Republican hostage taking ends with a whimper

11 Feb

So in the end, Republicans couldn’t agree on which hostage to take, so they gave up. The House passed a one-year suspension of the debt limit with no strings attached. Speaker John Boehner had to rely on Democrats to get the job done. Then he complained that it was President Obama’s fault because he wouldn’t negotiate over what was a routine procedural vote until Republicans seized upon the debt ceiling vote in 2011 as a way to undercut President Obama. He must be having a sad.

Politico has a good round down of the outcome.


Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Current Events, Politics


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5 responses to “Republican hostage taking ends with a whimper

  1. Marner

    February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The cowardice of the Republican Party was on full display with this one. When Boehner couldn’t get his Party to pass a debt ceiling increase with any provision attached, he begged Pelosi to help him out. That allowed the vast majority of the House Republicans to vote no, even though they supported the increase, thereby protecting themselves from Teabagger primary challengers. Then the Senate Republicans wanted to do the same thing by allowing it to pass with 50 votes, but Calgary Cruz shot that idea down. When he forced them to vote for closure, McConnell had to figure out who the least vulnerable Republicans were to get to over 60 votes. Enough Republicans voted for closure, but not a single one voted for the increase. Embarrassing.

  2. Cluster

    February 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

    The current GOP is Democrat light – you guys should love them. It also explains why Congress’s approval rating matches the IQ of a tree limb. It also explains why the overwhelming number of people disapprove of the direction of the country, the handling of the economy and current state of health care. All of you want to blame the GOP, but in reality the GOP has been aiding and abetting the decline all along.

    Allow me to end by posting a speech given by Harry Reid that is blindingly hypocritical in light of recent events. And I want you to never forget, that this is the government and the people that you all support.

    • Cluster

      February 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

      If you the video doesn’t work – here’s the text:

      If my Republican friends believe that increasing our debt by almost $800 billion today and more than $3 trillion over the last five years is the right thing to do, they should be upfront about it. They should explain why they think more debt is good for the economy.

      How can the Republican majority in this Congress explain to their constituents that trillions of dollars in new debt is good for our economy? How can they explain that they think it’s fair to force our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren to finance this debt through higher taxes. That’s what it will have to be. Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors?

      They should explain this. Maybe they can convince the public they’re right. I doubt it. Because most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing. After all, I repeat, the Baby Boomers are about to retire. Under the circumstances, any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it.Democrats won’t be making argument to supper this legalization, which will weaken our country. Weaken our county.

      • watsonthethird

        February 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Cluster, there is no doubt that both parties have injected politics into raising the debt ceiling. Perhaps now that President Obama has called the Republicans’ bluff, we won’t see this until another president gets elected in which the other party controls the House. Of course, this is wishful thinking. 🙂

        What is particularly rich in this instance is that the House just recently agreed to a spending bill. They knew at the time how much they are and would be spending, which makes the drama about the raising the debt ceiling all the more silly.

      • Cluster

        February 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Let’s hope we don’t see this when another President is elected. Our debt exceeds our GDP – that’s no bueno!!

        And as I said, this GOP are a bunch gutless, spineless POS’s. They’re just Democrat light.

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