Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Tea-Publican Party no longer does policy. Whatever President Obama and the Democrats propose, they simply take the exact opposite position — even when it is their bill that they proposed. Some commentators have taken to calling the GOP the "post-policy party" — they stand for nothing but obstruction. Jonathan Bernstein writes, GOP’s debt limit threat goes off the rails:
This time? Apparently, Republicans are planning to threaten default unless they get … tax reform!
That’s the takeaway from a nice Post story about GOP strategy heading into the need to raise the debt limit this summer.
The problem, basically, is that Republicans have already cut
discretionary spending deeply thanks to sequestration, so it’s
relatively hard for them to ask for that. What about entitlement cuts?
Yes, Republicans had previously claimed they wanted entitlement cuts,
and in his budget, Obama offered them Chained CPI on Social Security.
But while cutting “entitlements” in the abstract is a big attraction for
many conservatives, cutting Social Security and Medicare – which is
what cutting entitlements actually means — is unpopular. So — while this
is not entirely clear cut or decided — House Republicans apparently
have suddenly decided they don’t want to ask for those in exchange for
the debt limit hike, either.
Instead, they are considering forcing the Democrats to go along with them on tax reform. Jonathan Chait had some fun with this by
noting that the main difference between the parties on tax reform is
that Republicans insist on revenue-neutral tax reform while Democrats
want net revenue increases, which means that Republicans would be
threatening to default the nation unless Democrats … agree to larger
What I’d point out, in terms of how ridiculous this is, is that
Republicans don’t have a tax reform bill for anyone to agree with. Ways
and Means Chair Dave Camp is “vowing to draft complete legislation by
the end of the year.” Not pass a bill in the House; not even pass a bill
through committee — sure, in the party-run House, it’s possible that
those will follow once a bill is ready, but there are no guarantees.
Remember, the debt limit showdown is coming this summer. So what this
means is that Republicans apparently are ready to insist on Dems
agreeing to their this fictional legislation in exchange for the debt
limit hike, but months before that legislation sees the light of day.
This is not just a rhetorical demand: Republicans are asking for this in
exchange for not destroying the economy.
The plain truth here is pretty obvious: Republicans love the idea of
extorting concessions in exchange for agreeing to a debt limit hike, and
are determined to do it even when they don’t actually have any real
policy demands. It’s just extortion for extortion’s sake.
That’s what a “post-policy party” really looks like.
Alice has gone through the looking glass. The Tea-Publican Party has gone mad.