Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have given up their opposition to a Democrat-led bill that will ensure the country doesn´t default on its debts ahead of a midnight deadline. The bill still needs to be navigated through the House and Senate, but observers on Capitol Hill expect it to sail through. (Snip) ´We are not putting odds on anything,´ said White House press secretary Jay Carney in his afternoon briefing, but he urged both houses of Congress to ´act swiftly´ and ´as soon as possible´ to avoid economic disaster. ´The president applauds Leader [Harry] Reid and
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This is all happening because the Republicans have allowed the Senate to not do their Constitutional duty of providing a budget, for FOUR years. The House should do ZERO until the Senate provides a budget, and I mean ZERO, even if the World ends.
This like most of the media coverage buries the fact that default was not needed only cutting other spending. The revenue will cover the debt payments. I am not reading any more spin on this topic which passes over this fact in silence.
The GOP is being unfairly bludgeoned on this. They had no choice. It became pretty clear to anyone watching, and I expect to the horror of some freshly awakened to the reality of it, that Obama was NOT bluffing. He was prepared to crash the whole thing.
Obama hates America. Crashing the American economy, destroying the market for Treasuries, and replacing the dollar as the international reserve currency would all be wins to him.
Why does everyone keep forgetting who we are dealing with here?
Sorry, the GOP leaders do too deserve our scorn. #2 is right on the money! As long as R voters continue to have such pitifully low standards for our leaders, we can expect more of the same. We have to clean house. Boehner must go.
Sadly, it is decisions like these that will ensure that the GOP will have very little support from their base or the Tea Party which will result in he Dems gaining the House and the Repubs not gaining the Senate.
My RINO must go, even if to be replaced by a Dem. The only difference is the drama before my RINO sells us out.
Well, if they really believe that the US would default on its bonds (not pay interest) then this is a rational thing to do. The trouble I have is that they are all stupid, including Ted Cruz if they think this is true.
There are those who say that Cruz misread Obama´s obstinacy and, along with Boehner and the House GOP, entered into a gambit that was doomed to fail.
What did Cruz demand? Defunding of Obamacare.
What was his leverage? Shutting down the gov´t and running down the debt limit clock.
Who would get blamed for the shutdown and showdown? Republicans (even Republicans believed this)
So, did Cruz expect Obama to cave on defunding?
If not, did he expect Obama to cave on delaying the individual mandate?
If not, did he expect the showdown to distract, or focus, the People from the Obamacare rollout?
Did the showdown distract, or focus, the People on Obamacare rollout?
Did the rollout go well?
Did the People notice?
Now, the kicker: Is Obama more, or less, likely to delay Obamacare, now that he´s been backed into a corner and forced to say that delay is "non-negotiable."
So, as the ensuing year goes by, and the horrors of Obamacare become more and more obvious to the People, who are the two politicians who, alone in all the Congress, against the opposition and their own party, tried to prevent the disaster of Obamacare by delaying it for a year?
And the media thinks that will hurt them?
I think Cruz read Obama´s obstinacy perfectly and got exactly what he wanted from this showdown.
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