Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Well the whole world is about to find out as we learned from John Boehner this morning on ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Boehner stated if Obama continues to refuse to negotiate over the deficit crisis and the Affordable Care Act the country is going to default on its debt. This could pull the whole worlds economy down with it as Republicans destroy the faith and credit of the American people.
All Boehner has succeeded in doing is making himself out to be one grand liar with has latest comments. It was only yesterday he stated he would not let the nation default on its debts. The other grandiose lie is the one about Obama negotiating before we reopen government and raise the debt ceiling. Obama is willing to hold discussions as soon as government is reopened and we raise the debt ceiling. He is not refusing to negotiate he is refusing to be held hostage to Republicans disdain for the democratic process.
How many times have we heard Boehner or Cantor or McConnell say we can't compromise on our principles. What Republicans mean by compromise then in light of Boehner's comments today is that we will make our demands and you must cave in to them or else. What goes around comes around and now Democrats have finally reached the point they no longer will cave in to ridiculous demands that Democrats give up their principles even as Republicans refuse to compromise on theirs.
Republicans tried the constitutional way to repeal a bill failing to repeal it 42 times and by running on repealing the Affordable Care Act only to get soundly defeated because, for one thing their candidate for president is the only one who put these Heritage Foundation ideas into practice, where they worked and he had once bragged about it. Republicans hoped America would forget that the Affordable Care Act was Romneycare before that.
The greatest Right Wing lie of all is the one about we need to cut more spending to confront the deficit crisis. Except that as the Washington Post pointed out on 4/23/2013 there is in fact no deficit crisis for Obama to negotiate on. In the past year the deficit has been falling fast but there continues to be a very real jobs deficit and an income deficit crisis for working Americans that Republicans refuse to address except to pretend, like McDonalds, that a minimal wage is a stepping stone to the middle class even though you can't even pay your bills on it.
The real truth is that Republicans under estimated President Obama's resolve this time. They went to the hostage taking well once too often believing Obama would cave-in yet again and give them a Grand Bargain that would include delaying his signature piece of legislation with cuts to Social Security benefits as well. They took America hostage and Obama did not cave-in and now the Republicans are stuck in a Gordian Knot of their own making.
If Republicans do the right thing and reopen government and raise the debt ceiling now the Right Wing nuts, funded by the Koch brothers, will put many of them out of office. If they continue to cling to the nut case fringe of their party many may lose the election of 2014 because of voter anger at them for creating this phony crisis, as a new PPP poll showed today.
I should note the PPP poll is a Democratic Party leaning poll so take its numbers with that in mind but it is still an unenviable position Republicans have painted themselves into including possibly destroying the American economy, all to make a partisan set of political points that are based in lies and falsehoods.
Lastly,those World War II vets the Right has been using to demagogue their reasons for holding this nation hostage is not what any of those vets fought for. My father was dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. He fought for a nation that belonged to all of us and worked tirelessly to give my sister and I a better future than was available to he and mom. His idea of democracy was most certainly not rule by the wealthy few. So Stop defacing his memory with your phony grand standing and your phony hostage crisis. You Republicans made it now own it.