The cognitive dissonance within the tea party is already notorious (I'll have more tomorrow morning). Yesterday, for example, Sarah Palin quoted Ronald Reagan during her remarks at the rally near the World War II memorial in Washington, DC yesterday. So if we're bringing Reagan into this fracas, let's see what the former president had to say about raising the debt ceiling.
Until 2011, Congress has never used the debt ceiling as a political hostage. Not once. Raising the debt ceiling was always an opportunity for one thing: the opposition party could score some points on fiscal responsibility via a few strongly-worded floor speeches. But the congressional Republican caucus' strategy is to threaten a default, then to mislead the public by suggesting that nothing bad will happen.
The Republican misinformation geyser continues to erupt unabated. Today, let's focus on a pair of statements from tea party champions Sarah Palin and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who seem to completely misunderstand the deficit, the debt ceiling, the economic status of the United States and what would happen if we default on the debt (spoiler: it'll be very bad).
For a full six minutes, Fox Business Channel's Lou Dobbs excoriated Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) over the debt ceiling and the House GOP's "political theater" at the expense of helping the middle class. WATCH THIS...
In this week's edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Ben, Bob, and Chez discuss who will cave on the debt ceiling, our 'Living Hell' songs and Greenwald Fatigue.
I realize that it's been pointed out before, but I want you to remember this quote on the latest developments in the hostage standoff with the Republican lunatics in Congress. Write it down somewhere and keep it for use in any argument over this nightmare you might happen to get into with your right-of-center friends, because it spells out perfectly and succinctly why the Democrats can't give in.