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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Barbarians inside the gate

Another lost weekend filled with talk of grand bargains, super congresses and enough overheated words to extend the heat wave. When will these jokers stop posturing and get serious?

Often lost amid the war of words over the debt ceiling talks are two salient facts: it is a wholly unnecessary crisis created by House Republicans for political purposes, a reality borne out by the GOP's push for a two-step solution that would force another debate like this during the election season.

It was a fact reinforced by House Speaker John Boehner, who reportedly told his fellow Republicans:
“If we’re divided,” he said, “our leverage gets minimized."
Great way to put the nation's interests ahead of your own political ones, Mr Speaker.

Reasonable people agree that it is important to pay for what you have purchased. That's a fact that eludes the GOP caucus. Reasonable people agree squabbling politicians unwilling to meet in the middle is bad for our national standing. Another fact that eludes the GOP caucus.

It's come down to this: an out-of-control band of ideologues has seized one leg of the three-legged stool of government and demanding to get its way or they'll break the whole thing apart. That's not democracy, that's extortion.

With your job and retirement hanging in the balance. Maybe it's time for drastic measures to get their attention

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