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Every crack dealer knows, You Never Get High on Your Own Supply! The grownups in the Republican Party are keenly aware of this, and they don’t touch that shit they peddle to the base to get them to the polls in November. But the House Freedom Caucus can’t stay out of the stash. They really believe that they’re going to grow the economy by getting rid of Obamacare, the estate tax, and deficit spending. Rand Paul’s been freebasing that junk for so long, he actually thinks he is Ayn Rand! These fanatics stuck to their principles and watched their healthcare plan explode like a supernova. For which we are eternally grateful!

So what will the legislative crackheads break next?

HOORAY! IT IS THE DEBT CEILING! And we get to watch those two stallions up there naked mudwrestling to see which wing of the party wins.

Just kidding, Steve! Jesus, put your pants back on!

Here’s a video to tell you everything you need to know about the debt ceiling.

But for a quick and dirty explanation, just remember:

  1. Congress sets the budget.
  2. The money spent always exceeds actual tax revenues.
  3. So Congress has to agree to borrow more money (i.e. raise the debt ceiling) to cover what it spent.

If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, the government will run out of money to pay its creditors and will go into default. And that will be VERY BAD. As in, crash the economy bad.

What kind of fiends would take such a crazy risk? Oh, you already know the answer to that one! In 2011 the Republicans played chicken for so long that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the US credit rating. Remember, Congress itself sets the budget and agrees to pay for it. But when the bill comes due, Republicans routinely hold a gun to the economy and demand all kinds of spending concessions, OR ELSE.

Guess who else likes to threaten to crash the American economy as a political tactic.

CHRIS WALLACE: Would you be willing to use the debt limit and risk the possibility of the country going into default to get more spending cuts?

DONALD TRUMP: I would use the debt limit. I don’t want to say — I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability. Everything is so predictable with our country. But I would be very, very strong on the debt limit. And I would be asking for a very big pound of flesh if I were the Republicans.

Well, he sure lived up to his plan to be unpredictable! But as with many of his campaign promises, the adults in the Republican party sat down with President Trump and told him not to listen to Candidate Trump, since that guy’s a crackhead.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will not be presiding over another downgrade in the US credit rating, thankyouverymuch. The Goldman Sachs Globalists at the White House never believed any of that shit about the US economy being like a household budget, and they don’t give a damn about increasing the national debt. Since the President and Congress are now on the same team, they’d like a vote to raise the debt ceiling without being shaken down by their own party. Per WaPo,

Mnuchin earlier this summer told lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling in a clean vote that includes no other budget changes before they leave town.

“My preference is to get it clean,” he said Monday. “My preference is to get it done, and my preference is to get it done sooner rather than later.”

But Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus. Up until recently, he was a Congressman from South Carolina, and he’s having a hard time kicking the Freedom habit.

Mulvaney publicly questioned Mnuchin’s call for a clean vote, saying that he would prefer spending cuts or other budget changes as part of any proposal to increase the debt ceiling. Some White House and Treasury officials were incensed to see Mulvaney break ranks, said several people involved in internal deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity. […]

Mulvaney has tried to downplay the rifts but has suggested that his approach was more politically astute.

“It would be foolish of us to come up with a policy devoid of having talked to the Hill,” Mulvaney said to reporters in June.

Meanwhile the House Freedom Caucus members are itching for another fix. They know the federal government is going to run out of money by October 1, and they’re not about to be pushed around by some pissant money manager from Manhattan. House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows is the guy who stuck the knife in John Boehner’s back. He’s not worried about Steve Mnuchin!

Meadows said that he recently attended a meeting of eight of the most conservative Senate and House lawmakers about how to handle the debt ceiling and that not once did they consider the idea of backing Mnuchin’s proposal for a clean debt-ceiling increase.

On the other hand, Democrats would be thrilled to vote for a clean debt ceiling rise. Because they’re not a bunch of irresponsible junkies mainlining The Fountainhead! But Republicans have agreed to abide by the Pedophile Wrestling Coach Rule, which bars them from passing legislation unless a majority of their own caucus approves it. Why should they cooperate with Democrats to save the economy, right? As Meadows told the Post,

The problem is, yes, you could get a clean debt-ceiling, but it would be 180 Democrats in the House with 40 or 50 Republicans, and that’s not a good way to start.

Yeah, that would be TERRIBLE!

So Mnuchin is strapping in for a fight nerdstyle. A source at Treasury told The Post that the pencil pushers are “brushing up on options in the ‘crazy drawer.’” Which means they’re trying to figure out who they can stiff without crashing international markets. When Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling in 2015, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suspended payments to the postal workers’ pension fund and stopped paying federal employee salaries altogether. That was batshit crazy enough. But Mnuchin and Meadows are ON THE SAME TEAM!

Mnuchin doesn’t have many friends in Washington, so he’s relying on Donald Trump to lean on the loons and get them to fall in line on the debt ceiling. But President A.D.D. couldn’t even focus on the Obamacare repeal, and he actually “cared” about that, sort of, in his way. Are we going to be plunged into a debt crisis because someone pulls a firetruck up to the White House and tells Poppy to jump in?

