16 thoughts on “Sinful Behavior

  1. Right on schedule says:

    “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Democrats should expect zero help from Republicans in their effort to raise the debt ceiling, previewing a looming fight this fall over the nation’s borrowing limit, which Congress must approve.” https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/08/05/politics/debt-ceiling-debate-congress/index.html
    “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Thursday released an analysis saying the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package would add $256 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, a difficult pill to swallow for GOP senators who have insisted on paying for the entire cost of the legislation.” https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/566590-cbo-says-infrastructure-bill-would-add-256-billion-to-deficit-over-10-years

  2. Bill Due says:

    “Democratic leaders in Congress blasted Republicans on Wednesday for threatening to not help raise the debt ceiling later this year.
    “I can’t believe the Republicans will let the nation default,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a news conference.
    The federal government will likely run out of cash by October or November unless Congress raises the country’s borrowing limit, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
    Democrats say they shouldn’t be forced to shoulder the burden of the politically toxic vote themselves, especially given the debt that was piled up during the Trump administration. Former President Donald Trump increased the debt by almost $7.8 trillion in office, but only a small minority of Republicans opposed his massive tax cuts and government spending during the pandemic.
    But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that Democrats “won’t get our help” to raise the debt limit, even though failing to do so risks tanking the economy.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/11/politics/debt-ceiling-democratic-reaction/index.html

  3. Ok then... says:

    “U.S. default this fall would cost 6 million jobs, wipe out $15 trillion in wealth, study says
    GOP signals refusal to help Democrats raise debt ceiling, in opposition to President Biden’s spending plans” https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/09/21/debt-ceiling-recession-/
    “The White House says no to minting a $1 trillion coin to sidestep McConnell and ease debt ceiling standoff in Congress” https://news.yahoo.com/white-house-says-no-minting-170620716.html

  4. Kool-Aid Man says:

    “Former President Trump leaned on congressional Republicans to use the debt ceiling in negotiations with Democrats over a bill to raise the borrowing limit and keep the government funded. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/573406-trump-republicans-would-be-foolish-and-unpatriotic-not-to-use-debt-ceiling-in
    “The only powerful tool that Republicans have to negotiate with is the Debt Ceiling, and they would be both foolish and unpatriotic not to use it now,” he said, referencing a Democratic bill that ties together government funding and increasing the debt ceiling.
    “The way I look at it, what the Democrats are proposing, on so many different levels, will destroy our Country. Therefore, Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do, and the Democrats will have no choice but to concede all of the horror they are trying to inflict upon the future of the United States.”

    • Bluffing Bluffers says:

      “Since Congress is deadlocked and unable to do anything, Biden could simply choose to ignore them and instruct the government to carry on business as usual. The Treasury will go on selling bonds and writing checks. Evoking emergency powers–remember this is still war-time because we have been living under war-time presidential authority for 70 years—Biden could assert that Congress has stopped functioning and he alone is left to operate the government.” https://www.dcreport.org/2021/09/22/memo-to-the-president-ignore-congress/

  5. Running amok says:

    “Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to manufacture a crisis that brings the American economy to the brink of disaster. And they seem to be having a fine time doing it, as if they know there will be no price to pay.
    This is not a story of a “standoff,“ not a story of partisan bickering, not a story of clever legislative maneuvering. One of our two great parties is managing to be simultaneously psychopathic and rational — psychopathic because their willingness to wreak destruction is almost without limit, and rational because they understand one of the most fundamental and disheartening truths about the American system.
    It’s this: There is almost never any accountability for the people who deserve it the most.
    …This was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) key insight during the Obama years: Dysfunction and crisis are good for the opposition, even if they’re the ones who caused it. If you’re unconstrained by any shred of conscience, you can use that knowledge to extraordinary effect. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/06/why-republicans-think-they-can-get-away-with-setting-fire-economy/

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