Capitol Offense

"When should we worry about the debt ceiling?" concerned market participants ask, every second of every trading day. The answer is "now" or "yesterday" or "every day it's not abolished." Of all contentious Beltway debates, this is easily the most inane. And that's really saying something considering almost every debate that takes place inside the halls of power in America is petty or sophomoric in its own special way. Placing an artificial limit on the US government's capacity to meet the cou

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  1. “it’d be foolish not to consider taking steps to limit that faction’s access to government office in the future.”

    I’m pretty sure we are all sitting here going how did January 6th not result in this, at the very least? It’s difficult to put your faith in a system of government that won’t even try to protect itself AFTER it was barely not overthrown by pure luck. Instead, the people behind the assault are now in charge of House committees.

    Next up, I hear there’s some folks planning to knife Caesar.

  2. I grew up in a republican household. My parents voted for Nixon (though they did not like him), and Ford after Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. I know republicans who are not jerks, or self-serving, or mentally deficient, or idiots, or liars, or pro-Putin. They voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020. Frankly, they’re in different circles and I do not keep in the closest touch with them. But my sense is that they do not swim in the same stream as McCarthy, Gaetz, Jordan, etal. Instead, they keep their feet in the realm of reality. My old friends are conservative, like the greater portion of our country. In other words, they are not radicals.

    I call myself a liberal thinker. And like our country, I tend to be conservative in how I live my life and manage my affairs. I think it is time to call a spade a spade. McCarthy is not typically a political radical. But he’s kissing the asses of a bunch of radicals in the House, including Gaetz, Gosar, Jordan, Perry, etcetera. So, in effect, McCarthy has fixed himself in their midst.

    It’s about time we all learn the meanings of conservative and radical. My purpose in making this point is that both democrats and republicans can become radicalized. We need to be aligned in the meanings of these terms.

    Heisenberg, who studied political science, knows more about this than I. Liberalism is about freely agreeing to be governed, holding personal political thoughts and moral beliefs that are based on individual rights, liberty, political equality, and equality in application of the law. Whereas, radical politics, according to the Oxford dictionary means: “the beliefs or actions of people who advocate thorough or complete political or social reform.”

    We saw a fair volume of that among young democrats in the 60s. Some kids went over the top and radicalized. The Students for a Democratic Society come to mind. Then there were radicals from Puerto Rico who bombed Chicago. Then there were radical police in ’68 who violently beat (with truncheons) a bunch of students at the democratic convention in Chicago because Mayor Dailey was pissed off.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, Walt. Or elaborate further if you like.

    1. I think the issue for the GOP is that people like your friends or family are relatively rare. Obviously numerous enough you could create an entire bubble where they are the only people you knew but rare enough at the country’s scale they are not sufficient to win office reliably.

      The thing is, no one is strongly in favor of fiscal conservatism. Liberals/left leaning people tend to want to spend money to alleviate problems, Trumpers/right wing populists want to money for themselves but, to be fair, they’re willing to take a hit to deny money to Black/Hispanic/”underserving” people. That’s their vision of the common good… if only it was legal to say “government money for whites only”… 🙂 And run of the mill republicans tend to favor such deep tax cuts for the wealthiest they always screw up the books.

    2. I largely agree with this and share similar formative experiences. It also reminds me of the apocryphal story in which Clemenceau says (in rough paraphrase), “If a man isn’t a socialist when he’s young, he has no heart; if a man is a socialist when he’s old, he has no head.”

      And do we really think anyone in the freedom caucus has read Edmund Burke

    3. Dave

      Since we share Chicago I would point out that clearly much of all this political chicanery is really just posing, or at least the basis for something else down the road. I grew up in a house where my mother was a staunchly social liberal (women had only had the vote for a few years when she was born, a fact of which she was acutely aware. I don’t know what my dad was because I never heard him talk about politics. He was an active community leader as a family business top executive and an active Rotarian. At any rate this pair sent their kids to private schools in Chicago, both of us in Lake Forest. My sister was a liberal at Brown, helped build a couple schools in Chad and is now very conservative. Me, I wasn’t anything but as a econ major I was a socialist leaner and social liberal in college. Before college I went to a prep school where one of my classmates was Bill Ayers, also from Chicago. Some will remember he and his wife (they are still married) Bernardine Dorhn came out of college and co-founded the infamous Weather Underground which bombed some stuff, and they soon made the FBI’s top ten and went underground until 1980 when they turned themselves in and went back to school. She became an activist lawyer and he got a top PhD and became a distinguished educator and author specializing in issues in urban schools, among other things. When I was in classes with Bill I would not have said he was radical. Nor would I say he is particularly radical now. He was a socially conscious teacher trying to better the lives of those less well off, same as what I did. Funny how things change when they need to sometimes.

  3. The whole M & M thing was absurd.

    The boots were fine, not offensive to anyone in any way.

    Tucker has literally nothing to talk about.

    Now we find out that the FBI agent in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, was himself paid by Oleg Deripaska.

    You can’t make this s*** up. Unbelievable.

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