions are still very short (today's was 1 1/2 hours). Things could get very interesting during the next weeks as they get longer and the pressure intensifies. I don't think Obama has ever faced anything like this, and Paul Ryan would be the ideal spokesmen for providing both the details and the larger picture surrounding the negotiations. DraftRyanNow.Com
Comment: #2
Posted by: LB100
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:35 PM
Obama and his faithful Democrats have not been able to pass a budget (while having both houses under their control, I might add), in 800 days. 800 DAYS!!
Yet Obama has the nerve to demand a compromise from the GOP on the debt ceiling? No freakin way.
The arrogance of Obama and his party is astounding.
Thankfully, the GOP now has the power to squeeze a compromise from an uncompromising party.
It's time to call Obama's bluff.
Comment: #3
Posted by: DynomiteStuff
Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:14 AM
Good article. But I'm wondering when someone (David Limbaugh?) will call for Obama's impeachment. Maybe that will have to wait til we win back the Senate. 0'tool and his minions are wrecking the country and doing it illegally, and it's right there in plain sight for everyone to see. Also needing impeachment are Pelosi and Reid.

America has to stand up for itself. We have to fight back when these criminals assault the Constitution, ignore the law, lie to us, destroy the economy, and behave like spoiled-rich-kid frat boys, bringing shame and humiliation on a once-proud nation.
Comment: #4
Posted by: SaguaroJack
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:08 AM
My fantasy is for a committee of concerned citizens to escort some of the big tax-and-spend elected officials, from their home offices, who ignore their constituents' calls for controlled spending within ghe budget, and limited government under the Constitution, to be honey and feathered as an act of humiliation...such as was done for a time in our colonial history when British Parliament passed tax laws the colonials believed were not in keeping with representative government, and they took the tax collectors to the public square and tarred and feathered them!
Comment: #5
Posted by: joan cobb
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:37 AM
I saw a pic of his eyes and he is PO'd. I love watching him lose his much vaunted "cool" and revealing the bully inside

Like Limbaugh says we have to stand up and face down his big bluff.

Let him do what he threatens and see who pays the political consequences.
Then his polling numbers will go below GW's at his worst.

"Pride goeth before a crash"...never truer words spoken for such an arrogant man.
Comment: #6
Posted by: AquaStar
Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:33 PM
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