Monday, December 16, 2013

Paul Ryan: Debt Limit Standoff Worked So Badly For GOP Last Time, We Absolutely Must Do It Again

Sahil Kapur at TPMDC:
Republicans will return to debt limit brinkmanship with a new set of demands to avert default early in 2014, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan signaled on Sunday.

"We as a caucus, along with our Senate counterparts, are going to meet and discuss what it is we want to get out of the debt limit. We don't want nothing out of this debt limit. We're going to decide what it is we can accomplish out of this debt limit fight," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday," taking a victory lap after his bipartisan budget deal easily passed the House on Thursday.

The Wisconsin Republican's remarks hint that while government shutdowns may be averted for the next two years -- pending Senate passage of the two-year agreement he struck with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) -- the GOP isn't ready to lift the country's borrowing limit without a fight. He indicated that Republicans will come up with their ransom demand when they meet after the holiday recess.
"We're going to meet in our retreats after the holidays and discuss exactly what it is we're going to try and get for this," he said.

When I first read "We don't want nothing out of this debt limit," I thought Ryan had stumbled into a common grammatical atrocity, right out in front of Dog 'n' everybody. But no, he used the clause as if it were followed by the qualifier, "which is what we got last time."

This scarcely requires an answer, but for Mr. Ryan's education, I'll offer a definition attributed to Einstein: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Is the GOP there yet?

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