Monday, January 7, 2013
During an interview with Stephen Moore at the Wall Street Journal, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said something interesting, if not downright stunning, about the way President Barack Obama views the national debt:
The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”
(Emphasis mine.) Let us stipulate that we’re looking at one person’s account of a conversation, and perhaps Obama would recall it differently. But if Boehner’s account is accurate, Obama’s view of health care as the cause of federal deficits is utterly bizarre and disingenuous, if not completely insane. It’s sobering to think that much of America’s financial future is being decided by negotiations with someone who can harbor such fictions, or delusions.