The democrats' keening over the debt ceiling debate has reached such a fever pitch that the sound is rapidly reaching dog-whistle decibels. It's quite amazing, really.
First was President Obama's warning to seniors that if he doesn't get the plan he wants, Gramma doesn't get her check (baseless fear mongering, at best). Ah, the Chicago way. As Capone said, you can get much father with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word alone. (so whatever happened to that "lockbox", if there's no money for checks, Mr. President?)
Then came allegations that republicans are hoping for a default, which they can then somehow blame on President Obama (I'm not really clear on how that happens considering how well he polls against republicans on this issue but, like most things liberal, it requires a certain amount of blind faith, so just go with it). Unfortunately, there are Tea Party members who don't want to raise the ceiling because they think either it is possible to avert surpassing the ceiling with spending cuts alone or that there won't be a default even if we pass the deadline. Both of these notions are wishful thinking. Period. Something must be done, and it must be something that can pass BOTH houses of Congress, including the democratic majority in the Senate. House Tea Partiers need to hold their noses and pass the Boehner bill and put it firmly in Harry Reid's court. Once it passes the House, it's up to Reid to either table it or vote it down, and then he can deal with the fallout. If, by some miracle it lands on Obama's desk, keep in mind that although the spending cuts are much smaller than hoped for, the tax increases Obama demanded aren't there at all and the ceiling increase is just as low as the cuts are; that's a win. This bill will buy Congress six more months to debate real solutions, hopefully including entitlement reform and some seriously meaty cuts.
Attempts have been made to play the race card in the debt wars, too - surprise! But that's not the only fun we've been having with our calmer, gentler, less reactionary members on the left side of the aisle. The Boehner plan, with its limited increase, would require another ceiling hike over the holidays, so of course the democrats have jumped on that one, too, claiming republicans hate Christmas or something stupid like that. Speaking of gross exaggerations, check out these charts, which rebut the liberal argument that this debt crisis lies solely at the feet of the eeeevil Bush. Just look at those numbers - nauseating, isn't it?
Of course, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (or Debbie Downer, as I prefer) deserves a paragraph of her own for her unhinged, grossly false accusations. How false? Even liberal media are taking her to task on her lies. From her accusations of Republicans hating women, seniors, and God only knows who else, to her allegations that republicans want to "literally drag us back to Jim Crow" (I'm not sure she knows what 'literally' means) or "throw us to the wolves", she's a real piece of work. In fact, her rhetoric is so unhinged that, even as DNC chief, she isn't getting the kind of media play she was just a few short weeks ago. My hometown newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel (hardly a conservative rag - we call it the "Slantinel"), even called her an embarrassment to her party. Ouch! The one thing I will say in favor of Wasserman-Shultz is that she was willing to do what no other democrat would - take ownership of the economy in the name of President Obama and the democrats. Good on ya, Debbie. (unfortunately, she thinks that's a good thing, because she thinks the economy is 'turning around'. It seems high office does not necessarily denote high IQ)
But the pièce de résistance in this tour de force of hysteria comes from the one and only Queen Nan. Ms Pelosi is sounding a bit, well.....unhinged (via Gretawire):
“What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget,” she said. “We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”
Good gracious. Somebody needs a Xanax, stat! Obviously clear heads are not prevailing if our Penelope Pitstop of the Hill is running around, arms flailing, shouting "Hey-elp! Hey-elp!" Sorry, Nanny P., Chugga-Boom and the Anthill Gang aren't members of Congress and they won't be riding to our rescue (although it does seem like Dick Dastardly has taken up residence in the White House and his good buddy Mutley is currently running the Senate).
It really seems all the democrats have to offer is demagoguery and derision. Well okay then, guys - fair enough. If you insist, the republican bills stink on ice and should never see the light of day. Happy now? Okay then, so WHERE'S YOUR PLAN????!
Quite frankly, put up or shut up. Or better yet, both.