taking america hostage

Steve Benen: President Obama met with several leading congressional Republicans yesterday to discuss budget cuts and the debt ceiling, and not surprisingly, there wasn’t much in the way of progress…

…one of the more striking aspects of yesterday’s gathering was the increasingly-explicit nature of the Republican hostage strategy … the hostage-strategy dynamic isn’t new, but it’s uncommon for Republican members of Congress to be this candid about their plan out loud. One leading GOP lawmaker acknowledged that the Republican plan is “dangerous,” but the party doesn’t care. Another conceded that the GOP is inviting a “sovereign debt crisis,” but figures Obama would get the blame, so Republicans don’t care about that, either.

…As far as Republicans are concerned, there’s no need to compromise – they’re the ones with the gun and the hostage. Why strike a deal? If Obama caves, they get what they want. If Obama stands firm, and the GOP deliberately destroys the economy, Republicans will blame the president and destroy his chances of re-election.

…this is arguably one of the great political scandals of recent American history. There is no modern precedent for a political party acting like an organized crime family this shamelessly. The American public isn’t hearing much about these tactics, but I can’t help but wonder what the mainstream would think if someone were to tell them that the Republican Party intends to cause a recession, on purpose, unless Democrats drastically cut Medicare and other popular domestic programs.

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Thank you Ladyhawke

40 Responses to “taking america hostage”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

    It truly is a scandal. Diabolical. They will get theirs.

  2. 2 Fred
    June 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

    the DNC needs to stay on top of this and demand equal airtime on Sundays to demolish the talking points 😡

    • 3 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Yes, messaging could be better, but I think ultimately — just like with the much hyped government shutdown showdown — the GOP will fail on this, ironically because of their corporate/Wall Street masters (who will never let them carry through on this).

  3. June 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    That is there plan! They have many, but one thing is certain, they are trying to destroy our economy and blame it on POTUS!

  4. June 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

    With the close of each recipient reporting cycle, more and more Recovery funded projects are being completed. As of May 25, 2011 the total was 63,655. Many Department of Transportation projects funded by Recovery awards are long-term, but here are some that have been completed already:

    Extending Commuter Rail Line in Dallas

    Newly built Hatcher Station on Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Green Line.•Award amount: $78.4 million
    •Purpose: Cover costs of materials and construction of approximately 11.8 miles of double-tracked rail and two new stations for expansion of one of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit lines.
    •Contractors: Archer Western, Brunson Builders, Carcon Industries, Herzog Companies
    •Completed: December 2009


    • 7 Puddin'
      June 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks jovie…I just sent this link to Chris Matthew. I told him that this is the what the “American People” want to know about…not the craziness he spent so much time on today…Palin and the so called “Weiner Scandal”.

  5. 8 barb
    June 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

    And there are so arrogant in the process. They just don’t give a dammmmmm about the country and think they can lie and be openly negative toward our President in the media. This is an ethics matter. I wish a public figure would go to the media in primetime and explain to the people what is going on. We need someone to organize to fight back. Who has his back…….where are they? We can write our letters but we need numbers.

  6. June 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Green light ahead
    More area drivers are turning to alternative-fuel vehicles, partly to save on fuel costs, but more to cut carbon footprint


  7. 11 halo
    June 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Chipsticks, you missed the money quote: “Who has egg on their face if there is a sovereign debt crisis, House Republicans or the president?” asked another senior GOP lawmaker.

  8. 13 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Here is why the GOP and MSM are pulling all the stops to undermine the economy and President Obama:

    “Poll: Reactions to the Republican candidates – Not impressed”


  9. 15 Proud of Obama
    June 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Our president didn’t back down at his meeting with the lying rethugs yesterday, according to a LA Times report. Love this:

    “Rep. Paul D. Ryan, architect of a Medicare overhaul aimed at slashing the cost of the popular entitlement program by reducing the government’s open-ended commitment to seniors, accused Obama of “mis-describing” his plan and implored the president to ease up on the “demagoguery.”

    In reply, Obama said he was no stranger to cartoonish depictions, reeling off a list of conservatives’ favorite attack points: “I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president,” Obama said, according to people familiar with his remarks.”


