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Speaker Boehner And ‘The Poison Pill’ Will Mean Tea Party Loses Budget Battle

July 29, 2011

Later tonight, if we are to believe the whips in the House, the final vote will take place on the concoction arranged by Speaker Boehner to garner just enough votes to pass his debt limit budget plan.  Voting is planned for after 7 Pm Eastern Time. 

One almost has to feel sorry for Boehner as he lowers himself to such idiotic moves that are designed as much to pass just anything at this point to move the debt limit process to the Senate, as it is to save his position.

The truth is that there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that what is being stirred together in the House will have any chance to see daylight. 

Nor should it.

The conservatives’ main demand is a requirement that a balanced-budget amendment pass both the House and the Senate before the next debt-ceiling increase.   Who do these conservative think they are dealing with?  This is the ‘poison pill’ that will never fly for a second in the Senate.   This is all a bid to woo conservative support from within Boehner’s own caucus to get the bill passed–but the change moves the bill even further from possible compromise.

This only marginalizes teabaggers even more than they are now.  This is where having some political know-how would pay off for the newbies.  But they shun such stuff….

So where are we headed from here?

The House will likely pass something tonight.  Then most think the scenario, as printed this morning in the Wall Street Journal will start to play out.  The losers are those same newly elected  House Republicans who are most likely still trying to find the restrooms.

Senate leaders retorted that Mr. Boehner’s bill would be dead on arrival in the Senate even if it did pass the House, shelved by a procedural measure that required only 51 votes. They planned to hold an initial vote Saturday on an alternative plan by Mr. Reid. But it, too, faced the challenge of winning the 60 votes it would need to pass the Senate.

While both sides issued ultimatums, they also continued back-channel efforts toward a compromise. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) was talking with Vice President Joe Biden about ways out of the stalemate, Democratic aides said. Mr. McConnell’s office downplayed the conversations.

The White House isn’t sure whether the two sides will agree by Tuesday and is betting the House Republicans will compromise in the end, according to Democratic officials familiar with the matter.

The Obama administration believes Senate Republicans, particularly Mr. McConnell, will be crucial to persuading House Republicans to a final deal.

In the end the House will then pass what the Senate and White House works out, with moderate Republicans joining the Democrats, while the Tea Party members are still seeking the restrooms.

Lets watch….

4 Comments
  1. July 31, 2011 8:08 AM

    Ferrell,

    Were you speaking out against the tax cuts for the rich and the costly and reckelss war in Iraq at the time Obama made his statement?

  2. July 29, 2011 11:36 PM

    Question who said this:

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

    Answer Sports Fans: Senator Barack Hussein Obama 2006.

  3. Solly permalink
    July 29, 2011 11:01 PM

    your history should go back to 1980, when St. Ronald of Reagan was elected and embarked on a course of raising defense spending, cutting taxes and balancing the budget. John B. Anderson was right, when asked, how Reagan could do that, “with smoke and mirrors.” The republicans votes dozens of times to raise the debt limit for Reagan, Bush I and II without conditions. Look at 2000 and 2001 on your list. If we had kept the Clinton tax rates, the ENTIRE debt would be gone now, but Shrub couldn’t stand it and cut taxes which created how many jobs during the last decade???? Oh well, at least the hedge fund managers can afford to slip another $50 in the year end bonus for their secretaries and cleaning ladies that pay a greater percentage in taxes than they do on their billions. Ain’t this a great country?

  4. Ron Groskreutz permalink
    July 29, 2011 2:50 PM

    If they pass what the White House and Senate propose the only losers will be the American Middle class which will be burdened with continued deficit spending for the remainder of President Obama’s term or terms. The House spending cuts don’t go deep enough.
    We can’t take in 2.2 trillion in taxes and spend 3.7 trillion on the annual budget. Stop the spending!!!

    Recent additions to U.S. public debt
    Fiscal year (begins 10/01 of prev. year)
    Annual deficit Total debt % of GDP
    1994 $281.0 billion $4.70 trillion 67.3%
    1995 $281.5 billion $4.95 trillion 67.8%
    1996 $251.0 billion $5.20 trillion 67.7%
    1997 $188.5 billion $5.40 trillion 65.9%
    1998 $113.0 billion $5.55 trillion 63.8%
    1999 $130.0 billion $5.65 trillion 61.4%
    2000 $18.0 billion $5.65 trillion 57.8%
    2001 $133.5 billion $5.80 trillion 56.8%
    2002 $421.0 billion $6.25 trillion 59.1%
    2003 $555.0 billion $6.80 trillion 61.8%
    2004 $596.0 billion $7.40 trillion 63.1%
    2005 $553.5 billion $7.95 trillion 63.7%
    2006 $536.5 billion $8.50 trillion 64.3%
    2007 $500.5 billion $9.00 trillion 64.8%
    2008 $1,017 billion $10.0 trillion 69.6%
    2009 $1,885 billion $11.9 trillion 84.5%
    2010 $1,652 billion $13.6 trillion 93.5%
    2011 (1st Q) $463.5 $14.0 trillion ~96.5%

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