Our View: Is this the debate we wanted or needed?

Posted: January 3, 2013

Ever the voice of sanity in a DeeCee media chorus obsessed with process and political wins and losses, Washington Post writer Robert Samuelson, in his most recent column, focuses on America’s critical issue — the unsustainability of our fiscal path — and President Obama’s inability, or unwillingness, to address it.

The president, Mr. Samuelson says, is not providing requisite leadership in this regard by “help(ing) Americans face unavoidable, if unpleasant, realities.” But then, when your policies and your obsessions are a primary reason for the nation’s fiscal woes, presidential leadership is nothing but a macabre oxymoron.

How unserious is this president about resolving this basic problem? Well, consider this gem from his late-night press statement Tuesday: “(W)hile I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed.”

Bills they’ve racked up? Laws they passed? Nary a word about the spending he’spushed, and the laws he’s willingly signed, championed by his party.

Small wonder the serious likes of Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th, voted against the “cliff” deal, recoiling from its lack of genuine resolve. To wit:

“I . . . know that at a time when our national debt is more than $16 trillion and climbing, the deal fails to seriously address government spending and entitlement reform . . .

“Until the President and Congress have the courage to deal with these issues we will never solve the problem. Too much is at stake for us to continue to kick the can down the road.”