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In Debt Address, Obama Asks Americans to Raise the Roof

Is that legal?

If I were the commander-in-chief, I might meet with Eric Cantor—a man who’s invested in his own country's default—in a courtroom.

J.E. Bernecky

Westover, PA

Jul 27 2011 - 10:44am

In Debt Address, Obama Asks Americans to Raise the Roof

The president’s strategy

After listening to the president’s speech last night, I came away a little confused. Earlier in the day, the president stated he would support the Democratic plan presently in the Senate, which called for spending reductions without any new revenues. Yet in his speech, he spoke of fairness. He asked Americans to get in touch with their elected officials and voice their concerns, yet he is willing to support a plan that is anything but fair.

The speech didn’t make sense, until this morning. I believe the president wants to gain additional public support for a revenue increase and his veto of any plan that doesn’t include a revenue increase. Then at the last moment, to keep the country from defaulting on its debt, he will unilaterally increase the debt ceiling by evoking the Fourteenth Amendment, with the complete support of the majority of the American people.

This could be one of the smartest political maneuvers in recent years. It shows leadership at a time when most Americans feel there is little in Washington. It positions the Republicans as uncaring for the middle class or the less fortunate members of our society, and re-election is almost assured.

I have been disappointed with more than a few of our president’s decisions. As a progressive, I expected a president on the offensive against the status quo in Washington, instead of his having to defend his position against the misleading opposition. Death panels in the healthcare bill, job-creating tax cuts (a k a voodoo economics) and the demand for his birth certificate are just a few of the distractions he has been forced to defend against when our country needed so much more.

A $1.4 trillion jobs bill focused on infrastructure, and education, paid for by a tax increase on the wealthy would be well accepted in America and the world. Americans are looking for a leader with answers and the fortitude to take a stand.

Leslie Gaiter

Norfolk, VA

Jul 26 2011 - 10:34am