Debt Ceiling Fiasco Could Put U.S. Back on Fiscal Cliff

What's Obama's Next Move?

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What exciting times we live in. The “fiscal cliff” negotiations had us all on the edge of our seats. That drama is over. Now the sequel is here for us to watch, the debt ceiling. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The President has said that there will be no negotiations. This must be settled for the long term, and that he will only sign something that he considers “sensible”.

The G.O.P. is not changing. In meetings, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and John Fleming are indicating they want a “short term solution”. They want a couple of months to plan negotiations regarding spending cuts. It’s the same ploy they use over and over again, basically what they want to do is ‘nothing’.

The Republican party performed a great disservice to the nation when it retained Boehner as the Speaker of the House. His position is third in line for the Presidency, he should show some leadership. He should lead in negotiations for a position of compromise. Instead he continues to follow the same party line that has resulted in America’s total lack of confidence in our government.

Paul Ryan should never be allowed to participate in these talks. He is a TEA Party hard-liner who will never vary from his extremist positions. He is most likely the reason Mitt Romney lost the election so badly. The American people are tired of posturing and pandering. We need a government that is for the people, for ALL the people.

My question is this: Will President Obama stand firm? Does he still believe that attempting to solve the nation’s problems in a bipartisan fashion can still work?

I believe his approach of taking his plans to the American people is the correct approach. If he’s right, we’ll see some drastic changes in the mid-term elections. If he’s wrong, nothing will get done in his second term that will produce positive and long term effects.

James Turnage
Columnist-The Guardian Express

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