Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Obama Holds Retirees Hostage To Play Politics

He will literally say or do anything, no matter how sordid.

The latest from President Obama is a statement in an interview with CBS News Evening News anchor Scott Pelley that if he doesn't get the debt ceiling raised on his terms, with higher taxes and minimal spending cuts, he's holding retiree's Social Security checks hostage.

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it."

Odd, isn't it, that the last time there was a government shutdown in the Clinton era, the Social Security checks still kept coming? That's because even President Clinton understood that you can shift money around and change spending priorities to make sure you're not holding seniors who depend on that money to live on hostage. He retained that much decency.

What President Obama is doing is deliberately trying to frighten seniors so that they'll contact their representatives in a panic and beg them to give into him.

"Nice little Social Security check you got there, Gramps. Shame if anything bad were to happen to it."

It's also worth noting that by tying Social Security payments to raising the debt ceiling, President Obama just made the best argument possible for at least partially privatizing it by admitting that the Social Security trust fund is essentially empty, and that it's the Ponzi scheme of all time. Some retirees still believe that what they're getting back is their own money. Now, they hopefully know better.

After being robbed of $500 billion in Medicare funds to pay for ObamaCare, this latest indignity ought to convince seniors exactly what this president thinks of them.

The Republicans, especially in the House need to hit back hard on this and let the country know that if seniors don't receive their checks August 3rd, it's because President Obama decided they wouldn't, and no one else.

If they cave in to Obama's extortion, there will be no end to it. But it will mean the end of the Republican Party.

Further discussion at Snapped Shot, Doug Powers, Don Surber, Jennifer Rubin and Confederate Yankee.

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