Speaker of the House John Boehner has gained the reputation for allowing the most extreme elements of the Republican Party to control the agenda in the House. And while he tries his damnedest to put up a good public front, it’s less and less believable.
His latest public statement was made in relation to what appears to be another politically motivated debt ceiling battle:
“I’m not threatening default.”
But in the same speech, he ominously and erroneously claims that “the largest tax hike in American history is scheduled for the end of this year.” No, John. At the end of the year, the tax cuts that were put in place by a Republican administration ten years ago are set to expire. Those are the very same tax cuts that significantly contributed to the very debts and deficits that Boehner and the GOP/Tea Party claim to be so vehemently opposed to.
But facts are troubling things to the GOP. It’s much easier to claim – through Speaker Boehner and others – that they’re don’t want to threaten default, all the while threatening default by bringing up all the same things they used to threaten default with before.
And while approval numbers for Congress are at an all-time low, most people blame the Republicans for the legislative brinksmanship that led us to the edge of the precipice and that was responsible for the lowering of federal bond ratings with Standard and Poors. The consequences of that maneuvering are well known; our economy took a significant unnecessary hit
If one were of a cynical frame of mind, and I have often been rightfully accused of that, one might think that this is political maneuvering in an effort to precipitate another hit to the economy, just in time to conjure up more “proof” that Obama is bad for the economy.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck and cries like a duck …