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Boehner wants a two-part deal?

24 Jul

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) House Speaker John Boehner told FOX PAC Sunday he’s working to get out a two-part plan to raise the nation’s debt limit, but he can’t say whether it will include Democratic support.

How many times does the GOTP House have to pass some nonsensical bill that gets slapped down in the Senate before they get it through their collective idiocy that any bill starting in the House eventually has to “include Democratic support”?

Boehner said he hopes to have a bipartisan approach to solve the problem, but he’s ready to move forward with a Republican plan if a deal couldn’t be reached.

Why would he be ready to move forward if a deal can’t be reached? Because he’s hoping to be able to pin any economic disaster resulting from a national default on the President, that’s why.

Boehner also flatly rejects the White House insistence the plan get the country through the next election instead of offering a short-term fix while a longer-term solution can be worked out.

It’s “not physically possible to do all of this in one step,” he said.

How ridiculous is this? Pretty ridiculous; there is absolutely nothing complicated in raising the debt ceiling through the next election, but it is completely ridiculous to raise it once a month, and rehash this argument over and over again. Boehner is –without a doubt – one of the worse Speakers of the House; he has absolutely no control over his caucus and he should – and no doubt soon will – be replaced.

Political reality is, if the debt ceiling isn’t raised and the nation defaults – for the first time ever – the Republican Tea Party House will take the hit. The President has negotiated far beyond any other president ever has; he was not only willing to make cuts but doubled down on the depth of those cuts and Boehner balked. Clearly the GOTP isn’t truly seriously about the debt or the deficit.

Political reality is also that the debt ceiling will be raised, and the longer the GOTP plays this game its portion of what it wanted will get smaller. If they choose to live by “we’re not raising taxes ever”, then they will eventually die by “we’re not raising taxes ever”. You can’t continuously insist on not raising taxes on the wealthiest 2% while concurrently insisting on slashing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits and not pay a hefty political price for it. It’s almost comical the way the GOTP doesn’t get this; that it doesn’t get that standing up for tax loopholes on corporate jets while wanting to reduce Social Security benefits isn’t absurd. But that’s the new Republican Tea Party.

 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Debt Ceiling

 

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