There's certain words at A&G that we simply hate.. Among them one in particular:
People talk of it as if its a good or necessary action.. its usually not.
Or allowing an employer to tell you when to come to work, where to sit, what to wear, what to do/not do, when to have lunch, when to take a smoking break, limits on phone use, etc in exchange for a paltry salary in which the government steals 15-35% of it off the top...
These are compromises of principle.
You remember this from history class right? The 3/5ths Compromise where for taxation purposes, blacks were looked upon as chattel like a horse or cow and valued at 60% of a white.
An agreement to end the slave trade not immediately but to take place 20 years after the document was to be ratified...
And Compromise allowed slavery to continue for an additional 85 years... One bullshit agreement after another.. The Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, etc..
We sincerely do not respect any individual or entity that compromises core conviction for the sake of political peace, harmony and/or appeasement.
That's certainly what Neville Chamberlain did with the Nazis.. What did it get the UK Prime Minister at the time? Faint hopes of peace, ultimate eternal ridicule and allowed the Nazi military might to go unabated for another half-dozen years before Poland.
Sometimes being stubborn and and recalcitrant is the way to Be.
They have convictions (whatever they may be) and are willing to engage in a long, protracted battle with the President if need be to preserve them.
They're not pure unadulterated Cowards like the majority of Republicans (and Democrats) who only think as far as the next election cycle and would mostly switch party allegiances in a heartbeat if it meant guaranteed re-election.
Here's how the Washington Post put it:
"House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has emphasized that he will not permit the country to default for the first time on its debt... Boehner has told fellow Republicans that they must craft an agreement that can attract significant Democratic support...
One lawmaker, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Thursday that Boehner has even suggested that he may be willing to risk the fury of conservatives by relying on a majority of Democratic votes — and less than a majority of Republicans — to pass a debt-ceiling increase."
Are you G-D kidding??
Is this what all those Republicans in Ohio who keep re-electing this piece of bleep want? Forget if you agree with the position or not..
Imagine how you'd feel if you voted someone who kept telling you they were pro-choice then voted with the pro-life Fundamentalists or ran for office as a pacifist and always voted for war...
The Tea Party-- they have an ideology. They have goals.. They aren't afraid of being mocked and derided and ridiculed.. Couldn't care less what public opinion polls say on anything..
They have belief and they will deeply entrench themselves and fight as long as possible to try to win the day..
Will they win? Most likely not.
But character is built in the trying, not the capitulating; Never in the compromise.
And they have people starting to scurry and feel sincere concern over this debt ceiling non-issue.
Why do we call it a non-issue? Honestly because these bastard leaders create things from thin air to keep the system running... Deadlines are meaningless. Money will be skirted from A and B to pay the debt until something passed then it gets passed retroactive
Problem solved.. The drama is all contrived.
"Several months ago an improbable amount of momentum built behind the notion that the Treasury mint a platinum coin with a $1 trillion face value, deposit it with the Federal Reserve and draw on that to cover deficit spending. The idea arose from an obscure and ambiguous law apparently intended to allow the Treasury to meet demand for physical coins from collectors and savers...
Now a somewhat less bizarre scenario is being floated: Treasury, in theory, could issue bonds with an extraordinarily high “coupon,” or interest rate, which would sell at a large premium to their face value.
The proceeds of such a debt sale would far exceed the stated principal amount of the bonds, and provide the government with enough cash to roll over maturing debt and pay government expenses without violating the debt ceiling."
It is no different than you or we, picking up a tissue, valuating it at a percentage of our real debt and then creating a fictional buyer with one exception...
Just like they have the power to print money and we do not, they can create nothing and make it something.. That's really the only reason we and the rest of the world still exist economically..
The stock market certainly isn't worried about all this.. today its up 69pts.. pieces of shit buying 'on the dip'. Preventing Investors from doing otherwise is like preventing a scorpion from stinging.
Really no different than most of us as individuals.. Just different degrees of pathetic.
We know ultimately the shutdown will end, that G-D ceiling will be raised allowing the market to keep rising and investors to keep flourishing, and in all likelihood nothing was won.
But that's not the point..
It has been five years since Lehman Bros.. and Absolutely Nothing in the world of finance has improved outside of bloated markets. Its more a rigged game than ever
You can not build a new home amid a rotted decaying foundation. One must be razed to make way for the next.. No different that the basic farming concept of crop rotation.. The soil must be replenished to make way for continual productive use.
Too many people were allowed to get away scot-free without suffering any financial hit 5 years ago who deserved it; too many avoided imprisonment because everyone just wanted to move on...
Sincere Adam Smith Capitalism must be allowed to take root once more..
And we know most don't have the stomach for it..
And we know those who compromise politically for the sake of their financial Big Business masters are as common as grains of sand upon a desert.
It is because they fight at all..