Republican Brinkmanship

Mitch McConnell is not alone in creating a wish-list for programs to kill in exchange for raising the national debt ceiling. Georgia Rep. Paul Broun (R) thinks we should abolish the Department of Education and the Department of Energy before we think about raising the debt ceiling.

BROUN: I want to make this clear. I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless we have major cuts in the size and scope of the federal government.

MULTIPLE CONSTITUENTS: Can you define major?

BROUN: I propose getting rid of the Department of Education. I’d like to get rid of the Department of Energy as well.

I understand what the Republicans are doing here -- they're launching red meat at the wall hoping to see something stick. I get it, but I don't believe it's going to work.

One of the problems with constantly saying you will not vote to raise the debt ceiling is being on record for saying you will not, ya' know, vote for it. So when the shit hits the fan it's pretty easy to see, even for the casual observer, who to blame.

Leading up to the deadline for a government shutdown earlier this year, polls indicated that voters would blame Republicans for a shutdown, but not by a very wide margin. I expect noticeably different numbers, in favor of Democrats, during this latest round of Republican brinkmanship.

via ThinkProgress

  • cousinavi

    First, I want a million dollars. Then, I want a getaway car. Last, I want the letter M stricken from the English language. And, while you’re at it, eliminate the Department of Education.
    See…you always make one crazy demand so when they catch you, you can plead insanity.
    Getaway car. LOL.

    Where the fuck do these idiots come from? How do they get elected?
    How in the name of FSM did this ignorant fuckwit get through medical school?

    He’s a climate denialist – called it a “Scientific CONSPIRACY” (!), proposed legislation to make 2010 “The Year of the Bible” (!!), tried to restrict the sale of porn on US military bases, compared President Obama to HITLER (!!!), said he doesn’t know if Obama is a US citizen but that he does know Obama is a socialist (!!!!)…

    Oh. Georgia.
    Yeah…ok. Now it all makes sense. Stupid fucking redneck racist asshole.

  • molinelobo

    That of course would be the department of energy that controls our nuclear arsenal. Who and how does he intend to maintain it? The department of energy isn’t the lines going across the country,why are the republicans so anti-American? They want to abolish all regulatory agencies that keep us safe.

    • holyreality

      Silly moonbat,
      The FreeMarket(TM) will keep us safe.

      Clean air, clean water, highways, bridges, and railroads are all a socialist plot to confiscate producer’s wealth, and make it easy for lazy moochers.

      The sooner we remove regulatory agencies, the sooner we can drill baby drill, and build Nucular power plants. The EPA, DOE, and the rest of the alphabet soup evil gummint agencies must die in Grover’s bathtub before we can have jobs, prosperity, and good old freedumb

      Rainbow shitting unicorns of the freemarket will magically bring prosperity to the hard working amongst us, and the parasites just need to die.