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Math is Tough for Obama

Posted on the 14 March 2013 by Eowyn @DrEowyn
Believes $17 TRILLION is

Believes $17 TRILLION is “sustainable”

Obama meets with House Republicans, downplays ‘immediate’ debt crisis

Fox News: President Obama met Wednesday with House Republicans in an apparent bid to  find consensus on fiscal policy, even as he seemed to antagonize the other side by claiming there’s no “immediate crisis in terms of debt.”

His statement would be sharply at odds with a core Republican principle that  the debt must be addressed soon — and which underpinned the cost-cutting GOP  budget released Tuesday. The president also acknowledged, in an interview aired  earlier in the day, that differences with the GOP might be “too wide” to  bridge.

Still, the president made the rare visit with House Republicans on Capitol  Hill as part of what some are calling his charm offensive. The president is making a renewed effort to meet with Republican leaders and rank-and-file  lawmakers amid overlapping budget battles and a series of deadlines on the  horizon.

The president is trying to find common ground with Congress in order to halt  the sequester spending cuts, which have already taken effect — as well as pass  a stopgap budget bill in order to avert an end-of-the-month government shutdown,  pass a bona fide budget for next year and once again raise the debt  ceiling.

A source in the room during the meeting with Republicans told Fox News that  Obama told them he’s looking for bipartisanship on a range of issues, including  fiscal matters, immigration, gun regulation and foreign policy. One skeptical source told Fox News, “we shall see.” Rep. Paul Ryan,  R-Wis., though, later emerged saying the president “did himself some good.”

Obama went into the meeting with his aides and allies ripping House  Republicans for their newly introduced budget, which aims to balance the  country’s finances in 10 years. In an interview with ABC News, the president declared that there is no “immediate” debt crisis and that “for the next 10  years, it’s going to be in a sustainable place.”

That message is likely to rile Republicans, who cite widespread economic  warnings in saying the debt — which is nearing $17 trillion — must be  addressed. “We are addressing the most predictable debt crisis in this country’s  history,” Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Tuesday while  introducing his budget plan.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that “everybody”  recognizes there is a “long-term debt challenge.” And he said the president “believes that bipartisan cooperation is  possible.” Senate Democrats were unveiling their budget proposal Wednesday afternoon, in  response to the House Republican plan introduced Tuesday.

The Republican plan touts longstanding party proposals to cut funding for  domestic programs, repeal Obama’s health care reform law and overhaul the  Medicare health care program for the elderly. It would balance the federal  budget in 10 years with steep spending cuts alone — a nonstarter with  Democrats.

“Ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide,” Obama said in  the interview broadcast Wednesday. If Republicans insist that their only solution is to avoid tax hikes and  “gut” entitlement programs, “then we’re probably not going to be able to get a  deal,” he said.

Obama has continued reaching out to lawmakers in hopes that he can somehow  reach a “grand bargain” that reins in deficit spending without hurting the  economy and stops Washington from lurching from one self-induced fiscal crisis  to another.

The fence-mending campaign started with an unusual dinner Obama hosted last  week at a hotel near the White House for a dozen Senate Republicans and  continues Wednesday with his meeting with House Republicans.

Obama, who also will meet with Senate Republicans and House Democrats on  Thursday, has shown a willingness to reduce spending on big entitlement programs  but has not agreed to the kinds of changes Ryan and other Republicans have  sought.

Republicans, however, object to any more tax increases, insisting that Obama  got his way with tax hikes on top earners in the New Year’s Day deal that  averted the “fiscal cliff.” That last-minute deal prevented automatic tax hikes  for all federal income tax payers, but merely delayed $85 billion in  across-the-board spending cuts.

The parties were unable to reach a compromise on a deficit-cutting plan, so  the automatic spending cuts began taking effect March 1 and are set to continue  through the decade.

I don’t know what kind of math Obama knows about, yet I can certainly say that a debt of almost $17 TRILLION is certainly not putting the U.S. in a “sustainable place”. Course Obama believes in the Cloward-Piven Strategy, so I’m sure his idea of “sustainable” has nothing to do with a healthy fiscal plan.


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