Yes, I’m sweating out a possible cancer diagnosis and in desperate need of a few bucks to get through the next few doc appointments. I have health insurance, but there’s copays and now my employer is threatening to cut me off next week.
Watching Teaparty Republicans, who ran in part on shutting down the government and, we now know, were funded by at least one meaty tentacle of the rabid, brainless Kochawhorus intent on obstruction and shuttering, claim they don’t want a government shutdown is a good introduction for any new student into crazy modern day US politics. We have a slightly center left party with components that are corrupt, slimy, and spineless, and we have a party that is bug-fuck crazy and completely reliant on a suite of zombie lies. But the non bug-fuckers may have felt enough pain on the shutdown and looming debt ceiling that they’re offering Obama a shitty but potentially fruitful deal:
US news & World Reports — House Republican leaders introduced a plan Thursday that would raise the debt ceiling for six weeks and give Congress a chance to negotiate a long-term solution to the country’s debt problem without the threat of a looming default. The country must increase the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 or else market analysts warn the consequences could be dire for the country’s already fragile economy.
The GOP plan introduced Thursday would give Republicans and Democrats another window of opportunity to reform the tax code and entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. What was missing from the announcement, however, was the very piece of legislation that landed the government in a shutdown in the first place: the Affordable Care Act.
With no mention of Obamacare, the Teaparty is all up in arms, think they’re getting sold out, calling the GOP leadership traitors, all that shit. I suppose in a way they are being sold out, they were promised Obamacare was the world-ending liberal apocalypse and it would be stopped. If they only contributed hard-earned money to this or that grifter. Now the GOP doesn’t know how to get out of it without being exposed as full-blown fraudsters.
Think of barreling along railroad tracks at 80 MPH toward a head-on collision with an oncoming freight train on a foggy morning, but for every ten seconds you hold that pedal down and don’t swerve off the road into a ditch you get paid another ten-thousand bucks and avoid the title of chicken. With several morons in the front seat grabbing the wheel from you and trying to steer right into the wreck. That’s kinda the dilemma Republicans found themselves dragged into ala Ted Cruz. It was hugely profitable, politically irresistible, and they didn’t have a lot of say in getting into that situation. But they also know it is dangerous as hell and that they had better swerve eventually. And they know if they wait too long to pull out or don’t pull out at all, it will end in a flaming train-wreck involving the big biz funding vehicles the GOP relies on.
Looks like Boehner got some cover to swerve, for now:
TPM — Arch-conservative lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-OH) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) quickly backed the plan. Outside groups like Heritage Action and activist Erick Erickson of RedState said they wouldn’t go after Republicans who voted for it. These conservatives have been calling the shots for the GOP during these crises.”My understanding is that this is being driven by House conservatives who are quite reasonably saying listen, let’s focus on Obamacare, on winning the fight on Obamacare, on helping remedy the enormous harms Obamacare is inflicting on millions of Americans, and let’s push the debt ceiling a little further down the road so that it doesn’t distract us from the fight we’re right in the middle of now,” Cruz said on KYFO radio.