Sunday, January 16, 2011

Why Are We Even Having This Debate? OF COURSE Congress Will Raise the Debt Ceiling!!

The Associated Press is reporting that the total U.S. Federal government debt stands at $14 trillion—roughly $45,000 for every man, woman and child in America—and that in order to carry out the fiscal year 2011 budget, Congress will either have to raise the debt ceiling, or cut spending.

Seeing as the FY 2011 budget has a deficit of about $1.4 trillion, there is simply no way that the newly minted Republican Congress will cut spending off the budget so as to keep the Federal budget under the debt ceiling.

After all, what can be cut is discretionary spending—and that includes all of the military spending in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So of course the Republican Congress will raise the debt ceiling. Like the Obama, who in the words of Rachel Maddow “punches the hippy and cuts a deal with the Republicans”, the Republicans in the House are going to have to punch the Tea Partiers and cut a deal with the Obama administration.

Tinny Tim Geithner, our (sarcasm alert! sarcasm alert!) fearless Treasury Secretary, is unfortunately right when he says that any dithering at this point in time insofar as the budget will send shock waves through the markets, and cause another 2008 meltdown.

So regardless of the noise, we here at The Hourly G Command Central predict that the Republican Congress will pass a bill raising the debt ceiling so as to cover the FY 2011 budget.

Expect Republican Congressmen and Senators to be out on the Sunday shows, leaving themselves the door open to cut a deal with the Obama administration.


  1. Hugh Dubh O'NeillJanuary 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    As part of the compromise to pass the debt ceiling increase which Wall Street demands the Tea party patriots will receive commitments for further cuts in Medicare and Medicaid as well as further limits on when social security benefits vest.

  2. Timmy is right about something? Gotta be a first...and a threat at that? Now I know they can dither all they want. It's high time the spending spree came to an end, don't ya think? But hey, if Goldman Sachs says they're gonna blow up the economy or else - whaddaya gonna do?

  3. Of course the debt ceiling will be raised. The back and forth that will take place prior to the vote is purely posturing for the base of both parties. Neither the republicans nor the democrats have the political balls to prevent the eventual collapse we will not only witness, but experience, sometime in the near future.

  4. This is just like the Iraq war. After all of the initial reasons for going were proven false, the war became the reason. Stay the course!, Don't cut and run!, Defeatists!.. hell, you could even recycle some of the rhetoric.


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