GOOD MORNING WORLD
I could not leave the topic of hypocrisy without getting into the politics of the day. There are a couple of issues I will touch on briefly. The title of this post came from the President when he spoke about his change of mind on gay marriage. He said he had evolved into this way of thinking.
When he was running for office Vice President Joe Biden said in 2008:
Sep 20, 20084:28pm
Oh, That Joe! (No. 14 in a Series) – Biden Says Obama Won’t Take His Beretta
Sen. Barack Obama better not mess with his running mate Joe Biden’s guns…or else.
In an out-of-nowhere attempt to re-assure a southwestern Virginia labor crowd about gun owners’ rights, Biden — who regularly scores “F” ratings from the National Rifle Association — warned Obama that if “he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”
“I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey,” Biden said Saturday at the United Mine Workers of America’s annual fish fry in Castlewood, Virginia. “Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you.”
Biden told the crowd that he himself is a gun owner. “I got two,” Biden said, “if he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. I like that little over and under, you know? I’m not bad with it. So give me a break. Give me a break.”
– Jake Tapper and Matt Jaffe
This week he presented 19 points to change the gun laws in this country. Hypocritical, evolved, trying to keep his job to run for President in 2016?
During the most recent campaign for the Presidency it was reported (rumored) that Bill Clinton believed Obama to be an ‘amateur’, ‘incompetent’, ‘doesn’t know how to be President. It was said that Clinton said the country was ‘in a mess’ as he tried to get his wife to run for office. The next thing we hear is Bill Clinton campaigning for Obama saying that no one could have handle what Bush left him. Hypocritical or evolved.
The debt ceiling debate has once again brought about the words from the past. The following is a compilation of two quotes from a speech that Sen. Obama made during the debate in 2006.
SENATOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, MARCH 2006
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. …Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here’. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
According to urbanlegends.com:
Along with his entire party, then-Senator Obama voted against the increase, which passed nonetheless with overwhelming Republican support.
As President, Obama has said he regrets taking that stand. “He realizes now,” explained White House spokesman Jay Carney in a statement to the press on April 11, 2011, “that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy and the global economy that it is not a vote that, even when you are protesting an administration’s policies, you can play around with.”
Hypocritical or evolved?
Another quote from our President recently is the following and I question the tone in light of the gun issues before us? Does using this term mean he is hypocritical or evolved?
“I’m happy to have that conversation,” Obama said of future deficit-reduction talks. “What I will not do is have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people.”
Yesterday he said the following during his press conference.
“And there are no magic tricks here. There are no loopholes. There are no easy outs. This is a matter of congress authorizes spending. They order me to spend. They tell me you need to fund our defense department at such a level. You need to send out social security checks. You need to make sure that you’re paying to care for our veterans. They lay all this out for me, because they have the spending power. And so I am required by law to go ahead and pay these bills. Separately, they also have to authorize a raising of the debt ceiling in order to make sure those bills are paid.
So what congress can’t do is tell me to spend X and then say we’re not going to give you the authority to go ahead and pay the bills.”
Somehow I think he has this mixed up. Congress authorizes spending and I think the monies come from the treasury? How does he get in the middle of the bill paying? In the meantime this is what he said about that in February 2010.
“You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.” – President Obama
Isn’t that what we must do in our government today. Prioritize? Our income as a country will pay only a portion of what we owe. If a household in this country were faced with the same issue it is my guess they would put things in order of priority.
First they would pay their loans so not to hurt their credit rating. Second they would line up the next group of bills in another order of priority. The mortgage then the utilities would be paid next so that you have a place to live. The car payment might come next then the rest of them according to what is left. They may have to call to discuss options with some that you owe. They will have to cut back their spending.
The government has the capability to do the same thing. They can pay our loans to China and others and then with the rest of the income decide what to do and how to pay. Our government will also have to look at cutting spending. Sorry Mr. President we do have a spending problem in this country. The Congress may have to look into cutting whole programs. I think there are many places to cut.
Social Security is not one of those areas. It actually is its own line item and luckily funded for a few more years. I think the threat of not paying Vets or military is wasted air as salaries would be paid in one of the first sweeps of priorities.
I long for honesty to come to politics. My opinion of Barrack Obama would have taken an extreme right turn had he said that as a Senator he was opposed to the debt ceiling then followed this by saying as President (not Jay Carney) he has another view and can sympathize with the necessity to raise it. While I do not agree with raising this without spending cuts I would love to have heard the honesty instead of the threatening tone we are getting these last few days.
If it is the Republicans fault for blocking it then was it the Democrats fault in 2006? Hypocritical or evolved?
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…