President Obama today warned congressional leaders that a replay of the debt ceiling fight of last summer is “not acceptable” and that he will not tolerate it. Obama added that he expects a “serious bipartisan approach” to tackling the budget and growing federal deficit this year. House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday that he was prepared for another debt ceiling fight, if that’s what it takes to force action to cut the budget and reduce the debt.
The problem for Obama is that unless Boehner is bluffing, he will have to tolerate another fight, unless he simply capitulates. When Obama calls such a fight “not acceptable,” what he really means is he’d rather not see it occur. Sort of like when he calls the development by Iran of nuclear weapons “unacceptable.”
As for Obama’s call for a “serious bipartisan approach,” it is laughable. This is president who has been unable to propose even a serious “uni-partisan” approach to dealing with budgetary issues. His budgets have failed to obtain support from Democrats, never mind Republcans.
Moreover, the president has blown off the most serious bipartisan approach offered to date — the one formulated by his own commission.
Obama, stealing the words of another politican, has ridiculed the notion that his rhetoric can be dismissed as “just words.” In 99.9 percent of fancy speeches, the rhetoric is, in fact, just words. But in Obama’s day-to-day political discourse, his words don’t even rise to that level. They are just BS.