YEAH, PROBABLY!

[Real Clear Politics / The Balance / WaPo]

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  • memzilla Ω
  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    Whenever I think Mulvaney I instantly see:
    http://dvdmedia.ign.com/dvd/image/LOONEY_TUNES_GOLDEN_DISC_2-3.jpg

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Silence in the court, you blatherskite! *whomps with shillelagh*

  • schmannity

    Cooler heads in the Republican Party. . . what the fuck am I saying, we’re doomed. I’ll be binge watching Doomsday Preppers and ordering ammo from Sportman’s Guide.

  • Joe Beese

    I would use the debt limit. I don’t want to say — I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability. Everything is so predictable with our country. But I would be very, very strong on the debt limit.

    I thought that by now I would be inured to the incredible imbecility of the President’s speaking style but I’m not.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      Strong on this, strong on that. Doesn’t actually say what he’d do.

  • Shibusa

    We are long past due for another Republican-manufactured crisis.

    • Rags

      Default followed by a 10K drop in the Dow might wake up the R elite.

  • Ducksworthy

    Recent gains in the stock market indicate that the investor class is pretty much made up of dupes and morans.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Irrational exuberants.

    • canes_pugnaces

      Overall the economic metrics are shaky. Student debt up to about $1.4T with a 27% default rate.

    • Sociopaths. As long as they think they’re getting they’re way, up up up.

      When they realize Trump really can’t deliver, we’re looking at a serious correction.

  • MynameisBlarney

    So, here’s this.

    https://img.memecdn.com/cannot-be-ignored_webm_7179628.gif

    Just in case you never wanted to sleep again.

    You’re welcome.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Nodong? Well, at least they’re naming the rockets after our C-in-C.

    • Ducksworthy

      Winning bigly!

    • Peripatetic Poltroon

      Good to see that Spitzbergen is GOIN’ DOWN!

  • Joe Beese

    … a group of 43 Senators – 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats – want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: anyone guilty of violating its prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

    • Joe Beese

      The Democrats co-sponsoring this revolting shit:

      Nelson (FL), Menendez (NJ), Blumenthal (CT), Peters (MI), Cantwell (WA), Schumer (NY), Hassan (NH), Gillibrand (NY), Donnelly (IN), Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO), Wyden (OR), Coons (DE), Bennet (CO)

      • Msgr_MΩment
        • therblig

          my two (NJ) generally vote the right way, but i can’t say i’m ever proud of them. menendez is a dyed in the wool corrupt hudson county dem and booker is a big pharma empty suit.

          • Msgr_MΩment

            Lotta wonkets will be upset if they get him out of his suit, then.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Shit, Benet should not be doing that shit, but he’s been kinda pissing me off anyway.

      • Joe Beese

        It’s said that some of them may barely know what’s in this bill – its strong AIPAC endorsement being all they needed to know.

        So it might be not a complete waste of time to contact them and ask “You really support 20 years in prison for refusing to buy something?”

      • Weird Fishes

        Hey, Democrats can do dumb things too!

      • AngstAMillion

        Man, some of there are very surprising & disappointing. Gillibrand, I expected better from you.

    • therblig

      how is it enforced? your grocery has 2 bins of oranges, one from florida and one from israel, and if you pick up florida oranges, you’re guilty of a felony?

      • Courser_Resistance

        I wuz tinkin’ da same ting!

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        They couldn’t give a fuck about that. What their after is the people arranging boycotts against companies doing business with Israel. If these guys had their way, South Africa would still have Apartheid!

      • Jamoche

        But if you don’t, you’re breaking the Buy American (unless it’s a Trump product) law.

        • therblig

          is there a religious exemption that might apply?

          • Canned Covfefe

            Now, that’s funny.

      • theblackdog

        They won’t care about you, but if your grocery has been buying oranges from the Israeli company and they pretty much tell them “Fuck you guys, I’m no longer buying your oranges because you’re in Israel and [insert country/entity] says you’re evil” then they would be in trouble.

    • Boscoe

      To be honest, I’d LOVE to see them try and enforce that against anyone. The ACLU would have a field day and that person would prolly get a yooge cash payout.

      • Yeah there is no way this would pass a court challenge.

    • I will *NEVER* understand the “we must support Israel at all costs” mentality of some most politicians. Fuck, it’s incomprehensible to me.

    • theblackdog

      I’m reading the bill and it affects companies more than individuals, plus it is adding to the long-time provision that you can’t boycott a country that’s friendly to the US just because someone else is pissed off at them:

      https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S.720%22%5D%7D&r=1

      Also you pretty much have to have already had a business relationship with that country and you pretty much showed that you decided to cut them off in support of a boycott from another country or international organization. That seems to be a pretty high bar to clear.

      I’m going to put in a call to Cardin because I want an explanation, but I don’t know that it’s as OMG SCARY! as its made out to be.

