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If Jesus can't do it, neither can Boehner. These are Republican words, not mine. A righteously devout person would not say such a thing.

Boehner wants to trade restoration of military benefits for a debt ceiling deal. That seems like a win-win. First, Republicans cut the military benefits, and now they want to give them back in a demonstration that they did something, but is transparently a do nothing action.

The WP story reminds that the US is the only large country with a debt ceiling. That’s what this column has been saying repeatedly. Cut it out and let the executive govern. Let Congress put constraints on spending, and stop the airing of dirty financial laundering.

“Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits

By Robert Costa, Published: February 5

House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority.

Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file ­Republicans.

Boehner’s inner circle said he is casting about to find a solution that can pass the House without rupturing the fractious Republican conference, in which disagreements over past debt-limit strategies have caused considerable turmoil. He also wants to avoid a dramatic partisan fight with the White House, which has long resisted GOP attempts to extract major concessions on the debt ceiling.

“Right now, Jesus himself couldn’t be the speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something, so I think Speaker Boehner is trying his best to come up with a plan that can get close to that,” said Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio), a longtime Boehner ally. “Whatever we move, there will be critics everywhere, but at the end of the day we still have to govern.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/boehner-proposes-linking-debt-limit-hike-to-a-restoration-of-recent-cuts-to-military-benefits/2014/02/05/7ea8616a-8e99-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpol

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