Senator Jim DeMint Wants to Trigger Default on Purpose
Just So He Can Get His Way
The key date, at least for the present in the debt ceiling issue is August 2, when the U. S. would (could, maybe, heck we don’t know) default on its debt obligations because the debt ceiling was not raised by Congress.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) are leading the charge in their respective chambers. They both tell National Review Online that if Republicans hold firm, President Obama and Senate Democrats will buckle and pass a balanced-budget amendment.
Joining Mr. DeMint and Mr. Jordan in this endeavor are a number of Senate and House Republicans, including the occasionally rational Sen. Orrin Hatch (R, Ut)
Hatch, for his part, tells NRO that he sees “real problems” with the “Gang” framework and calls “Cut, Cap, and Balance” his preferred path ahead.
Now it is not surprising that Conservative Republicans would take this tactic, as it has been used successfully in the past and apparently they have no qualms about using “extortion” as a way to achieve policy goals that are at odds with what a large majority of both the Congress and the American people want.
No, the lesson here is for Democrats. They need to ask themselves what they have done and how they have acted that would give the opposition belief that they will “buckle and pass a balanced budget amendment” when they are firmly opposed to such a thing.
See, if they can just learn the lesson here, maybe they won’t have to face continual threats from the minority.