Remember that fantastic month back in 2010 where Congress reached a literal standstill, which Republicans blocked every piece of legislation proposed because they wanted to hold off until after their new majority was voted into the House? You know, right after months of refusing to allow any new legislation to be proposed until after the election, so they wouldn’t be forced to pass laws they didn’t like, even if a majority approved them?
That time that Republicans held hostage unemployment benefit extensions that thousands of Americans relied on to put food on the table and hopefully not lose their homes, in order to extend the Bush era tax breaks for the richest of Americans?
Hope you enjoyed that, because here we go again.
Speaker of The House John Boehner is threatening to once more stoke a debt ceiling battle after the 2012 election is over, proposing that the lame duck session would be a great time to play chicken, since there will be no political consequences — especially for him. Via Talking Points Memo, ’Previous Congresses have encountered lesser precipices with lower stakes, and made a beeline for the closest lame-duck escape hatch,’ Boehner will note. ‘Let me put your mind at ease. This Congress will not follow that path, not if I have anything to do with it .. This is the last position in government I will hold.’
So what does Boehner want in exchange for a debt ceiling vote? The permanent implementation of the Bush era tax cuts for the richest Americans. Because when you are trying to limit the amount of debt a country has, the best way to do it is to permanently eliminate billions of dollars of tax revenue.
There’s only one problem with Boehner’s plan. The country likely won’t hit the debt ceiling until after the first of the year, making his manufactured crisis deadline too late to play in the lame duck.
By then, Boehner may have lost his speakership all together, and the Republicans their House majority.
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