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House Republicans Cave on the Debt Ceiling

by Keith Koffler on January 18, 2013, 4:16 pm

House Republicans decided today to allow a vote to increase the debt ceiling for three months, insisting that in the interim the Senate must pass a budget, which the Senate hasn’t done in years.

The previous House position was that there would be no debt ceiling increase unless there are corresponding cuts. But all that went out the window as Republicans decided not to confront a president who has just been reelected and is about to preside over his own coronation while their own popularity ratings are in the dumps.

Do these Republicans ever think more than a move or two ahead? The other day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the government was finished raising taxes. Sure.

At the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney immediately commenced a victory dance.

We are encouraged that there are signs that Congressional Republicans may back off their insistence on holding our economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education and programs middle class families depend on. Congress must pay its bills and pass a clean debt limit increase without further delay. And as he has said, the President remains committed to further reducing the deficit in a balanced way.

Pay its bills. As if Obama has nothing to do with all the money going out the door. I’m pretty sure he signs the spending bills, but I’ll check the Constitution to see if that’s how it works.

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Kevin January 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Perhaps he does not sign the spending bills he may use his “Autopen”

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chris January 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Is it really that surprising

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AFVet January 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Wrong !
The House should REFUSE to increase the debt limit UNTIL the Senate passes a budget.
IMO, Boehner is a worthless partisan hack, and has outlived his usefulness.
What are they afraid of, Barry the wonder boy ?
This fool can’t even throw a baseball without looking like a girl. (sorry girls).
Bullies prey on the insecure, they love to intimidate them.
I don’t want insecure people in the house or the senate.
I want people that are willing to take on an arrogant Marxist that delights in
sticking his finger in America’s eye and then laughing at the reaction.

Come get me he says, I dare ya.
Well congress, there’s your mandate.
Do you people have the fortitude to do it ?
If not, we will elect someone that will.

The clock is ticking on this debacle that was allowed to happen in the last election.
If the congress doesn’t restrain Obama, 2014 will be a bloodbath for any incumbent that wavered against the Constitution.

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Langley Spook January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

A POX on ALL US House “Republicans” for allowing this to happen…

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KmB January 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

A pox on ALL of Washington, at this point be they D’s or R’s they can return from which they came, the swamp.

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Lizzy January 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Wow here we go down the rabbit hole. Thanks GOP they just handed their
manhood to Obama on a silver platter.

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AFVet January 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Keith, why don’t you publish the picture of Michelle in her skinny jeans at the youth something or other ?
It’s all for the children, after all.
Hell she looks like a hooker.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Come Monday there will be the biggest pimp and ho ball ever seen in Washington, D.C.

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Lizzy January 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Golly we will get to see Frau Obama’s new sleeveless gown:-). How
great is that?

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Julie Brueckheimer January 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

BTW, did you notice the little girl at the WH gun control hoopla was wearing a sleeveless red dress a la Moochelle? Mommy not only doesn’t mind her child being exploited, she is unconcerned about how warm her child might be.

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Star January 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

The Inaug is barely making our paper out here–and they are in the tank for you know who. The bloom must be somewhat off the old rose.

Also–may I say that this talk of hostages is lacking only “at gunpoint” to make it truly tasteless?

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Not Nabob January 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Lizzy,
Get your Obamaspeak correct. It’s ” How great thou are”.

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SAllen January 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Tomorrow is a sad day for our country…sigh another four years!

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juandos January 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm
Susan January 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Boehner is worse than Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold only betrayed his country once. Boehner just keeps coming back to stab us in the back time and time again. This is how America’s ruling class rolls.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Obama’s 23 executive orders on gun control are going to add another half billion to the budget. A little bit here, a little bit there, and Boehner and Co. don’t even notice the creeping increase in spending.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I think Keith’s schedule for Obama for Friday, January 18 only showed a presidential briefing in the a.m., but he and Lady Obama also hosted a big brunch for the largest contributors to his campaign. That’s not something they wanted to advertise too much. You can bet that the big boys did not contribute to that. The US citizen-saps did.

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Otis Driftwood January 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm
DeniseVB January 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

If everything’s on the up-and-up, why not put this on the public schedule ? Or release the names of his fat cat (1%) donor/schmoozers ?

Obama’s personal lobby group will keep donors anonymous too. So how do we know this isn’t some money laundering scheme ? Especially money from foreign interests that we the taxpayers send aid to?

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AZ Granny January 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

I wonder if a Beyonce’ type tour of the Situation room was a perk for all the people attending brunch or the afternoon reception?

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Susan January 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Tonight Mark Levin gave some mind-boggling statistics on the debt limit debate and the Republicans failure to stand up to the government’s profligate spending.

We can’t keep budgeting by continuing resolutions when our government, in reality, deficient spent $7 trillion in 2012. This government has been functioning solely by continuing resolutions of which we have had 18 in the last two years – 2 in 2010, 11 in 2011, and 5 in 2012. Damn all of you politicians in DC who are drowning our country in debt!

http://www.therightscoop.com/stunning-mark-levin-puts-the-debt-limit-fight-in-perspective/

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cincycinco January 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

“…but I’ll check the Constitution to see if that’s how it works.” – Keith Koffler

Don’t bother. We stopped having a Constitutional government pretty much around 2008. It doesn’t matter what it says, it’s completely irrelevant to the current leader.

Want to know why?

“Georgetown University’s Louis Michael Seidman writes in The Times:

‘Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago…. Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?’”

http://personalliberty.com/2013/01/08/lets-abandon-the-constitution-says-professor/

Yup. Those dead, racist, old White guys got it all wrong. Instead, let’s just allow the President to make stuff up as we go along! HE can tell us what’s best for us, we’re too stupid to know ourselves!

