July 13, 2011

White House offers the addict's defense

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has offered up the addict's defense on the balanced budget amendment. It's not even stage 1 defense: we're okay, we don't have a problem. When an addict can no longer deny they have a problem to others, they can still be in denial to themselves. Stage 2: We can fix ourselves, we don't need help. The translation is we don't want help. It might be hard to determine if the subject really does feel like they need help or still think there is no problem.

“The fact is that the balanced budget amendment would be, is basically an admission by Congress that they can’t do anything, right?” Carney said. “And that’s not true, as [evidenced by] these discussions that we’re engaged in right now. And it should not be true. And it’s a shame if people actually believe that. So no, we don’t support it.”

The bottom line is that Congress needs to come up with a solution to budget deficits and long-term debt, he said, not punt the issue to the Constitution.

Such an amendment “is not good for the economy; it doesn’t answer the problem, and we need to act because we are capable to doing the work that the American people sent us here to do,” Carney said.
An admission they can't do anything right? Let's stick to budgeting. I'm sure a Balanced Budget Amendment does not mean they got it wrong on say NASA. But even if it does imply that admission of guilt, so what?

Scoop - Congress has been doing it wrong for so long and so big, they need to start coming clean. Until that admission occurs, the healing can't begin.

Maybe that's some language liberals can comprehend.


  1. You are exactly right - it's like an addiction. I never thought about it that way, but it makes perfect sense. Now all we need is an intervention...

  2. A massive intervention with at least 63 million voters.


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