What a difference a few days makes. Last week, House Republicans were selling the Ryan-Murray two-year budget compromise as a bill that stops the drama and ends the GOP-led lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. House GOP Budget Chairman Ryan made short work of that myth on FOX News Sunday:
From TPM DC:
Republicans will return to debt limit brinkmanship with a new set of demands to avert default early in 2014, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan signaled on Sunday…
…He indicated that Republicans will come up with their ransom demand when they meet after the holiday recess.
Paul Ryan defused the likelihood of a government shutdown in January with the bipartisan budget deal he helped strike last week. But on Sunday he did nothing to tamp down the possibility of a showdown over the debt ceiling.
The House Budget chairman said that Republicans will gather after the holidays “and discuss exactly what it is we’re going to try and get” for voting to suspend or raise the legal limit on federal borrowing.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday said Republicans will insist on more concessions for raising the debt limit in early 2014, indicating that the fiscal ceasefire he brokered in a budget deal may not last long.
That’s right – just a few months after the disastrous 16-day, $24 billion Republican Government Shutdown, House Republicans are planning again to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage and, with it, the economic wellbeing of the world.
Perhaps over the next few weeks House Republicans should revisit these words from a GOP icon more than a quarter century ago:
The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility — two things that set us apart from much of the world.