In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, all 53 Senate Democrats said, in essence, that they would rather see the U.S. default on its debt than approve his latest plan to keep America solvent.
The New York Times reports:
Votes are not final until they are cast. But if the Democrats hold to their promise in the letter, Mr. Boehner’s plan for a six-month increase in borrowing authority will not make it to President Obama’s desk.
The Senators wrote:
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.
According to the Senators – who have not produced a single budget in over 800 days – a short term extension is bad because the issue would need to be addressed again in six months. Senate Democrats would rather the issue be dealt with so Obama would not have to deal with it during an election.
The “gang of 53” also engaged in more hyperpartisan rhetoric, claiming the House is “holding the economy captive,” completely disregarding their own role, and the role being played by President Obama:
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.
The letter concludes:
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.
Translated: We don’t care what you put out – we will vote against anything unless you cave to our demands. If the nation defaults, too bad. We’ll blame you anyway.
The Times reports that if Boehner’s bill fails, the Senate will consider a competing bill being put together by Majority Leader Harry Reid, who earlier Wednesday implied that Tea Party activists were not Americans in a message sent on Twitter:
Boehner’s plan is not a compromise. It was written for the tea party, not the American people. Ds will not vote for it.
Despite the lies being put forward by DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the rest of the Democratic leadership, this letter shows Democrats never had any intention of working with Republicans and are willing to see the country destroyed economically to score cheap political points.
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