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The Ulsterman Report: Democrats and Republicans Ignore Obama on Debt Ceiling Talks

"President Obama will sign whatever is put on his desk at this point and be damn thankful for it. The guy has been a total flake on this issue from day one. Everyone involved knows it. Everyone."

This past Sunday saw White House Chief of Staff William Daley on Meet the Press working hard to convince the American public that Democrats – not so much the president mind you, but Democrats, were hard at work trying to forge an agreeable compromise solution to the impending debt ceiling crisis now facing the nation.  According to earlier reports, it has been Daley who has most actively attempted communications between the Obama White House and both Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress.  As President Obama gives petulant and complaining press conferences bemoaning the lack of cooperation on the debt ceiling issue and then walking out of negotiations during meetings with his own party leadership, Bill Daley has been left with the task of actually attempting to lead on the issue, with both Democrats and Republicans indicating increasing frustration at the president’s repeated lack of leadership ability. 

During his Meet the Press appearance, Daley indicated the White House was not open to a short term agreement that would combine both raising the debt ceiling with accompanying reductions in government spending.  Daley’s position though was quickly dismissed by Republicans, as well as seemingly contradicting a same-day interview given by Obama Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who gave strong hints that a temporary short-term agreement between Democrats and Republicans was not only necessary but likely.  Are Daley and Geithner waging a war of internal West Wing agendas?  Not quite.

According to a longtime D.C. Insider, both Daley and Geithner know that leadership figures within both political parties have actually already come to general agreement on the debt ceiling issue, with but a handful of secondary specific details now being worked out – and without any input from President Barack Obama who is now being effectively ignored by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.  What White House Chief of Staff William Daley is now doing is attempting damage control for Democrats to help ensure the debacle is not overly harmful to the party heading into the 2012 elections.  While giving lukewarm support of President Obama on Sunday, Daley was giving far stronger support for the positions of the Democratic Party leaders involved in the negotiations. 

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  1. spectacular

    On July 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    spectacular article

  2. Shain

    On July 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    The best strategy for Republicans is to do nothing; let the debt ceiling do its job: stop spending more … NOW! Obama and Geithner can decide, at their own peril, how to prioritize what liabilities revenues fund — as well as which to defund.

    That idiot Boehner went to Obama agreeing on tax increases, and the idiot-in-chief rejected them by demanding even more. Un-freakin-believable. And in a word: pathetic.

  3. A.G.

    On July 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    So, just like his voting record as a Senator, Obama is once again “not present”.

  4. Snoop-Cat

    On July 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Listen up people, you are all being TRICKED.
    You guys have to stop being sheep.

    First of all, lets remember that Congress gave Corporate welfare to Wall Street to the tune of TRILLIONS of dollars. 99.9% of the public said NO, but they did it anyway.

    The Federal Reserve gave away 16 TRILLION dollars to Wall Street and FOREIGN BANKS.

    The totals add up to 25+ TRILLION dollars ( estimated ).
    And now they have to cut everything?

    So what is REALLY going on with this debt ceiling “dog and pony show”?

    2 things:

    First they are trying to terrify Americans into cutting back on Social Security and Medicare ( which are NOT insolvent, it is a lie ).

    Secondly, they are manipulating the MARKETS.
    They are pushing down the markets so their friends can buy cheap shares and then when they pass a budget ( which they will ) the markets will go back up and they will make a nice profit. You see…

    Of course they will gut social programs in the process ( i.e. steal the rest of your money).

    It’s all just THEATER folks, and you are all sitting in the audience and you believe it’s real….

    It’s time for you, both republicans and democrats, to get you heads out of your asses and stop being played by these con artists that are raping you and laughing all the way to the bank….

    You people had better get over this FAKE FEUD between DEMS and the GOP, you dumb sheep
    You had better start acting like AMERICANS or you are going to have nothing left….

    “An Economy Destroyed, The Enemy Is Washington”

    By Paul Craig Roberts

  5. Anon Poster

    On July 25, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I really feel strongly that the Repeal of ObamaCare should be included in this deal. That bill contains more stuff that has really nothing to do with Health Care, and it is something that we can’t afford. The money has been pre-appropriated…. why not use it now.

  6. Pappy

    On July 25, 2011 at 6:41 am

    We all wish the Obamacare deal would be repealed, but you need to wake up. The administration would more likely cut off several limbs than to let that monstrosity be repealed. It’s all they have “accomplished” since taking office.

  7. vrajavala

    On July 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    This is economic Jihad.

  8. Snoop-Cat

    On July 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    If you all hate Obamacare ( which I do ) then you had better support Ron Paul…

    Romney and Bachmann won’t save you.

  9. Snoop-Cat

    On July 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Welcome to the real world, Ulsterman.

    Think about what you do and your children…

  10. Vince

    On July 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Any so-called support you see for Romney, Snoop, is drummed up mainstream media nonsense…being mindful of the truth, etc, I figure you\’d have known that already. ;)

  11. Andrew Handley

    On November 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

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