Oh trust me I have a couple of ideas. But whereever they are, they are not where they need to be.
This is a massive cave-in just like the one he pulled in the spring.
This time he has managed to drag along a few more of the freshmen in the house, thus destroying their credibility as well.
How did he get their support? By promising something he never intends to deliver.
The idea that the second raise in the debt ceiling requires a BBA to be passed out of House and Senate to the states is a cynical joke.
Seeing how far and fast he heads to the bottom this time is there any doubt he will capitulate again next year if the Democrats refuse to pass the BBA out then?
There will be a new deal then that doesn’t include a BBA. He will write it, we’ll scream about it, and Reid will threaten it, then Obama will sign it. We are being played for suckers.
Seeing his chicken-little act now, are we to believe he will be braver when the election is closer?
Don’t fool yourself.
If Boehner is serious about holding that line at that time, why not do it now? He is stalling. Stalling until Tea Partiers get so disgusted with the corrupt cesspool that is Washington, DC that they return to apathy and the establishment can go about their business.
This is called a rope-a-dope and we are the dopes. He’ll take some hits and let us wear ourselves out and then sell us out properly.
Don’t believe me?
I can prove it.
Let’s go back to Boehner’s lips. I want to see them on CNN, MSNBC and FOX making an unambiguous promise with all of the House leadership standing behind him.
It goes something like this.
“Due to exigent circumstances and the limited timeframe we feel this plan is the best we can get. However I want to make clear, my plan gives only a short term hike in the debt ceiling so we have time to study and revisit the ways in which we can cut spending. We understand we have a serious spending problem in Washington and it threatens the very survival of the Republic. Most of you know by now that my plan also requires BOTH houses of congress to pass out a Balanced Budget Amendment and send it on to the states. This amendment will require the federal government to spend only what it takes in in taxes. It will also require a super majority to raise net revenues. And finally, it will cap federal spending regardless of revenue at 18% of GDP per annum. There is an exception for military spending during a time of Declared War.
I am here today, with ALL of my Republican House colleagues behind me to deliver to the American People a promise.
We, the Republicans in the US House of Representatives do hereby guarantee that we will not now or EVER support any future increase in the Debt Ceiling of the United States until such time as the Balanced Budget Amendment has been delivered to the states for ratification and we further promise we will vigorously and forthrightly oppose ANY and ALL attempts to increase the debt ceiling in the future until such time as the described Balanced Budget Amendment has been delivered to the states for ratification.
This we do hereby solemnly promise.
READ OUR LIPS. No increase in the debt ceiling without a Balanced Budget Amendment.”
I do not personally like this deal and have been pretty upfront about that. The reason why is simple. We are being promised what they do not intend to deliver. This is wiggle room. The above promise would severely limit that wiggle room. The proof they don’t intend to deliver will be the silence of them not making this promise in a very public and non-retractable manner.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
This spring’s flop and this current debt ceiling debacle places John Boehner squarely in the position of needing to prove he is not that hypocrite.
When that promise doesn’t happen, my point is proven.
I am truly sorry to see so many of the freshmen sucked into Washington’s games so easily and so soon.