Monday, September 30, 2013

Hostage Democracy

Republicans face a listless summer, with little appetite for compromise but no leverage to shape an agreement. Without that leverage, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday, there is no point in opening formal budget negotiations between the House and the Senate. ....

“The debt limit is the backstop,” Ryan said before taking the stage at a debt summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington. “I’d like to go through regular order and get something done sooner rather than later. But we need to get a down payment on the debt. We need entitlement reform. We’re very serious about tax reform because we think that’s critical to economic growth and job creation. Those are the things we want to talk about.”

Or why it is worth remembering why to blame the Republicans for this fiasco.

We are facing a government shutdown because our government is being held hostage by the Tea Party Taliban. An idiot coup, if there ever there was one.  A tyranny of the minority in one-half of one-third of government. 

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