What Would Ronaldus Magnus Do?

The segment below from Saint Rachel Maddow pretty much says it all about the irresponsibility of not raising the debt ceiling and how none other than Ronald Reagan dealt with the half-nuts in his own party who thought about using the threat of default as a political instrument in the 1980s. Democrats should talk about this, leftish bloggers should post this, liberal columnists should write about this, until we are safely, if we can get safely, past this artificial, ideologically-inspired crisis.

And by the way, Democrats should dope-slap the next dumb-ass journalist who says John Boehner an Mitch McConnell have “tough jobs.” They don’t. People who shovel asphalt for a living without health insurance have tough jobs. There ain’t a damn thing tough about keeping the country from defaulting, from stopping the ideological terrorists from blowing up the economy.

All Boehner has to do is allow a clean debt-ceiling bill to come to a vote in the House—it will pass with Democratic votes and a handful of sane Republicans—and all McConnell has to do is tell his Tea Party colleagues to STFU and let the bill pass, all the while encouraging yet another handful of sane Republicans to vote with Democrats to overcome a filibuster.

After all, the worst that can happen to either of them—loss of their jobs—is nothing compared to what will happen to the country if the suicide bombers get close enough to the full faith and credit of the United States to blow it up.

And if the two Republican leaders aren’t patriotic enough to risk their government jobs for the well-being of the country, may they be forever cursed with listening to never-ending audio loops of IQ-killing Sarah Palin and Ivy League-deflating Ted Cruz defending Jesus-loving Rush Limbaugh’sgreat time in the Dominican Republic,” compliments of a secret supply of Satan-sanctioned, sausage-swelling, slut-seducing Viagra. Amen.


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  1. Yep, St. Rachel did another bang-up job last night all right. I was interested to read the link on El Rushbo’s Dominican adventures though. That was new to me – 2009 was BB (before blogging). Sam’s Club sized hypocrisy!


  2. ansonburlingame

     /  September 27, 2013

    The federal government will not “shutdown” at all or not for very long if some services are curtailed for lack of a budget. As well America will continue to pay its debts, SS, etc. come Oct. 17th. No “bombs” will go off.

    But you wrote a key phrase, “……from stopping the ideological terrorists from blowing up the economy.” “Blowing up the economy” however is the wrong metaphor. The correct one is to stop the slide to economic mediocrity already taking place. Two or so years ago I wrote of “going over a cliff”. I submit we have in fact gone over that cliff now and are struggling to find the bottom, the economimc conditions that we will face once we “recover” from the Great Recession.

    What will be the growth in Real GDP (ignore inflation reflected GDP), long term unemployment, Real GDP to debt ratio, GDP to debt ratio all become once we find the bottom and how will America stake up economically with the rest of the world when that happens?

    I envision a world about 25 or so years from now, one in which my own kids reach age 70 and beyond with America holding sway in the world somewhat like Britain today. In 50 years when my grandkids reach that age, I shutter to consider the position of America in the world as well.

    The sooner the better, the sooner American society reflects today’s European society is your call and that of other progressives. I object, strongly to such a future.

    Someone, some leader or group of leaders, some politial party must STOP this American slide into mediocrity, economically, militarily and diplomatically. We went over that cliff to begin that slide sometime in the past and I am not at all sure when. But over it we went and the bottom is not yet in sight. But if we continue down the path envisioned by you, Obama and other progressives well God help our kids, grandkids, America and the larger world with power spread so thin that no one has any control to sustain American values in the future.

    Hell you and I cannot even agree on what those American values should be in the future. You will call for a far more socialistic society, one with more and more equality well beyond law, economic equality with all living near the same socio-economic levels, etc. I couldn’t disagree more with such goals, and thus we see bomb throwers from each side with the result of an unknown bottom rising before our collective faces and it ain’t a pretty one for any American.



    • Anson,

      Civility should prevent me from remarking on something you wrote, but what the heck. You said,

      Two or so years ago I wrote of “going over a cliff”. I submit we have in fact gone over that cliff now and are struggling to find the bottom, the economimc conditions that we will face once we “recover” from the Great Recession.

      Now, I don’t know how many cliffs you have tumbled over in your time, but I suspect that if you ever had the misfortune of doing so, you would not struggle much in finding the bottom. Actually, the bottom sort of finds you. That’s the natural result of “going over a cliff.”

      In any case, you weirdly keep predicting we will go over the cliff, in the sense of accumulating too much debt, but ignore the fact that the political party that commands your greatest allegiance is at present trying to blow up the economy before it even gets to the cliff. I find that mind-boggling.



  3. Mike Gaden

     /  September 30, 2013

    Anson –

    There is a middle ground. It doesn’t have to be all your way or all mine.

    We cannot find the way forward without dialogue. We cannot have dialogue if the majority of both sides are doing nothing but perpetuating their hold on power. Note I said both sides.

    We seem to me to be accelerating towards a plutocracy as the divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” grows larger and larger. I believe I can discern from your writings, especially about parental responsibility for hungry children, that you have not experienced the pain of not being able to give your small children what they need because you don’t have the money or means. A wider gap between the “haves” and “have nots” only exacerbates the frequency of occurrence of that situation.

    Figuratively, we should talk. I too fear we are approaching a cliff, but not the same one you see.


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