Posts Tagged ‘Debt ceiling’

A year ago, the internet was all abuzz about the pending wedding of Chelsea Victoria Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky. We knew the site was Rhinebeck, N.Y. People were arriving, and in Hillary-Hood we wondered about the gowns, the hair, and whether we would get to see any good pictures. Cable news and networks had teams covering the arrivals and the doings around Rhinebeck. There was much excitement in the air, and rumors were flying about who was or was not on the guest list. Everything was very secret.   The first glimpse we got of the Clintons that day came in the evening when Bill and Hillary Clinton showed up at a reception given in their honor the night before the wedding. We did not see the bride or groom that night.

So, here we are a year later, and all the drama on cable news today is over the negotiations on Capitol Hill to save the country from default on its debt, so that looking for the national debt advice. It seems almost unreal that our great country could be on the verge of economic disaster – unnecessary, avoidable disaster, at that. The leadership vacuum has never been more obvious. Once again the president got on Saturday morning TV and read us a laundry list of the terrible things that will happen if the bad Republicans do not fall into line. Well, I think we all have known what is on that list for weeks and did not need yet another George W. Bush style speech from Barack Obama to remind us. Both of these presidents use the same rhetoric: statement of the obvious. I could have given that speech without the teleprompter!  Where is the speech about what he is going to do to save us from the disaster?   Why is this White House so afraid of the 14th Amendment?

To assuage my anxiety and yours I offer this lovely slideshow of two great leaders who are afraid of nothing.  Neither of these two people would hesitate to take the reins of leadership in this crisis.  So, in the words of the eloquent Sarah Palin, “How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ out for ya?”

Enjoy the show!  The SOS could not have looked more glamorous!  Just exquisite!  She is beautiful enough to be a movie star, but I have a better job in mind for her.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting in Nusa Dua on July 22, 2011. Clinton was to start two days of talks with her Asian counterparts focusing on security issues, amid rising tension in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Rodham Clinton is perhaps the fiercest defender of the U.S.A. and its interests that I have seen, live, in my time on earth.   I have often stated here that I thank God daily for allowing me to be her contemporary.

In this vitriolic, uncertain climate we have come to accept lately as our quotidian environment, many of us have lost faith that our great country and the Party of Roosevelt can endure in its historic, traditional position of greatness in the world.  Hillary Clinton has been working very hard these past weeks to assure our friends and allies, partners that she has worked tirelessly to cultivate over two-and-a-half years as Secretary of State, that this is and will remain a great and solvent country. (See posts here of her past two weeks of travel from Europe through Asia.)  Those years have yielded hundreds of  trade agreements, entrepreneurial efforts and treaties,  business summits,  and MOUs all crafted under the seal of our current Secretary of State.

But do the American people share her faith?  Current polls say “no,” and last night’s “pep talk” by President Obama is unlikely to alter that.  He who made his career on oratory cannot sustain it without putting his words into action.  Erosion of the public trust cannot be allayed by levees built of words.  The people need to see concrete seawalls constructed against this AA rating tide and its predicted consequences.  Perhaps the most serious deficit this country suffers is not economic, but rather a deficit of bold, sure leadership.

An incisive post by my friend Tanya Domi illustrates the situation brilliantly.  Thank you, Tanya, for the outstanding analysis!

The Beginning Of The End Of The Obama Presidency

by TANYA DOMI on JULY 26, 2011

Before or on August 2, President Barack Obama, a Democratic Party nominated president, will in fact, sign into law a bill that cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.

Obama will sign a Republican measure to cut the first and second rail of Democratic Party politics, established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched America’s social and political compact following the dark days of the Great Depression during the 1930s.

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