House Balks. Senate Restarts Talks. Debt Default Looms.

I am out of words for this stupidity.

It appears that the hermetically sealed brains in Congress really do think that this crisis they’ve manufactured is all about them.

I’ve got news for them.

The causes are all about them. But the consequences are about everybody but them.

This reminds me of one of those movies where the bad guy takes a hostage, usually the hero’s best girl or his child, and holds a gun to the screaming, terrified victim’s head while shouting “put down your gun, or I’ll kill ‘em!”

The difference here is that the bad guy is the Congress of the United States, the hostage is the American people, what they’re threatening is great harm to our country, and there is no hero.

You can find your member of Congress here.

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — With the federal government on the brink of a default, a House Republican effort to end the shutdown and extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority collapsed Tuesday night as a major credit agency warned that the United States was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.

After the failure of the House Republican leadership to find enough support for its latest proposal to end the fiscal crisis, the Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders immediately restarted negotiations to find a bipartisan path forward. A spokesman for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said Mr. Reid was “optimistic that an agreement is within reach” with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

With so little time left, chances rose that a resolution would not be approved by Congress and sent to President Obama before Thursday, when the government is left with only its cash on hand to pay the nation’s bills.

“It’s very, very serious,” warned Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.”

House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, and his leadership team failed in repeated, daylong attempts to bring their troops behind any bill that would reopen the government and extend the Treasury’s debt limit on terms significantly reduced from their original push against funding for the health care law. The House’s hard-core conservatives and some more pragmatic Republicans were nearing open revolt, and the leadership was forced twice to back away from proposals it had floated, the second time sending lawmakers home for the night to await a decision on how to proceed Wednesday.

  • Anthony Loreto

    My wife knows a little girl that has a pacemaker, and other conditions that require weekly visits to the doctor. Her family will be paying 9,000 a month for her care when “Obamacare,” goes through. This, however, will result in a lack of care, and possibly the loss of a life. Regardless of the budget issue, which is a joke anyway because the country is broke, the reality of what happens to people’s families with this policy will fracture the Union in a permanent manner.

    • hamiltonr

      What that tells me is that Obamacare will fall over on its own. However, if these idiots in Washington ditz around and snap the economy into a free fall, I don’t think they can pull it back as they did in 2008. They’re out of resources.

    • pagansister

      What is the bill without it? I would expect more?

      • Anthony Loreto

        As things stand now, the bill is manageable within their family budget. He works for the federal government I believe, so it would be what ever is standard for them right now. The Obama administration met with insurance companies, and that is how this bill came about. Now insurance will be more expensive, and the government can get their slice of the pie for the people that will choose to opt out of the program. I think it is like 2% of your total income that the government will take now if you opt out. If it is more than that someone can correct me. Another friend of ours made it her mission to research this bill, and if her Father had needed his heart transplant this coming year instead of last year, he would have been left to die. They won’t pay for it past a certain age.

  • Manny

    There’s one thing you’re missing in your equation. The debt is real. We have doubled the debt in the passed five years. That means we have accumulated in debt in the passed five years what we accumulated since George Washington took office. No one, including the President, has laid out any, ANY plan to address it. When was the last time you heard Obama address the deficit and debt in any meaningful way? In fact the Senate has refuse to pass a budget for four years now. How in the world can this keep going on? It may have been fool hardy for the House to stop the government, but ask me, what else could they have done to slap the president across the head to get him to focus on the deficit and debt? Tell me please. What else could they have done?

    • KG

      What else could they have done? Since the ACA (“Obamacare”) was passed, Republicans in Congress have made repealing it their top priority. But the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, when all provisions of the ACA are included in the analysis (not just the projected costs, but the savings as well), the ACA *reduces* the 10-year budget deficit

      So, to start, Republicans could have focused on ways to reduce the deficit that, when you do the math, actually reduce the deficit (by focusing on medicare, medicaid and social security). And they certainly shouldn’t have shut down the government over the ACA, because the shutdown costs money and hurts many people in other ways, too.

      • Manny

        If you believe that I got a bridge to sell you. 30 million new people in the system and increased benefits and you expect the cost to be the same? Pulease, I wasn’t born yesterday.

  • pagansister

    What is there to say? It has all been said. More proof that those folks in DC actually DO NOT care about the folks they “represent”. Tomorrow best be a better day because the (not going to curse here) “members of congress” had finally come to an agreement! We can only hope.

  • FW Ken

    The NBC Nightly propaganda is reporting that the Republicans have seen the light. I take that back: they are allowing Republicans to acknowledge defeat, which may set the Republicans up to throw Obamacare back in the Dem’s face.

  • Bill S

    Hopefully, this will give reasonable people an opportunity to deal a death blow to the Tea Party in 2014 and 2016. Opponents can show footage of idiots holding up the confederate flag and shouting for Obama to put down the Koran and get off his knees. That should do it.

    We can’t have a Republican Congress any more. We need a windfall of Democrat representatives next election.

    And who said the budget talks provided an opportunity to derail the Affordable Care Act? That is not on the table and extortion is not a good way to repeal a law that you don’t like.

  • FW Ken
    • hamiltonr

      Thanks Ken. I saw the story on 60 Minutes last night. I didn’t surprise me at all.