No Ransom For House Republicans And Teabaggers Over Government Shutdown


After news the U.S. Senate is closing in on a deal that both Republicans and Democrats can accept comes news that House Republicans want to wade in and demand, yet again, ransom demands for fulfilling their duties as members of congress.

House Republicans offered ideas, yet again, that are not acceptable.  Period.

They again feel that changing President Obama’s signature health care reforms is somehow a right they are entitled to while everyone else knows this is a last-gasp effort to influence the agreement to reopen the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.   But there can be no give on these matters from Democrats in light of how the GOP closed down the government in an attempt to get their way.  That is not how the process works.   To allow for that to happen now will only set a bad precedent for others to try and emulate in the future.

The House bill would include most of what is in the Senate agreement while adding a provision to suspend an Affordable Health Care tax on medical devices for two years and remove federal health care subsidies for Obama and legislators when they obtain health coverage under the reforms.  Then the teabaggers added for frosting a proposal that would forbid the Treasury from taking what it calls extraordinary measures to prevent the government from defaulting as cash runs low, in effect requiring hard deadlines to extend the federal debt ceiling.

The President needs to send a clear signal, yet again.

No way.

And, Bite Me.

The words from White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage sums it up nicely.

The president has said repeatedly that members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills. Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place.  Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have been working in a bipartisan, good-faith effort to end the manufactured crises that have already harmed American families and business owners. With only a couple days remaining until the United States exhausts its borrowing authority, it’s time for the House to do the same.”

The GOP walked into a field of land mines when they shut down the federal government and took the nation with them.  They now seek to take the good faith and credit of the national economy with them and shred it to pieces.

And they want to be rewarded for the calamity that will fall upon us!!

No way!   This nation will not pay ransom to the Tea Party.

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