The Cycle | December 06, 2012
>>> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation, which by the way we have never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game.
>> that was the president warning congressional republicans not to mess with him and not to mess with the country when it comes to raising the debt ceiling. oh, debt ceiling, if i had to describe you in one word, it would be seducer. members of congress got together and gorged themselves at the table of deficit spending ordering up porterhouse sized tax cuts for their riff friends and a heaping helping of extended unemployment benefits for their out of work neighbors, something i support, by the way. now the bill comes due, and when it's time to whip out the national credit card , you whisper your sweet notion into the tea party 's here and the gop threatens to dash as a matter of principle. who wants to put $16 trillion on the national credit card ? who is pro-debt? no one. gop extremists get to pretend they're the adults in the room railing about spending that has already happened that they agreed to, and the best part you naughty, naughty, debt ceiling you, you offer them up a chance to get more goodies in the form of more tax cuts or the righteous thrill of cutting medicaid assistance from those obama-loving takers. for nearly 100 years now you were just this boring, nondescript wallflower, never drawing attention to yourself. when congress through spending and tax cuts came up against your limits, you were wordlessly elevated. they barely gave you a second glance. it was a waste of time to deal with you, but waste of time is what congress does. 74 times you have been raised since the '60s. you saw wars, peace, a man on the moon, and no matter how you batted your fiscal eyelashes, nobody cared. invisible. now, all of a sud be the tea parties can't keep their hands off you. like a case of fiscal syphilis you put the entire body in peril, and i know this disease is no fault of your own. congressional republicans have decided that consequences be damned, threatening the country with national default by refusing to lift you after having already voted to cut taxes and spend until you absolutely must be raised is somehow a useful tool for getting their way. i know you love all the attention, but seriously, debt ceiling, this isn't a harmless flirtation. you know you think no sane person or cause a national default for the sake of a temper tantrum and the chance for a few a few fiscal goods, a chance to cop a fiscal feel. they seem crazy enough to do it. it's time to say good-bye. you can't seduce our congress anymore with your promises of phony courage and self-righteous hostage taking. the gig is up, dear. but i do know this great looking bunch in china that would we would love for you to meet.