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In theory, political parties are supposed to represent constituents....the "for the people" part of our democracy. In the U.S. we have two major political parties, neither of whom represent the citizens of our country.
Case in point is the disgustingly corrupt vote taken yesterday in the GOP-Tea House of Representatives.
House Republicans brought a bill forward yesterday that would have raised the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion....something which must be done before August 2....and something which both sides have agreed must be done. The debt ceiling increase bill was "clean." Nothing added to it, no riders, no amendments.....just a straight bill to increase the debt limit.
The reason Republicans introduced the bill was not to pass it.....just the opposite.....it was to defeat it while baiting House Democrats to vote for it. In the end all Republicans voted against their own bill and only 97 Democrats voted for the clean debt ceiling increase.....82 Democrats voted with the Republicans.
The GOP's cynical plan was to try to make some political hay over Democrats who voted for raising the debt ceiling in an unencumbered bill....I suppose....by accusing those Democrats of not being serious enough about the debt and deficits to condition a debt ceiling increase with draconian austerity measures.
Perhaps you've noticed....House Republicans recently proved their status as morons, incapable of leading the nation, by forcing their members to go on record in favor of abolishing Medicare and Medicaid while further slashing taxes for millionaires and billionaires. The Speaker Moron, John Boehner.....made the huge mistake of introducing for a vote Paul Ryan's Roadmap to Ruin budget...knowing full well that the Senate and the President would reject it.
Since that vote, over 70% of Americans polled have voiced their displeasure over the GOP's desire to scrap Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats have promised to make Republicans own their vote in next November's election.
Yesterday's House vote was a feeble attempt by the GOP not-ready-for-prime-time-players to implicate Democrats in their schoolboy mistakes. 82 Democrats....a little less than half of all House Democrats....took the amateurishly offered bait, and voted against the will of the people, basically agreeing with moronic Republicans that the debt ceiling must not be raised without the demand of a ransom from the elderly, the sick, the children and the disabled.
Republicans had hoped their legislation would embarrass Democrats while demonstrating their willingness to force the United States into default on its fiscal obligations, but because the legislation included a partisan attack blaming President Obama for the debt accrued under President Bush and because Republicans privately assured their corporate backers that the vote was a charade, nobody is taking the vote seriously. For example:
And for all the talk of economic crisis should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling by August, the financial markets are likely to yawn at this vote — if only because Republican leaders have privately assured Wall Street executives that this is a show intended to make the point to Mr. Obama that an increase cannot pass absent his agreement to rein in domestic programs.
“Wall Street is in on the joke,” said R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"Republican leaders have privately assured Wall Street executives" that it's all just kabuki. Just how today's Republicans roll.
If that is not discouraging enough.....if that isn't a sufficient example proving that our Congressional overlords are willing to risk the full faith and credit of the United States on childish political machinations...let me share Droopy Dawg's latest with you.
Senator Droopy Dawg Mitch McConnell has an even better plan.
In a classic "what should we do now that we've f*cked stuff up" move....the shifty GOP Senator from Kentucky went on the Sunday Morning Republican "news" shows and told the few viewers on a Memorial Day weekend that GOP Senators would not vote to increase the debt ceiling without slashing Medicare.
"To get my vote, for me, it's going to take short term [cuts, via spending caps]... Both medium and long-term, entitlements.," McConnell said, as quoted by TPM. "Medicare will be part of the solution."
Asked point blank whether he would vote against increasing the debt limit if Medicare isn't also cut, he responded, "Correct."
Droopy is pissed. He is angry that the American people have rejected Republican plans to abolish Medicare and Medicaid while further cutting taxes on millionaires and billionaires, Droopy's constituents. So now, McConnell has a plan to drag Democrats down into the moron quicksand which GOP Speaker Moron over in the House did to House Republicans with the Ryan budget vote.
The GOP ransom note is now becoming legible. If Democrats in the Senate do not present a debt ceiling increase measure which also slashs funding for the infirm, the elderly, and the vulnerable.....Droopy's GOP Confederate Army will ransack the full faith and credit standing of the United States government....possibly sending the nation down into an unrecoverable depression.
Either granny gets it or everybody gets it.
Our government has either been taken over by mobsters....or bad B-movie actors.