GOP Rep. Yoho Shows His Idiocy, Says Not Raising Debt Ceiling “would bring stability to world markets”

yoho2We’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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • xnerd

    Republicans have come to the point and realization that they can simple make claims that are in diametric opposition to reality and as long as more the one of them repeat it, it some how becomes reality.

    They have realized that the people that follow them are Nitwits that can be fed BS through a straw and smile about it.

    • DrDon

      Goebbels used this technique to great advantage in Germany. Repeat a lie big enough and often enough and people will start to believe there’s something to it.

      • Kathryn Palasek

        That’s why we call them sheeple. Hypnosis at its finest and they don’t even know it.

      • I’m frankly surprised the Republicans haven’t started goose-stepping.

      • Larry

        They would if Obama said it not the tight thing to do.

      • I’m sure you’re right.

      • Chomper Lomper Tawee

        I think he’s tight as well…

  • Jonas Miseh

    I’m convinced that these evangelical, teabagging weirdos, simply hope to bring about the fabled “apocalypse” by promoting as much instability as possible. I really do think the want it all to crash and burn so that teh jebus will come save them. Bizarro world.

    • christianh

      Jesus hired a hit-man…

    • alisagremore

      I am beginning to think you are right, they want us to fail.

      • CharlieSelf

        At least two Republican winners stated that the Republican Party’s objective for the next four years was to make sure President Obama failed in whatever he attempted. At that point, they should have been arrested and tried for treason. If memory serves, the House Speaker was one of those making that statement. Ol’ Weepy finally had a goal.

  • Pipercat

    … and, wait for it, from Florida!

  • Beverly Haley

    These people scare the crap out of me, their total disregard for anything that resembles sanity does my head in. I see everyday how people spout off about the tyranny of Mr. Obama, yet they blind themselves to the actions of the Tea Party that with the mantra “It is My Way.. Or Else” literally screams Tyranny. Our once great nation is in serious trouble and in all my 51 years.. I have never been so afraid.

  • g

    why are your articles full of “elect Martha McSally” ads. Who is behind this!!!! Not impressed and don’t want to see this carpedbaggers name.

    • Tori Crossman

      I don’t think they have a whole lot of control over what their ad sponsors show. That’s part of why ads are so frickin’ annoying, you sign up with a sponsor but they retain the right to post things your site may or may not agree with. That’s why so many websites have disclaimers about their ads, and how they don’t endorse the products or services or people.

    • Mary Bahr

      Ads are tied to the reader not the writier so ask yourself that question!

  • christianh

    What they don’t understand is if they collapse it, there will be no law enforcement… That would cut their numbers more than anything…

    I for one would visit many of them…

  • CallingBatman

    In fairness, I don’t think ” 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. ” I know many perfectly reasonable Republicans. They’re basically in shock that their party has been taken over by yahoos like yoho. Boehner would do both the country and his party a huge service if he stood up to these arsonists and repudiated them.

    • Diane Goldman

      Where is an assassin when you need one ? Cruz in the cross hairs. His agenda is the same as his preacher father’s to start the end times watch the world burn. Now correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that the role of the AntiChrist?

      • CallingBatman

        Cruz isn’t the entire Republican party, which was my point. They’re not all like Cruz. I’m not a believer, so I’m not an expert on Revelations. I’m pretty sure that people who do believe in the Bible wouldn’t advocating assassinating people they didn’t agree with. Just sayin’

      • rjcarter

        “Where is an assassin when you need one ?”


  • Linda Jenkins

    Idiocy is right-on-point. Vote them out asap!

  • Shalom

    My parents live in the UK. I also have cousins and aunts/uncles in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Spain, Israel, Russia, and Ireland. I have uncles and aunts in Australia, cousins in Japan. Not only does this whole thing screw over our economy, it’s making us look horrible on the global stage. People in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, China, Japan are LAUGHING at us, at America. They are baffled by a “world economic leader” being so horridly dysfunctional that our government shut down (family members of mine in Europe, Australia and Japan have reported this, and China is openly taking advantage of our “inner political turmoil” to ridicule us on the global stage). My family members try, in their respective countries, to defend America, saying “it isn’t what it looks like…” but the fact is, even if it isn’t what it looks like (that the American people are forcing the government to shut down) it isn’t much better (a small group of elected officials are holding our government and economy hostage).

    Newsflash: The world is watching. And the US Government is being viewed as a circus sideshow. The worst of the damage is yet to come. Even if the nation doesn’t default and the government shutdown ends TODAY, the world has seen us at our worst–and they aren’t going to forget it. In many ways, this whole thing is economic, diplomatic, and political suicide.

