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(LA Times)   Didn't read the article but pretty sure Treasury Secretary Lew is trying to force choke someone   (latimes.com) divider line 49
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2013-08-27 10:41:01 AM
"Congress should act as soon as possible to protect America's good credit by extending normal borrowing authority well before any risk of default becomes imminent," he wrote.

Never gonna happen. Republicans in Congress today refuse to let any hostage situation go to waste.
 
2013-08-27 10:42:02 AM
PS contest waiting to happen.
 
2013-08-27 10:43:18 AM
Will Boehner manage to quell a Tea Party uprising?

Will Cantor finally take over the House?

Will McConnell just let the GOP shoot themselves in the foot to win re-election?

Find out on the next episode of "Dopes"
 
2013-08-27 10:47:58 AM
He has to concentrate like that to write his new, un-curlicued signature.

/I get that same look right before I have to be nice to idiots.
 
2013-08-27 10:48:27 AM
Step 1) pass bills setting government spending
step 2) pass bills setting tax rate
step 3) have hissy fit when 2 is less than 1

/congress
/we need to get back to Gephart rule:  vote on a budget, and you are also voting on the debt ceiling increase needed to put that budget into effect.
 
2013-08-27 10:52:07 AM
This again? More proof we are to stupid to govern ourselves.
 
2013-08-27 10:53:11 AM
I find it refreshing to hear a submitter admit that he or she DNRTFA.
 
2013-08-27 10:56:08 AM
blogs-images.forbes.com

"I'm Jacob Lew and I approve of this message."
 
2013-08-27 10:57:39 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: PS contest waiting to happen.


Am I just not noticing them, or are there a lot lot lot less PS contests than there used to be
 
2013-08-27 10:58:03 AM
force choke lol
 
2013-08-27 10:58:28 AM

meat0918: Will Boehner manage to quell a Tea Party uprising?

Will Cantor finally take over the House?

Will McConnell just let the GOP shoot themselves in the foot to win re-election?

Find out on the next episode of "Dopes"


Chester = McConnell
Jessica = Cruz
Burt = Biden
Danny = Rubio
Jodie = Eric Cantor
Dutch = Boehner
Benson = Obama
 
2013-08-27 11:07:22 AM
This is not the negotiation you are looking for.
 
2013-08-27 11:17:47 AM

BMulligan: I find it refreshing to hear a submitter admit that he or she DNRTFA.


*takes a bow*
 
2013-08-27 11:22:46 AM
Why did we originally limit the borrowing authority even after expenditures have been approved?
 
2013-08-27 11:23:05 AM

PerilousApricot: Benevolent Misanthrope: PS contest waiting to happen.

Am I just not noticing them, or are there a lot lot lot less PS contests than there used to be


It seems that way to me, too.
 
2013-08-27 11:26:52 AM

hinten: Why did we originally limit the borrowing authority even after expenditures have been approved?


I, too, would like an answer to this question.
 
2013-08-27 11:27:02 AM

hinten: Why did we originally limit the borrowing authority even after expenditures have been approved?


It was created during WWI. At that time, Congress had to individually approve every offer of different kinds of bonds being sold to raise money for expenses not covered by taxes. Creating a uniform limit on debt allowed Congress to simplify borrowing authority and make it easier for the government to fund important programs (like defeating Germany).
 
2013-08-27 11:33:42 AM
Got it. Found more here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt_ceiling

Prior to 1917, the United States had no debt ceiling. The Congress either authorized specific loans or allowed the Treasury to issue certain debt instruments and individual debt issues for specific purposes. Sometimes Congress gave the Treasury discretion over what type of debt instrument would be issued.[12] The United States first instituted a statutory debt limit with the Second Liberty Bond Act of 1917. This legislation set limits on the aggregate amount of debt that could be accumulated through individual categories of debt (such as bonds and bills). In 1939, Congress instituted the first limit on total accumulated debt over all kinds of instruments.
Prior to the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, the debt ceiling played an important role since Congress had few opportunities to hold hearings and debates on the budget. James Surowiecki argued that the debt ceiling lost its usefulness after these reforms to the budget process.[4]

