We’re living in a day and age where facts seem to have suddenly become subjective. Well, at least if you’re a Republican. We’re also living in an age where it seems the entire GOP lives in a world where their supporters believe reality is based upon what they want to be real instead of what is real. And the worst part is, many of them really don’t want to know the truth.
Which is a great environment for the tea party to thrive considering most of those people damn sure don’t function in any sort of reality known to humankind.
The combination of both of those factors is how someone like Florida Representative Ted Yoho got elected to public office. See, 5, 10, 15 years ago this man would have been a laughing stock in pretty much any election. But since the emergence of the tea party, he’s seemingly one of the up-and-coming characters in the Republican party.
And he’s an absolute idiot. Now I’m not saying that just because he’s a Republican — he really is an idiot. This is the man who called President Obama a racist because of the tax “Obamacare” adds to tanning beds and still subscribes to birther conspiracies.
He’s also one of the most adamant supporters of the current government shutdown.
So with that level of absolute idiocy on display, it should come as no surprise that when it comes to the vote on the debt ceiling, Mr. Yoho would be every bit as idiotic. See, Yoho has recently stated that he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling—ever.
Not only did he state he would never vote to raise the debt ceiling, he actually said that the United States defaulting on its debt would “bring stability to the world markets.” His reasoning for this is that it would show that the United States is serious about tackling its debt.
Yes, this man is an elected official. And yes, he’s apparently just that ignorant.
The debt ceiling is not something that’s up for debate. It’s not even a complicated issue. It shouldn’t even be a partisan issue. It’s something that must be done for the United States to pay its bills on money it’s already spent. What is it about Republicans that they seem unable, or simply unwilling, to grasp this simple concept?
The debt ceiling is not about new spending—we’ve already spent the money. Not raising it won’t have a damn thing to do with decreasing our deficits or shrinking our national debt. What not raising the debt ceiling will most likely do is crash our economy and send the global economy into a free fall.
This is something that basically every economic expert — even those who consider themselves as conservatives — say is an absolute certainty if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
Yet this idiot thinks it will bring “stability” to the world’s markets. Yeah, because the United States defaulting on our debt is a good thing, right?
Only in a warped, delusional Republican world are statements like these even taken seriously. Hell, they’re cheered by many. But the worst part is that no amount of evidence or economic experts telling them otherwise will change the minds of these conservatives who want to play games with our debt ceiling.
But honestly, isn’t that what many of these tea party Republicans want? A full-on economic collapse so they can blame our government for it? After all, the tea party’s main platform is being anti-government. So what better way to show how terrible government is than to sabotage it from the inside.
Which seems to be exactly what they’re trying to do.
So when Ted Yoho says that he will never vote to raise the debt ceiling, he’s either a crafty, calculated politician out to sabotage our government from the inside — or he’s an idiot.
Personally, at least in this case, I’m going with the latter.