    • 16 meta
      June 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

      YESSSS. I love it when PBO hands it back. He always chooses just the right words.

      • 17 Fred
        June 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

        so happy the President tore Ryan a new one and I sure as hell hope it hurt Pauly boy 😆

      • 18 utaustinliberal
        June 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        Hahahaha. I love it! Don’t try to match wits or mess with our POTUS rethugs; he gives as good as he gets! 🙂

    • 19 Me4obama
      June 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

      OMG he said that to Baby Ryan and all of the Repukes heard that? I love this president,thank you proud.

    • 20 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Excellent find, Proud. I am confident the goopers will get their asses handed to them on this issue. Hilarious that Ryan wants the President to ease up. Are they f**king kidding me?!?!?!?

    • 21 Debz
      June 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      I love our President! What a great comeback. The difference is, that no body is “mis-describing” anything they are just telling the truth.

      • 22 Proud of Obama
        June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

        Did anyone notice when Eddie Munster made his statement yesterday that he could not look into the camera? He looked everywhere but into a camera. That’s a sure sign that he was simply lying about his standing up to the president. And to me he looked like he was ready to cry. He did not look triumphant at all. He looked like he had been dressed down. Wuss.

    • 24 africa
      June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

      Yes!! As I listened to Ryan yesterday bloviating on TV, I was curious to hear what the president’s response would be. And I knew he would gently but pointedly let them know he was no wall flower.

      Take that Ryan. I believe in the depths of my heart that hard as the GOP is trying to hurt the president, they will get the ugly handed to them.

      President Obama told them a long time ago — he is willing to give the other guy the benefit of the doubt, but if he finds that you are trying to take advantage of him, he will “crush” you. These people never learn. They just never do.

      • 25 EDP4BHO
        June 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Africa, you took the words out my mouth. He said that on not one, but two occasions. The videos are out there somewhere. Also, I was listening to a re-broadcast of a forum put on by our local African American talk radio, and it featured Dr. Ogletree, who was PBO’s and Michelle’s professor and mentor at Harvard. The moderator asked him how smart was PBO. Dr. Ogletree noted that during class, when they would debate law cases, PBO would wound up being the one setting scenarios and pointing out the pros and cons of each student’s argument, so much that Dr. Ogletree wondered…”who’s teaching this class, me or him”? He said PBO was at the top of his class at Harvard, as was plain to see. So, I’m not worried about our President handling this mess. My concern will always be about the voters…..how they perceive him, and how informed/uninformed they are. It always boils down to this, IMO.

    • 26 anniebella
      June 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      That’s our President. I knew he wasn’t going to back down to Paul Ryan or any of those jackasses.

  10. 30 Mae who love our CIC
    June 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    President Obama and his staff seems to be the only ones working for the people. It takes courage and the rest are looking out for themselves but yet they want to ride our President’s coattail for a personal victory. The repugs are slow learners. Every time that they have thought that they have back our President in a corner, he always come out the victor. May God continue to bless the American people and our President of these united states.

    • 31 africa
      June 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Absolutely point on. I have always believed that because the president works for the American people, he will emerge in a better light. The reason is because he is diligently working for the American people.

    • 32 Ladyhawke
      June 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I continue to be amazed at all of the projects and initiatives that are being implemented everyday by the Obama administration under the radar. I have whitehouse.gov as my homepage and this White House is a beehive of activity. It is tragic that so many Americans don’t have a clue about the accomplishments of President Obama and his administration. Circumventing the media firewall continues to be a challenge.

      From the Saturday address, West Wing Week, White Board Presentations, cool tools to find out how certain agenda items impact you and your state, to “Open for Questions”, the contrast with the Bush administration is staggering.

      If you want to see what the Bush administration website looked like frozen in time in January 2009, check this out:


      • 33 theo67
        June 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        It was kind of scary looking at this page frozen in time. The scam perpetrated by the Bush Administration on themselves and the people of this country is frightening in it’s depth and breadth. It is hard to find evidence in the real world of the “accomplishments” they tout on the site. And just knowing the amount of damage they caused during their eight years in the White House – in both lives and the state of the country and the world – it’s such a relief to know that we’ve moved on to a real President with real accomplishments and real integrity.

