Two years ago President Barack Obama warned that unless he got his way from Congress with an unqualified increase in the national debt ceiling, terrible things would happen. A government shutdown was possible, he hinted. Social Security checks would be delayed, Obama insisted.
He got his way. Congress increased the debt ceiling.
Just weeks ago, Obama tried scare tactics again. Unless Congress granted him big tax increases with almost no accompanying cuts in federal spending, the nation would go over a terrible fiscal cliff, he said. Again, Obama won.
So it should be no surprise he's at it again in new demands for a higher borrowing limit so he can add to the existing $16.4 trillion national debt.
If conservatives in Congress insist on reduced federal spending and delay giving him a higher debt ceiling, Social Security payments will be delayed and U.S. troops may not be paid, Obama said last week.
He's won every time by portraying conservative lawmakers as irresponsible. In the process, truly irresponsible federal spending has been permitted.
When will we Americans stop falling for Obama's strategy and recognize his tax-and-spend plan is what should really scare the dickens out of us?
We don't know the answer to that question, especially given the cheerleading media that the Obama administration has in its pocket most of the time.
A good start for setting the record straight is the call this week for a three-month grace period on the debt ceiling, during which time the Senate has been asked to come up with its first budget in four years, with real spending cuts, or go without pay.
The fact is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has probably been the most recklessly political and irresponsible figure in this entire budget/debt crisis debacle and it's long past time for him to be called into accountability.
If this country is to solve its debt problem, the only way to get there is for the political bullying from Reid and few others to stop and a legitimate mix of revenue-friendly measures combined with real spending cuts to be undertaken.