January 18, 2013

“House GOP ready to raise debt limit for three months”

"Dear Casey,

"My friend John is really in a pickle. First, he agreed to raise taxes on nearly every American in order to avoid being seen as raising taxes on every American, in a brilliant and savvy show of statesmanship. And now he's being asked to increase the nation's debt limit, even though last time he agreed to do so the US suffered a credit downgrade, and even though the concession is being sold using the utterly false argument that the US would default on its obligations without such a compromise. But he has very good reasons to mislead the citizenry, and the Republicans who just supported his re-election as Speaker evidently have faith that he is playing a genius game of three-dimensional chess, one so incredibly complex that naturally those who aren't veterans of Congressional negotiations can't begin to fathom it.

"The problem is, a rogue band of purists and fringe extremists keep criticizing him for his moves, publicly, making the genius of those moves increasingly difficult to keep hidden from the opposition. And that's because it then forces my friend John and his pragmatic coterie of seasoned defenders to explain how what looks like cowardice and capitulation is really just clever deference. Which is why the purists who challenge the political old bulls should be kept out of GOP primaries.

"But that's a story for a different day.

"For now, it's important that our hard-working, consistently-tanned leader know that, despite some protestations from truly awful people who don't understand DC and have no business meddling in the affairs of professional politicians, we in the GOP rank and file support his cagey determination one-hundred percent, and recognize that his agreeing to temporarily increase the debt ceiling is part of long-term strategy by the GOP to find the right hill to die on.

So Casey, for my friend John, will you please play Joe Walsh's 'Waffle Stomp'"?

"Paul R, inside the Beltway"

Thanks, Paul. And to your friend John, remember, keep your feet on the ground, preferably by crushing the necks of the Hobbits who plague you.

Joe Walsh, Waffle Stomp

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:39am

Comments (41)

  1. They’re just biding their time, waiting for the right opening to present itself. Then — BAM! Those slimy Dems won’t know what hit ’em!

    I’m sure that’s it. That must be it.

  2. “One of these days, Barry, one of these days, POW! Right in the kisser!”

  3. When even beltwayboi Hewitt is rending his shirt over this plus actually calling the GOP retreat “The Politburo” you know #doom has arrived.

  4. I foresee the regrettable circumstance that, although the devil may take hind most, most of these fuckers will get away with this when it all comes crashing down. Boehner already knows that he doesn’t have to be faster than everyone, he just needs to be faster than Joe Biden.

    Hey I know. Let’s try some reverse psychology on Republicans in congress. Get a letter writing campaign started up. Tell them we need to raise the debt limit by 1 bazillion dollars and we don’t mind them signing off on a 1/2 bazillion dollar budget deficit. That way, come 2014, they’ll have the deficit as a campaign issue when they nominate someone to run against Vladimir Lenin’s corpse. See? Smart…….

  5. I see Ryan is insisting that the Senate pass a budget before talking about any long term agreements. It’s s step in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of ground to make up from all the giant steps backward that have been taken.

  6. Keep being you, Jeff.

  7. My high school was the one Cameron crashed to write the book, using the class 1 year ahead of mine as the source material. A few of them sued for being depicted in a negative manner, but nothing came of it.

    I didn’t know any of the players, though.

  8. Why three month? Is that when the chemical castration will be complete, and they’ll be able to raise the debt ceiling indefinitely, without having to worry about holding their manhoods cheap?

  9. That’s awesome, cranky. I knew it wasn’t my high school, but it could have been if it was a hundred miles North.

  10. Why three month?

    Because it’ll put the next debate right on top of Tax Day.

  11. From what I’ve read, Ernst, the idea is to make his O-ness bump into the debt ceiling every 90 days. Or maybe less next time.

  12. “Squid says January 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    Why three month?
    Because it’ll put the next debate right on top of Tax Day.”

    I guess maybe they presume that three months will be outside the voter’s goldfish-like memory range.

  13. Obama will veto a three month extension as fundamentally unserious before ordering Congress to get back to work and pass a “real” debt ceiling fix. And he’ll be right to.

    Now that the Repblicans have established what kind of lady they are.

  14. This isn’t half-smart, or even Fredo smaht. This Frank Stallone stupid.

  15. So, Mexican Stand-off is the answer?

  16. make baracky and reid pass a budget. nothing else should be discussed. even liv understand a budget.

  17. when opposing baracky – k(eep)i(t)s(imple)s(tupid)

  18. A budget was part of the retreat talks. Harry is going to have to produce a budget.

    And agree about the KISS.

  19. Joe Walsh is stupid good. Love that dude.

  20. my cousin hearts the Joe Walsh he says I are supposed to watch this

    where Mr. Joe Walsh goes to Mr. Daryl Hall’s house and they do musics

    it’s very awesome you should click it

    I should click it too sometime

  21. A budget was part of the retreat talks

    no the budget should be the only thing to be discussed. orangeman should be asking when he has his budget ready to send to dingy harry. keep beating on “there hasn’t been a budget passed by the senate in 4 years”. jazus effin’ chris this aint hard.

  22. the budget stuff isn’t really worthy of anyone’s time and attention anymore after they all spread their legs for porky porky chris christie

    we’ll see fiscal responsibility from these boehnerfags roughly about the same time porky porky sees his penis I think

  23. the budget stuff isn’t really worthy of anyone’s time

    even pikachus understand what a budget is. livs will also wonder why there has not been a budget for 4 yrs. even stupid mbm would have to cover it if you make that the “hill to die on”. besides baracky ignoring his requirement to submit a budget on time is a plus.

  24. I’m not privy to the talks at the retreat (obviously).

    Banging the drum on where’s the budget, Harry? should be the way they play it.

  25. livs

    What does this mean, nr? You’ve said it two or three times.

  26. That Live From Daryl’s House thing is actually pretty fucking cool.

    Who knew.

  27. happy, you’re starting to creep me out with the sexual imagery.

  28. Starting to creep you out?

    Where the hell have you been?

    The GOP’s position on the urgency of the budget would be a lot stronger if they U.S. was incapable of borrowing any more money.

    Frankly, we ought to refuse to raise the debt ceiling for the exact same number of days we’ve gone (and continue to go) without a budget.

  29. l(ow)i(nformation)v(oters)

  30. yes I’ve had a couple people tell me the daryl show is really worthwhile … I haven;t seen it yet though

  31. it might could just be the alliteration leigh

    a little thing I picked up from capn william t. shakespeare

  32. porky porky

    please that is governor fatso!

  33. Why three month? Is that when the chemical castration will be complete, and they’ll be able to raise the debt ceiling indefinitely, without having to worry about holding their manhoods cheap?

    I believe that coincides with when they’ll either have to do a freaking budget or yet another continuing resolution.

  34. or yet another continuing resolution.

    don’t play the baracky game. sumtimes it helps to hammer fundamentals: like where’s the budget magic negro and dingy harry? you clowns be swearing at an oath of office.

  35. here be baracky scam:

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure

    bless his heart and give it to him fast and furious

  36. good allan commies

    While Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of Punch, it was announced that Khrushchev and Bulganin were coming to England. Muggeridge hit upon the idea of a mock itinerary, a lineup of the most ludicrous places the two paunchy pear-shaped little Soviet leaders could possibly be paraded through during the solemn process of a state visit. Shortly before press time, half the feature had to be scrapped. It coincided exactly with the official itinerary, just released, prompting Muggeridge to observe: We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known.


  37. President Ronald Reagan – Liberty State Park [Pt. 1]

  38. Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.

    We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the Iron Curtain, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender.

    Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

    You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

    You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this—this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

    You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

    We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.