10 May 2011

Call Boehner's bluff

Well, Wall Street warned him not to do it, and he did it anyway. Boehner has threatened to hold the national debt ceiling hostage to a game of political chicken, demanding huge, job-destroying spending cuts and ruling out any effort to raise our lowest-in- generations tax rates on the wealthy and corporations back to the high levels of decades past, when we had strong economic growth and low unemployment.

For once I'm with Jolly Roger on this one. It's time to call their bluff. Demand a budget based on economic reality. It's what the people want; poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly want the deficit reduced by restoring normal tax levels on the wealthy and corporations, not by spending cuts. There are signs that House Democrats are ready to take a tough stand. If Boehner really tries to vote down the debt-ceiling increase (which is far from certain, no matter what he's saying now), at least some House Republicans would probably defy him and defect, especially with Wall Street warning them that even talking about voting it down is too dangerous to risk. If it gets close, specific concessions could be offered to individual waverers.

And if Boehner really does manage to stop the debt ceiling from being increased? That would likely cause a planet-wide economic crash, but the concessions he's demanding now would do terrible harm to our economy, driving unemployment and inequality to even more ruinous levels. And giving in to blackmail in this case would just encourage more blackmail down the road. The focus should be on taking back the House next year, so the government can govern without economically-illiterate bigots holding a gun to its head.


Blogger John Myste said...

This is a dangerous game. Electing too many republicans was a foolish move. I mean this will all due repect to the fools who elected them.

10 May, 2011 07:07  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

And I think we all know exactly how much respect is due there, don't we?

10 May, 2011 07:46  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Infidel 753, I'm with you and Jolly Roger.

10 May, 2011 09:50  
Blogger tnlib said...

Just saw this at HuffPo:

"Reid To Boehner: If You Want $2 Trillion In Cuts, Start With Oil And Gas Tax Breaks"


10 May, 2011 11:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JJ: Let's make sure they in Washington know what we're thinking.

TNLib: Sooner or later Reid and the rest of the leadership are bound to realize they'll win more votes by taking a stand for what two-third of the public wants than by compromising.

10 May, 2011 13:26  

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