As reported by House Speaker John Boehner in a Wall Street Journal interview published Jan. 7, President Barack Obama told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” And when the speaker told the president again that the government has a spending problem, Obama said, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”
The president couldn’t even rally his party to vote for the fiscal cliff bill that eventually came out of the Senate. The Senate Democrats sat around New Year’s Eve waiting for Vice President Joe Biden to show up and convince them to vote for the extension of the President George W. Bush tax rates except for couples making more than $450,000.
Some senators — Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., for one — were ready for the midnight deal, because the “bare bones” “fiscal cliff” bill came larded down with a lot of pork. Tax deals for StarKist Tuna, NASCAR, wind energy, rum makers, Hollywood, electric motorcycles and Goldman Sachs, to name a few.
Inquiring minds have only just begun to find the hidden giveaways in this midnight bill the House was forced to vote up or down on Jan. 1 to avoid raising taxes on everyone.
It’s just more cheap tricks by the Senate and big spending by President Obama. Here’s hoping the Republicans in the House are ready to stick with the sequestration cuts that Obama swore by last year. And here’s hoping they have the guts to let different parts of the government shut down rather than raise the debt ceiling. And don’t let the big spender in chief threaten Social Security Checks again.