I’ve decided that precedent has been set by the best and brightest that America has to offer…our GOP-led House of Representatives. I’ve decided to follow the shining example set by the GOP. Ford…I’m no longer going to pay the loan bills for the car I bought last February.
Yes, Ford, I did take ownership of a shiny new Ford Edge last February. Yes, I signed all the paperwork, agreeing to make my monthly payments on the car. But despite receiving the car, despite agreeing to pay for it, I’m going to follow the GOP example and not pay for it unless you, Ford, agree to make concessions to me. I didn’t spring for the integrated DVD/entertainment system in the car when I bought it. Just for the heck of it, I’d also like to upgrade my wheel/hubcaps to an even shinier more intricate style. In exchange for these concessions, Ford, I will make my car payments for a period of one year. Then we’ll have to renegotiate and you’ll have to offer more concessions before I agree to pay further bills.
OK…sounds ridiculous, right? But this is the new “logic” from the GOP-led House. Yes, I know “logic” and “GOP House” are two phrases that are rarely ever uttered in the same sentence, but the same principle applied. Congress sets spending and approves it. As a result of what Congress has already approved and what the president has signed, we have bills to pay. We have a deficit. But the GOP has decided to hold hostage our ability to actually PAY for the spending they’ve already approved. As with the last fiasco of a debt-ceiling “negotiation”, the GOP intends to not authorize an increase in our debt ceiling without significant concessions and spending cuts in return. In other words…they don’t want to pay the bills for what they’ve already purchased.
Given my cynical nature, it’s probably not a surprise when I say the majority of the American electorate are dumb as my (very sweet but stupid) Cocker Spaniel Cooper. In a poll, a strong majority of Americans were against raising the debt limit. In other words, a strong majority of Americans are stupid and unreasonable, much like our GOP-led House of Representatives. The debt ceiling is a formality, a mechanism to allow for our bills to be paid. Congress sets all spending levels, so it’s incredibly ballsy of them to use the debt-ceiling as a political ploy to highlight deficit spending in Washington.
Obama has said he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling increase. Good…I hope he sticks to that, because the debt ceiling shouldn’t be something that ever needs to be negotiated. It shouldn’t even need authorization by Congress, it should simply be required that the U.S. Treasury have the capability to always pay the bills that Congress has already authorized. The “trillion-dollar platinum coin” issue has been making the rounds as an option for Obama to bypass Congress if the GOP continues to play with economic disaster by making the debt-ceiling a political football. Frankly, I hope Obama does it. I hope he bypasses Congress and shows the world how incredibly ridiculous the House GOP is.
I’m also glad to see Obama’s Cabinet picks. I’m glad to see Joe Biden say that Obama is willing to go it alone on gun control and sign executive orders to address gun violence. Enough is enough. Obama is a 2nd-term president, winning in an election where Democrats also made gains in the Senate despite having many more Democratic Senators up for reelection than Republicans, and winning in an election where Democrats HAD MORE THAN A MILLION more national votes for the House than did Republicans. The American people have spoken, and they chose Democratic leadership. Obama should be willing to stock his Cabinet with whomever he pleases without GOP whining or threats of filibuster, especially since confirmation of cabinet posts has been a formality in the past. If a GOP is more concerned about campaign contributions and politics than about the safety of our children, a reasonably popular 2nd-term president should be able to do what he can to make sure gun violence is addressed.
Let the madness stop. End the political gridlock. It looks like Obama has gotten the message and is standing his ground (finally). In the meantime, I’ll keep paying my car loan…