What Defines a Deadbeat?

January/18/2013 6:46AM
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Is a deadbeat one who doesn’t pay his or her bills? Is one a deadbeat because one chooses not to pay bills, or because one simply can’t pay bills. I’ve seen both.

Obama says America is not a deadbeat nation.

“We are not a deadbeat nation,” Obama said. “So there’s a very simple solution to this: Congress authorizes us to pay our bills.”

Republican leaders responded immediately to the president’s press conference, signaling they will not relent on demands for spending cuts as part of debt ceiling talks.

“The President and his allies need to get serious about spending, and the debt-limit debate is the perfect time for it,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a statement. “I do know that the most important issue confronting the future of our country is our deficit and debt. So we are hoping for a new seriousness on the part of the President with regard to the single biggest issue confronting the country and we look forward to working with him to do something about this huge, huge problem.”

Boehner issued a similar statement, calling on Obama to reduce government spending.

“The House will do its job and pass responsible legislation that controls spending, meets our nation’s obligations and keeps the government running, and we will insist that the Democratic majority in Washington do the same,” Boehner said.

Last week, Senate Democratic leaders urged Obama to bypass Congress on raising the debt ceiling in the event of political gridlock. But the White House has been reluctant to consider a unilateral action, maintaining that the 14th amendment — one such proposed option — does not give the president the authority to ignore the debt ceiling

So, here are my questions. If any private citizen in America could print money, would there be any deadbeats in America? Probably not. Would the majority of Americans spend more than they made if they could simply print the money to buy more? Probably so.

What defines a deadbeat politician? One who spends more than the country takes in year after year and prints money until a law says you can’t spend any more. You’ve hit your debt ceiling. Unlike the average American without a printing press, this politician makes a case that the country needs to raise that barrier that keeps him from spending and crank up the presses. Print and spend endlessly until the house of cards come crashing down and the country becomes Greece.

No, Obama is right, we are not a deadbeat nation, not until he became president. But, unchecked he will turn us into a deadbeat nation. He is incapable of stemming spending. He will spend us into Greece.

We have a deadbeat problem, but’s it’s not the countr,y it’s the leader of the country.

Don’t you wonder sometimes who writes his stuff? And, how the media and far too many regular Americans can swallow some of his rhetoric.

“Not a deadbeat nation” give me a break.

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