The right-wing of the Republican Party is at it again. This time the crying is over the “clean” debt ceiling bill that passed the House last night. It passed only because of the Democrats and about 25 reasonable Republicans who don’t want to go through all that nonsense again. 199 Republican members of Congress voted to default on the nation’s debt!
That wonderfully patriotic Canadian Senator from Texas is threatening a filibuster in the Senate against the bill when they try to vote on it. Which means that his patriotism is for the country of Senator Ted Cruz only! Mr. Cruz said : “Under no circumstances will I agree to the Senate’s raising the debt ceiling with just 50 votes. I intend to object and force a 60-vote threshold. They don’t have to vote for it, I think Republicans should stand together and do the right thing. We should have every Republican stand together and follow the responsible course of action, which is to insist on meaningful spending reforms before raising the debt ceiling.”
Okay Mr. Cruz. What “meaningful spending reforms” are you talking about? It was always my understanding from Civics Class that was what the budget talks were supposed to be all about. Isn’t it incumbent on those negotiators to work out “meaningful spending reforms”? Didn’t Congress recently pass a two-year budget? Besides, the yearly national debt is lower than it has been in over 12 years!
But he is not alone. The Tea Party lost its cool big time last night. Some even before the vote was held. They are calling on their members to “throw John Boehner out of his office as Speaker of the House” and elect a “real conservative” in his stead. One example:
Freedomworks’ Matt Kibbe dubbed the vote the “Boehner debt hike,” and marked it as a key vote in their score card for members as well.
“Governing with Democratic votes to raise the debt limit with no reforms attached is an all-time low for Speaker Boehner,” Kibbe said in a statement. “Based on reports, the Boehner debt hike spends money we don’t have to increase entitlement spending and grow the debt. In other words, with the money they spend today, they’ll come back and borrow to pay for tomorrow.”
There is that wonderful lie the right keeps throwing around. “the Boehner debt hike spends money we don’t have to increase entitlement spending and grow the debt”. How should I say this nicely, Mr. Kibbe, We the American People are not that @#$%^&* stupid! Raising the debt ceiling does not spend money to increase entitlement spending! Raising the debt ceiling merely allows us to pay on the debt Congress has already run up!
As you can see, the conservatives, the Right-Wing, the Tea Party, or the Wackos, whichever description best suits you, have learned nothing from shutting down the government! They are merely interested in their own wacko, 19th Century economic ideals. They don’t care if they crash the entire world’s economy! They don’t care about the American People! They don’t care about working people! They don’t care about the poor! They only care about lining their own pockets!
They only reason they want to “shrink” the government is so they can hand out lush contracts to their cronies by privatizing everything the government does! Then, they can “retire” from government office and take a nice seven-figure salary from these very same cronies. Just ask Jim Demint over at Heritage, it worked for him!