For the third time today I've received the 'Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006' quote.
Really? Is that what you think this is about? Childlike bullshit? "But Mom, HE DID IT FIRST!"
Grow the fuck up, please. Anyone who thinks this is relevant is merely playing games, or an idiot. This shit ain't about games, folks.
When Obama voted against the ceiling it was MERELY POLITICAL. Does that sound awful? Sure, it does. He did it for politics? Yep. That shit happens all the time.
But guess what happened after he did it? If you guessed "nothing", you win.
Why? Because no one had a real clue what it is, or what it does. If they did, they'd never have except the reason it had to be raised in the first place: THE WARS and the BUSH TAX CUTS!
But those were cheered on! We were told the tax cuts would result in surplus. Nope. Didn't happen. Never does. Just lies.
Obama voted against the ceiling AFTER the Democratic House passed the bill, where all bills start, and then it came to the Senate. It was a close vote, and the POLITICAL point was to make the country aware of WHY there's debt. Instead it passed, and everyone went about not giving a shit. HAD IT NOT PASSED, then they'd have to go back to the drawing board and do it again.
However, debt ceiling has been a FORMALITY, especially during the 7 times Bush raised it. It was practically a VOICE VOTE from the floor.
Had people taken notice THEN, and had the POLITICAL MOVE worked, then CNN/FOX/MSNBC talks about it, and maybe people aware.
But Obama and the Democrats were not TAKING THE NATION HOSTAGE. It was to MAKE A POINT. Not to tarnish the nation.
Basically, right now, Republicans are forcing Americans to take huge cuts in Medicare, Social Security, and other programs. They say the debt ceiling is too high. They REFUSE to allow Bush tax cuts to expire, mostly on the wealthy, when in fact THOSE TAX CUTS and the Wars are the REASON FOR the deficit. They're not cutting those things though.
INSTEAD THEY'RE CUTTING THINGS THAT MOST AMERICANS NEED.
That's the difference, CHILDREN.
This ain't pickup sticks, tiddly winks, or political votes. This is the real fucking deal, and they're putting us over a barrel for the FIRST TIME EVER.