Do I pull the rip cord? Hmmm... maybe. Maybe not. But first I have a list of demands...
Right on, Mr. Carlson!
First “demand”: Pare the budget by the promised $100 Billion;
Second: Repeal “Obamacare” as promised:
Third: Do NOT increase the debt ceiling.
Sounds like a great start to me!
Sorry you guys, but not raising the debt limit is not an option at this time. To not do that would be catastrophic, maybe even apocalyptic, in the short term. What is an option is to be more frugal with spending plans, and seriously start the process of getting back to balanced budgets being the norm. That means less for those who have their hands out and more from those who pay taxes. Sorry.
Anyone remember the Republican economists during the Clinton era, arguing that paying off the national debt would ruin the economy?
It’s one thing to get religion, it’s another to bounce back and forth between heaven and he11
In this game of “Chicken,” Obama is always the first to blink.
“Second: Repeal “Obamacare” as promised”
Did you forget about the non-partisan CBO report that stated repealing “Obamacare” will INCREASE the deficit by $50 billion? A better answer is to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as limiting our roll in Libya. Our biggest expense is the out of control military budget.
Tax rates are at their lowest in 70 years - of course we have a deficit. Republicans are great at taking budget surpluses and applying them to tax cuts instead of paying off the debt. They run the state of Texas and we’ve been underfunded for years. Next, cut services, then when the budget does begin to balance out, cut taxes, rinse and repeat. Eventually, you’ll have a true banana republic or back to the old plantation system.
Accomplished WHAT Howdy? Middle said nothing about any accomplishment.
Are you saying it was the Repubs who brought the deficit under control?
They why did the deficit begin to spiral upwards again under that SAME Republican Congress, but this time with a Republican President?
“Give in to my demands or I will shoot myself in the foot…”
The deficit started to inflate lonnnng before then HOWWW-Dee.
And how many years are we talking about here? As I recall, you once claimed the Dems controlled Congress for the last FIVE years of the Bush administration,
I can’t recall the exact number of years off the top of my head, but you did make the claim that the Dems owned it well before 2007. That much I do remember.
The “debt ceiling” would be a bad ploy even if it wasn’t a total joke, with punch lines written by BOTH parties.
^ Tigger,,, You need to go back to school. Obama became POTUS in 2009. What was Bush doing then? Oh,, Nothing…. the same as the previous eight years.
^ and ^^ The Democrats couldn’t pass a budget because they needed 60 votes and didn’t have 60 Democrats.
Remember the constant Republican threat to fillibuster?
Again I must point out - the concentration of wealth by The 400 is being hoarded and contributing nothing while the middle-class job and housing markets continue to circle the drain. This is the priority problem to everyone except those in the beltway, who take their agenda from the big-money lobbyists. So we are supposed to believe the federal debt is the main problem.
^^ I certainly do remember. How Congress got itself into a situation in which the threat of a filibuster was the same as the filibuster itself, I cannot imagine. People repeatedly referred to the Jimmy Stewart film “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” (watch it, if you can) as an example of what a filibuster really is.
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