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Pres. Obama, Just Raise the Debt Ceiling

**UPDATED**

House Speaker John Boehner’s new budget proposal would require deep cuts in the years immediately ahead in Social Security and Medicare benefits for current retirees, the repeal of health reform’s coverage expansions, or wholesale evisceration of basic assistance programs for vulnerable Americans. The plan is, thus, tantamount to a form of “class warfare.” If enacted, it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

by Boris Rasin

It’s worth challenging the crazies by invoking the 14th Amendment, but Pres. Obama doesn’t have that much game. In lieu of that he should simply demand a clean debt ceiling increase bill. We’ll see soon what he’s going to do. …[update] One thing Pres. Obama didn’t do tonight was make news. He explained again what was going on using cut, cut, cut, as his baseline, giving Speaker Boehner credit, then asked people to get in touch with Congress. Then he once again reiterated his intentions to tackle entitlements, which for those of you just tuning in is the whole ballgame for Democrats, even if Pres. Obama thinks he’s above these fundamental priorities.

The crawl beneath MSNBC’s coverage with Lawrence O’Donnell read that congressional servers crashed, though that can swing both ways.

In a note of color, Chris Matthews’ face after Obama spoke was priceless. He said “both sides blew it,” but kept talking about Obama’s lack of presidential stage craft. He even invoked Nixon as being an example of what Obama could have done but didn’t, never a good political bar to miss. Meanwhile Melissa Harris Perry seemed stumped to describe Pres. Obama as anything but a Republican. Quite a scene, indeed.

Speaker Boehner spoke afterward, but it really should be Eric Cantor in a clown suit instead. It’s never a good sign when you have to begin by telling people who the hell you are.

We need to find a new definition for the Republicans in the House Tea Party caucus. They’re not “conservatives,” but something akin to extortion artists.

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