ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah! Congress Passes Clean Debt Ceiling Hike

Updated on February 13, 2014
Source
Source

"Zip-a-dee-doo-dah zip-a-dee-ay, my oh my what a wonderful day, plenty of sunshine coming my way..."

The words of House Speaker John Boehner drew a chuckle as he exited the press corps Wednesday, after announcing that the House had passed a clean debt ceiling.

Yes, a clean debt ceiling.

Historically, raising the debt ceiling has been a matter of course, and nothing close to newsworthy. In fact, Dubya raised the debt ceiling 17 times with little fan-fare. After all, raising the debt ceiling is simply Beltway parlance for making the minimum payment on your credit card.

So why is it newsworthy this time? Because so rarely these days is congress willing to do even the bare minimum without taking the country to the brink of financial meltdown. What changed?

In recent weeks, conservatives held a summit to game-plan the debt ceiling. They whittled their options down to two, yet were unable to gain consensus. Some wanted to tie the debt ceiling to approval of the Keystone XL, others demanded a repeal of ACA risk corridors. Given that House Dems would support neither, the GOP would need to supply all 218 yeas required for passage. Conservatives were unable to come to an agreement, as Tea Party extremists felt that neither demand would be sufficient.

Yes, the same Tea Party extremists who shut down the government only a few short months ago. Had they gotten their way, they would've raised the debt ceiling with an amendment (for instance) that would result in a full repeal of Obamacare. The senate would've stripped the amendment and sent it back to the house, who would then either agree to a clean debt ceiling hike or shut the whole damn thing down again.

And what of the senate? Ted Cruz chose to filibuster, which forced republican colleagues and party leaders Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn (both facing primary challengers) to change their votes and go on record in favor of a clean debt ceiling hike. The adults left in the Republican party did not want to see the GOP blamed for yet another government shutdown, and took one for the team. Because Ted Cruz.

How was Boehner able convince house republicans to stop hugging-up to the hot stove they seem intent on cuddling up with? Has he finally taken control of his raucous caucus?

"Boehner Caves to Obama", and "Boehner Slaps Down Tea Party", read the headlines.

In fact, Boehner was able to convince his members to instead focus on this years' mid-term election. With a new budget, a farm bill, and the debt ceiling out of the way, the schedule is clear for the remainder of the year. No immigration, no jobs bill, no infrastructure bill, no nada.

Congress has cleared it's schedule, and from now till November all we will hear about is Obamacare and income inequality - the dueling story-lines of the coming election.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie Mccowen 

      4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      And the power of the church, corporate state......complete control of your life and pocketbook.

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Jobs jobs jobs means tax-cuts for the rich. They only believe in supply-side economics.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie Mccowen 

      4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yup, just like 2010 and Jobs Jobs Jobs.......big fat lie.

      Have you EVER seen a more lazy, selfish, entitled bunch of poor-me millionaires?

      I havent. Lets see if their psy-op works in 2014.

      Given that this country worships Duck Cluck Dynasty, who preach that girls should marry at 15, and tell the gvt to keep their hands off my medicare, and actually think Glenn Beck is some kind of prophet.....anything goes!

      Ooooooops, is my stuck-uppness showing? I dont care. Im sick of this culture of stupidity.

      Wooooohooooooo, they DID THEIR JOB.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)