has drawn a line in the sand and dared Republican welchers (or is that a redundancy?) to cross it.
You’ll remember last summer’s knock-down-drag-out battle over the debt ceiling. Republicans almost pushed the United States into bankruptcy, and then grudgingly signed a last-minute budget agreement so the country would remain solvent.
Since then, Republicans have been trying to squirm out of the deal. The agreement called for a specific level of reductions in domestic and “defense” spending. And now Republicans are trying to increase “defense” spending while making even deeper cuts in domestic spending.
You signed an agreement, Assholes.
They’re like a sneaky high school student. “The principal warned me that I’d get kicked out of school for a week if I got in any more fights, and I just started another fight. They’re not really gonna kick me out, are they?”
“I didn’t do that term paper you assigned, and I haven’t handed in a single homework assignment all semester. You aren’t gonna give me an F, are you?”
It’s one thing when an adolescent tries to weasel out of a deal. But these Congressional Republicans are grown-ups — chronologically anyway.
And now the White House has warned that the government will be shut down in September if Republicans don’t man up and hold up their end of last summer’s agreement. A White House spokesman said:
“Until the House of Representatives indicates that it will abide by last summer’s agreement, the President will not be able to sign any appropriations bills.”
Will Republicans have the ‘nads to shut down the government right during the throes of a red-hot presidential election?