  11. 35 Ladyhawke
    June 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    More from MEDIA MATTERS on the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Republican Party who wrote the book on demagoguery. Of course, the feckless mainstream media would never connect the dots and point out the obvious hypocrisy, it might offend the GOP. The only way the media will report on this is to say both sides do it equally. The ole fake balance meme.



    At a press conference after this morning’s debt-limit meeting at the White House, senior House Republicans called on Democrats to stop telling Americans what voucherizing Medicare will cost future seniors, saying that such explanations of the GOP budget are ‘demagoguery.’ Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) stepped to the microphone to tell a reporter that he “simply explained what our plan is, how it works” to President Obama “so that in the future he won’t mischaracterize it.”
    Of course, there’s a difference between ‘demagoguery’ and spelling out the ugly, CBO-certified facts of the GOP’s Medicare plan, which even the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal says would “essentially end Medicare.”

    Ryan’s decision to get sanctimonious about rhetoric now is a rich bit of hypocrisy. Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” was loaded with demagoguery, and from his official Republican response to January’s State of the Union address to his recent declaration that Democratic spending is “the whole reason” the debt limit needs to be raised, he’s injected this debate with unfounded and hysterical attacks on Democrats. (And then there’s the avalanche of pro-Republican TV ads that ran last year falsely accusing Dems of ‘gutting Medicare’).

    But now that Republicans have waded hip-deep into a political quagmire by voting to replace Medicare with an undervalued voucher program for everyone younger than 55, the man who agrees with Glenn Beck that progressivism is “a cancer” says anyone who paints an accurate picture of what his party would do to future seniors is a “demagogue” and unfit to lead. Convenient.


  12. 36 Carolyn
    June 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

    So long the Republicans have been operating under the radar with their intentions, and now they are in the open. Ryan’s Medicare plan was a surprise to many, I think, who did not realize the diabolical plans of the Republicans. Now they are out in the open. This, frankly, is a surprise to me. Rove and Bush always operated underhandedly in the shadows, and it was like nailing jelly to a wall to get them. Now these thugs are in the open where they can be seen and dealt with. I firmly believe that the more they talk, the worse off they will be.
    I’m reminded of two things: First, Justice Brandeis: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” and Second Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. These people are all hares jumping all over, accomplishing nothing. If you’ve ever been out west and seen a field of jackrabbits, you know exactly what they are! The President and his people are the tortoise, seeming slow sometimes, which they are NOT, but steady and will finish the course and sit smiling back at the jackrabbits at the finish line.

  13. 37 africa
    June 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Here is travesty. The so-called prgressive left are not lifting their finger to do not one thing to call out the Republicans. Where are those action diaries? I recall during the health care debate for example, on the site that shall remain nameless, there was no shortage of action diaries directing readers to call the White House and Democrats.

    Here we have the intrasigent Republicans trying to ruin the whole country and it is crickets from that crowd. Oh, I forgot there could be a good number of them that may be relishing this ugliness by the GOP because it is supposed to hurt President Obama. Well!

    Go freaking figure. I guess it is left with us here to bomb the news media and these GOP leaders for trying to hurt us all.

    • 38 hopefruit2
      June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

      tthat’s right Africa. The Professional Left is another arm of the Republican PArty and should be treated as such. Right now, they’re busy searching high and low for things to attack the President. For instance there is now a diary on the Old Orange about the Obama administraton spying on you…I mean, REALLY???

    • 39 theo67
      June 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Really good point, Africa. Where are the calls about the Republicans wanting to put Grandma on a “catfood” diet? I thought they were so sure that President Obama wanted to gut Medicare, and they pulled all their hair out last year over the rumour. Now, they have a group that have said in no uncertain terms that their intention is to kill Medicare, and there is silence from the left. Such hypocrisy.

  14. 40 anniebella
    June 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Ryan just as well shut up. No one is going to back off of telling America, telling Senior Citizens what Ryan want to do to Medicare. Destroy it, that’s what Ryan want to do.

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