In an apparent suggestion of United States hypocrisy on debt issues, a journalist in the German media challenged White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the role of the United States in responding to the European debt crisis.
"The U.S., as far as I know, has a worse debt-to-GDP ratio than the whole eurozone, and we are talking about the eurozone, not about the United States and that Congress can't get its act together," said a member of the German press during the briefing. "So from the European perspective, it seems that this country is in a bigger mess than Europe. We are not proud where we are. We know that it's slow and not bold, and so on, but at least they are doing something; they are deciding something, they're trying to pull that through. And here, nothing is happening -- third time this year," he added, referring to the Supercommittee failure.
..."I don't think it's helpful to get into which side of the Atlantic handles its problems better or worse," Carney responded. "I think each side needs to -- we need to act and the Congress needs to act, this country needs to act. And obviously, as I just discussed in answer to a question earlier, the Europeans need to move forward with rapid implementation of their plans."
That answer, with its recommendation regarding European action, did not seem to satisfy Carney's interlocutor, who began to ask "do you have [any] understanding -- the feeling in the eurozone, I said, it’s not really a time where the U.S. is in a position to give advice to Europe."
The debt ceiling debacle. The "debt commission", ignored by the very man who created it. The continuing resolution collapse. The bogus balanced-budget amendment.
Every single effort to contain the devastating federal spending addiction has been opposed not only by the Marxist left, but by John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the rest of the big government RINOs.
As Michelle Malkin puts it, "The disease [is e]ntrenched incumbency. The cure? Fresh fiscal conservative blood. Remember in November."