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The “Republicans” who control the House of “Representatives” are once again threatening to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless their whiny, silly, pouting, and just generally idiotic demands du jour are met. In this case, it’s a demand that ObamaCare be destroyed. A  ridiculous demand, of course, but that’s not how deep the rabbit hole of stupid goes.

Here’s the deal: Congress spends money. They are responsible for the amount of taxing and spending.  That means they are responsible for the amount of the national debt. That means they are responsible for the need to raise the debt ceiling.

“But ObamaCare”, the Wingnuts cry. News flash: Congress voted for it. That means they’re responsible for the funding that they voted for. Not the Prexy, not the courts: that’s what’s called the Separation of Powers. Congress holds the power of the purse, and for years they have been using that power in a most irresponsible manner.

Yes, the debt is too high. But that is no reason for Congress to try to weasel out of paying the bills they have run up over the decades. No, that is a reason to adjust tax and spending policy to bring the national debt down in the future,

The law of the land says the U.S. Government has to pay its bills. If Congress refuses to do so, they will be in violation of the law.  And only Congress will be responsible. No one else. It’s their fault for spending more than they take in.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Congress can yell and scream all they want; they can play Pin-The-Blame-On-The-Donkey ad nauseum; they can hold dueling press conferences until their faces turn orange; and some of the gullible among us will believe their screechy, whiny protestations. BUT:

The President does not get to spend much money. Almost all of the spending and the resulting  deficit and  debt (not the same thing)(really, look it up) comes from the actions and votes of our Congresscritters and Senators.

When Speaker Boehner and his confreres yowl about the Prexy spending too much money, they are bitching at the wrong person. Yo, John-Bob, you want to yell at a spendthrift politician? Just look in a mirror.

Mr. B & C

P.S. Bonus snark is due the “media” for not calling Johnny B. Not-So-Good out on this fact when he bleats and blathers about our “big-spending President”.