Okay, just kidding. In an interview with Newsmax TV, Rep. Louis Gohmert delivered a long, rambling, bizarre diatribe blaming Obama for the shutdown and the impending breach of the debt limit, saying he’s a “Chicago thug” out to inflict as much pain on the country as possible.
“He’s been saying ever since the shutdown and before the shutdown that he’s willing to talk,” Gohmert told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg on Tuesday. “But he will not negotiate on anything, and he’s the one who keeps bringing up the threat of default and that kind of stuff. You know, it’s ridiculous to have a president that is trying to inflict as much hurt on the American people as possible.”
“Do you believe that this president will let this country face the disaster that it will face if the debt ceiling — if we default?” Malzberg wondered. “Do you believe he will take it that far and inflict the pain to a much greater extent than he’s inflicting it now?”
“That’s a possibility when you look at what he has done so far,” Gohmert agreed. “They don’t mind seeing America suffer. And when you know — as I know you do — that we have enough money coming in every week to pay our — to keep from defaulting — now, we may have to keep some folks furloughed. Because as we know now, 94 percent of the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] is non-essential. You know, we may have to ask some folks that are non-essential to stay home for a while longer.
“But there is no reason we should ever, ever default on our debts unless the president and the treasury secretary conspire to make us default,” he added.
The Texas Republican went on to insist that the Obama administration was spending more money than it was saving by closing monuments and national parks during the government shutdown.
“But we know he is willing to spend money just to inflict hurt,” he opined. “So, it’s hard to say what people like that would be willing to do. And I think it has more to do with Chicago thuggery. You know, Al Capone was willing to make people hurt if they didn’t go along with the proposals.”
I am struck by how similar this blaming of Obama for the shutdown and the debt ceiling standoff is to how an abusive husband operates. Remember, Congress controls the purse strings. The House can end the shutdown today and they can raise the debt ceiling today; they alone have the power to fix both problems. But they refuse to do it unless Obama gives up the central achievement of his presidency. And then they turn around and blame him for the result of their failure to pass the necessary legislation to fix it.
“I didn’t want to do it, baby, but you made me. I love you, but you have to stop making me beat you. If you’d just do everything I say, I won’t inflict any pain on you, but you make me do it.” Sounds familiar.