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Pretty Handy! Government Shutdown a Convenient Distraction for Obama

Once again Obama plays the same old blame game to induce fear and to distract attention away from his many scandals.  Irresponsible!

President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, speaking for the Obama Administration said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” 

Clearly, President Obama is again deploying Emanuel’s strategy to deflect public and media attention away from the many scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration during the past three years. By refusing to negotiate with the Republican members of Congress over the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and the deficit spending problem – Obama has succeeded in creating the diversionary crisis required to distract public and media attention away from his previous scandals.

Thus, Obama refuses to negotiate and strives to induce fear in the American people and business community. Once again, we see Obama using Saul-Alinsky-style, ghetto tactics to trash responsible Republicans and Conservatives. It is the same old political blame-game that Obama has used since entering politics and becoming President five years ago.  He is never at fault.  It is always the other guy– Bush, Boehner, the Republicans in the House, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc. 

Obama’s threat of default is irresponsible and deceptive and plays on the unawareness and emotions of low-information citizens ― and on the media’s desire for a crisis to report.  The U.S. government takes in over $200B a month and has interest-payment obligations of about $20B.  These debt-service payments must simply be paid first to prevent default ― something any responsible enterprise leader would do. 

Frankly, it is time for Obama/Reid/Pelosi and the liberal-leftist Democrats, Administration and media to stop their political nonsense and do what’s right for our nation.  However, Obama will keep the current crisis alive as long as he can in the hope that his other scandals will be forgotten in the interim.

Image:; author: Bill Gowdy; public domain

William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.