Please note that my earlier posting quoting Yeats: “The best lack all conviction while the worst are full foe passionate intensity” was not meant to imply that both sides of the debate are equally partisan or unreasonable. I feel that the “worst” definitely belongs to the Republican side here–they are obstructionist and unreasonable and seem willing to damage the country rather than to risk any chance of economic improvement during Obama’s presidency.

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2 Comments on “Clarification”

  1. Charles Says:

    I agree that the Republicans do seem to put more importance in being a roadblock than anything else. However I also am disappointed in Pres. Obama for his statement on Social Security and how it might not go out on time if this isn’t resolved. Since when was it alright for the President to make a public statement that could cause widespread panic? I don’t recall that being in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. He’s supposed to show confidence in our ability to surmount problems even at the worst of times, not say something that will cause alarm for millions of citizens who depend on Social Security being there so they can live. More than that it also damages our credibility with the rest of the world. If you or I went on TV and said that Social Security might not have the funds this month to pay out to the citizens who depend on it to survive we’d probably be laughed off the screen and forgotten about quickly, but when the President of the United States says it that’s a whole other kettle of fish. He is supposed to know things that the common man doesn’t know and as a world leader he is presumed to have knowledge of the situation that backs up his statements. People believe him when he says things, so how does making millions of citizens worry if they will have the means to pay bills, eat and buy their medicines help anything either here or in the greater world community? Frankly if it were to happen that the funds didn’t go through I could see a country wide call for his impeachment going out at the very least. He’d become the most unpopular President in the history of the country I think at that point.

    • manicddaily Says:

      Hi Charles, thanks so much for your comment. I think when President Obama has made comments about social security payments, he has been trying to impress upon people the importance of this issue. As you may know, there have been many Freshman congressman refusing to raise the ceiling under any grounds whatsoever (though some of that has changed.) Obama’s point has been that the ceiling has to do with paying for past debts and past commitments not really new spending and not raise it impinges on the U.S.’s ability to meet obligations that are already extant. I think he is very aware of the massive problems it would bring to individuals who are dependent on Social Security, and that he is trying to point out the seriousness of the issue. I think people in Congress are now waking up to this a little!

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