This year we’re reaching our debt ceiling again while Congress takes an unnecessary break. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner relayed to Congress Thursday that the Treasury Department will reach the debt ceiling on about Dec. 31. Raising the debt ceiling affords us the means to pay our country’s bills. Republicans are commingling the fiscal cliff negotiations with the debt ceiling. AKA: Help billionaires and millionaires so they don’t have to pay taxes.
During the last fiasco, our country’s credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history due to our inept elected officials, who continuously babbled about partisan wants while leaving our economy dangling over an Apocalyptic cliff. It was embarrassing.
So, if we go by history and even recent occurrences, this is what we can expect. Last year the Tea Party cheered on a government shutdown even though it would affect hard working Americans ; The federal government makes payments to some 80 million individuals, companies and entities every month. Sarah Palin (remember her?) applauded a possible shutdown.
In 2011, John Boehner threw together a proposal which was slammed by all parties, then scrambled to rewrite it, after which it was barely passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate promptly killed it as promised. Boehner’s time spent on the proposal was futile, knowing ahead of time that Harry Reid swore to shoot it down and he delivered on that promise. That happened again this year with Plan B except the House Speaker could not even garner enough support in his own party. It’s as if John Boehner isn’t even trying.
Last year in 2011, President Obama offered a debt ceiling deal with far less revenue than the bipartisan ‘Gang of Six’ — Harry Reid offered up an all-cuts deal that would make any Republican weep tears of joy — but, the Tea Party-led House still said no.
Missing in Action: Tea Partiers who embraced signs reading, ‘Get your gubbermint hands off my Medicare.’ While Tea Partiers obstructed what the President proposed, the problematic areas Obama took issue with were the fundamental changes to Medicare and Medicaid proposed by Republicans and relying in part on tax increases on wealthy Americans. So, the battle began and it continues on this year, with the same chaos.
Hating Obama more than love of country.
After being voted in power, the Tea Party House admitted not knowing of one program they would cut – this was after they campaigned on jobs and cuts. In other words, they had no plan, just campaign promises.
As of today, it’s been approximately 728 days since John Boehner became Speaker of the House. After taking the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, he promised to make jobs “priority one.” He and his colleagues have produced nothing.
Facts matter. The last Republican to preside over a balanced budget was Dwight Eisenhower.
Remember 2011 and 2012 when you vote. Adults with the mental capacity of children are now our elected officials and they aren’t even in Washington doing their jobs.