President Obama yesterday, when asked in a CBS interview whether or not he could be sure that social security payments would go out on August 3rd to our seniors, answered in summary, “no”. But he wasn’t done. He also felt compelled to add:
“this is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans’ checks, these are folks on disability and their checks. There are about 70 million checks that go out.”
Now, putting aside the question of why it is that the government sends checks to 70 MILLION Americans which is a subject for a different post, is this the way a “leader” or our President acts? A responsible leader sees this question and realizes his or her obligations to their people, and recognizes that the way they answer the question will dramatically effect the emotions of millions of people who must have their checks. The way a leader answers this question is, “we will not let our seniors go without their checks. As President I am committed to that, and I’m sure Speaker Boenher feels the same way. This is a difficult negotiation, but I as President and Republican leaders will not allow our nation to default and our most needy go without“.
Remember this President campaigning on ending the use of fear and scare tactics? How many millions of our seniors have been truly frightened once again by the President, the last time being when he deceitfully and shamefully implied the Ryan Plan cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security payments for existing seniors?
If somehow we default, there will be many people to blame, but surely the one who would shoulder the most blame is the President. Perhaps he’ll find a way to blame a failure on the Bush administration?
For what its worth, the VOR would bet his house we will not default.