The hypocrisy with which conservative politicians coat themselves with everyday is as thick as pancake batter when it comes to the debt ceiling. And no one spreads it one like Rep. Justin Amash can. For that matter Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) is no slouch in that department either.
It was Ted Cruz that led the charge from the Senate and influenced these knuckleheads to shut down the government over Obamacare. Amash was all guns a-blazing during the shutdown, but now suddenly he's changing his tune on the debt ceiling fight.
Two leading House conservatives told The Washington Post on Tuesday they do not want House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to move toward a dramatic standoff on the debt limit, signaling a break from the combative fiscal politics they have long championed.
“We should bring up a clean debt ceiling, let the Democrats pass it, and just move on,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said. “Our constituents are fed up with the political theater. If we’re not going to fight for something specific, we might as well let the Democrats own it.”
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) agreed. “It’s theater,” he said, commenting on the latest flurry of stories about possible GOP plans. “It’s going to end up being clean anyway. I don’t see anything they can put on the table that I would support as some sort of tradeoff.”
Both Amash and Labrador said they would not criticize Boehner if he moved to pass an extension without strings attached, saying many conservatives want to focus on issues where policy wins are possible.
It’s also a rare development. Amash and Labrador both declined to support Boehner during last year’s speaker elections and have long been a thorn in the side of the leadership, often urging GOP brass to be more aggressive, especially during last year’s government shutdown.
Suddenly holding the debt ceiling hostage is now just "theater" to Amash and his cohorts. They almost destroyed our economy with their debt ceiling fever swamp politics and their government shutdown fiasco, but since it's a different day, the debt ceiling is nothing more than a bad off Broadway play that gets closed down in a week after it premieres.
In 2011, Amash voted against the Budget Control Act because it didn't cut enough of the federal government for him.
The bill does not seriously address the drivers of the federal government’s fiscal crisis. It does not improve entitlement programs. It does not include a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. I cannot in good conscience vote for so little reform when so much is at stake.
"I have said all along that I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling without substantial and meaningful changes to the way the federal government spends money, such as a balanced budget amendment. The failure of this bill to pass today demonstrated that many on both sides of the aisle agree with me and disagree with the president's call for a "clean" debt ceiling vote."
They constantly fought and undermined Speaker Boehner over the debt celing, but now they are begging him to not hold the country hostage this time on the debt ceiling vote. Have these guys been feasting on edible pot in Colorado? I hear their inventory is flying off the shelves. I bet they prefer the chewy, chocolaty Dixie Rolls.
Among the most popular items are marijuana-infused chocolate bars, which she said are sold in a pack of four for $15 and chewy, chocolaty Dixie Rolls, which sell for $17 a pack. In order to keep the products on the shelves, Andrews said she has had to impose a two edible purchase limit per customer until manufacturers can catch up with demand.
"We got a new supply in last week and sold out in an hour," she said.
By the way, it appears they are ignoring Ted Cruz this time around since he's still hawking his same old nonsense to the rubes.
Of course the debt ceiling should be used to enact structural spending reforms to fix the problem, to fix the out of control spending and debt. That’s what all of our constituents expect and it’s what every member of this body tells our constituents we will do. I guarantee you,” Cruz said.
The senator made his comments in response to Reps. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who told The Washington Post earlier Tuesday that they do not want House GOP leaders to move toward a dramatic standoff on the debt limit, a break from the combative fiscal politics they have championed for the past several years.
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