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Are We Living in the Twilight Zone?


At least Esau got a bowl of lentil soup for selling out his birthright. What will Republicans get?

It’s amazing how events in politics seem to repeat themselves more often than Charlie Brown and the football. It seems like it was yesterday that we were advocating against Boehner’s trial balloon vote to raise the debt ceiling at the end of July.

Back in 2011, it was Republicans who had the superior leverage buttressed by the midterm elections, and it was Obama whose approval rating was in the toilet. Yet everything was the same it is today. In fact, part of the reason we are in this debacle today is because of the failure to articulate principles last July.

At the time, Republicans stood firm with the pledge never to raise the debt ceiling unless we would implement a plan like Cut, Cap, and Balance – one which would ensure that it would be the last debt ceiling increase. On July 29, 2011, Boehner forced a vote to raise the debt ceiling for a deal that jettisoned Cut, Cap, and Balance. On the surface, the deal sounded reasonable because the second installment of the $2.1 trillion debt limit increase was tied to passage of a balanced budget amendment. However, it was clear that Boehner had no intention of even standing by this fallback plan. The vote was merely a way of breaking their Cut, Cap, Balance pledge to pave the road for wholesale capitation. A number of good guys bought into this subterfuge, with only 22 members voting no.

Four days later, the House voted to completely abjure their values and give Obama a blank check that would take him past the 2012 election in exchange for a vote on a balanced budget. Oh, and we also got the super duper committee and the sequestration that Boehner now seeks to eliminate. Although 44 more Republicans voted against the final debt ceiling increase, they had already paved the road for the jail break.

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