Is America Falling Apart?
Charles Krauthammer on debt debate drama gripping D.C.
- Duration 6:13
- Date Jul 26, 2011
Charles Krauthammer on debt debate drama gripping D.C.
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And in the impact segment tonight as I mentioned earlier this week I am not gonna get caught up in the He said she said of the get today.
Things are changing every ten seconds a very disturbing situation as you know up.
Today Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry challenge White House spokesman Jay -- Always want to give a prime time address the nation.
-- -- -- -- -- These other players who were fired the -- is there is not an Obama plan is there's like there's I don't know why -- not OK that is point number one.
On this on the talking points issued by the golden boy I get is okay -- -- -- -- -- what's the plan what is not talking point that's unfair.
Joining -- -- -- Washington with his take on the political madness Charles Krauthammer.
So let's let's look ahead here I mean so Henry a new guy at the way house for us.
Yes and valid question I mean President Obama goes fine nationwide TV prime time.
Disturbs some people out of their slumber.
Pizza without any plan.
I I just -- myself.
Is this is absurd as it seems is it is it the Twilight Zone.
Well I think we have the Obama administration.
Just that Jay -- remark tells you how detached from reality.
They are here's Henry asking a perfectly.
Logical question you -- for time on national TV.
You do that when you you know launching any invasion.
Or of the Cuban missile crisis and then what do you do.
You give a campaign speech and you don't offer a plan and carnage response -- -- that's a political attack it's a talking point.
It's a logical question the president has portrayed himself as a grown up in the room.
And all these children are squabbling He summons members of -- leaders of congress.
To the white house on the tantrum He gave on this Friday night.
Very in curiously as if he's the only one who's acting in -- national interest.
And yet through all of this through months and months.
Argument and debate and counter argument no plan He doesn't have a plan.
Well what do you think is gonna happen in the next couple of days because.
We have about a week to go before the deadline of the debt.
-- -- in.
I think if something's gonna happen that's what all these -- say.
The I was sums got -- from -- otherwise you know over a cliff.
That is I mean it may not be August the second -- be obvious to fifth but at some point when you have a government.
Is borrowings of forty cents on every dollar it spends.
If you withdraw the credit card.
All hell breaks lose it's not gonna be a default I mean we are gonna.
Be paying credit there's no question about everybody understands that but it means you have to a lot of triage inside the country as to who gets what.
So something's gonna happen I've been agitating for weeks.
In my car was Special Report for the road for the Republicans.
To offer and pass a plan in there.
House what they can't they can't pass it it seems that Boehner is being.
Criticize I don't know from knowledge -- how he's getting he's getting all criticism.
I think this is a life or death that decision -- -- -- I think He would be catastrophic.
If Republicans were not to go with the Boehner replied let me let me ask you questions let because I should've asked you this weeks ago.
When you -- here Michelle Bachman who would like here I mean we should we think mrs.
Bachman is very responsible.
We -- -- you -- watts.
A -- voting for the debt ceiling rise in Ottawa.
I don't care if they cut you know forty trillion out of that I -- -- a man I'm not vote for.
What drives that.
Americans to be this psychiatrists other than to say that it is unbelievably.
You're responsible and even only from the point of view of this if you're conservative you know that we're over spending -- going in -- dead.
Government is expanding and -- -- -- alarming rate it's destroying everything around us how do you start that the only way to start but in our constitutional system.
He's if you control the White House and the congress you cannot govern from one house.
Of the congress you you can't even govern from one of -- all the Republicans conservatives control now.
Is half a branch under our system you've got to have a at all and that can only happen if you persuade the country.
Next year in the election that we need smaller more constitutional government.
That case is strong Obama is weak the economy is on the rocks and why why would you why -- -- -- Pennsylvania plant.
Same -- -- held to a crisis and then share.
The will share the economy -- -- it makes no sense to let whoever put it in the narrowest political.
I'm sure you get the same kind of mail I get from Tea Party people and very conservative people we -- here.
We don't care -- the country goes into the fall we don't care Moody's downgrades the bonds we need to wipe out this whole system and start over again.
And I'm saying to myself exactly what you're -- we know where come Padres on this issue.
That the big battle.
Comes in the presidential election not now.
So that you have to appear to the independents who will hold sway a right here to be reasonable.
But and we are the -- in my box man and honoring all woman she's a smart woman.
And a lot of this you party people are very smart yet they are still see.
All right I respect how principle they are but I have a problem with how perceptive they are.
Look it was Lincoln who said to have said I hope to have gone on my side but I must have Kentucky.
Conservatives don't have Kentucky they don't have -- senate and they don't have the house.
I respect what they wanna do I share what they wanna do shrink the government you cannot.
Do it at the point of a gun from half of the congress He cannot be done under our system all of us respect the constitution.
He sort of -- defines them that they -- conservatism.
If you believe that it is that to what you really want to respect the constitution.
Understand its restraints except them and win the election in November.
All right Charles thanks very much.