“Washington — both parties, both sides never, ever change.”—Rush Limbaugh
Rush has looked into the dusty archives of the MSM & discovered that the Democrats have been successfully running their political version of the old Statue of Liberty play for the past 40-odd years. You know the one: the quarterback (President of the United States) fakes a pass (government shutdown–no Social Security checks for seniors) to misdirect the defense (the American people), then sneakily hands the football behind his back to a runner (US Congress) who darts down the sidelines for a big gain (increase in the debt ceiling). Read their playbook at RushLimbaugh.com. Exerpt below:
This is the New York Times news service, January 30, 1967:
LBJ’s “Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler told Congress today that the government would be unable to pay all its bill if the ceiling on the national debt was not lifted within 30 days. Fowler ran into Republican hostility in day-long testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee… Fowler asked that the ceiling be raised by $7 billion to $337 billion to cover the period until June 30. Further legislation covering the period after June 30 will be needed later he said. Fowler said that payments for such things as old age benefits, veterans pensions, public assistance benefits, tax refunds, and the salaries of government workers would be threatened if the ceiling were not raised.”
Are you hearing this? 1979:
“The US House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday extending the debt ceiling … came after the House rejected a Republican-led attempt to tack on a strong amendment calling for a balanced federal budget. The House vote came after Carter Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal claimed in a letter that the Treasury was on the verge of a default and that retired persons would be hit first. ‘About $8 billion in Social Security checks already had been mailed to 35 million Americans,’ Blumenthal said, ‘and there would be no funds to cover them if the House failed to act.’ In addition, he said that the Treasury would not be able to pay civil service retirement benefits, veterans’ benefits, railroad retirements benefits. Blumenthal last week ordered that no further income tax refund checks be mailed until the House acted.” (Read the rest here)
And here’s Barack Obama, also know as Re-Pete, in this year of 2011 (from CBS News):
President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”
Whenever a Democratic president says those words, watch what he’s doing behind his back.