Re: “President Obama should end the debt showdown” (TNT, 7-7).
Writer Katrina Vanden Heuvel accuses Republicans of risking default on the debt by “negotiating in bad faith, and (being) unwilling to compromise even an inch on their extremist and absolutist positions.”
Here is what “absolutist” House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday: “We believe that comprehensive tax reform, both on the corporate side and the personal side, will make America more competitive, help create jobs in our country, and is something that is under discussion.”
Is that extremist?
There is a reason that America put the “extremist and absolutist” Republicans in charge of Congress last November. It is because we know that when we max out the credit card, we don’t fix it by calling the company and asking it to raise our limit. We pay our balance down, we take coffee with us in the morning (if we are still blessed with a job to go to) rather than buy it on the way in, and we stop going out to dinner so much, etc,
And we would not think of going to the boss and asking for a raise. It would be absurd, and it would only make our financial condition much worse down the road. We know this.
The Republicans Vanden Heuvel displays such clear contempt for are simply doing the job Americans hired them to do by negotiating for serious cuts in federal spending before agreeing to any increase in the debt limit. They are negotiating in earnest because their own jobs depend on it, and so does the country.