All 53 Senate Dems sign letter to Boehner: Your bill will never pass

posted at 10:23 pm on July 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

Awfully nice of them to give Boehner one more little boost on the eve of tomorrow’s vote by calling the House GOP’s bluff like this.

Default it is, then.

Dear Speaker Boehner,

With five days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, we need to work together to ensure that our nation does not default on our obligations for the first time in our history. We heard that in your caucus you said the Senate will support your bill. We are writing to tell you that we will not support it, and give you the reasons why.

A short-term extension like the one in your bill would put America at risk, along with every family and business in it. Your approach would force us once again to face the threat of default in five or six short months. Every day, another expert warns us that your short-term approach could be nearly as disastrous as a default and would lead to a downgrade in our credit rating. If our credit is downgraded, it would cost us billions of dollars more in interest payments on our existing debt and drive up our deficit. Even more worrisome, a downgrade would spike interest rates, making everything from mortgages, car loans and credit cards more expensive for families and businesses nationwide.

In addition to risking a downgrade and catastrophic default, we are concerned that in five or six months, the House will once again hold the economy captive and refuse to avoid another default unless we accept unbalanced, deep cuts to programs like Medicare and Social Security, without asking anything of the wealthiest Americans.

We now have only five days left to act. The entire world is watching Congress. We need to do the right thing to solve this problem. We must work together to avoid a default the responsible way – not in a way that will do America more harm than good.

So that’s how this story ends. With the party of endless spending and entitlements unto death lecturing fiscal conservatives on how they’re leading the country into a credit downgrade. Perfecto.

Politico reports that Mitch McConnell is huddling with Biden to forge some sort of face-saving deus-ex-machina compromise. The story’s thin on details, but since McConnell’s involved and the only big remaining stumbling block is whether the final deal is short-term or long-term, I assume they’re trying to work out a way to combine McConnell’s original proposal about giving Obama more unilateral control over raising the ceiling with Boehner’s bill. E.g., instead of making next year’s debt-ceiling increase contingent upon Congress enacting the new commission’s debt-reduction recommendations, it might grant Obama the power to increase it himself in return for deeper, front-loaded cuts. But that’s just me speculating. We’ll know more tomorrow.

As a late evening dessert, here’s Chris Christie dumping on Obama for not producing his own plan. According to Rich Lowry, Boehner’s getting closer to 218 — but he’s not there yet.

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Can Harry Reid take credit for finally passing something? I would hope that Boehner would reply, “Ok, we get the message. We await your plan.” It will force Harry to finally put something concrete on the table and see if he can clear it through his chamber. He still needs 7 GOP votes to pass it. I would also remind him that once this is complete, he needs to get his budget passed for 2012 and that he will not change what the House already passed or be prepared to take the blame for a government shutdown.

djaymick on July 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

what comes after a trillion?

pecan pie on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

quadrillion = 10^15 = 1000 trillion

Dasher on July 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The Republicans are outsmarted again. They are no match for the conniving Dems. Rush says Reid will take Boehner’s bill, make changes to it, claim it as the Reid bill, the Senate will vote for it, and claim credit for saving the country. The Republicans are screwed either way. They just are not smart enough to deal with the crooked evil Dems. We have no chance – even the Tea Party candidates are caving.

silvernana on July 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

what comes after a trillion?

pecan pie on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

quadrillion = 10^15 = 1000 trillion

Dasher on July 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Every 1000 of the previous number brings it to the next level. So, 1000 billion is a trillion.

1000 trillion is a quadrillion.

1000 quadrillion is a pentillion.

1000 pentillion is a sextillion.

1000 sextillion is a septillion.

1000 septillion is an octillion.

I don’t know my latin well enough to know what comes next. It’s probably something like a nonatrillion? Anyway… eventually you get to a Bazillion and 1000 bazillion is a Gazillion. There is no number higher than a Gazillion.

Mahdi on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Actually, I take that back. Infinity is the largest number but it’s not really real. A “Mahdillion” is the largest real number that you can possibly have right before you reach infinity. In other words, you add the slightest amount to a Mahdillion and you fall right over the precipice into the blackhole of Infinity.

Mahdi on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

So Reid is going to have a vote TONIGHT on Boehners’ latest “PISSIN IN A WHIRLWIND” bill.

Downgrade here we come.

Thank you politicians, Thank you America….you voted for this…..and WE ALL GET TO ENJOY IT.

and FYI…..some have suggested that California, NY, Ill can all just jump in the lake and take their deadbeat/welfare status with them? DUH, we can’t do that. We’re going to bailout California, NY, Ill, etc.

WE ARE GREECE!!!

PappyD61 on July 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Alright Harry . . . the default is yours and I hope you live happily ever after. You fool, you just trashed this once great Republic.

rplat on July 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

The Republicans are outsmarted again. They are no match for the conniving Dems. Rush says Reid will take Boehner’s bill, make changes to it, claim it as the Reid bill, the Senate will vote for it, and claim credit for saving the country.

silvernana on July 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Bingo.

Jaibones on July 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Every 1000 of the previous number brings it to the next level. So, 1000 billion is a trillion.

Perhaps we should start counting budgets and debt in binary, so we can have tera-, peta-, exa-, zotta-, and then yottadebt!

Put it in terms that the tech generation can understand. ;-)

allanbourdius on July 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

So if the House has all Republicans sign a letter that Harry’s Bill is DOA in the House (if it were even able to gain cloture)….

Best to start working on a compromise bill?

Oxybeles on July 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

We’ve maxed out our MC, VISA, and Discover cards…
Do Democrats want us to max out our WANG and MING cards as well????

shorebird on July 29, 2011 at 1:10 AM

>what comes after a trillion?

>pecan pie on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM
>quadrillion = 10^15 = 1000 trillion

>Dasher on July 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Did you know that the same big number words have a different amount of zeros in Britain?

And I was going to say the biggest number is a pazillion. LOL

Landon Thompson on July 29, 2011 at 3:40 AM

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html

Landon Thompson on July 29, 2011 at 3:48 AM

Did you know that the same big number words have a different amount of zeros in Britain?

And I was going to say the biggest number is a pazillion. LOL

Landon Thompson on July 29, 2011 at 3:40 AM

The “Mahdillion” has personal meaning to me.

Mahdi on July 29, 2011 at 8:57 AM

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