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Debt Ceiling Ho!
adventfallsWhy would you wish to know?Registered Userregular
Okay, so, obviously, this is a big subject, but let's go ahead and talk about the US government. Basic stuff about what they're doing, how they're doing, etc. This isn't about the stupidity of state governments, this isn't about the stupidity of the Republican presidential field, this is about the stupidity (perceived or otherwise) of the federal government.
First, a quick primer for our buddies overseas or those who want a refresher on what's going on in Congress, since everyone knows who's in the White House:
This is Speaker of the House John Boehner (pronounced Bay-ner, not Boner). He became Speaker of the House after the Republican wave election of 2010.... and isn't necessarily that good at his job.
House of Representatives has 435 Representatives in it, and is very prone to wave elections. 2010 put a lot of extremely conservative Republicans into office. Said Republicans claimed that their agenda would be entirely about 'jobs, jobs, jobs'. Their most noteworthy accomplishments are trying to redefine rape, trying to undo Wall Street reform, and attempting to drastically cut Medicare and Medicaid (though they've since backed off of the Medicare thing).
This is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He managed to keep control of the Senate after 2010, and has roundly been accused of having no spine... though this has disappeared over the past few months.
Trying to rule the Senate is like trying to herd cats- you need to be damn good at your job or you'll get clawed repeatedly. And given Senate rules and the current political climate (Republicans are liable to filibuster anything, meaning a 60 vote supermajority is required to pass anything of substance), the Senate is renewing its reputation as the place where ideas go to die.
Reid's fired back, wanting cuts in oil and gas subsidies before anything else- something the House already voted down and that Boehner views as a tax hike.
Even the President's gotten in on the action, implying that the Republicans are taking hostages and using some of the harshest language on their end yet.
mod edit: "US Government" is way too broad a thread topic. I hereby christen this the Debt Ceiling and Maybe Some Things Related Like Deficits and Such Thread.