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Sense Of Desperation Settles Over Nation’s Capitol As Tea Party Terrorists Try To Bring Nation Down

July 30, 2011

In the past it was the Japanese who attacked the nation, or on 9/11 it was fanatical elements of a bastardized form of Islam that tried to take the nation down.  This time the terrorists are from the Tea Party who have used the debt limit debate as a way to gin the nation into a crisis.

This is gritty stuff, and the teabaggers that are taking the nation off the cliff should be treated as terrorists for the shameless blackmailing of the United States government.

For that is exactly what they are trying to do.

They must be defeated just like any other attack on this nation.

This story from the Washington Post tonight paints an image that one does not see everyday in the press. Veteran reporters and wizened politicians have not seen something like this staring down at them before.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid announced late Saturday that negotiations with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House had made enough progress that he would delay consideration of his own legislation to avert the debt crisis.

Rather than a 1 a.m. Sunday vote, Reid said he would give the negotiators room to maneuver and set a 1 p.m. Sunday vote on his bill — which McConnell has already assured would be defeated.

A sense of desperation had settled over the Capitol on Saturday, with the prospect of a government default and rank-and-file lawmakers pleading with their leaders to set politics aside and strike a bipartisan deal to raise the federal debt limit.

After months of negotiation and weeks of debate, every black-and-white plan for cutting government spending and raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling seemed either doomed or had already been shot down.

As the battle entered its final tense hours, the nation’s leaders were left bickering among themselves, unable to agree on even a modest version of the plan they said they were on the verge of sealing barely one week ago. The remaining differences between them were not especially large. Still, a resolution appeared elusive.

Unless Congress acts before Tuesday, Treasury officials have said they will begin to run out of cash to pay the nation’s bills. That could force the government into default, an outcome that could devastate the sputtering U.S. recovery and global financial markets. Over the past week, the Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 540 points amid rising anxiety about the debate in Washington.

To bridge the divide, lawmakers and administration officials were trying to design a mechanism to force the committee to act, giving Republicans their cuts and Obama his debt-limit increase. Many ideas were in play from both parties, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said his staff had drafted three into formal legislation.

But aides said the sticking point remained Republican opposition to a trigger that would force automatic tax increases if the committee failed in its work. Democrats, meanwhile, opposed any trigger that only cut spending, saying that it would not give Republicans sufficient incentive to work with Democrats toward a compromise.

Republican members booed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who accused Boehner of going “to the dark side” when he rewrote his debt-limit bill to add required passage of a balanced budget amendment — a change designed to appeal to his far-right wing.

Pelosi turned to look at them, and said it again with emphasis. “Let me repeat, he chose to go to the dark side.”

The atmosphere was just as tense and bitter in the Senate, where McConnell delivered a letter to Reid signed by 43 Republicans declaring their opposition to his version of the debt-limit bill.

Four Republican senators did not sign the letter: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. But there was little evidence that Reid’s bill could muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster — a fact Reid tacitly acknowledged when he rejected McConnell’s offer to stage a vote Saturday evening.

18 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink
    August 3, 2011 7:49 PM

    The Chinese have already moved to lower our sovreign credit rating. 65% of GDP is insane at the current interest rate of what…1% But what happens if the interest rate goes to 1.5 or 2 despite the “deal?” You still have the ssame problem: you take in 1.00 but spend 1.40. You also assume that we are going to continue along the same economic path. Perhaps the economy will accelerate, but I doubt it. It looks more likely that stagflation or a double-dip recession in upon us. Add to that a dollar weakened by bush and weakened more by Obama and there are very serious problems. Perhaps these were the issues that the tea partiers were looking at when they wanted more cuts?

  2. August 3, 2011 6:55 PM

    I might add that America’s net indebtedness remains a perfectly affordable 65% of GDP, and throughout the past three years of recession and tepid recovery investors have been more than happy to go on lending to the federal government. The current problems, rather, are political.

