22 Jan

Boehner To Capitulate Once Again….Short Term Suspension Of Debt Limit To Be Voted On

                                       

let it burn

A week ago John Boehner insisted he was ready to do battle against Obama and his Democrat allies over the debt limit:

“The American people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “The consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved.

“Without meaningful action, the debt will continue to act as an anchor on our economy, costing American jobs and endangering our children’s future,” the Ohio Republican said. “The House will do its job and pass responsible legislation that controls spending, meets our nation’s obligations, and keeps the government running — and we will insist that the Democratic majority in Washington do the same.”

That responsible legislation?

To surrender and allow the debt limit to go up:

House Republicans are teeing up a vote this week on a new debt ceiling bill, marking the first legislative battle of President Obama’s second term and one that could determine whether the country once again risks default over a political fight.

House leaders, after unveiling the legislation Monday, are planning to hold a vote Wednesday on their plan to allow the government to keep borrowing through May 18.

…As for the debt ceiling provision, the legislation does not set a specific limit; rather it would automatically increase the limit by the amount required to fund U.S. government obligations through May 18.

The debt limit would be suspended for four months and what do we get for it? Zero spending cuts.

But wait…there’s more.

Another provision in the bill says that unless the Senate passes a budget, which they haven’t done for years, then no one in Congress will get paid.

Smoke and mirrors. What does that have to do with spending cuts? Does anyone think that a Democrat majority in the Senate is going to pass a budget with spending cuts.

It’s a gimmick to make the Republicans feel better. That’s it.

Ace:

…I’m sure some members of Team GOP will say, “Oh but the final cuts will retroactively include this four months of debt increase”. Does anyone think Democrats (or Republicans) are going to “pay for” something they’ve already gotten for free?

…Obama is going to start with the $800 billion in revenue Boehner generously put on the table for nothing and demand that that be counted against the debt hike so that “dollar for dollar” promise becomes “some cents from taxes, some cents from “cuts that won’t happen”” an over all spending will go merrily along.

So what’s going on?

The underlying rationale behind this strategy is to defer the debt ceiling fight until after the FY 2013 CR is dealt with and the FY 2014 budgets are formulated. The idea is that the House would unite behind a pro-active budget/debt plan in March from which they would harness as their demand for any long-term debt ceiling increase in mid-April.

What sort of budget plan would Republicans formulate in March? According to a joint letter by five current and former chairmen of the Republican Study Committee, who are all supporting this plan, “the House will work to put the country on the path to a balanced budget in 10 years. House leadership also agreed to stand by the $974 billion discretionary number that is part of the sequestration process.”

If Republicans would truly use this short-term extension as an opportunity to formulate a balanced budget from which to use as any future demand for raising the debt ceiling, it’s a great deal. But please forgive me for feeling a bit like Moses during his interaction with Pharaoh during the plagues. After incurring the wrath of God for obdurately reneging on his promise to let the Jews out of Egypt, Pharaoh finally confessed his sins during the seventh plague and promised to let them go. Moses agreed to suspend the hail, but he was not fooled after 7 times. “But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God [Exodus 9, 30].”

By my count, there have been at least seven budget/debt battles over the past two years in which Republicans have either deferred, punted, or caved. While they offer excuses for shirking from the battle at hand, they always emphatically promise to fight the next one. Look, maybe Boehner told the conservatives in the House something that gave them the impression he had a complete epiphany. Maybe they really will formulate a budget that will balance in 10 years. But even if they do, does anyone really believe they will stand behind it as a demand for a long-term debt limit increase as the clock winds down to midnight May 18?

Our leverage is the debt limit and sequester. And the Republicans won’t even use it to stand and fight.

Hugh Hewitt:

“They sent (Ryan) out today to say you know, maybe we’ll pass a short term debt ceiling, which is almost the worst of all worlds. If they’re going to lose, they should just say we can’t beat the President, here’s all the red ink, we’re going to stand over here until it collapses, and be the Greek chorus, or they can go to the mat and shut the government down. But to pass a six week or a two month, it’s just like they played small ball all 2011 and go nowhere as a result.”

Let-it-burn

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.
This entry was posted in Barack Obama, Congress, Conservatism, Economy, John Boehner, Obamanomics, Politics, Taxes. Bookmark the permalink. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 10:36 am
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10 Responses to Boehner To Capitulate Once Again….Short Term Suspension Of Debt Limit To Be Voted On

  1. Nan G says: 1

    Lest we forget Obama’s clever double-bind against Republicans.
    They get the blame for ”shutting down the government.”
    They get the blame for people not getting their checks.

    This bill attempts to place blame back on Dems in the Senate who have refused to pass a budget for four years.

    Long-term fiscal policy with the Senate and the White House will need to be addressed.
    But there is a huge chance that Obama would not sign this so Reid will let it die in the Senate.
    Obama wants a four year extension or a dropping of such a thing as a debt ceiling at all.

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  2. Aleric says: 2

    How clueless is the GOP? They actually think we are going to reelect them back in 2014 after they roll over and do what the President want?? McConnell is already sending out tough talking e-mails saying he is getting tough on Boehner and all that means is he will wait a day to pass whatever comes thru.

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  3. Nan G says: 3

    The BEA released the import/export numbers a week and a half ago, presenting us with yet another opportunity to laugh at Obama. You may recall that Obama famously promised to double exports in 5 years in his 2010 SoTU speech.

    So how’s that doubling of exports coming?

    http://michaelscomments.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/exportsrealityvsobamanov2012.gif?w=460&h=167

    You know, this was supposed to create 2 million jobs. Kind of like the $90 billion investment in green energy was supposed to create “millions of jobs.” Oh well.

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  4. plainjane31 says: 4

    Let’s each send a white feather to Boehner, the Surrender Monkey.

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  5. JDR-Taq says: 5

    O.T.

    Please send this powerful video to everyone you know, and post the link to every site at which you comment.

    http://tinyurl.com/avlttg3

    Gateway Pundit link, video about the Deification of Obama, and is very, VERY well made.

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  6. Frauds says: 6

    Just a few words
    Romney Care.
    Boner raises the white flag,Rapidly and repeatedly.
    Looking to Washington for answers.
    Name one thing Obama hasn’t gotten.
    Can we move on to the next Crises.
    The only thing they haven’t tried is to give Obama everything he wants.
    Why does the states let the feds walk all over them.
    Take advantage of the fact Obama is in office and let it crash under his leadership.Seems like a no brainier to me.But that would requirer a back bone now wouldn’t,welcome to the new normal.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/economy/2013/01/bill-oreilly-warns-of-economic-collapse-disaster-could-be-coming-2481812.html

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  8. Smorgasbord says: 7

    If the Ohio district Boehner represents votes for him again, they deserve what they voted for.

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  9. Gregory_Dittman says: 8

    Here is site somebody made that lets somebody play congressmember on the budget. The budget is divided up into sections that allow people to raise taxes or make cuts based on proposed tax increases, tax cuts, budget increases and budget cuts made by congress. The site doesn’t let you cut all military spending, for instance, because nobody proposed it.
    http://crfb.org/stabilizethedebt/#

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