Republican Offer to Obama: Delay Obamacare or We’ll Refuse to Raise the Debt Ceiling

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in EvanstonI absolutely love how Republicans “negotiate.”  The way they go about it is pretty simple.  Basically they tell the president, “Do what we want or else…” and the president is supposed to simply agree.

They take something like delaying the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), or defunding it all together, and say that’s their chip on the bargaining table for them to — you know — actually do their jobs.

Blackmailing the president has never been more popular than since a black man became president.

You don’t negotiate by saying that the only way you’ll do something is by offering something the other side has made clear isn’t an option.

Imagine for a moment a high-profile sports figure wants a 10 year 100 million dollar contract.  Every team in whatever major sports league they’re apart of says there’s no way they’d ever go 10 years on a contract.  So, this athlete and their agent approach the negotiations by saying, “The money is negotiable, but anything below 10 years is out of the question.”  Well, every single one of those teams drew a line in the sand so there wouldn’t be any negotiations, because you’re starting the whole process based on stipulations which flat-out aren’t feasible.

But the fact of the matter is, Congress is trying to negotiate simply doing their damn job.

Raising the debt ceiling is a procedural move—that’s it.  Something that has never been a real issue in Congress before.  Republicans did it seven times in eight years for George W. Bush, mostly without any issues whatsoever.

It wasn’t until they realized they could use it as a tool to hold our economy hostage, and manipulate their ignorant voting base by perpetuating the myth that raising the debt ceiling is about new spending (it’s not), that the vote to raise it suddenly became an issue.

So now we have two asinine movements within the Republican party:

  1. Republicans like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who wrongfully believe you can shutdown the government to force the defunding of Obamacare.
  2. Republicans like Eric Cantor who wrongfully believe you can take our economy hostage to try to delay Obamacare.

It’s crap like this which makes me want to stand in the middle of Congress and shout, “It’s the law, get the hell over it!”

Threatening not to raise the debt ceiling even prompted the rebuke of Republican Senator Mike Lee, who’s helping lead the charge to actually defund the law (a member of #1).  He said, “It is not a plan to defund Obamacare.  It’s a plan to facilitate the passage of a continuing resolution in a way that allows people to claim that they’re defunding Obamacare without actually doing so.”

Even a radical member of their own party is calling bullcrap on this “plan.”  It’s just a means at which some Republicans are trying to “save face” by acting like they’re “defunding Obamacare” — and avoiding the plan being pushed by the even more right-wing radicals in their party who are calling for a full-on government shutdown.

It’s literally a battle between which Republican group can come up with the plan which makes less sense.

I swear, their behavior reminds me of a petulant child throwing a tempter-tantrum after not getting their way.  They couldn’t block it in Congress, the president signed it and the Supreme Court upheld it as Constitutional.

Now they’re just throwing a hissy fit hoping they can get their way.

But let’s not ignore the “elephant in the room” (pun intended)—these people seem in denial that they got their butts kicked last November.

Not only did they not defeat President Obama (Romney got crushed), they also lost seats in both the House and the Senate.  Oh, and they lost the overall popular vote in the House by more than one million votes.

So this “mandate” they seem to act like they have is nothing more than some delusional belief that seems to only reside in an alternate reality where they were given some kind of power last November.  They might have kept some power, but they sure as heck weren’t given any.

But at the end of the day, what we’re really seeing is the race to see which group of Congressional Republicans can prove they simply “don’t get it” the most.

I’m just going to call it a tie.  Both sets are filled with brainless nitwits who apparently have no idea how our government works and seem very eager to prove it.

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  • Bill McDermott

    The President should just say; “I’m going to pay the bills you incurred and agreed to and if you don’t like it, see you in court”.

  • Nathan Buchanan

    I really believe that they believe thier nonsense. No coincidence that they are all tea party darlings. Elected not for what they stand for, but WHO they stand against. Getting elected on the “I hate the black guy too” platform and getting to congress and having no real clue how things work.

  • janieliza

    The simple fact on this subject is that if Congress refuses to pass the budget and increase the debt limit this fall, THEY will find themselves in deep trouble. Not Obama, but the perps who have not done the jobs they were sent to Congress to do. ….. Create jobs, protect our air, water, shores and borders, find a way to pay down the indefensible debt Bush put us into, RAISE TAXES on those who can afford to pay… and NOT on those who are still having a difficult time making ends meet. READ MY LIPS: TAX THE BIG INCOMES AND THE CORPORATIONS. Then get off your stupid high horse and accept that we don’t want you running Congress because you are a failure at everything.

    • Charles Vincent

      Bush Debts By year;
      2009: 1.4 trillion
      2008: 458 billion
      2007: 161 billion
      Obama Debts By year;
      2010: 1.3 trillion
      2011: 1.5 trillion
      2012: ~1.1 trillion
      Next time you want to run your proverbial mouth about whos debt is indefensible check your numbers.
      Taxing the rich and the corporations does not and has not ever worked. its mathmatical there arent enough rich people or corporations to tax to balance the budget.
      Furthermore Obama is on pace to hit ~1 trillion for the 2013 fiscal year.

  • Craig Long

    President Obama will use his Executive Order power to raise the debt ceiling and pay USA bills before anything like that happens.


    They LOST…..to the Black Guy…..again….
    And that’s EXACTLY what the gop are dead set against EVER HAPPENING AGAIN!
    If they could, they would wipe the history books clean of ANY evidence that America EVER elected a BLACK MAN.
    They refuse to accept that george w. bush skrewed up this Country so bad that the American People were willing to vote for a Black Man!…..TWICE!
    Yea, I went there because that’s the truth!
    They will never admit that since that day, they have PRAYED for America to fail!
    There’s something REALLY wrong with that!
    Here is a real quote.
    We “hoped” he didn’t work out. NOW, it’s time for a REAL “change”.
    Hoping “He” didn’t work out was hoping “We” wouldn’t work out…..
    I refuse to believe that the average American would forsake their neighbor.
    I still believe that we are more like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, or a fire fighter who would rescue and give CPR to a kitten, or a man who would risk his life to save a dog that has fallen through the ice.
    THAT’S who I believe WE are!
    THAT’S who I KNOW we are!