Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:31 PM
TomCADem (7,200 posts)
My Problem With Platinum Coin & 14th Amendment Fix - Gives GOP A Free Pass Again
The fact of the matter is that the media spends little time asking Republicans whether they really plan on shooting the hostage and using the debt ceiling to get their way or tank the world economy. Instead, the focus has been on what will the President do as if the actions of Republicans was reasonable or acceptable. Indeed, even though the White House has not even entertained the alternatives to Congress raising the debt ceiling, the media has been debating and attacking the President and Democrats for even considering these options.
As Ezra Klein pointed out, "The moment the White House declares itself open to minting the coin, the Republican Partyís extremists can breathe a sigh of relief." I agree with Ezra. We really should not be looking at creative ways to circumvent Congress. Instead, we need to start holding Republicans accountable for playing the debt limit and playing chicken with an economic meltdown. So long as attention is paid to platinum coins and the 14th Amendment, the less pressure there is on Republicans to stop threatening to kill the Nation's economy in a blatant attempt at economic sabotage and extortion.
Rather than attacking the President for not giving Republicans a free pass on being responsible, we should be demonstrating and demanding that Republicans stop acting crazy. Republicans act crazy, because we have been conditioned to accept it as normal and routine such that they can stall routine appointments and threaten to blow up the country's economy without any blowback.
The argument against minting the platinum coin is simply this: It makes it harder to solve the actual problem facing our country. That problem is not the debt ceiling, per se, though it manifests itself most dangerously through the debt ceiling. Itís a Republican Party that has grown extreme enough to persuade itself that stratagems like threatening default are reasonable. Itís that our two-party political system breaks down when one of the two parties comes unmoored. Minting the coin doesnít so much solve that problem as surrender to it.
The platinum coin is an attempt to delay a reckoning that we unfortunately need to have. It takes a debate that will properly focus on the GOPís reckless threat to force the United States into default and refocuses it on a seemingly absurd power grab by the executive branch. It is of no solace that many of the intuitive arguments against the platinum coin can be calmly rebutted. Itís the wrong debate to be having.
Worse, it is a debate that will that will strengthen the worst factions in the Republican Party. There are plenty of Republicans who are privately uncomfortable with the partyís shift towards repetitive brinksmanship. Some of them are quite powerful. Recall that in 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell basically tried to trick his party into giving up its power over the debt ceiling. Just last weekend, Newt Gingrich said the debt ceiling is ďa dead loserĒ for the GOP and advised Republicans to find ďa totally new strategy.Ē Philip Klein, a columnist at the Washington Examiner, put it clearly: ďAs a conservative, I fear Republicans overplaying their hand, delaying a debt limit increase so long that financial markets begin to panic. As a result, small government ideology will be associated in the public mind with economic chaos and conservatism will be seen as incompatible with governance.Ē
The fact is that after losing the 2012 election, and with the business community mobilizing against the threat of default, the leadership of the Republican Party is going to have a terrible time holding its members together on the debt ceiling. Even more problematic, from the perspective of conservative hard-liners, is that many of the GOPís leaders are themselves scared of the debt ceiling and looking for a way out. There is a very good chance that this fight can be won and these tactics discredited.
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Response to TomCADem (Original post)
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:38 PM
LonePirate (2,913 posts)
3. House Republicans are not afraid of shooting the hostage and their voters don't care if they shoot.
I think we sometimes forget that here on DU.
Response to LonePirate (Reply #3)
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:49 PM
Andy823 (7,647 posts)
4. I totally agree with you
The extremists on the right "want" to see the country fail, the don't care what happens to the economy, or the people, all they want is to "destroy" the government, put their own crazy ideas into running things, and turn the whole country into their own little "insane" domain where the nuts run the place and if you don't conform to their ideas, well they will simply get rid of you one way or another!
Letting the crazies run things hasn't worked out so well for the republicans, or the people of this country. Letting them win is not a thing we really want to see, at least not me! I think they have done enough damage, and I hope the more sane adults put a stop to their insanity!
Response to LonePirate (Reply #3)
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:54 PM
TomCADem (7,200 posts)
5. This Widely Held Approach Gives Republicans A Free Pass...
...why bother holding Republicans accountable when their voters will vote for them anyways? My take is that the reason why voters vote for Republicans is because they are given a free pass. The corporate media minimizes their most outrageous positions by portraying a false equivalency and blaming both sides:
And so Washington begins the next hurdle: the debt ceiling, playing at a theater near you in February. All villains, no heroes.
This is CNN, the so-called neutral network. My take is that giving Republicans a free pass emboldens them. CNN's false equivalency analysis is hardly unique and it often serves to lend credibility to what Republicans are doing. Until the American people and the media drop the false equivalency and place the blame where it belongs, Republicans will continue to profit from their crazy actions.