President Obama warned House Majority leader Eric Cantor to not call his bluff after Cantor suggested that the group focus on agreeing to a smaller sized deal to avoid defaulting and buy more time for the budget negotiations. I am confused. A bluff is a poker term meaning to deceive someone that you have a strong position in the game when you really do not. To call a bluff is to expose this deception. What could President Obama possibly mean by “Eric, don’t call my bluff?”

This assures me of what I have always expected and what I wrote about in my last post: these debt ceiling talks are all one big game. What are the stakes? Oh, just our nation’s economy, credit rating, and entitlement payments… no big deal.

First of all, I would love the opportunity to play a game of poker with the President. He tells you when he is bluffing (Easy money). Another reason I am confused is because of Obama’s conflicting statements. One day it is reported that Obama will not budge on vetoing a short term deal and the next we hear that he is bluffing. Vague is too kind a word for the President’s position during these negotiations. (I checked the thesaurus for a stronger synonym and couldn’t find one.) Lastly, these negotiators are no longer even trying to hide the fact that they are prioritizing politics over policy.

Americans aren’t stupid and they deserve their representatives to continue to fight, negotiate, and compromise with each other for the betterment of the country, not to ensure they remain in office.

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