He’s SO good, in fact, he can even tell countries he doesn’t even VISIT what’s best for THEM!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/barack-obama-warns-the-jewish-state-israel-doesnt-know-what-its-own-best-interests-are/

This is a little OT, but if I were Isralei, I would worry about four words from Obama;

“we’ve got Israel’s back” – B. Obama

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/#

He had Ambassador Steven’s back, too. How’d that work out, anyway?

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Star January 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

I did not think this was a good vehicle to go to the mattresses on anyhow–and not the time. Maybe the Continuing Res–since there is no budget.

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Bear January 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

“Do these Republicans ever think more than a move or two ahead?”

To answer the corrected question: No.

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cincycinco January 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

“At the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney immediately commenced a victory dance.” – Keith Koffler

And he was dancing to something like this;

“S-s-s-s A-a-a-a F-f-f-f E-e-e-e T-t-t-t Y-y-y-y

Safe, dance!
We can dance if we want to.
We can leave your friends behind.
Cause’ your friends don’t dance,
and if they don’t dance, well they’re
no friends of mine.

I say, we can go where we want to.
A place where they will never find.
And we can act like we come from out of this world!
Leave the real one far behind.

We can dance.

We can dance if we want to.
We can leave your friends behind.
Cause’ your friends don’t dance,
and if they don’t dance, well they’re
no friends of mine.

Say, we can go where we want to.
A place where they will never find.
And we can act like we come from out of this world.
Leave the real one far behind.

We can dance.

Dance!

We can go when we want to.
Night is young and so am I.
And we can dress real neat
from our hands to our feet
and surprise ‘em with a victory cry.

Say, we can act if we want to.
If we don’t nobody will.
And you can act real rude,
and totally removed and I can act like an imbecile.

I say, we can dance.

We can dance.
Everything’s under control.

We can dance.

We can dance.
We’re doin’ it from pole to pole.

We can dance.

We can dance.
Everybody look at your hands.

We can dance.

We can dance.

Everybody’s takin’ the chance.

Safety Dance.

Oh well the Safety Dance.

Yes, Safety Dance.

S-s-s-s A-a-a-a F-f-f-f E-e-e-e T-t-t-t Y-y-y-y

Safe, dance.

We can dance if we want to.
We’ve got all your life, and mine.
As long as we abuse it,
Never gonna lose it.
Everything will work out right.

I say, We can dance if we want to.
We can leave your friends behind.
Cause’ your friends don’t dance,
and if they don’t dance, well they’re
no friends of mine.

I say, we can dance.

We can dance.
Everything’s under control.

We can dance.

We can dance.
We’re doin’ it from pole to pole.

We can dance.

We can dance.
Everybody look at your hands.

We can dance.

We can dance.
Everybody’s takin’ the chance.

Oh well the Safety Dance.

Oh yes the Safety Dance.

Oh well the Safety Dance.

Oh well the Safety Dance.

Oh yes the Safety Dance.

Oh well Safety Dance. (yeah)

Let’s Safety Dance.

It’s the Safety Dance.

Well it’s the Safety Dance.

Well It’s the Safety Dance.

Well It’s the Safety Dance.

Well it’s the Safety Dance!” – Men Without Hats

[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/safety-dance-lyrics-safety-dance.html ]

I’m finding Obama in a lot of ’80s songs, seems like. Especially this part:

“Say, we can act if we want to.
If we don’t nobody will.
And you can act real rude,
and totally removed and I can act like an imbecile.”

Pretty much says it all, nicht wahr?

Kinda O/T, but here’s a link to the video, if you kids are interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iOUnO-EssI

Enjoy.

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Girly1 January 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Under the circumstances, the R’s are in no position to take another trouncing. A three month extension on the debt ceiling, with a budget demand from dingy Harry, is just enough to tweak Obama’s nose.
There are bigger fish to fry down the road, including the immigration battle.

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Margaret January 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I agree! I think it’s a smart move. Just because the Right decides to sit this round out, doesn’t mean the match is over. I agree with the assessment Charles Krauthammer put forth this week. We cannot afford another trouncing. If Republicans can find a way to vote “present” on these issues, the Democrats will own the debt, the coming market implosion, the high poverty levels, the sinking economy and the hoards of people out-of-work. Let them own it. Let’s not stand in their way.

Run, Democrats, Run. Right into that big brick wall up ahead!

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Star January 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Agree–see my earlier comment.

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65andcounting January 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

The 2012 election was the last time any Republican will see a dime from me. I have spent my entire adult life working for and raising money for local, regional, and national Republican candidates. But now I am done, sickened by watching the Republicans roll over like an easy girl on a Saturday night date. R’s have caved on each and every issue. Fie on them all. The R’s deserve all the bashing they get.

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DeniseVB January 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

For me, Dems stopped getting my money in 2008, and GOP in 2012.

I’m saving it for me now. :D

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Julie Brueckheimer January 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I was disgusted by the lack of going all out in the election for Romney.

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DeniseVB January 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

Nor did they go all out for McCain/Palin. I blame the GOP for giving us Obama :(

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Girly1 January 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

I don’t ever recall a Republican nominee who was more hated by members of his OWN party than Mitt Romney. Still scratching my head! What could be worse than what we have now???

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Langley Spook January 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

Im with you. After the 2012 Election I wrote a harsh letter to my state’s Rep. party. I was pissed at them because they did NO republican outreach; never got a call or visit from any state republican candidate and I had to bend over backwards to get a yardsign. I went to a few meetings and always felt unwelcomed (the state-local Republican party is very insular here)

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