President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.
in a related story…
Mr. Obama has vowed on Monday that he would “not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension.”
“This is the United States of America and, you know, we don’t manage our affairs in three-month increments. You know, we don’t risk U.S. default on our obligations because we can’t put politics aside,” Mr. Obama told reporters at the White House yesterday.
So wait a minute. How is not signing an extension – thereby insuring the checks go out – putting politics aside? If the president has the power to grant an extension, and chooses not to, isn’t it the president that is causing the checks not to go out?
Not sure this is jackassary, but it’s close.