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To prevent return of recession GOP must stop foolish games

Published: Fri, September 20, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

President Barack Obama expressed outrage earlier this week over the continued standoff and inaction in Congress over increasing the federal government’s debt ceiling to avert a government shutdown and economic chaos.

“In case there’s any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its [debt] obligations; I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States,” Obama said in remarks in the nation’s capital shortly after the mass killings at the Navy Yard there. “Let’s stop the threats, stop the political posturing.”

The president’s outrage — and that of most congressional Democrats, some clear-thinking Republicans and a majority of level-headed Americans — is absolutely justified.

The political gamesmanship spearheaded by Grand Old Party extremists has produced no winners — only an embarrassing do-nothing loser of a Congress that has brought the stability of government operations and the slow but steady recovery of the U.S. economy to the doorstep of disaster.


Recalcitrant Republicans ought to look back just two years ago, when the same misguided high jinx ruled the day and the halls of Congress. All but the most stubborn members of Congress then knew they were going to have to raise the debt ceiling or the credit worthiness of the United States and the stability of its economy would take an enormous hit. But calamity be damned, they put off acting long enough for the nation’s credit rating to be downgraded anyway. Additionally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average — the most commonly used barometer of U.S. economic health — plunged an appalling 635 points in one day.

The nation and its economy can ill afford a rerun of that tragedy.

Some Republicans today are threatening to hold up raising the debt ceiling and passing a federal budget if elements of the Affordable Care Act are funded as a part of it. Obama said Republicans are effectively holding the government hostage by threatening to defund his signature health-care reform victory.

Rational Republicans should check in to reality and recognize that the Affordable Care Act has absolutely no chance of repeal under the current congressional makeup. Dozens of time-wasting votes to undercut it have failed. The Supreme Court has ruled the law constitutional. And the re-election of Obama last year served as a popular referendum on keeping intact the controversial act.

Right wingers

The president rightly scolded the right wing of the Republican Party in his plea earlier this week: “I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos when it doesn’t get everything it wants.”

Nor can we. Wasting congressional time on meaningless Obamacare antics does nothing toward taking care of the nation’s pressing business. Little is more pressing now than ensuring government solvency. The ripple effects from congressional inaction on the budget and debt ceiling would trickle down to communities large and small and invite a return to the disastrous recessionary times out of which we are finally beginning to climb.


1republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Obama is the most incompetent of presidents. Elected officials are trying to stop his continued destruction of the American economy.

The Vindicator, true to it's far left beliefs, cries and cries that we should be accommodating and just let Obama have his way. That's not how negotiations and deal making work.

This "do-nothing" Congress has provided clear thinking opposition to Obama's disastrous economic policies. This stalemate is loved by investors and has led to a resurgent stock market.

Someday the extreme liberal kooks who make up the Vindicator editorial board may see this.

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2redeye1(5615 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If they keep letting Obammy spend our money like he is. We will be in a DEPRESSION like no other ever seen in tis country

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3RightofLeft(44 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is, without a doubt, the most irresponsible, promiscuous op-ed piece I have ever read. If the Vindicator editors wrote it – they should be dismissed. If they bought it, then they even more ignorant than I imagined. This piece (of something other than editorial writing) completely ignores the facts. The Republicans will not shut down the government and create chaos. That blame will rest entirely with the Senate Democrats and O-blame-a. The House plan continues funding for government programs except ObamaScare. The fiscally conservative and prudent reductions that were begun two years ago continue. If the government shuts down it will be because O-blame-a and the House Democrats want to protect a seriously defective program to the exclusion of all other considerations.

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4Jerry(845 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If the federal government of the USA had a legally enacted budget enumerating spending priorities that did NOT involve irresponsible deficit spending of money we do not have and need to borrow (like rational adults would propose); none of this would be a problem.

Instead the actions of most of our governmental officials are more like those of a group of small irrational petulant children throwing temper tantrums because the adults in the room will not allow the purchase of more ice cream.

I no longer have use or patience for any of this.

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