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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Why is Obama ignoring the House of Representatives?


Continetti is guest-blogging for The Post.

You’re the president of the United States. For a variety of reasons, you believe it’s necessary to raise the debt ceiling so that the government can meet its obligations. Because Republicans control one chamber of Congress, you cannot raise the ceiling by $2 trillion without restrictions, as you'd hoped. Instead, some sort of cuts to out-of-control spending will have to be included in any agreement.

So why, then, do you cut the House Republicans out of the negotiations?

With the debt talks at a standstill, President Obama plans to meet with . . . Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats.
Maybe Obama is hoping to persuade the Senate Democrats to go along with massive cuts in government spending. But I doubt it. His news conference the other day revealed a president who’s already playing the blame game.

The key to any increase in the debt ceiling is the House of Representatives. A deal could pass the Senate on a majority vote. But House Republicans, many of whom are still reeling from the fight over the continuing resolution in the spring, will not be an easy sell. And no Republican member shows up to work thinking, “Which taxes can I raise today?”

President Obama is talking to the wrong people. Unless he's more interested in the political endgame than the fiscal one, in which case we’re all in trouble.

By Matthew Continetti  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011

 
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