Debt Ceiling

August 1, 2011 by USA Post 

Debt CeilingDebt Ceiling, Debt CeilingSunday, it seems as if the debate that has consumed Congress – and politicians – is that Most of this year, finally, again.

Looking back, there are several lessons to be learned from both parties in the future. Some of those lessons are below. If you have lessons learned from your account, use the comments section to offer.

 Home field advantage matters: The grass on which a battle or a game fought affairs. It is true that in war, sports and politics. The debate showed the debt ceiling that once again the Republicans took advantage of the fact that in terms of spending, debt and the size of government there is an innate sense of the voters that the party is best equipped to make decisions correct. The Republicans knew from the beginning that started from a position of relative strength, due to general perceptions, and therefore, were willing to push harder and stick closer to its original position of negotiation.

At stake is not the same result does not match = s: Democrats feared by default more than Republicans did. The Democratic members of Congress, almost to a person seen by default as the first step in an international catastrophe econonomic with broad implications for the country. There was a major faction of congressional Republicans, well, he did not. The Republicans know that Democrats do not ultimately accept the default as a result while the Democrats could not say the same about Republicans. The challenges of fighting debt ceiling were decidedly mismatched, which virtually guarantees that the final agreement would be more inclined to Republicans.

Chairs are pragmatic: the idea that eventually Obama will not cut some sort of agreement was misread the role of the chair when it comes to this type of high-profile clashes. Nine out of ten times, a president is chosen the more pragmatic than ideological approach, when the pressure is on. Why? Because the basic expectation that most people (read: voters) are the chief executive is to keep the trains running on time. Failure to do so carries enormous political risks. On the rare occasions when a president takes the ball and goes home – Bill Clinton during the government shutdown 1995/1996 – is because they see a direct path to political victory for it. That was not the case here, so Obama took the pragmatic path.

Nancy Pelosi = relevant: Talk that Pelosi was largely irrelevant in the fight debt ceiling misses the mark in a meaningful way. She was able to maintain its fully unified Democratic caucus against the compromise bill House Speaker John Boehner, the debt ceiling, forcing him to postpone the first ballot and then improvise a majority by adding caramel conservative made the bill even less acceptable as a compromise. Then Pelosi made another power play, this time with the White House declined to say Sunday whether or not it could deliver the votes to democratic engagement. Message (s) sent.

Leave the can (still) works: While Obama and congressional leaders will undoubtedly tout his willingness to tackle the problems of the nation’s debt in a serious way once (? If) this happens to compromise through the House and Senate, it is clear that the creation of the super committee to have kicked some of the most difficult – and least politically popular – the decisions on the road. Cut Medicare and defense spending, if it ultimately comes to that, less than a year before the election 2012 will be a true “face the music” moment. Will Congress and the lights of the White House?

This is the beginning not the end: What the fight debt ceiling was reached the first skirmish of the election of 2012. It is now evident how different the two parties to see the way forward when it comes to healing the economy. That is good for voters and the election in 2012 is very clear. How big should government be? What should I do / not do? What is the best way to boost the economy? The two sides have very different responses to each of the questions; the answers materialize to some extent during the debate on the debt ceiling. The work of the next 15 months for both sides will be to further explain to voters where they stand and why they are right.

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