The House Republicans are having a difficult time these days. Thinking they had a plan to de-fund Obamacare by threatening not to pass a continuing resolution. Pretty clever Tea party Ted. Well it hasn’t worked. People are suffering because of the shutdown and rightfully blaming the Republicans.
So they’ve changed the message. Now it’s cutting debt and “entitlement” reform (entitlement is in quotes because we pay into it, so we’re owed it, it’s not free money from the government). They’re trotting out Ayn Ryan disciple Paul Ryan to be the “reasonable” Tea party darling. He’s proposing to raise the debt ceiling until a week before Christmas while they negotiate over Medicare reform. Really clever. They’ll do nothing until the deadline and then make ridiculous demands once again.
And where is Speaker Boehner? Screaming that the President refuses to negotiate over the C.R. or debt ceiling. Speaker Boehner should know that U.S. policy is not to negotiate with hostage takers.