President Obama warned Congress not to call his “bluff” regarding his stance on the debt ceiling. Recently the Administration fought against those who oppose raising the debt ceiling by threatening to withhold Social Security checks from seniors, suspending Medicare payments, and of course the usual, suspending military pay.
The mainstream media would have you believe that our debt has reached critical mass and that we will go bankrupt if we don’t immediately do as the President asks. To put it in terms the average citizen might deal with in real life, it’s like living above your means and just taking out a new credit card to pay the interest on the old one.
While the country debates this issue, perhaps Mr. Obama might be more willing to answer a few questions here than to negotiate with Congress.
Questions for Mr. Obama on the debt ceiling
What priorities does Barack Obama have in the debt ceiling debate?
Dear President Obama:
Do you suggest that we don’t pay Social Security checks, Medicare bills, or our military but instead we pay:
- 22% of the UN’s regular budget and 27% of the UN’s peacekeeping budget (which in 2009 equated to $6,400,000,000); or
- $350,000,000,000 rest of the Troubled Asset Relief Program that is sitting in limbo; or
- $436,000,000 in earmarks that Congress funded anonymously and without accountability attached to the 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Action; or
- $40,000,000 for Boll Weevil eradication in the 2012 Agricultural Appropriations Act; or
- $13,200,000 for five projects by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), including $5,000,000 for unspecified construction in San Francisco, $1,000,000 for the San Francisco electric vehicle initiative, and $1,000,000 for the San Francisco energy-efficient LED street light project; or.
- $1,000,000 by Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) to design and install community vehicle charging stations for electric cars in Chula Vista. According to The New York Times, even though a single electric car could use three times the electric load of an average home; or
- $500,000 by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) for LED streetlights in Los Angeles; or
- $300,000 by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) for an urban wind demonstration project in New York City; or
- $22,000,000,000 in federal funds for improper payments in Medicare, or
- $495,627 (July 2003-June 2004 Figures) to Coalition for Humane Immigrant’s Rights of Los Angeles; or
- 400,000 plus to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (2004 figure); or
- $4,200,000 to The National Council of La Raza?
(NOTE: All figures come from Citizens Against Government Waste.)
Mr. President, surely you do not suggest to the American people that we continue to fund these projects and not pay Social Security, Medicare, or our military?
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