Here We Go Again: Republicans Plan to Hold Debt Ceiling Hostage Unless Their Demands are Met

ryan-debt-ceilingOh Paul Ryan, what a scumbag you are.  Then again, what should anyone expect?  This is a man who paid for his college education using Social Security money he received following the untimely death of his father — then has spent his entire adult life working for the government — yet constantly speaks out against entitlement spending and vilifies the same government his life has been dependent upon.

He’s also the same guy who tried to blame President Obama for a factory closing in his hometown — before Obama ever became president.  Oh, and let’s not forget how he’s vilified the 2009 stimulus money, then admitted sending letters to the Obama administration seeking funds from that very same stimulus bill for his district.

In other words, he’s a hypocrite and most likely a sociopath.

Well, following the recent announcement of the Murray-Ryan budget deal, some (including myself) had hoped that this compromise might be the first step toward a Congress that actually tries to accomplish something.  Sadly, it seems like we’re just headed toward more of the same.

Now Paul Ryan has more or less confirmed that, going forward, Republicans fully plan to hold the next debt ceiling vote hostage unless their demands are met.

Speaking to Fox News (shocking, I know) Rep. Ryan said:

The GOP wants concessions from Democrats in exchange for not allowing the U.S. to default on its debts this spring.   We as a caucus, along with our Senate counterparts, are going to meet and discuss what it is we’re going to want out of the debt limit.  We don’t want nothing out of this debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we’re going to accomplish out of this debt limit fight.”

In other words, they agreed to a budget hoping that by “appearing” to work with Democrats they can leverage something on the debt ceiling, because far fewer Americans even understand what the debt ceiling is.

As I’ve said numerous times before, the debt ceiling is nothing more than a procedural vote that allows the United States government to pay its bill on money we’ve already spent.  The debt ceiling has nothing to do with new spending, and until President Obama came into the White House it had never been a tool used to negotiate much of anything.

Hell, Republicans sure didn’t mind raising it during the Bush administration, considering they did it 7 times in his 8 years in office.

But Ryan’s comments clearly show what Republicans have in mind for the future.  They’re going to try to use the debt ceiling as a way to repeal or sabotage “Obamacare” and extort a list of demands from President Obama.

And considering how well this has worked out for them the previous times they’ve tried to pull it off, I’m sure this will go the same exact way.  Oh, by “well” I mean it was an epic disaster.   It’s as if Republicans are incapable of learning from past mistakes.  They simply continue to do the same idiotic things over and over again expecting different results.

But I say bring it on.  If they want to walk down this path of holding the debt ceiling hostage once again, just like before, the Republican party will be the ones who suffer the most.  These people just don’t seem to want to learn that extortion isn’t going to get them very far.

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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