America, whither goest thou?
The debt limit controversy presents another opportunity to discuss President Obama's intentions. So far, he has refused to negotiate with the Congress over a whole host of issues; most recently the ACA and, now, raising the debt limit.
There is ample precedent for various riders, therefore negotiations, on any debt limit bill. But he simply refuses to negotiate, then blames others who won't roll over and acquiesce to his dictatorial demands.
During one of his stump stops on Oct. 30, 2008, in his first campaign, he stated that "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That is his objective: "fundamental transformation."
One of our most basic fundamentals is a solid economy. We started with free markets and private property -- two absolutely necessary elements for our economy. The president has attacked private property like no other. He believes in "redistribution of wealth," a basic tenet of socialism.
An editorial cartoon from the April 21, 1934 Chicago Tribune contains this:
"Depleting the resources of the soundest government in the world. Plan of action for U.S. Spend! Spend! Spend! Under the guise of recovery ... bust the government ... blame the capitalists for the failure ... junk the Constitution and declare a dictatorship."
In plain English, there is his plan. Also in plain English, that is what he has been doing for the last 5.5 years.
He has been creating the problems, but skillfully casting the blame on others. The core issue is not ACA or the debt limit -- those are simply red herrings -- it is the "fundamental transformation of America" into a socialist, totalitarian, nanny state.
While there certainly are numerous problems to be rectified these days, President Obama's "prescription" is far worse than the disease, because it won't work, and he will never negotiate.