Featured

Former GOP senator: Americans are ‘ignoring Republicans. And they should’

In an op-ed published this Monday in The Hill, former GOP Senator from New Hampshire Judd Gregg had some harsh words for his own party that are sure make a few waves.

In an op-ed published this Monday in The Hill, former GOP Senator from New Hampshire Judd Gregg had some harsh words for his own party that are sure make a few waves.

“Most Americans these days are simply ignoring Republicans. And they should,” Gregg wrote. “The self-promotional babble of a few has become the mainstream of Republican political thought. It has marginalized the influence of the party to an appalling degree.”

Ted Cruz and his Tea Party allies have found themselves backed into a corner due to their threats of a government shutdown.

Ted Cruz and his Tea Party allies have found themselves backed into a corner due to their threats of a government shutdown.

Gregg became the latest in a growing chorus of Republicans who are slamming Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) along with their Tea Party allies in the House. Cruz’s unrealistic push to defund Obamacare which raises the risk of a government shutdown has widely been seen as an enormous liability to the GOP brand.

An approach to the debt ceiling that says one will not vote for its extension unless ObamaCare is defunded is the political equivalent of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers of the gun loaded. It is the ultimate no-win strategy.

You cannot in politics take a hostage you cannot shoot. That is what the debt ceiling is. At some point, the debt ceiling will have to be increased not because it is a good idea but because it is the only idea.

Defaulting on the nation’s obligations, which is the alternative to not increasing the debt ceiling, is not an option either substantively or politically.

A default would lead to some level of chaos in the debt markets, which would lead to a significant contraction in economic activity, which would lead to job losses, which would lead to higher spending by the federal government and lower tax revenues, which would lead to more debt.

Adding additional pressure to Cruz and Lee, the House passed a continuing resolution this Friday that will cut funding to Obamacare but will continue to provide funding to the government.

A poll released Monday found that a majority of Americans are opposed to shutting down the government or defaulting on the national debt as a means to defunding the new health care law.

 

Facebook Comment
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Tambra Galid

    September 24, 2013 at 1:13 am

    These Tea-publicans aren’t even ideologues. They are simply trying to get rid of the black guy.

  2. Pingback: Former GOP senator: Americans are ‘ignoring Republicans. And they should’ « The Tribune of the People

  3. Robinson

    September 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Well, it is to be hoped that their plan will blackfire on them. Blackfire – blak’ fire: When holding the budget hostage because you don’t like that an African American is president results only in you looking like a moron.

  4. Jim S

    September 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    It is high time the American people ignore the Republicans at the voting booth as well!
    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS

  5. Jim S

    September 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Absolutely correct. They can’t stand that a black guy is in the white house! For shame! They squeal like pigs if you call them bigots but they are so obvious it is not even debatable!

  6. Tambra Galid

    September 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I see what you did there…

  7. Duspin

    September 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Wasting our hard-earned tax dollars to read from Dr. Seuss! WTF? He’s not in there a year and he’s acting like a bastard at family reunion. Only from Texas. You cow folk should be ashamed of yourselves for voting for a clown who thinks he’ll run for president one day. HE’S A CANADIAN!

  8. Pingback: Former GOP Senator Gregg: Americans should keep ignoring the GOP... | Holes in the FoamHoles in the Foam

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

To Top