In 1979, noting the potential problems of hitting a default, Dick Gephardt imposed the "Gephardt Rule," a parliamentary rule that deemed the debt ceiling raised when a budget was passed. This resolved the contradiction in voting for appropriations but not voting to fund them. The rule stood until it was repealed by the Republican Congress in 1995.


and here about the Gephardt rule which was abolished in 1995 by a Republican congress

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/05/how-dick-gephard t- fixed-the-debt-ceiling-problem/238571/#
 
2013-08-27 11:37:44 AM
I don't know why but when the whole signature thing started it reminded me of the old VisionOn logo from the kids' show in the 70's.  Yes, you are on my lawn.  Now get off.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-27 11:40:24 AM
Remember how Republicans demanded the senate to pass a budget, and now that the senate did the house refuses to go to committee with it. The democrats should be hammering the republicans on this.
 
2013-08-27 11:47:25 AM
I am sorry but force choking always goes along with a hand gesture similar to a physical  one handed throttling... no that looks more like a Scanners head sploady concentration.
 
2013-08-27 11:48:14 AM
www.latimes.com
Dat Ass
 
2013-08-27 11:49:15 AM
I have written my Congressman today...
\Cantor
\\ Be a statesman
\\\Hate Obstruction
 
2013-08-27 11:50:21 AM
www.latimes.com
I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING.
 
2013-08-27 11:54:35 AM
I'm pretty sure republicans intend to shoot the hostage this time.
 
2013-08-27 11:55:53 AM

Corvus: Remember how Republicans demanded the senate to pass a budget, and now that the senate did the house refuses to go to committee with it. The democrats should be hammering the republicans on this.


Unfortunately the Democrats don't have their built in echo chamber that manufactures rage about this.  Plus, it's harder to manufacture rage about things that are the absence of actions on good governance then it is to manufacture rage over unsubstantiated fear mongering.  The budget process is just way too wonky.

The hated truth is that the GOP will continue to ruin the full faith and credit of the US government until we finally vote them out of any sense of power OR they come to their senses.
 
2013-08-27 12:01:18 PM
I'm seeing a doughy Elvis Costello.
 
2013-08-27 12:11:55 PM
grantjkidney.com
Time to mint some trillion dollar coins....
 
2013-08-27 12:25:35 PM
bah...more like "These are not the debts you are looking for."
 
2013-08-27 01:13:11 PM
I wish I knew which republicans were shorting the market and in what ways, I too would like to profit from any deliberate damaging of the American economy.
 
2013-08-27 01:22:01 PM
Higher higher
Burning fire
Making music
Like a choir
 
2013-08-27 01:22:16 PM

plewis: Corvus: Remember how Republicans demanded the senate to pass a budget, and now that the senate did the house refuses to go to committee with it. The democrats should be hammering the republicans on this.

Unfortunately the Democrats don't have their built in echo chamber that manufactures rage about this.  Plus, it's harder to manufacture rage about things that are the absence of actions on good governance then it is to manufacture rage over unsubstantiated fear mongering.  The budget process is just way too wonky.

The hated truth is that the GOP will continue to ruin the full faith and credit of the US government until we finally vote them out of any sense of power OR they come to their senses.


There are also lots of folks who think it's a too-much-debt problem (rather than a problem of Congress being unhappy with the amount of debt Congress ran up), and so think not raising the ceiling is the responsible thing to do.

Hopefully a couple of bigger-than-2008 crashes will be enough - people may remember what happened when TARP first failed to pass, then how benignly it turned out.
 
2013-08-27 01:30:33 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/30/odd-national-debt-stuck-at - exactly-16699396000000-for-70-days/
we have been over the debt limit for 100+ days
get back to me when something real happens

oh yes, for the LOVE OF SCIENCE, please dont let the DEMS cave to the suicidal GOP
 
2013-08-27 01:36:36 PM

Gaseous Anomaly: There are also lots of folks who think it's a too-much-debt problem (rather than a problem of Congress being unhappy with the amount of debt Congress ran up), and so think not raising the ceiling is the responsible thing to do.

Hopefully a couple of bigger-than-2008 crashes will be enough - people may remember what happened when TARP first failed to pass, then how benignly it turned out.


