John Boehner will go down in history as the man who caused the Second Great Depression and triggered a global financial panic. One man. His name (pronounced, for all time as "Boner," otherwise referred to as "Bonehead") will be attached to the Depression. The Boehner Depression, like the Bush Tax Cuts and the Bush Wars.
Like Hastert who gave his name to The Rule that says a Republican Speaker of the House can only bring a bill for a vote if it has a majority of the majority, Boehner's name will be attached to the practice of "pulling a Boehner" (pronounced Boner) where the Speaker refuses to bring legislation because he is too afraid of a minority extreme faction in his party and losing his speakership.
The Radical Republican NeoConfederates, who have pooh-poohed the impact of crashing through the debt ceiling, forever destroying what is known as the "full faith and credit of the United States," and making other countries, like China, question whether the world should "de-Americanize" and whether it is such a good idea to use the Dollar as reserve currency (so much for the Almighty Dollar) - like to use the image of a family overspending and amassing too much debt, although in more rational times, a house mortgage, a car loan and college loans are considered "investments" in the future, not the sign of a deadbeat.
But what happens when a family can't pay its mortgage? The bank forecloses.
But to take that analogy further, does that mean that if we default, China, to which we owe about $1 trillion, can foreclose? What should they foreclose on? The Grand Canyon? The Statue of Liberty? The White House?
The Republicans, once again, scoff at the notion of defaulting on interest. "We have enough to pay the interest on the debt," they scoff. But that means the government would stiff on what it owes in salaries to workers, contractors (and I'll bet there are a few of those in Republican districts)
I thought about Boehner's cowardice - and the impact on millions of Americans, middle-aged people who have struggled to put together retirement savings, erased; seniors who will not get their social security or Medicare, mothers and infants cut off from food and formula, veterans suffering from PTSD unable to get help that might save them from suicidal or homicidal impulses, entrepreneurs whose dreams have dashed without access to small business loans, new graduates who face dismal job prospects and a lifetime of unfulfilled potential, those for whom the American Dream of owning a home will evaporate because interest rates will rise on everything, including federal debt, and that means there won't be enough money available to rebuild communities ravaged by mighty storms magnified by climate change, another issue which the Radical Republican NeoConfederates deny to exist.
And I compare to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the face by the Taliban for going to school. She faced down the Taliban, faced down death, and has continued her crusade on behalf of equal access for girls to education. She wants to return to her country and someday become Prime Minister, even though the Taliban has maintained its threat to kill her.
Boehner, who has presided over the most Do Nothing of Do Nothing Congresses, is too much of a coward, too weak and weak-minded, too concerned about holding onto his own political power, to face down the Tea Party and allow the full House to vote on the measure to raise the debt ceiling, as was done 45 times since Reagan, and reopen the government.
And the rest of the nation, the world, has to suffer for his cowardice.
Karen Rubin, Long Island Populist Examiner
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