    We know who took advantage of this situaiton and tried to do the nation harm.

  3. Ron Groskreutz permalink
    August 2, 2011 1:57 PM

    The debt limit is one of the things we need to control, along with spending. If a person makes $100K per year, he can’t spend $175K per year, every year. Maybe you can do it one year, like when you are buying a house worth $660K, but then you can’t do it again next year. And quite frankly, a person probably could not afford a home worth 6.6 times his or her annual income. Your ceiling needs to be $400K, or 4 times your annual income. Same goes for the Federal Government. They take in 2.2 trillion in taxes, they spend 3.7 trillion. Their debt ceiling is 14.5 trillion, or 6.6 times their yearly income of 2.2 trillion. It is not sustainable. It must be capped. Further spending must be stopped.

  4. August 2, 2011 11:47 AM

    Patrick,

    When the Tea Party crowd make a decision to hold the nation hostage, and that is what they did, and take the good faith and credit of the US and nearly drop it over a cliff all for the sake of a narrow and extreme political position, then that was the last straw for many in the nation. Up until then they were just teabaggers. When they sought to undermine the nation they became Tea Party Terrorists. I am rather amused thatIi used the term here before VP Biden made the same conclusion and gave voice to it.

    There is no link between the destruction that these terrorists have committed and the ‘no’ vote taken in the House. There is no way to equate holding a gun to the head of the Ammerican people, which is what the Tea Party Terrorists have done, and voting ‘no’ on the final bill that was crafted due to the extreme nature of what was forced on the Capitol and the nation. What you might be more concerned about are those terrorists that after using their tactics and extracting there gain were then not able to support the bill. Not only are they terrorists…they are Yellow Tea Party Terrorists!

    Now I know you pimp me on this site…and that is fine…but there are some out there who really believe the terrorists call and reasoning. Having said that however I must add that every poll shows that the nation wanted compromise and mix of cuts and revenue as a means to dealing with the fiscal situation.

    But the debt limit matter should never have been used, through terrorism, to make political points or gains.

  5. Patrick permalink
    August 2, 2011 8:29 AM

    Now that the house has voted, should we consider democract who voted against the deal to be terrorists, too? If not, could you explain the difference?

  6. August 1, 2011 5:16 PM

    “I hope you have called your member of Congress and helped them to understand the need for revenue to make government operate, and the need for compromise when making final deals for passage of bills.”

    Peter Roskam (R-IL) was in the fourth of July parade and we TEA Party Terriorists were marching about 50 feet behind him. If was Roskam, The Shriners and then the TEA Party Terriorists.

    After the parade he held an impromptu talk and said he was looking to cut the bloated Obama Budget, “Revenue Enhance” Nobody and then talk about increasing the debt ceiling in that order

  7. Ron Groskreutz permalink
    August 1, 2011 9:38 AM

    I would turn the table here. I believe that irresponsible spending by liberals have gotten us into this situation, and will continue to further drive this country into a land of lazy, free loaders. Incenting the poor to do nothing and continue taking their free hand outs from the hard working men and women who earned it. The terrror in my heart is caused by you and the people with want to take things from me and give it to someone who did not earn it or deserve it.

  8. Dale permalink
    July 31, 2011 8:11 PM

    Agree with LM. You should be ashamed.

    You throw the word ‘terrorist’ around far too lightly, my friend. This is a democracy and people who exercise their rights to speak without stopping your rights are not ‘terrorists’.

  9. July 31, 2011 7:27 AM

    I call them as I see them….and ginning up a crisis as the teabaggers have done since Jan. over the debt limit makes for Tea Party Terrorists. If you do not like the label, then just do not be one.

    You know I am right over this matter.

    I hope you have called your member of Congress and helped them to understand the need for revenue to make government operate, and the need for compromise when making final deals for passage of bills.

  10. July 31, 2011 7:12 AM

    Tea Party Terrorists? Absolutely disgusting – you should be ashamed of yourself for this article. What happened to the call for civility?

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