Empty threats on the debt ceiling

  • Article by: William Saletan , Slate
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell went on talk shows this weekend and did a lot of bluffing.

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bigbadbeanJan. 7, 13 9:03 PM

The entire thing is a joke. Obama voted against raising it when the republicans were in control and the GOP is against it now. Now obama and the democrats want to do away with the debt ceiling all together. Anyway you look at it, our children and grandchildren will suffer because of the game being played in Washington. Say what you will, but both sides share equal blame for the mess. To deny it is no different than the partisan politics we hear out of the mouths of our elected officials.

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bgronniJan. 7, 13 9:14 PM

I think the Republicans should just let the dems go with everything they want. I think the Repubs should just stay home this next congress. let the dems make the debt ceiling "infinity" we are plus 16 trillion now, why stop there. going to 20 in a year, lets shoot for 60 trillion by 2016. I am getting so sick and tired of the we have to spend our way out of the recession i cant take it anymore nor can i take the arguments. Let the dems own the collapse of America.

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ciamanJan. 7, 13 9:24 PM

I see that not one person wrote back to take on Slate, whomever that person is. I will assume he is a man and one large liberal spender. With that in the air, I will say these few things to take him to task: 1. Slate boasts that the Republicans just lost the elction. Really? That happend so long ago that I almost forgot about it. What Slate says is outdated news and if that is all he has to say, go to bed sir. And stay there. 2. The election was taken on 11/6/2012! That is very old news in this current age. Where are you, Sir? 3. Regarding Mr. McConnell, he will not show you his gun unless you will show yours. 4. I would like to reflesh your old memory. Your Pet President won the elction by 1, ONE percent. Do you insists, Mr. Slate, that he now has a MANDATE?? I do not think so and neither do you. Show us your face and show us your better writing or do a tap dance. Few people are impressed with your typing. Thank you, sir. CIAMAN

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jjsbrwJan. 7, 1310:11 PM

ciaman: would like to reflesh your old memory. Your Pet President won the elction by 1, ONE percent. Do you insists, Mr. Slate, that he now has a MANDATE?? I do not think so and neither do you. ----------------------------- popular vote was 51%-47%. Electoral count 332-206. Dems gained 9 seats in the House, 2 in the Senate. That's pretty huge by any measure. What would a mandate look like if not this?

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arielbenderJan. 7, 1311:32 PM

jjsbrwJan. 7, 1310:11 PM ciaman: would like to reflesh your old memory. Your Pet President won the elction by 1, ONE percent. Do you insists, Mr. Slate, that he now has a MANDATE?? I do not think so and neither do you. ----------------------------- popular vote was 51%-47%. Electoral count 332-206. Dems gained 9 seats in the House, 2 in the Senate. That's pretty huge by any measure. What would a mandate look like if not this?_____________-Apparently, it's only a mandate if a Republican wins.

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Willy53Jan. 8, 13 6:03 AM

Don't forget that were it not for republican gerrymandering the one million total vote majority in congressional elections would translate into a democratic congress. Republicans are still trying to justify that "old news", the trifling electoral drubbing they received in November. Their recognition of why they lost and explanation of it is instructive as to their ignorance and irrelevance. McConnell is simply saving face with the "no new tax" pledge signed by all republicans even as Grover Norquist becomes irrelevant and exposed as a protector of billionaire wealth. Once again, republicans shown to be a one minded lobbying organization for the privlaged and wealthy.

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theagonybhoJan. 8, 13 7:20 AM

It would be nice if the GOP held thier ground and didnt raise the debt ceiling and demanded some real cuts, thier spineless RINOS, business as usual in Washington. At home when your visa card is maxed out, do not cut back spending because that could have an adverse effect for your family, as a matter of fact increase your spending and demand visa raise your credit limit.

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elmore1Jan. 8, 13 7:33 AM

I continue to be disappointed at the lack of action by the President. We do need to deal with the deficit and taxing the rich only covers a small portion of it. Continuing to campaign through the liberal media in his second term doesn't make any sense and does nothing to deal with the deficit.

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barbjensJan. 8, 13 7:35 AM

The GOP raised the debt ceiling during the Bush years and also voted for the Iraq war but that was not paid for and put on the credit card for the Obama Administration. NOW they want everything "paid for" which seemingly was not important in the Bush years. Example 2 - Medicare Part D. Gave the Drug Companies free reign.

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my4centsJan. 8, 13 7:38 AM

Willy53 - The problem with your argument is that it is those you call "the privlaged and wealthy" that are already funding government. The ONLY way to balance our budget is to cut spending or to increase taxes on everyone else. There is not enough money in the hands of "the privileged" to come even close, and it is NOT your money.

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