The battle over spending and the debt ceiling is quickly approaching this October, and already we’re seeing what ridiculous tactics Republicans are going to try and use to hold these votes hostage—once again.
First, let me reiterate something I make sure to point out every time I write about the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling is not about new spending, it’s about money we’ve already spent. It’s essentially a procedural vote that allows the government to pay their bills. Again, it has nothing to do with new spending—period.
Yet despite this easily verifiable fact, Republicans have perpetuated the lie that the debt ceiling is about new spending. The vast majority of Republicans I’ve spoken to about this issue believe the debt ceiling is “government spending out of control,” and that it authorizes the government to spend more.
Which of course is 100% inaccurate. How would millions of people come to this ridiculous conclusion? Well, because it’s the lie the right-wing media and Republican politicians have pushed since President Obama took office.
You see, under George W. Bush, Republicans voted to increase the debt ceiling (nearly unanimously with every vote) 7 times in 8 years. It was only when President Obama took office did their support for this vote fall dramatically.
So, what changed about the debt ceiling and how it functions? The answer: Absolutely nothing.
The only thing that changed was the President and the opportunity Republicans saw to try and use the debt ceiling as a means at which to sabotage our economy.
And they’re back at it again. This time, Senator Marco Rubio has voiced his opposition to raising the debt ceiling unless President Obama agrees to Republican demands for deep cuts to social programs. He also said he will refuse to support any vote on a short term budget unless the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” is defunded.
Of course, neither of these demands will ever happen. Senator Rubio is basically saying he’s willing to shut down the government and have us default on our debt just to prove a point. What’s Rubio trying to prove? It’s simple—he’s trying to prove his extremist credentials to the far right tea party base he lost favor with because of his support for immigration reform. Real classy, Marco.
It should probably come as no surprise that the commitment by Senator Rubio to defund “Obamacare” comes just days after the Koch brothers unveiled a new million dollar ad campaign of lies against it.
“Obamacare” is the law of the land—period. It’s time Republicans stop crying in their Cheerios, act like adults, and do their jobs. Apparently, Senator Rubio and others would rather continue crying.
Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The Weekly Standard and Concerned Veterans for America, Rubio said, “I will not vote for a continuing resolution unless it defunds Obamacare. I believe we should not vote or pass a continuing resolution unless that continuing resolution defunds Obamacare. We should refuse to raise the debt limit by one single cent unless we pass and the President agrees to sign a budget that shows us how we’re going to get to balance in at least 10 years.”
He went on to paint a horrific and bleak picture after the continued rollout of “Obamacare,” which of course is based on no facts whatsoever and is pure right-wing propaganda (the same propaganda seen in the ridiculous Koch brothers ad against it).
Remember, this is the party that once said “Obamacare” created death panels, would implant microchips in every American, was the government takeover of our health care system and would destroy jobs.
Well, almost 7 million new private sector jobs later, the “destruction of jobs” is obviously a lie. The bill was passed almost 4 years ago, if it was going to “destroy jobs” it would have done so already.
As always, demand creates jobs.
The death panels, microchips and government takeover of the health care industry were just blatant lies Republicans pushed to create irrational fear. To which I will continue to ask, “If “Obamacare” is so terrible, why do Republicans always see to lie about the bill? If the truth is so awful, shouldn’t just telling it be enough?”
But here we are once again, facing another ridiculous battle over our budget and the debt ceiling. And if this is the way Republicans want to go, then I say let them.
We all saw what happened last time Republicans played this game. Obama’s numbers went up, the tea party’s numbers plummeted and Democrats not only kept the White House, but gained seats in both the Senate and the House.
So if that’s the game they want to play, I welcome it. The American people might blame Obama for some things going on in this country, but they blame Congressional Republicans a lot more for these types of issues.
And judging by Rubio’s comments, it seems Republicans this time around are more desperate than ever to try and hold the government and the debt ceiling hostage.
Their 38 votes to repeal “Obamacare” haven’t worked (what was it that Einstein said about insanity and doing the same thing over and over expecting different results?) I guess their next plan is to hold the government and the debt ceiling hostage in a futile attempt to try and defund the Constitutionally upheld law of the land, and force Obama’s hand on even deeper cuts elsewhere.
Rubio’s ridiculous comments are just some of the first of many I’m sure we’ll see in the coming weeks and months. Sadly, I feel his aren’t even the worst ones we’ll read about.
I’m sure Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and other right-wing radicals will give plenty of speeches which won’t be based on any kind of reality familiar to sane people across the country. But at this point, I’ve learned to expect nothing less than outright insanity from these whack jobs. Like I’ve said before, if anybody wonders why Congressional approval ratings rival those of the common bed bug, now you know.