Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

Mario Piperni on a Temporary Fix

Blowing Up the World Economy Has Been Averted…for Now

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The adults have won.

Senate Democratic and Republican leaders on Wednesday reached final agreement on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February, with final passage looking increasingly possible by Wednesday evening.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, announced completion of the agreement shortly after noon, and the Senate Republicans who had led the push to shut down the government unless President Obama’s health care law was gutted conceded defeat and promised not to delay a final vote.

The deal, with the government shutdown in its third week, yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans, other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance under the health care law.

Under the agreement, the government would be funded through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling would be raised until Feb. 7.

Sanity is about to be imposed on Washington…at east until Jan. 15 when Ted Cruz and his band of merry teabaggers can do it all over again. This is not over. It’s only the 4th inning of a 9 inning game of Take Down Obama.


This is a sad and sickening spectacle, like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. […]

This is the worst it’s ever been in modern America. But it is going to get worse. They aren’t going to stop hating Obama and Obamacare. They aren’t suddenly going to decide to make their peace with him or it. They sure aren’t going to decide that gee, using default as leverage is naughty. A big chunk of them want the United States to default on Obama’s watch, so they can then blame him for what they themselves caused, say, “The black guy wrecked the economy. Couldn’t you have predicted it?” New horrors await us that you and I, being normal people, can’t begin to dream up. But rest assured, they will.

Check out Tomasky’s entire piece for a good summary of what we’ve been witnessing for the last two weeks.


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Mario Piperni on Repug Conscience

Choosing Between Life Now and Life Later

OCTOBER 16, 2013 BY  

When describing the American health care system, I’m not sure one needs to look further than the words on this young man’s sign.

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Do you think Ted Cruz and his crazy cohorts in the House care a damn about this guy’s friend or the millions of other Americans unable to afford health insurance? Nope, they don’t. Actually, they shut down the government to ensure that even more Americans are forced to choose between living now and living later.

I often wonder how anyone in good conscience supports a political party with a belief structure that views health care as a privilege and not a basic human right.


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Humor: The Borowitz Report

Rand Paul Proposes Reopening Just Enough of Government to Hold New Hearings on Benghazi

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Adding his voice to the eleventh-hour debate about the government shutdown, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) today proposed reopening just enough of the government to hold new hearings on Benghazi.

“Across this great nation of ours, people are suffering,” he told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. “Suffering, Megyn, because they still don’t know what really happened in Benghazi.”


Noting that the government shutdown had furloughed investigators who could be looking into Benghazi, he said, “If there’s something in our government more worthy of funding than that, I can’t think of it.”

Senator Paul said he knew that he would draw the ire of fellow Republicans by suggesting that the government be partially reopened, but added, “Sometimes, you have to put politics aside when there is something more important at stake, and I think any reasonable person would agree that there is nothing more important than getting to the bottom of Benghazi.”

“For the two weeks of this shutdown, the American people have had no new information about Benghazi,” he said. “It’s time to stop the madness.”

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