Not so fast, Republicans.
Speaker John Boehner managed to pull a rabbit out of his tea caucus hat by relying upon Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats once again, as he always must when his House needs to do their jobs. But a miracle has occurred since he magically decided not to apply the Hastert Rule to the debt ceiling, and he got a clean debt ceiling passed.
While it’s great that some Republicans have finally decided to pay off their old bills, Democrat Sandy Levin wasn’t quite ready to let them forget what they cost the country the last time around.
The Michigan Democrat said debate during debate on legislation to raise the debt limit today, “We’ve been adamant about a clear, clean debt ceiling vote. And now it’s happening. It should have happened in August 2011. And because of the Republican position, a high price was paid. Jobs were lost, 120,000. The stock market plunged nearly 20%. Economic growth was slowed, significantly. So this time around we’re going to do the right thing.”
Representative Levin continued by urging Republicans to address the concerns of the day, “Let us now take up the other issues of major importance to the people of this country. And one of them is unemployment insurance. As we stand here today, isolated maybe by the walls around this chamber, but I hope not, 1.7 million people have lost every dime of their unemployment insurance. Long-term unemployed.”
Levin was not impressed that Boehner ignored the tea caucus in order to drag the Republican Party out of the gutter, where they’d been swaggering about threatening to destroy the country again unless they got some toys, “All right, we’re clearing the decks. Now let’s pay attention to the business of the American people, in addition to full faith and credit. We should not be leaving here with 1.7 million Americans out in the cold because too many people in this institution haven’t been willing to listen to their stories. Listen and act.”
It’s way past time to ask these Republicans who refuse to do the job the taxpayers pay them to do, why do they hate America so much? They can hardly fault anyone for not jumping up for joy that Boehner managed to get a few stragglers to do their job, as they once again relied on the minority party to accomplish anything remotely sane.
The GOP needs to get its act together.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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