House Passes ANOTHER Debt Ceiling Bill

Not that it matters to the handout-junkies and bureaucracy-lovers who make up the Democratic Party’s base, but the House has passed a second bill to extend the federal debt ceiling. In case you’ve forgotten, the House is controlled by the Grand Old Party of No, and the world is going to end if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by Tuesday.

Here’s the president’s Treasury Secretary on the need for an extension that runs through Obama’s reelection campaign:

“The most important thing is that we remove this threat of default from the country for the next 18 months,” Geithner said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “You want to take this out of politics.”

Emphasis mine; this could be the Freudian slip of the year. Democrats don’t want to take the politics out of the debt ceiling fight – they want to take the debt ceiling fight out of the nation’s political conversation. Eventually, voters will realize President Obama’s fix is higher taxes, and Senator Reid’s fix is gutting the military.

Isn’t it funny how, time and again, the adults in Washington demand policies identical to the far left’s? Let’s review:

  • World ends without debt ceiling increase
  • House Republicans pass Cut, Cap & Balance bill
  • Reid, Obama say Cut, Cap & Balance is DOA
  • Obama pushes for tax hikes
  • Reid suggests slashing defense spending
  • House Republicans pass Budget Control Act of 2011
  • Reid, Obama say Budget Control Act of 2011 is DOA

As I said this morning, compromising sucks when the other side is nuts, but this is what House Republicans have to deal with.

A debt ceiling compromise beats the prospect of a second Obama term by a landslide the size of Texas. I’m glad Congressman Stivers, my representative in the House, voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011. I’m glad Speaker Boehner, my parents’ representative, worked to create a bill the shameless demagogues in the Senate and White House might be forced to pass.

Official releases on the Budget Control Act of 2011 follow. From Stivers:

“I supported Speaker Boehner’s bill because it cuts spending and changes the way that Washington works. It puts caps on spending and moves America toward a balanced budget.  A default could result in economic disaster including higher costs for car, student and business loans as well as mortgages; it could result in lower stock prices; higher gasoline and import costs and higher unemployment.  This scenario is unacceptable and moving forward Members of both parties need to work together toward reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling to prevent a default.”

From Boehner:

Thanks in part to your support, this evening the House passed an important bill to cut trillions in spending and end our debt limit crisis.

It’s the second time in the last two weeks that the People’s House has spoken. Twice now, we’ve passed legislation to cut trillions in government spending, avoid a job-crushing national default, and advance the cause of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

In contrast, Washington Democrats have done nothing. They refuse to put a plan on the table. In fact, it’s been 821 days since the Democrat-run Senate has passed a budget.

Let me be clear, our bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a positive step forward, carefully negotiated in a good faith effort to find a solution to the current crisis.

Now it is time for the Senate to act. The Senate must pass the House bill and send it to the President for him to sign into law. There is no excuse for inaction.

Cross-posted at Third Base Politics and Columbus Tea Party.

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Partisan Hackery Mea Culpa

Good news: with a week to go until what really ought to be a Republican landslide, I believe I’ve got this election-year bout of partisan hackery out of my system. Back to writing boring things about politics and boring things about other topics at a roughly 1:1 ratio!

To recap, nobody should vote for Maryellen O’Shaughnessy. Unless you’re a public union member, in which case go for it; after all, your dues are paying for her campaign! If possible, even fewer than zero people should vote for Mary Jo Kilroy, a socialist who has no business telling businesses what to do. OH-15 and America in general are better off without her, however much the leeches at the AFSCME might disagree. Noticing a pattern here?

Outside of Ohio, one of my satirical Bob Etheridge (D-NC) ads was picked up by his opponent Renee Ellmers’s attack site, which is just dandy as far as I’m concerned. Ellmers – like John Kasich, Steve Stivers, and most of Ohio’s GOP ticket – seems like an incredibly easy choice given the alternative.

As President Obama would say, let me be clear: I am not a party guy. I worked a couple of trivial events for Congressman Boehner during high school, volunteered when Dubya visited Troy in 2004, and put in a few hours at Ken Blackwell’s headquarters in 2006. But, despite all my transparently racist fear-mongering, I have little love for the Ohio GOP. Bob Taft? Mike DeWine? George Voinovich? These are hardly the sort of steely conservatives we can count on to do what’s politically difficult and economically necessary, and the state party has no shortage of their kind.

If being the grandson of a county commissioner is good for anything, it’s b.s. detection. From a young age I got to see that some of the movers & shakers in my own party are miserable human beings, and that most of the folks in the other party are not. As final reminders to vote, you should read this piece by Frank at IMAO and check out this video!

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Mary Jo Kilroy Lies Like a Dog

The only fun thing about receiving campaign mailers is that brief second when your brain is processing whether it’s a promotional or a smear piece. So, I hope Chris Redfern won’t hold it against me that I smirked when I opened my mailbox to an ad featuring this graphic:


Reading from left to right, I expected the caption under my congresswoman’s face to say “Mad Dog,” but since this is a pro-Kilroy mailer it instead reinforces the image of Representative Kilroy swatting Wall Street’s behind with a newspaper. No, bad Wall Street! Bad! Stop providing ways for the corporations that employ millions of Americans to expand and conduct research! Stop allowing Americans to grow the money that we, the government let them keep!

Mary Jo Kilroy isn’t courting the votes of people who invest in the stock market. She’s not interested in anyone who understands that, even when they make stupid or selfish decisions, Wall Street firms create more jobs and opportunities than Kilroy ever has or ever will. Mary Jo Kilroy is a socialist, and I say that knowing it’s worse for me to call a duck a duck than it is for Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern to call me a f***er.

The highlight of the Kilroy piece, once you get past that fleeting moment of first-glance entertainment? It repeats a falsehood that was thrashed a full three weeks ago by FactCheck.org:


Representative Kilroy was not in Congress when TARP passed. She voted “Yea” on a much later House disapproval resolution, knowing that a previous Senate decision guaranteed her vote would have no impact. We get it, Mary Jo! You only like businesses that produce union bosses and Democrat campaign contributions! There’s no need to lie about your awful record to drive home that point.

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