The Senate Majority Leader, who earlier this year warned that a government default would be “a terrible spectacle for our country and it would have a catastrophic impact on us economy,” told MSNBC yesterday that “the president should say no to himself” and should accept the House Republicans’ offer.
“Yesterday, President Obama said flat-out that he would not negotiate on the debt ceiling, but then again he said the same thing in 2011 without following through,” McConnell said in an October 15 press conference. “So I don’t feel any great sense of confidence with regard to his willingness or ability to deal with this. There’s only one way to avoid default. It’s for the president and his party to agree to spend cuts and reforms that will allow us to pay our bills.”
McConnell insisted that the “entire debate” over raising the debt ceiling should be about “spending cuts and reforms.” He was very clear that House Republicans’ ransom demands should be the only terms under consideration, saying, “[T]he issue … is not whether or not the country needs short-term measures. The issue is whether or not we need long-term measures which are vital if we are going to be able to pay our bills in a sustainable way. And the president and his party should agree to those long-term measures.”
McConnell has not specified specifically what these long-term measures would look like. However, he made clear that House Republicans’ ransom demands were room for negotiation: “The president and the Senate Democrats need to get serious about spending, and we’ll be glad to negotiate with them.”
Indeed, on Meet the Press on October 14, McConnell would not rule out accepting Obama’s acceptance of House Republicans’ ransom demands as a deal breaker. When asked what he would say if Obama agreed to the GOP’s plan for this round of hostage-taking, McConnell replied: “I’m sure we’ll take a look at what they’ve done—what they’ve proposed. But the president has made a decision not to negotiate. So we’ll have a look at what his proposal is.”
McConnell’s same-day comments on MSNBC yesterday appeared to reflect a climb down from this position. “The bottom line is,” McConnell said, “the president asked for a debt ceiling increase that was very similar to what we offered in 2011, and he promptly let that pass by because he was unwilling to pay for it. He then called us back in and said, ‘I’m happy with just raising the debt ceiling.
The US is not a democracy. Democratic ideations such as voting and media freedom exist, but the US is a republic, which means that its government does not require for citizens to voice their opinions on every subject. There are limitations on democratically elected bodies — this way we do not elect people who would make decisions contradictory to our values and beliefs and also do something similarly foolish like the recent election of President Donald Trump, who ran his campaign on promises of locking up immigrants. But this decision by the government cannot be done without proper inspection from the legislative branch whose members are elected by following strict candidate guidelines including gender, age, party affiliation, education level, geographic location etc. The legislative branch is responsible for making sure that the people are being properly informed on what they are being asked to approve.
The House of Representatives has the most power of any branch of government in America since it is elected by a small slice of the popular vote. It is responsible for things that have a long-term effect on the nation whether it be extending or terminating social security benefits or overhauling or repealing healthcare legislation.
The Senate was made up of two different kinds of representatives: Senators who represented different states and Senators who were appointed by different states. These appointed Senators would then choose between their state and state-based senators in order to provide their state with one representative for each seat in the US Senate (there are currently 100 senators).
In 2013, the Democrats took control of the Senate from the Republicans. In 2014 they were able to take control of the House of Representatives from both parties, giving them majority power over legislation. As the majority party, the Democrats could influence important legislation regarding social security and other legislation that affects America’s elderly. However, this does not mean that President Obama has complete control over everything that happens in Congress. This explains how he could pass his healthcare legislation (also known as Dodd-Frank) which requires all future healthcare legislation to be approved by Congress to make sure it does not cause bankruptcies for their banks.
However, for nearly five years, President Obama had major trouble passing legislation through Congress due to opposition from Republican lawmakers. As a result, President Obama did not make a single nomination to the judiciary during his first term, since he could not be sure that Congress would approve of it.
It is also worth noting that the United States is home to many political lobbyists who represent everything from large corporations to unions and social justice movements. In exchange for influencing legislation in Congress, these lobbyists get their “clients” special waivers or tax breaks in exchange for supporting or opposing certain bills in Congress.
There are many groups that affect the US’s policy with regard to foreign policy, most notably the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). The AIPAC often supports US foreign aid towards Israel and was partly responsible for getting America involved in both Gulf Wars.
The economy of the United States of America, also known as the American Economy, is the world’s largest economy. It comprises three sectors: private enterprise, state-owned enterprises, and governments at every level. The United States is a market-based mixed economy with a large private sector, but an important role played by public institutions in guiding its major national corporations and banks. At the start of 2008 and through 2015, it has seen eight consecutive years of real GDP growth on average.
The top economic sectors of this country include:
1) Consumer spending on services
3) Government spending
4) Federal physical investment (military equipment manufacturing etc.)
5) State and local government spending (police departments etc. include)
6) Housing (mostly built by state and local governments)
7) Finance (U.S. banks, including Chase Manhattan Bank; Citibank; J.P. Morgan; Bank of America; Wells Fargo; etc.)
8) Construction (state and local governments)
9) Transportation (state and local governments, mostly highway construction subsidized by taxes on gasoline, diesel, etc., and often by use of eminent domain methods to forcibly take property from owners and transfer it to the government for use by the road builders)
A Bit About Joe Biden
Joe Biden is the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States. He was born on November 20th, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Before deciding to run for president in 1988, he served as a member of the US Senate for Delaware from 1973 to 2009. As VP during Obama’s presidency, Biden ushered in many key initiatives including “Housing First” and his White House Task Force on HIV/AIDS Strains That Affect Underserved Communities”. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on October 15th, 2016.
US Relations with other countries
As tensions rise between the U.S. and other countries, many are left wondering just how strong our relationships with these countries are in light of recent conflicts. This roundup will explore the relationships with some of America’s closest allies and adversaries, to see which current relationship is most likely to be threatened by recent events.
The United States has historically maintained close relations with allies like Canada, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Israel. Relations between the US and these countries have not been challenged in recent times due to their status as highly allied democracies that are also significant trading partners for the US.
The most likely ally to be threatened by recent events is Israel. Relations between the US and Israel have been strained since the U.S. and Iran’s nuclear deal in 2015, which has caused a rise in regional tensions and increased anti-American sentiment amongst Palestinians and certain factions within the Israeli government. Recent events such as the Taylor Force Act, which would place sanctions on companies who do business with Tel Aviv as well as Middle Eastern allies such as Saudi Arabia if they continue to purchase advanced weapons systems from Israel, have further increased tensions with Washington.
Additionally, recent statements from U.S. officials such as Trump’s former National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, who called Israel “the largest threat to regional stability” and the recent passing of a bill that declared Jerusalem the capital of occupied Palestinian territories has also heightened tensions between the countries.
The second-most likely ally to be threatened is Great Britain. While this may come as a surprise to people who have been following events closely for the past several months, it would fall in line with a pattern of taking a very critical stance towards all other allies since President Trump took office. This stance has been exacerbated by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and its actions after it left. While President Trump and many in Washington have repeatedly bashed London for its recent moves, the UK has not denounced Trump’s criticism nor made any overtures to return to the fold. The same goes for their strong support for Israel over Palestine, which has forced the official state department to distance itself from both countries as well as President Trump’s own comments on Britain.
One of America’s closest allies is Canada, which is currently entangled in a trade dispute with President Trump—pending a new NAFTA agreement—as well as countless other disputes over pipelines, tariffs, and other diplomatic issues.