July 14, 2011

"Don't Call My Bluff"

A real genius, this one.

When Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Department’s Aug. 2 deadline — and that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts — Obama began to lecture him.

"Eric, don't call my bluff," the president said, warning Cantor that he would take his case "to the American people." He told Cantor that no other president — not Ronald Reagan, the president said — would sit through such negotiations.

First Rule of Bluffing: Don't let the other guy know you are bluffing.

As for taking his case to the people, the people have heard his long-winded, blame-shifting, class-warfare speeches, and like honey badger, we don't care. We know spending must be cut, and that a recession is a horrible time to raise taxes.

It's too bad he can't figure that out.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 14, 2011 06:50 AM

He already took his case to the American people. That is why we now have a Republican majority in the House. Of all the branched and departments of government, it is the House that can uniquely claim to represent the "people".

But since he skipped 5th grade civics, we can't expect him to know that. I am sure his kids know that.

Posted by: Professor Hale at July 14, 2011 08:30 AM

And the case to the American people is "Granny's gonna get it if I don't get the deal I want". Said deal is all taxes today plus current spending in return for promised cutting in the vague future.

So Granny is hostage for High Speed Rail, unspent stimulus funds, green energy, and other assorted Democrat pork, right 0? Great message you have there, 0.

Why do I get a real Blazing Saddles moment here?

Posted by: iconoclast at July 14, 2011 10:19 AM

Memo to House GOP: Call his bluff ... and take the rest of the month off to counter his public lies.

Mark Levin laid out the perfect plan for the GOP on his radio show last night. (Pay attention, McConnell, this is what offense looks like when you're "protecting your brand")

Interest due on the debt in August is about 15% of revenue into the Treasury for August. A little more math, and you figure out entitlements can be covered if approximately half the bureaucracy is given an unplanned vacation. House GOP should just pass a spending bill making debt interest, entitlements, and military salaries spending priorities #1, #2, and #3. Then let Dingy Harry and Veto Barry own defaulting or stiffing Grandma instead of sending half the burea-weenie army home for a month. The House GOP could even take the rest of July off in good conscience after passing this bill tomorrow.

Repeat monthly until Barry the Temper-Tantrum-Toddler-In-Chief shows us his "ultimate bluff" - which will probably be impeachable.

“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

Posted by: LibertyAtStake at July 14, 2011 10:51 AM

Exactly what is Obama going to do to Cantor? Would Cantor's being mean and not giving the guy his way make him fall on the floor and start crying? That is about the only thing he has the power to do. I don't understand why people respect or fear this nut. The Republicans are winning the PR battle. People know that if the checks for SSI don't go out that it is Obama's arbitrary decision and not part of normal government protocol. We need to keep up the information chain to our congress people to let them know that they are ther to fight this scum and not get along with him.

Posted by: david7134 at July 14, 2011 03:21 PM