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Telling It Like It Is

February 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The House today voted to increase the federal debt ceiling (H.J.Res.45). All Republicans voted “no,” despite providing the bulk of the votes for the seven times Congress held similar votes under Bush.

Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2] has no illusions about this. It’s always an unpopular vote as a member of Congress , and if you’re not forced to do it by your party leadership, you might as well just leave it up to the others to take care of. Here’s what he told Congress Daily today, via Wonk Room:

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans contend it’s not their responsibility to take this unpopular debt vote and not to expect their help. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a member of the Budget Committee, said, “That is the burden of the majority.“

When the Senate voted last week to raise the debt ceiling — with all Republicans voting “no” in that chamber too, I noted that it was the first time in a decade that no Republican voted “yes” on a bill increasing the debt ceiling and that Republican support for these bills dropped off precipitously the moment Obama took over the presidency.

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  • jeffq 02/04/2010 7:48pm

    Well, yes, there is a little difference. Each party has different goals that they will abandon any other supposed principles to achieve. Unfortunately for us, these goals always seem to be presented as mutually exclusive, even though they often aren’t, and anyone opposing them is caricatured as unpatriotic, idiotic, or cruel. Of course, since we the people accept many of these caricatures as accurate (which ones depending on which party we slavishly vote for, or which professional loudmouth we let tell us what to think), perhaps we deserve these insults.

    Until we as a nation start demanding that our elected representatives hold frank and meaningful discussions with all options considered without rancor — and avoid punishing them when they talk about unpleasant possibilities — all we’re going to get are mud-slingers, cheap shots, and sloganeering.

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