House Speaker Boehner wants a debt fight

  • Article by: New York Times Editorial
  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Just when Speaker John Boehner should be warning his members not to use the debt ceiling as a threat, he is doing exactly the opposite. Instead of reminding lawmakers that they are obligated to pay for the debts they voted to incur, he is once again waving the dull saber of default.

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pumiceAug. 29, 13 9:22 PM

From the article: "It may be unfair, but what I'm trying to do here is to leverage the political process to produce more change than what it would produce if left to its own devices." Unfair? That's a generous assessment of your ultimate goal (cutting entitlements and doubling down on sequestration--aka poverty for minimum wage workers, austerity for the middle class, and more upward income redistribution)! You get points for honesty, though: The political process will produce neither sequestration-plus nor entitlement cuts if left to its own devices.

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jimjimjimjimAug. 29, 13 9:35 PM

It seems that liberals think obama and the democrats should have a blank check to bankrupt this country. How many more trillions do you want them to borrow and print? Why would you want this burden left to your children and grandchildren? Wasn't obama a big opponent of raising the debt ceiling under Bush? Bush capsized us and democrats and obama want to take us to the bottom.

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twspt7Aug. 29, 13 9:51 PM

Deadbeats usually have what they consider to be good excuses to not pay their bills. And now deadbeats are running the House of Representatives.

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bigtmnAug. 29, 1310:35 PM

Maybe it is time to remind national leadership again of what the financial situation of the country is. They haven't resolved the Social Security and Medicare crises, the crumbling infrastructure, etc., etc., and now there is talk of another military intervention. Who is going to pay for that?

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crystalbayAug. 29, 1310:36 PM

The GOP will stop at nothing to destroy this country. First they cause the only down-grading of our credit in history (adding 19 billion in higher interest rates on the debt); then they create a situation in which only a sequester can buy some time; then they refuse to compromise and the draconian, indiscriminate cuts are triggered (gutting critical programs like Head Start and scientific research). And now they want to take the country hostage AGAIN to make even further cuts to domestic programs??? This party's circling the drain but doing incalculable damage on its way down.

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vlombardyAug. 29, 1310:54 PM

The anarchists currently masquerading as Republicans represent the 10% of the population that owns the country. This plutocracy sees no reason to throw scraps to the bottom 90%, which, of course, will eventually lead to collapse of the system that gave them all the wealth. So maybe the obstructionism isn't all bad.

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Jasmussen48Aug. 29, 1311:06 PM

pumice - [cutting entitlements and doubling down on sequestration--aka poverty for minimum wage workers, austerity for the middle class, and more upward income redistribution] *** So please explain the Democrat solution? They had full power for around 6 months and did nothing except draw out the process on Obamacare (which they still had to pass it after they lost majorities in the Senate)...please fully explain the Democrat solution...they have done everything they wanted; raised taxes on the "rich", passed Obamacare, increased the debt limit, passed the Stimulus and even passed the Dodd-Frank Act. We should be in utopia by now but instead we have a stagnating economy...where are the solutions? It's easy to knock the other party but if you don't have your own solutions how can we even have a debate?

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owatonnabillAug. 30, 13 5:39 AM

Witless sloganeering and mindless chanting of talking points aside--anyone who believes in the sincerity of John Boehner vis a vis this issue is delusional. This is a bone tossed to what he perceives is his "base", and with all House members up for re-election in a scant 15 months, he really had little choice. But, one way or another, things will go on the way they always have. Boehner has too much invested in Inside Washington for it to be any other way.

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schristeAug. 30, 13 6:08 AM

Jasmussen48 - you never heard of fillibuster? I laugh every time posters state that the DFL had "full power". The only time either party has "full power" is when there are NO members of the opposite party - has NEVER happened.

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cstoney48Aug. 30, 13 7:08 AM

During the Vietnam was an officer was quoted as saying "We had to destroy the village in order to save it". That worked well then. I sure it will this time too.

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