President Obama and Speaker Boehner: WHO ARE YOU FOOLING?

It’s been more than a month since I wrote something. My life has gotten a little busy, but what’s gone on over the last few days has me wanting to get busy writing so here I am.

The National Football League owners and players came together and inked a deal. GOOD! But why do I get the feeling DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goddell just aren’t vibing together right now?

With the lockout over, its Washington’s turn. The country is threatened by a lot more than going without some touchdowns and big hits for a few weeks. If we don’t get a deal on the debt ceiling by Tuesday August 2nd, the United States of America could go into default.

Based on what I heard coming from both sides on this night, I think default will get some good odds in any betting house.

Firstly, to the President: You’ve given the GOP a lot already. You’ve bent on a lot of issues. You’ve seriously looked at bending on Social Security cuts, social service cuts, education cuts, housing cuts. In short, if it helps people, you’ll cut it. A Democratic President running the Republican program. And now all of a sudden because Harry Reid’s looking at doing the same thing, you all of sudden find you inner Harry Truman? C’MON MAN!

President Obama tonight struck a tone that in my mind tried playing both sides of the street. Embracing John Boehner on one hand and then saying “NO DEAL” on the other.

Mr. President, you’ve given the Republicans the idea that they can strike a deal on their terms, and they are going to push for the terms. Right now sir, you are in a corner. You have to make a deal with people who’ve made it clear since the 2010 elections that they have one objective, “Make Barack Obama a one-term President”  And they are willing to drop an economic nuclear bomb in the country for that to happen. Make no mistake about it. How far are you and congressional Democrats willing to go, given that on many issues since 2009, you’ve shown as a unit that you aren’t prepared to go very far.

Speaker Boehner, I understand the deal with you sir. You and your party are trying to win an election. I can respect that. You guys showed the nation your hand last November, and you believe that you have another winning hand for 2012. You seek to institute Grover Norquist’s dream of a “Government so small that I can drown it in a bathtub.”

I find your call asking the President to “partner with us for America” as highly disingenuous. I’m thinking of the scorpion and the frog here. President Obama may yet carry your program to the other side of the river, and then you will sting him and the country. But after all, you are a scorpion, sir. It’s your nature.

The country needs real solutions right now. What we got tonight wasn’t solutions, it was naked 2012 politics. It’s another same we can believe in.

Mr. President and Mr. Speaker….WHO ARE YOU FOOLING?

For tonight’s performance by both you, President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner each receive a Northside Chip “YOU IGNANT” Award.

Both of you needed to save your speeches tonight. The time would be better spent fixing this mess.


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