Obama Issues Veto Threat Against Piecemeal Funding Bills

By: Friday October 4, 2013 9:07 am

The Republican plan was to shut down the government and make life so painful Obama he would be forced to accept changes to his signature health care law. Of course the shutdown ended up being more painful for the GOP. So now Republicans want to make the shutdown less painful by passing small bills to [...]

Obama Will Veto Bill to Make His Decision on the Employer Mandate Legal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:37 am

The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the [...]

Obama Defeated the Debt Limit Monster He Foolishly Helped Create

By: Friday January 25, 2013 9:55 am

Now that the House has passed the three month suspense of the debt limit, it is safe to say President Obama won this standoff. The original Republican position was that any debt limit increase had to be accompanied by spending cuts. Obama said he would not negotiate this time and wanted a debt limit increase [...]

Obama Deficit Rhetoric Moves from Compromise to Campaign

By: Monday September 19, 2011 12:02 pm

President Obama’s deficit speech may be viewed as the moment the Obama administration fully pivots away from trying to reach bipartisan compromise, to instead focusing on winning 2012 by bashing the Republican Party. The first half of President Obama’s first term was marked by an obsession with reaching bipartisan compromise. Obama wasted an absurd amount [...]

Debt Ceiling Increase: The Long and the Short of it

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:05 am

One of the biggest battles over raising the debt ceiling at this moment seems to be whether any debt ceiling increase will last until after November 2012 or will it require another vote on the debt limit before the election. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) plan would require the debt ceiling to be raised again in [...]

Calling Obama’s Bluff

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 7:20 am

Last night the Republicans offered to do a short term increase of the debt ceiling to prevent default and President Obama angrily dismissed it, according to the Huffington Post: At issue was Cantor’s repeated push to do a short-term resolution and Obama’s insistence that he would not accept one. “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m [...]

Obama’s Debt Ceiling Veto Threat Has a Credibility Problem

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 11:02 am

The White House has been trying to maneuver everyone into reach a big austerity deal, but I simply can’t see Obama carrying out his short term veto threat unless the administration had been lying other aspects of the debt ceiling issue.

Obama Only Used the Veto Threat to Advance Austerity

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 7:18 am

Several months ago when Republicans first made it clear they were planning to hold the debt ceiling hostage many wanted President Obama to issue a veto threat. Obama could have done this while still maintaining the deficit hawk image he so desperately craves with a statement like: I would happy work on a bipartisan basis [...]