In the wake of his perceived capitulation to the GOP, giving them “ninety-eight percent” of what they asked for in the debt-ceiling mis-deal, President Barack Obama is now calling for “political will” from both sides of the isle.
“We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling, a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip, could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s,” he said in televised comments to reporters from The White House.
In a contentious process that amounted to nothing more than a schoolyard brawl, the Tea Party fueled GOP held the livelihood of vulnerable American citizens in limbo as they relentlessly held conservatives to a pledgecreated by founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Grover Norquist, requiring that they did not raise taxes under any circumstances.
In keeping with what has become a recurring pattern, President Obama called for a comprehensive deal that would cut spending, reform entitlement programs and increase tax revenue, without offering any details of a potential plan. However, in an admirable attempt to raise the morale of the country, the President did offer abstract words of confidence, calling into question the relevance of Standard & Poor’s:
“Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a triple-A country.”
With no clear plan on how to restructure the incohesive and combative nature of Beltway politics, it would serve the Obama Administration well to remember that a solvent nation is only as strong as its elected officials, and a triple-A country requires triple-A leadership.
Kirsten West Savali is an independent journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her provocative topics explore the interconnectivity of race, gender, politics and culture. Kirsten’s commentary can be found on AOLBlackVoices.com, BlackPower.com, BirthplaceMagazine.com, CarsonVentureMagazine.com, The Loop21.com, and others. She is also founder of The Nomadic Poets Oasis, a website dedicated to the elevation and exposure of Poetry and Spoken Word. Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter: @KWestSavali