Saw this at the Puppy Blender’s and, while I’m not sure who Walter Shapiro is, that’s not all that important as I’ve seen this same article by different people a few times over the last couple days in talking about how the GOP did a good thing.
Mostly the articles are from people who would write this paragraph
As the Senate minority leader, McConnell presides over the more mainstream wing of Capitol Hill Republicans. While there are Tea Partiers and right-wing firebrands among Senate Republicans, there are also a few remaining moderates and old-guard legislators who remember when the word “bipartisan” was not considered hate speech.
Yup. Damn unhepful types who are worried that pretty soon America won’t be able to pay its bills.
As for “mainstream wing”, only if you’re a self-proclaimed elitist. Most people understand you can’t continually spend more than you make.
Which brings us to a previous example of fiscal insanity, as related on a blog nobody reads.
They agreed to the debt limit increase in exchange for some smoke-and-mirrors “cuts”. Which weren’t cuts in the real sense, just smaller increases and which turned out to be bull crap anyway as they were mostly “next year”, which in Washington terms means, “Never”.
And that’s exactly what happened.
So we’re on our way to another Debt Ceiling ‘debate’ that will result in a raising of the Debt Ceiling for “cuts” now (reducing the rate of increase from %100 to 90%) and promised cuts “next year”. Boned again, naturally.