So as expected, Boehner and his “leaders” caved and allowed the crisis to end. And most people feel it was a gigantic waste of time. More important to me though is the loss of business and money that occurred during this manufactured crisis. People were so involved with the politics and politicians that they forget what was happening to real people. Federal employees are people also. They own houses, have kids, etc. They go to grocery stores, hair salons, car dealerships, restaurants, etc. The dollars lost by these businesses and the people laid off due to the shutdown will never be recovered. It will take months or years for them to recover. And the party that is concerned about the deficit just added 24 million to the credit card because of the shutdown.
It didn’t have to be this way. And now we have more deadlines coming up in another month or so. There is no reason to believe that it will be different then. Unless the more reasonable voices in the Republican Party finally decide to lead and allow discussion of the issues, but not hostage taking by a small minority of small minded gerrymandered congressmen to cause more damage to the country and it’s citizens.
So here we are 13 or so hours from losing our title as a superpower and where are we. Well of course the great Speaker Boehner had to pull a bill that we waited all day for on Tuesday because once again he was too afraid of a small group of anarchists to bring a bill that would pass to the floor.
This morning we hear from multiple sources that the senate leaders have come up with an agreement that will pass the Senate. At this point we need to see if Canada Cruz and Lee will allow it to come up for a vote. If they filibuster, then we will default. We also hear that Speaker Boehner is going to allow the Senate bill to come to a vote without any conditions and allow it to pass with mostly Democratic votes. I am sure also that if moderate and other cowardly Republicans know it will pass, they will bail on it to pander to their base.
In the end the results will show that all the pain inflicted on the American people will have been done for nothing. Republicans are getting nothing out of this of significance. Now they need to decide whether they want to keep the fight going during budget talks and push us to the same point in January. I am guessing they will unless Republicans leaders mainly in the House actually lead.
The good news is that we will have a new Democratic Senator from New Jersey after all the votes are counted.
So Boehner is in a panic. He knows that Reid and McConnell are coming up with an acceptable plan. So the Tea Party makes him create his own. A plan that is a mix of the same things the Senate bill has, plus unconstitutional requests. And at the same time Boehner admits he hasn’t got the votes to pass their OWN plan in the House. Why is Boehner the Speaker? He is 3rd in line for the Presidency. If he can’t deal with 40 Tea Party members, how will he deal with international threats?
Debt Ceiling, Shutdown Deal: House Will Move Own Bill – Business Insider.
So the House has pretty much said that they won’t deal with the Senate offer in regards to shutdown and debt ceiling. They now have come up with their own plan. What’s in it?
1. Government gets to stay open until January 15th (Same as Senate Plan)
2. The debt limit is open until February 7th (Same as Senate Plan)
3. Medical Device Tax delayed for 2 years (with no offsetting revenue so it adds to the debt).
4. Stricter income verification for Obamacare (makes sense)
5. Members of Congress and Cabinet have to go through Obamacare (questionable in regards to constitutionality for Cabinet)
6. Restricts ability of Treasury to take “extraordinary measures” in regards to debt ceiling (also questionable in regards to constitutionality)
So after all this, the right wing wimps out and asks for minor compromises. The question is whether the Tea Party clan will even go for this. I doubt it. Boehner in the end will have to get Dems to go with him. And points 5 and 6 are out as far as I am concerned.
Another day, more talk, nothing done. The media concentrates on the talks between Sen Reid and Sen McConnell. Unfortunately it means nothing. Members of the house are calling it the Senate Surrender Caucus. Regardless of the agreement and potential passing of a last minute agreement, it has to go to the House. And what happens there? So far the main people that have made statements are members of the ODS group. Those that don’t know what they want, won’t compromise on anything, regardless of the pain it causes Americans, and hate Obama.
So here is how it goes this week. The Senate has a vote on an agreement, Cruz, Paul, Rubio give eloquent speeches about how Obama and Obamacare sucks. Then the agreement passes. It goes to the house, Boehner puts it up for a vote based on the Hastert rule and it has a bunch of Tea Party poison pills added to it. It passes the house with only Republican votes and it goes to the House where it is rejected. We default for the first time in our history. The stock market drops a few thousand points. Middle income and low income folks that have any investments for retirement suffer. And the 1% have their investments in portfolio’s that actually benefit from the calamity that occurs.
Will Boehner have the guts to stand up, risking his Speakership to do what is right? That’s what really matters now. This isn’t about Obamacare. If anything it is more about the “end of days” scenario that the fringe right truly believes in . Everything will come to balance though eventually. What that means is that the American people may have to suffer until November 2014, when we have an election in which Tea Party members are voted out with challenges from moderate Republicans supported by the business community. And the Democrats retake the Senate with Pelosi as the Speaker. Then the last 2 years of President Obama’s administration will be extremely successful, getting things accomplished.
But why do we have to go through this?
Look at the report from The Drudge Report today. What is missing when crime is talked about? What in this specific case is missing. Why surprise it is the face of the white child that participated in the crime. Wonder how that happened.