Yet another attempt by the GOP to hijack meaningful and critical legislation while attempting to facilitate their agenda has come to fruition. Raising the national debt limited is one of the most critical pieces of legislation in Washington D.C. The GOP is attempting to use the national debt. as a bargaining chip for their attack on Medicare.
The GOP playing with fire via their attempt to duplicate last December's compromise from President Obama. Their thoughts have to be in the realm of, 'If it worked before, we can pull it again, Obama will cave'. GOP leadership in the House of OZ (Boehner and Cantor) have commented that the debt ceiling must be raised. So we have political theater via today's vote while the GOP flips our seniors off to the mercy of a medical voucher system.
Now, take a look at Camp's comments related to HR 1954.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans dealt defeat to their own proposal for a $2.4 trillion increase in the nation's debt limit Tuesday, a political gambit designed to reinforce a demand for spending cuts to accompany any increase in government borrowing.
The vote was lopsided, with just 97 in favor of the measure and 318 against.
House Democrats accused the GOP of political demagoguery, while the Obama administration maneuvered to avoid taking sides – or giving offense to majority Republicans.
The debate was brief, occasionally impassioned and set a standard of sorts for public theater, particularly at a time when private negotiations continue among the administration and key lawmakers on the deficit cuts Republicans have demanded.
The bill "will and must fail," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the House Ways and Means Committee chairman who noted he had helped write the very measure he was criticizing.
"I consider defeating an unconditional increase to be a success, because it sends a clear and critical message that the Congress has finally recognized we must immediately begin to rein in America's affection for deficit spending," he said.
Needless to say but I will venture in anyway. I realize that Medicare is the largest financial expenditure for the US Government. The GOP and conservative America fought both Social Security many years ago and Medicare in the mid 1960's. contempt and non-support for entitlement programs is not a new issue for the RIGHT. Entitlement programs are as much an antithesis, in their minds, as their unyielding support for big business and the nations wealthy. It is what they do.
It will be a major tragedy in President Obama and the Democrats allow the GOP to again ambush "doing the right thing' with their political and social agenda issues. The nation is working to move away from a deep recession, I posit, that was the result of many years of conservative federal governance. The nation also has obligations to the very countries that these same Republicans (and Democrats) borrowed from for many years and well beyond the Bush Years. Of course, the Bush years saw huge increases in the borrowing. Another critical point, defaulting on our debt would have major financial impact across the globe. A global Depression!!!!!!!
I do not trust the RIGHT enough to see world economies sitting in their camp.
HR 1954 served its GOP purpose. It placed their clear agenda on the Congressional record. Yet, success is fleeting and I personally am watchful of any prospect of 'caving' from the Obama Team and the Democrats in Congress (and the Senate).