I’m starting to get emails from concerned friends who live overseas, asking me what’s going on here. I’m baffled, I tell them. Yes, we know Republicans want to ruin the economy so they can win 2012, but seriously, they are now dancing on their Wall Street owners’ graves in order to appease their base of Tea Party Poujadists, who really don’t get much about the Constitution or governing or reality. These folks, after all, were deployed by the Koch Brothers as fake grassroots missiles aimed at destroying programs aimed to help people just like them. They might not be the brightest bunch, but eventually even these folks woke up when they realized that it wasn’t the evil socialist who was trying to take away their Medicare.
Nonetheless, the “conservative Republicans” they elected are still running the country via their minority party terrorism tactics from the only arm they control, the House. I use quotes around those terms so as not to insult conservative Republicans, because Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Mo Brooks, and Allen West are not real conservatives. They are the new model of ALEC puppet, dumb enough to be easily used and soulless enough to never care that they are being deployed as weapons of destruction not just on the economy, but on the very foundations of our country. Let’s face it, no real conservative would say that “after a catastrophic default and financial crisis the government can just move some money around to fix things for a while.” Just move some money around huh? Gee, y’all really cleaned up your party after W.
These folks should and do disgrace real fiscal conservatives. No conservative would dream of defaulting on a loan, nor would they suggest that to do so is “no big deal”. This is crazy land stuff. Rachel Maddow has taken to likening the House Republicans to drunk kids playing with Barbies and burning metal in the microwave. It’s true, these Republicans are so ignorant that they don’t know that the Tea Party brand was a ruse to get elected. They actually believe the 8th grade Ayn Rand propaganda as sold to them via the “Ayn Rand for Dummies” Tea Party handbook. God help us all.
Video courtesy of MSNBC:
Rachel Maddow: I’m sure that was an edified discussion for their big senate plan, which the president likes, but it is not the president and the senate who need to get together to decide this thing. It’s the president and the senate and the drunk kids at the other end of the building who are setting their Barbies on fire and cooking metal in the microwave until it explodes.
Watch it burn! Watch it burn! Honestly, time for a reality check here. House Republicans are not trying to drive a hard bargain and get the best deal possible. House Republicans do not want to raise the debt ceiling. For anything. They would please not like to raise the debt ceiling. They would like to go into default, thank you very much. House Republicans have been actively making that argument for weeks now that hitting the debt ceiling, oh, that won’t hurt a bit, who cares?
Republican congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama told the Washington Post this week that on the contrary, all credit rating should be improved by not raising the debt ceiling, which is like saying you’re looking forward to how that sledge hammer is going to improve your dental work. Another congressman says after a catastrophic default and financial crisis the government can just move some money around to fix things for a while. “That wouldn’t work for just a few days, that would work for a few years” adding it’s an arrogant attitude to take. Republican congressman Tim Wahlberg of Michigan in agreement, he told the Washington post it’s time to ” hold the line,” but which he means we should default, just go for it. Republican Allen West of Florida says president Obama is fear mongering on the debt ceiling that it’s nothing to be afraid of. Republicans are not alone on this.
Roll Clip of Republican Representative and 2012 Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann Speaking:
This is a misnomer that I believe the president and the treasury secretary have been trying to pass off on the American people, and it’s this, that if congress fails to raise the debt ceiling by $2.2 trillion, that somehow the united states will go into default and we will lose the full faith and credit of the united states. That is simply not true.
Roll Clip of Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas:
You would think that a responsible leader in this country would make sure that we encourage bondholders, that we encourage people who held our debt. You don’t have to worry about anything. The only thing you guys have to fear is fear itself, because we’re going to stand good for it.
Rachel Maddow: Sure we’re going to default, but we’re going to stand good for it, whatever that means. Everybody should feel better. All of the beltway gang of six excitement today about this plan in the senate is proceeding as if congress all understands that there’s a reason to act and act quickly, that the country will start to default on its debt and shut down on august 2, that the deadline is real and baring down on us. There’s the assumption today, but you cannot take it for granted today that congress, in fact, understands this. Over in the house, you want to know what they think the august 2 deadlines is? Do you want to know where they suspect this whole august 2-deadline thing might have come from? Here where they think it came from.
Roll Audio Clip of Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas talking to NewsMax TV:
I can’t help be a little cynical here, because, you know, we found out the president has a big birthday bash scheduled for august 3, celebrities flying in from all over, and low and behold, august 2 is the deadline for getting something done so that he can have this massive — maybe the biggest fundraising dinner in history for a birthday celebration.
Rachel Maddow: See, the president made up this fake deadline of august 2, put it on the calendar for his birthday. To please celebrities who would be coming to his birthday party. The problem we have here now as Ronald Reagan might say, is the problem of irresistible force about to meet an immovable object. It’s the crazy, the voices in the heads of republicans in the house telling them default, that sounds like de-fun, let’s do it. It’s the let’s burn the whole thing down chaos conference. It’s the denialist conspiracy theory nonsense among house Republicans that means they are not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling no matter what the deal is. It’s that irresistible force meeting the immovable object the actual debt ceiling. That is a real deadline that is upon us.
Roll Clip of President Obama:
We’re in the 11th hour, and we don’t have a lot more time left. We don’t have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures, don’t have any more time to posture, it’s time to get down to the business of solving this problem.
What to say to my friends overseas? I’m a bit flummoxed at this point. How do I explain the hybrid of the far right Dominionists with the Koch Brothers? You sort of have to be here to believe it. To make matters clear, I sent them Allen West’s latest Tweet: “Anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”
The Republican Party obviously learned nothing from George W Bush’s disastrous, drunken time at the wheel. Not only did they fail to account for the wars he left off of the budget (as if they were Enron fooling us all instead of responsible for the debt), but they now believe that they can spend all they want and then default and just tell those who hold our loans “Hey, we’re good for it.”
A person has to be ignorant to have this much hubris. They have to be so dumb that they don’t know what they don’t know, otherwise the shame would overcome them. It’s fair to call anyone who spouts the utter tripe that we don’t have to make good on our loan an ignorant tool who doesn’t understand the importance of credit on the global economy. What’s not fair is that they are ruining this country even though they are the minority party.
We elected Democrats to the majority party for a reason. Why is the Republican Party refusing to acknowledge that the people have spoken via their ballots? If we had wanted ignorant tools to run the country, we knew what lever to pull. We did not elect Republicans to the majority, they do not run the Senate or the White House. They only have the House, which they quickly turned into a looney bin of economic terrorists. And they have produced not one jobs bill.
Yet, they call the President “arrogant”.