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What a mess

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Less than two hours ago, I returned from a truly relaxing five-day trip to Harwich Port in Cape Cod.   Trying to actually enjoy a relaxing time, I tried as hard as I could to stay away from Mets baseball, the status of the NFL lockout, and more importantly, the debt ceiling negotiations on Capitol Hill.

As I was driving back earlier today, I realized that the Mets just swept a four-game series with the Reds, the lockout is officially over and…well, yeah.

The debt ceiling deadline has been staring Washington in the face since last year.  Neither President Obama nor the Democrats in Congress bothered to address the issue, even when they had their majorities in both chambers.  So of course, the big news today is that Speaker Boehner and the Republican leaders, not to mentioned the so-called Republican “conservatives” in the pundit class, are willing to shoot the Tea Party conservatives in the back of the head, figuratively speaking of course, in the name of waiting for 2012.  Or something.

Heckuva job guys. 

An update of today’s events here.

Sheila Jackson Lee goes all Democrat, implies Republicans are racist in debt ceiling negotiations

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Because President Obama is half-black of course and perhaps, they know they are losing the argument:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) used the race card this afternoon to assess blame in the debt ceiling fight. Jackson Lee, a black Congresswoman, believes the disagreement over raising the debt ceiling is because of President Obama’s race.

“I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind attacks and disagreements and inability to work. Only this one,” Jackson Lee said on the House floor this afternoon.

“Read between the lines.”

Raising taxes and race-baiting.  Apparently there’s nothing else Democrats are good for and nothing else they can bring to the table in this debt ceiling debate.  Is anyone really surprised?

UPDATE.  In rushing to get this post up yesterday, I didn’t include the key portion of Jackson-Lee’s floor speech.  Here is the key bit from a Fox News piece:

“What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills?” she added. . . .

“In the minority community that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?”

[Hat Tip:  Stacy McCain]