They Want *Democracy* to Fail so They can Pass the Buck (and the Blame) to Presidential "Bureaucracy"
Playing the Game so They can Pass the Blame
This hubber has already laid his very blue and leftie credentials on the table - so I'm not going to bother with the niceties of even feigned objectivity.
Team Boehner - that is, those in congress, captained by their illustrious leaky John, who are trying to game this crisis for their own selfish agenda - is making it increasingly plain to see that they want a "Team We're Richer and Better Than You leads by 3 with 2 seconds left in the 4th, and it looks like Team America's Barack Obama is gonna have to hurl a buzzer beater from half court" scenario.
But see, there is one aspect of this analogy which fails. In the American sport conceived by an athlete and scholar from Canada by the name of Dr. James Naismith, having accepted a post as a physical education instructor for a YMCA training school in Springfield, MA., he was challenged to invent a sport which could be played in a relatively small space. The sport which was born, the seed of which was a game of Naismith's youth called Duck on a Rock, is today a game of teamwork, one of a collective, shared goal.
Well, the Boehmer gang, notwithstanding the fact that their agenda, albeit militant and self-serving, is yet not as alarmingly extremist as America's newest renegade demographic - the Tea-Party, nonetheless does have one goal - to undermine Barack Obama and his presidency, and to make sure it ends by (means of) the next election.
Now, I'm no greenie to the practices and tactics of the blues and reds, but I don't feel one bit naive or "common" in being just slightly shocked that they would be taken this far, and that Speaker Boehmer would be SO wreckless and conniving that he would risk such devastating consequences (including, but not limited to, the possible delay or outright nonpayment of social security benefits checks, the hypocritical and indescribably unacceptable threat to the paychecks of those in uniform, some of whom are overseas this moment, and whose families are enduring the familiar struggle of domestic normalcy being broken "for duty and country", and much more equally severe economic fallout, the domino effect of which goes WAY beyond money matters) for the sake of his all-in bluff!
Hey - any gambler has the right to place whatever bet he wants, his risk - his reward, but we're not playing Texas Hold 'em - and Boehner is risking more than HIS own welfare and safety. His "strategy" is to feign the comportment of the stressed-out budget hawk who "can't understand" why his colleagues on the other side of the aisle can't "put something on the table!", knowing full well that the dynamics in play, INCLUDING those effects of the tea-party, very staunch fiscal republicans, and even your more moderate or "blue dog" democrats, give him the facade of an excuse to keep up this tension-building "holding his ground", so that at the very last second, he can throw the ball to Obama, DAMNED WELL KNOWING that whichever play the President then makes, is a foregone failure.
And whether it's because he was holding the ball when time ran out, or because he is the President and the buck does indeed stop with him, the responsibility will be his to bear.
But there is something that Boehner et all seem to be dismissing in all this politicking and tactical legistlative shell game theatrics, and that is the welfare of the very people they took an oath to serve.
Remember, Mr. Speaker? Remember your crocodile-teared and "oh-so-humble" speech in which you slobbered that you spent your life...sniff....chasing...sniff sniff....the American dream? What was that dream, congressman? To serve your country in a capacity that can make a real difference? To "give back".
Or was it to climb your ambitious political ladder and to hell with the dumbass common-folk who voted for you? Is this your strategy? To wait for the debt ceiling to collapse on the entire country, creepily analogous to that of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001? Did you forget that you're supposed to be serving your country, and we your fellow Americans?
Well, ya know what John? F(orget) *you*.