    • VisionSEO .

      I totally agree with you. Of course, that’s not at all what makes your position a correct one.

      These are the most MYOPIC wanna-be adults I’ve ever seen in positions of power. How can they be so determined to single mindedly focus on one item, ignore the walls falling down around them and, yet, not have the senses about them to step back and realize that this is not ‘some game’ with a rook at play as they lose
      view of the entire rest of the ‘board’, i.e., other related actions and events?

      The financial markets are going to step in to the middle of this madness very soon, after exercising some minor degrees of patience for a few days already. Then, they (politicians) and we (observers) will see where the bigger and more important picture intersects, with this somewhat peripheral issue of health care reform that has been blown beyond it’s rightful proportion. Confidence and stability should be the issues, not a party centered objection to a LAW passed
      by prior political bodies. The financial weaknesses have already started within the past few weeks, and which enabled me to harvest some nice profits. I’ve recently taken up aggressive short equity positions and defensive bond positions for what should occur next. These politicians in all likelihood have done the very same
      things, with personal motives ahead of public motives.

      All the efforts by the FOMC to teeter the asset markets on the head of a pin for much of the year and a half, and buy time in the face of conflicting or all too often weak, economic data in key areas, can be erased in a matter of days or weeks. Keeping confidence high as a stabilizing measure is much more important than these ‘rooster strutting’ measures by a handful of financially and economically ignorant, short-term political figures and their equally ignorant

      This isn’t just about the ACA. The opposition wouldn’t have avoided over a dozen opportunities before now to settle this using more accepted methods. They are treating a law as an act that can still be defeated from implementation. That ship has sailed and they’re trying to call the boat back to shore. They should be ignored. Letting go a few carefully chosen ‘hostages’, in the form of minor spending permissions, is simply a ploy and is totally unacceptable. Their childish attitudes defy their actual experience levels in this area. It’s about using everything in their power to tarnish the image of someone within a party, to whom and to which they don’t hold that other person or the other party as equals.

      This weakened party is down to using attention-getting, petty tactics as a means of survival, with no real strategy to implement, due to escalating internal infighting and the message muddling by various, disagreeable factions.

      I am copying your post where I will post, and attribute to you. It is very much on point and needs to be heard.

  • Dddavid

    To be fair, it could be both. He could be an idiot out to sabotage our government from within.

  • jkld

    Ok, is the GOTP overrun with stupidity and ignorance?

    • CharlieSelf


  • Matthew Reece

    Refusing to raise the debt ceiling will not cause a default, for two reasons:
    1. The government can prioritize spending so that the interest on debt gets paid. Total spending would have to be cut immediately by about 30%, but this leaves enough to pay creditors.
    2. Imagine if you had a credit card with a 15% interest rate, and you told your credit card company that you couldn’t pay your bill at 15% interest, so you will just pay it as though it has a 5% interest rate. This would be considered a default, just a softer one than declaring bankruptcy. This is one reason why the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates artificially low. The interest on debt would push the budget to the breaking point if the interest rate were near the historical level of 6%. By this measure, the default has already occurred.

    • strayaway

      It worked for awhile in the Weimar Republic too. I hope that interest rates defy the historical level indefinitely because that is what President Obama is betting on.

      3. Our kids can pay it down anyway. While China is buying up natural resources with its surplus balance in trade to bequeath its children, President Obama has increased the national debt fro $10T to $17T in less than five years and is gifting our children with debt. It took the other 43 Presidents to raise it to $10T but President Obama is on track to match them in just eight years. What a guy. Its a wonderful challenge for our young people to be able to compete with their Chinese peers with such a handicap. It will make them strong!

  • RosemaryPeppercorn

    Has anyone ever done an article on what number of tea partiers versus non-tea partiers who are in office who graduated from college? Of course, Bible college would be in its own separate category. I can’t believe there can be so much stupidity. They don’t value education, and this seems to be the result.

    • Stealth Avenue

      Ted Yoho has been, for many years, a respected veterinarian down in these parts. You don’t get that job without a lot of schooling. Just sayin’…. his political views are abhorrent, but he is far from an idiot.

  • strayaway

    Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006. The following is part of his comments for doing so at the time:

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said. “It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies…..

    Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

    The entire speech can be found on Snopes with additional reasons given for voting against Bush’s budget ceiling.

  • nitalynn

    He is right actually. They would stabilize! — down around the mark called really big recession.