“Compromise is what’s led us to the mess we’re in right now. We can’t compromise our way out of this,” U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, said in a Wednesday morning C-SPAN defense of his decision to oppose the Boehner plan.
And only I know the way out. Sounds like a dictatorial mindset to me.
Cut, Cap and Balance also would have raised the debt ceiling, which is why Broun opposed it, his spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti said.
“He’s actually not going to vote for any bill that raises the debt ceiling,” she
Broun, in fact, introduced legislation to lower the debt ceiling.
I’m as surprised as you are.
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss leveled sharp criticism at his Republican colleagues for spouting “misinformation” about the Gang of Six’s proposal, calling their remarks “very disturbing” and questioning their desire to pass a deficit-cutting deal.
“Because people are here on this floor throwing out numbers that are wrong, giving specifics on a piece of legislation that has not even been written, and they’re talking like they’re experts on the subject of a matter that my five colleagues and I have been discussing, debating among ourselves for the last six months,” Chambliss said on the floor. “And we haven’t even put the legislation out there yet.”
“So it’s really pretty disturbing to me that there are some people in this body that want to see nothing done, and I assume want us to continue down the road of borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar that we are spending,” Chambliss said. “And I’m not willing to do that. … The only way we’re going to solve this fiscal problem that we have is to generate 60 votes in this body in support of some proposal.”
“Big Daddy” is about to discover the loneliness of being a reasonable Republican.
So what excuse will the tea party’s congressional mouthpieces invent for rejecting the “Gang of 6″ compromise, supported by everyone from Saxby Chambliss to President Obama? You know they will oppose it, even though the closure of loopholes (tax increases, in ideologue parlance) is accompanied by tax reform.
Hope they prove me wrong.