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The president had what sounds like a somewhat testy meeting with Republican congressional leaders about the debt ceiling, a day after the “clean” vote failed in the House. The Washington Post reports:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), whose budget plan has been widely criticized by Democrats because it would drastically overhaul Medicare, complained that the plan “has been misdescribed by the president and many others.”
According to a Republican official, Ryan told Obama that his criticism of the GOP budget plan was a sign that the president was thinking about his reelection campaign, the Associated Press reported.
But Ryan did not confirm that account, telling reporters that it “wasn’t exactly what I said.” He added: “I just said, ‘we’ve got to take on this debt and if we demagogue each other at the leadership level, then we’re never going to take on our debt.’ ” He said the exchange was “not at all” confrontational.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in a television interview with Andrea Mitchell, just remarked that the president said the right things about the national debt but frequently doesn’t end up doing the right things.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?