After playing his thirteenth consecutive round of weekend golf on Saturday, Barack Obama will actually have to do some work this week as the nation′s debt crisis looms larger. After talks led by Joe Biden broke down on Thursday, calls came from several corners for Obama to finally take charge and get involved in dealing with trimming the budget and raising the debt limit. So, after some persuading, the Golfer in Chief will meet with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) separately on Monday. Obviously to avoid straining his brain too much. Feeling left out since America fired her as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is pining for attention and wants a seat at the table, too, now.

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If I sound a tad incredulous, it is with good reason. The current predicament is entirely the fault of Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Instead of dealing with the nation′s economic woes following the housing and financial bubbles bursting in late 2008, the Terrific Trio blew all of their goodwill and political capital early in 2009 on a massive pork-barrel spending bill and on dragging America closer to nationalized health care. They only passed one federal budget for 2010, increasing the budget deficit to nearly triple of that of George W. Bush′s 2009 budget. Despite having super-majorties in both the House and Senate, where Democrats could have given Obama any bill to sign into law, including raising the debt ceiling to a realistic limit, they spent most of their time posturing before TV cameras and blaming Bush for everything wrong with the country.

Even after the election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, Democrats still held the majority, they only managed to pass the current debt ceiling on February 12, 2010. Anybody who could add knew that the then increase to $14.29 Trillion dollar debt limit would not last much past the spring of 2011. Can you say ″uncertainty″? Sure you can! Since the Democrats seized control of both the House and Senate in November, 2006, there have been six votes to raise the debt ceiling. Three since Obama moved into the White House. When the GOP ran things, they, too voted six times to raise the debt limit, between 1996 through 2006, ten years!

So here we are now, thanks to Democrats who want the power and trappings of leadership but not the responsibility. For example, in February 2009, Democrats voted to increase the debt ceiling $789 Billion dollars, only to be forced to raise it again on December 24 another $290 Billion. The last increase in 2010 was the single largest in U.S. history, $1.9 Trillion dollars. But even that was not enough to cover the wild spending spree of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Since the talks led by Joe Biden broke down Thursday, Obama must now get involved and do some work himself for a change. With the latest mythical deadline set for August, whatever happens now will probably be just another stop-gap measure which will have to be addressed again within the next year or so.