Woo, been busy this last week, then I was dog sick, but look for a major, MAJOR announcement come sometime this week, seriously. That out-of-the-way I have brilliant political analysis that must be delivered.
September 30th is upon us. No, it isn’t today, and no it isn’t tomorrow, but it will be here in a week. You have one week for the Congress to either approve some kind of debt ceiling-federal budget to avoid either a governmental shutdown, the U.S. defaulting on its debts, or both of the above. Now that the House republicans have tied the debt ceiling to the federal budget and tacked onto that a measure to defund Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act, I don’t even know why it has that name because no one uses it) which should go into effect on the 1st of October. Holy Cow, it is like the perfect storm of suck if you are the chief executive right now.
The President wants a debt ceiling raise of course, and all the republicans want in return is a guarantee of stricter spending controls and with a debt approaching 17 trillion dollars who can blame them? The President has been willing to fight this out in the past, the sequestration battle that took place last year being the ultimate on that, except that backfired. Sequestration went into effect and the government was exposed picking and choosing where to lay the hammer down to make it appear as if things were worse than they really were. Even through all of that, the economy showed no signs of recession in the face of the sequestration. It has barely made a blip on the radar of voters as it has been all but transparent to them, a sky is falling message from a chicken little that never happened as far as they are concerned.
This weakens the President’s position in this newest fight. Sure he can hold out and let both of the above expire and a governmental shutdown would ensue, but who would be to blame for it? I guess more rightly the question would be, who would the public, the voting public that is, blame for it? Would it be the republicans who only wanted to hold up an already unpopular Obamacare mandate, the more we learn about, the more negative the polling numbers are on it, or would it be the President, and thereby the party of the President they blame for the entire shutdown.
The President’s pubic approval has been on a downward slide. Now Congress’ approval ratings haven’t been stellar, but they have also been in the trash can for the last decade as far as the American people are concerned. The people are used to distrusting and disliking Congress on the whole. Can the President or at least the party of the President, with the 2014 mid-term elections a year and change away, withstand the same kind of scrutiny? I guess we will see if anyone is willing to blink in the next week.
- Obama: ‘If We Don’t Raise the Debt Ceiling, We’re Deadbeats’ (breitbart.com)
- In ‘Hostage’ Standoff, Obama Is Weaker than He Thinks (breitbart.com)