By Carole on Jul 26, 2011
Asked why President Barack Obama was making a primetime address on the debt crisis last night, a White House official said, "I guarantee you that 80% of the audience tonight has never seen more than a 10 second clip of the president talking about this." Need proof? A new poll out today shows 46% of Americans have more faith in the president to handle the debt issue while just 34% trust Congressional Republicans more, but of those same Americans surveyed, 45% don't want the debt ceiling raised at all fearing that would lead to higher government spending and make the national debt bigger.
Confused? That's because to those of us who have actually been paying attention, these responses clearly show that those who still trust the president and approve of the way he's doing his job have no idea what he stands for. It also shows what happens when, as in this poll, a sampling of 'adults' are surveyed as opposed to a group of voters or better yet, likely voters.
As Mr. Obama continues to demand what Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) called a "blank check," too many Americans are either too confused or too uninformed to understand that it is the Republicans in Congress who are fighting against that additional government spending and higher national debt.
There is plenty of blame to go around for this blatant disconnect between what the American people say they want and who they believe is ready and willing to deliver it.
Certainly the mainstream media has worked harder at repeating the sensational lies from the Obama administration than they have at informing the public on the facts of the situation. Specifically they continue to broadcast the bogus possibility of an August 2 default insinuating that the US Treasury will not have enough money to service our existing debt, send out Social Security checks or pay for vital services such as Medicare and the national defense.
Then there are Congressional Republicans who are allowing Obama & Company to define the debate as advocates for billionaire corporate jet owners against those for grandmothers who live on Social Security. In fact, the debate is between those who believe in continuing the over-spending/over-borrowing policies of the Obama administration and those who believe that government should be forced to live within its means before it institutes job-killing tax hikes.
And too many of the American people themselves, who have enough experience with their own finances to know which solution is best, simply refuse to put in the time to learn who is fighting for them and their families. Just as so many did during the 2008 presidential election, they are accepting the empty rhetoric and outright lies of a man playing the part of a leader who doesn't have the experience, skills or desire necessary to actually lead.
But of course the lion's share of the blame must go to President Obama himself for using his bully pulpit to continue to lie to, threaten and divide the American people. He continues to demand a 'big deal' containing no significant spending cuts, plenty of tax hikes on those who create jobs and a large enough debt ceiling increase to ensure that this pesky government spending issue won't interfere with his re-election campaign. It is what he desperately needs to serve his personal agenda, not the United States of America.
In the words of Speaker Boehner, "That is just not going to happen."
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