Speaker Boehner’s House of Blues…

The consequences of Speaker Boehner handing the gavel to the Tea Party are growing more severe as the GOP goes forward with a Republican Government Shutdown and their plan to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to their radical agenda.

This is madness.

Washington Post, Ezra Klein: The House’s debt-ceiling bill is…wow

John Boehner isn’t even trying to pretend his House of Representatives is a sane place anymore.

The House GOP’s debt limit bill – obtained by the National Review – isn’t a serious governing document. It’s not even a plausible opening bid. It’s a cry for help…

It’s tempting to think that this is Boehner teaching his conference a lesson.  They told him what they wanted, and he’s going to let them have it – good and hard.  House Republicans are walking into the debt-ceiling negotiations with an opening bid that makes them look ridiculous.  This looks like an Onion parody of what the House’s debt-ceiling demands might be.  It’s a wonder it’s not written in comic sans.

But this is really the conference teaching Boehner a lesson…

The Atlantic: All Republicans Want in Exchange for Not Destroying the Economy Is Everything

Republicans gave The National Review a draft of their starting point for negotiations with President Obama on the debt ceiling.  It’s jaw-dropping…

This is literally every policy priority of the Republican Party.  This is hostage-taking, not politics.  “We have been unable to pass our core priorities because voters keep electing Democrats to the Senate and the White House so we are asking that in order to prevent the economic catastrophe of a debt ceiling default, you sign off on doing everything we have ever wanted, is that OK with you, yes / no?”

MSNBC’s Steve Benen: Republicans ready to trade one hostage for another

…This is nothing short of madness, but it’s nevertheless quickly become the preferred Republican plan – the GOP is prepared to let one hostage go (they won’t shut down the government), while putting a gun to a new hostage (Republicans will trash the economy on purpose unless their demands are met).  All of this will play out over the next 22 days….

This is evidence of a political party that’s gone stark raving mad.

Roll Call: Republicans Plot CR Endgame

House Republican leaders are now in full flinging-spaghetti-at-the-wall mode as they float ideas for a spending bill that could win over enough of their rank and file to prevent a government shutdown.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jay Bookman: GOP cray-cray now focuses on debt default

…For reasons that I cannot fathom, Washington Republicans have now decided that refusing to raise the debt ceiling and threatening to send the government into default offers them a more promising landscape for the battle ahead.

NY Mag: House Republicans Issue Ransom Demand: Implement Romney Plan or the Economy Gets It

House Republicans have planned for weeks now to try to avert a government shutdown by promising their members an epic fight over the debt ceiling.  Yesterday they began circulating their initial ransom list of demands that President Obama and Senate Democrats must meet or else watch the world economy melt down.  It is, uh, rather extensive, and really needs to be read in full to appreciate its megalomaniacal ambition…

It’s Mitt Romney’s 2012 economic plan. Almost word for word, in fact.

POLITICO: Republicans united on Obamacare delay in debt hike

A large number of Senate and House Republicans are raising the threat of a debt default to curtail, delay or defund President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.  It’s a major gamble – risking the prospect of a first-ever default on U.S. debt – but it’s one seriously being considered by the same Republicans who have refused to join Cruz’s filibuster attempt…

‘I think the debt ceiling is a good opportunity … to defund or at least delay,’ said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn … ‘I’m for delay, defund, repeal, demolish, destroy, whatever the ‘d’ is, when it comes to Obamacare – I’m for.’

The American people have seen enough.  Our country cannot afford another GOP-manufactured crisis.  It’s time for Republicans to abandon their reckless and irresponsible agenda and join Democrats to honor America’s commitments, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.

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