My uncle is that guy.
Everyone should work within the budget.
Bootstraps.
Gubbermint bad.
And he makes his money building interstate highways.

PS: TARP is still a huge failure to him. No matter what facts are presented, all is just a librul lie.
 
2013-08-27 01:54:12 PM
Looks more like he's summoning the X-men to me.

www.outsidethebeltway.com
 
2013-08-27 01:55:18 PM
www.latimes.com


YOU HAVE FAILED ME FOR THE LAST TIME, BOEHNER.
 
2013-08-27 01:56:38 PM
Skip Adam has some very insightful commentary in the comments, if you care to look. 
 Skip Adam at 9:56 AM August 27, 2013

Just think of all the money Filthy Filner was going to spend if it had not been for a few Skirts

LOL

THE DEMOCRAT WAR ON WOMEN IS REAL .............................
 
2013-08-27 01:57:26 PM
AirForceVet:
YOU HAVE FAILED ME FOR THE LAST TIME, BOEHNER.

www.ypxoiea.com
Hugz?
 
2013-08-27 02:05:01 PM

Serious Black: "Congress should act as soon as possible to protect America's good credit by extending normal borrowing authority well before any risk of default becomes imminent," he wrote.

Never gonna happen. Republicans in Congress today refuse to let any hostage situation go to waste.


Yes, but this would be an awesome coup for Obama if they actually cause a shut down. Obama sends a reasonable compromise to the House, the Teatards reject it causing a shut down, and then for the next 13th months until the mid-term elections Obama beats the crap out of Republicans on this issue.
 
2013-08-27 02:06:47 PM
That is not a force choke, a force choke you need to hold your hand like you are squeezing some thing. That is an attempt at puppet, a force power where you bring the victim completely under your power. Totally dominating their will and forcing them to obey your every command.
 
2013-08-27 02:19:22 PM
Be much more interesting if he could do Force Lightning. I mean, come on, how cool would that be, Lew spewing lightning bolts from his fingertips into whichever members of Congress displeased him...
 
2013-08-27 02:19:56 PM
i.imgur.com

These shenanigans. The Secretary casts a gaze of disaproooooooooval over them.
 
2013-08-27 02:23:53 PM

Publikwerks: [640x400 from http://grantjkidney.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Birmingham+Firm+Str ikes+President+Obama+Coin+xqv-dCywvKjl-e1357530539278.jpg image 640x400]
Time to mint some trillion dollar coins....


Funny thing: Federal law prevents any living person from appearing on US currency.
 
2013-08-27 02:34:14 PM
"The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."  - Senator Barack Obama, 2006
 
2013-08-27 02:40:56 PM
 
2013-08-27 02:41:53 PM
This is a force choke, subby.

imageshack.us


Lew is apparently trying a variation of the Cameron "Scanners" Vale brain exploding trick

img560.imageshack.us
 
2013-08-27 02:52:31 PM

Snapper Carr: This is a force choke, subby.

[500x325 from http://imageshack.us/a/img706/3002/iwfw.jpg image 500x325]


Lew is apparently trying a variation of the Cameron "Scanners" Vale brain exploding trick

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When Vader killed Ozzel, do they show him making the chokey-chokey gesture? (As I recall, they only show the screen - does anyone know if Vader has to choke the air for it to work? I should think so, given the hand-waving the other force-users do to pull shiat off the walls or whatever.)

// "Do not fail me, Admiral Piett..."
 
2013-08-27 04:02:32 PM

m1ke: "The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."  - Senator Barack Obama, 2006


Yeah, we all know about that. Nobody told the Teabaggers that denouncing the debt ceiling is grandstanding - you're not supposed to actually block it.

Nobody told them you're not actually supposed to make progress banning abortion either.
 
2013-08-27 04:04:10 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Publikwerks: [640x400 from http://grantjkidney.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Birmingham+Firm+Str ikes+President+Obama+Coin+xqv-dCywvKjl-e1357530539278.jpg image 640x400]
Time to mint some trillion dollar coins....

Funny thing: Federal law prevents any living person from appearing on US currency.


Which is why Dr. Evil would be a better choice.

/Though my vote is for the father of the structural budget deficit: Ronald Reagan
 
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