Numbers Discredit Obama’s Attempt To Link Debt Limit Fight With ‘Extremist’ Few


Even as President Barack Obama attempted at a Tuesday press conference to exile Congressional conservatives to some imaginary, relegated minority backwater of public opinion for their tough stance against raising the Federal debt limit, FOX News released a poll that shows it’s the President who’s actually in the minority — by a wide margin.

The poll, which measured responses from 952 registered voters, found that 58 percent would vote against raising the Federal debt ceiling if they were in Congress, while only 37 would vote in favor of the hike.

Continuing two weeks of aggravated, violent rhetoric from Democrats angry that the House GOP refuses to pass a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government, Obama said Republicans are using an “extortion routine” that forces him and future Presidents to “pay a ransom…for Congress to do its basic job [of approving government spending].”

Obama’s speech was a reiteration of previous talking points, as he again pledged not to negotiate with House conservatives over possible piecemeal funding measures ahead of an Oct. 17 debt limit deadline.

Rather, said the President, he would negotiate with the House — which holds the Constitutional power of the purse — only after it approves the standalone increase in the debt ceiling he’s requesting.

Juxtapose Obama’s dogged commitment to a no-strings-attached debt limit increase with this from the FOX News poll:

More than half of Democrats would vote in favor of increasing the debt ceiling (57 percent), while 38 percent would vote against doing so.

At the same time, 62 percent of voters want Congress to raise the limit only after agreeing on “major cuts in government spending.”  Far fewer – 27 percent – believe the limit must be increased and that is it “reckless” to even debate not doing so.

Even Democrats, by a 48-42 percent margin, are more likely to say spending cuts must accompany an increase in the debt limit.

More than half of Democrats would vote in favor of increasing the debt ceiling (57 percent), while 38 percent would vote against doing so.

A wider topical poll by the Pew Research Center asked slightly different questions, but similarly found that Obama shares an equal measure of blame, in the public eye, for his refusal to discuss actual spending cuts as part of a debt limit increase.

The polls, as always, operate in a vacuum of their sponsors’ own making, but they do reveal that the current fight isn’t the simple case of a few conservative “extremists” holding the circumspect majority hostage to their ideology — as the President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have repeatedly said.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    Man UP, little barry and little harry. You own it!

  • Pinchy Puxley

    Obfuscate, distort, use personal attacks, ….all the Saul Alinsky rules,& know that most of media will back you up & therefore you desire these scenarios & crises, so you can blame other side & your party gains more power & to Hell with real people who are suffering & an economy on the brink of collapse!

    If BHO cannot fundamentally change the nation the way he wants to, he does not care if it is destroyed!!

  • FreedomFighter

    ABC —- Allways Broadcasting Communism
    You have been deceived
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • Motov

    Sleeping people are starting to wake up to the fact Obozo is simply using them then discarding them.
    Sooner or later, Obozo’s lies will come around and bite his sorry butt.
    It’s like a house built on sand, the foundation is flawed, it is only a matter of time when the whole thing will come crashing down.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      And as THEM TRUCKERS ROLL IN THE DC CESSPOOL. The “Little Boy Dictator” and many of the Liberal D****RATS and the RINOS…may get A$$ Bitten or Kicked….The Dirt Bags there have created Many GROUPS OF very ANGRY AMERICANS….WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH…

  • Paul

    Do you believe our government is too large and cannot be sustained on its current path regardless of ruling party?
    Do you believe power and authority should be restored back to the States and the people should decide what is best for them?
    Do you believe the Federal government’s power should be limited to as noted in our Constitution?
    Do you believe government should do as we the people demand and not what WE THE GOVERNMENT demand?
    Do you believe it is unfair that we have to pay 30% to 50% of our hard earned money to support the Feds?
    Do you believe government is filled with corruption?
    Do you believe our government wastes a lot of our hard earned money?
    Do you believe this government will continue to spend and waste money regardless of how much increase we have on our national debt?
    Can anyone tell me the $ limit this government can borrow before our nation will collapse? Is it 20Trillion? 30Trillion? Or just wait until it happens?
    The above are some of the basic beliefs of the Tea Party. Only an insane person would call the above “radical”. The Tea Party is about WE THE PEOPLE and not about WE THE GOVERNMENT. Wake up people.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      YES TO ALL..

  • JimH

    Wanting a balanced budget is extreme? Ok.
    Why set a ceiling, just to ignore it later?
    Were the ones who set it extreme?
    Simple questions from one of the stark raving extremists.

    • Hey, Porcupine

      The only difference between us & Greece is we own a viable printing press…but, viable for how much longer?

      • JimH

        ooopa. :)

  • non-trusting

    I got an idea…. let’s print double the money that we already have, then double salaries for all American workers…
    Then everyone can afford to buy houses and bring up the economy… AND, because we have double the cash, or $17Trillion in debt would only seem like $8.5 trillion…. totally manageable with all the new money in the marketplace…. Maybe we could even afford our healthcare for everyone… LOL

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      What do you think the FED has been doing with all their Quantitative Easing…But Printing more WORTHLESS FIAT PAPER…

  • rwm44

    how soon we forget
    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. senator bho 2006

  • Michael Shreve

    WE THE PEOPLE have to actually BALANCE our checkbooks, PAY our bills and LIVE by our budgets.

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    The “Little Boy Dictator” is an EXPERT when it comes to understanding and using EXTORTION… He as been doing that most of his life…and since he became the OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE…Every time he does not get his way…He uses EXTORTIONA…and them Throws a TEMPER TANTRUM…