  • canes_pugnaces

    The GOP is hell-bent on one party rule; not to return the US to any magical time before godless liberals, but a rather, to take us to a fucking rightwing dystopian hell. So far so good.

    • Ducksworthy

      So how do we keep on letting then drag us back to the Hobbesian state of nature? Here’s mow. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b442b02610608f140102c581ff3e9350c817c422c3ef479178ae474bae74f18.png

      • canes_pugnaces

        Yup. And the Atwater formula: keep it dumb, American’s will follow.

        • martin xl

          Republicans have always looked bad when threatening not to
          raise the debt ceiling and allow U.S. default. No one really wants that and only tea party types claim to want that. Now that Republicans control all three branches of government, some Republicans think it is a good idea to have a Republican vs. Republican fight for “concessions”? I believe in the past when there was a Republican President, Republicans were smart enough to raise the debt ceiling without fanfare.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        It looks like a cute, fire-breathing baby gerrymander.

        • The Wanderer

          Looks like a duck drawn on an Etch-A-Sketch by a four year old.

        • aureolaborealis
          • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

            I miss hanging around the desktop with friends watching these!

      • PubOption

        That district might be nasty and brutish, but it’s not compact.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          I think it’s nasty and brutish because it’s in Ohio.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Mnuchin or Mulvaney? Mnuchin or Mulvaney?

    Can I punch them both in the face instead?

    • Fun with Cthulhu

      With votes, always with votes.

    • Trip Space-Parasite

      You have two fists (full of votes), right?

    • Pilotshark

      i say go ahead VOTE them right in the face very hard!

    • Weird Fishes

      Here, use my baseball bat. My arms are tired.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        It’s an official Louisiana Slugger!

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Those “economically anxious” folks are gonna be even more economically anxious when interest rates jump a percent or so because the Freedumb Caucus don’t understand how obligations work.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      I think it’s charming that you think it’s only gonna be one or two percent.

  • armed_bears

    “We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said during a lunch at the White House.

    Except for POTUS golf at Trump-branded properties.
    .
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342732-trump-to-gop-senators-cancel-your-recess

  • Ryan Denniston

    That trillion dollar coin? IOKIYAR

  • Joe Beese
    • Joe Beese
      • timpundit

        Is “Saggy Cum Pump” a good name for a kitten? Ya or nah?

        • Augustus

          yam8 its pretty good

        • SweetDeeKat

          Nah. Go with “Noodlehead.”

        • Weird Fishes

          “Pump”? Really. I’d say more of a “Weepy Leaker”, but it lacks that magical alliteration.

          • Erala Contratista

            “Two weepy leakers (sings until forget next line…..”

            V. Nice, this!

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          Male or female?

          • timpundit

            It matters??????????

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            One assumes a ‘cum pump’ expels rather than draws, but you have a point.

        • aureolaborealis

          Nah. It’s a band name, dude.

      • everstar

        Hey now, that nickname implies he manages to accomplish anything.

    • Weird Fishes

      This can only in the ideal world we are not residents of.

  • Courser_Resistance

    OT: OMG! OMG! OMG!

    Guys, I just got called for an interview for that dream job! Next week! And I think I know who I’m interviewing with and he’s just an all-round awesome guy. I talk with him every time I go into the office. In fact, I usually sit in a free cubbie right next to him.

    I’ve got everything crossed for this! It could actually happen! I have been a very, very, VERY good girl!

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      Wooohoooo!

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Knock em dead. But not literally.
      Congrats squees.

      • Courser_Resistance

        :-)
        Thanks!

        • Dorothybchavez

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !pz204d:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !pz204d:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash494MarketUniqueGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★:::::!pz204l..,…

    • Sweet! You’ve got this!

      • Courser_Resistance

        Thank you!

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      AWESOME!!!!!

    • The Wanderer

      Molotov!

    • CindyinEncinitas

      You’ll be great!

      • Courser_Resistance

        Thanks!

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Yay! If you get it, will you buy me a sammich?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Absolutely! I’ll buy you 2!

        • Canned Covfefe

          And we’ll bake the celebration cake!

          You’ll do great and have a bit of luck as well.

          BTW, only Trumpeter gets two.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      You can do this… but then, you know that already.
      I think you can count on the entire Wonketariat to be sending you good vibes.

    • Weird Fishes

      Good luck!

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    My own budget was always quite simple, because I had no money.

    • PubOption

      Yes, the problem of too much month at the end of the money, I remember it well.

      • Courser_Resistance

        I’ve usually had to have a lottery to see who gets paid this month and who I can wait on. Yeah, that there’s some high finance

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        I don’t.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Mr. Blobfish

    This is not going to end well.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability.

    Didn’t the wingnuts used to go after Obama because he supposedly created uncertainty, which in their view was bad for the economy? Why, yes, they did

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f5781eba9d5092901aa0d6ec5730acacc7cb9a887ac4b0ad28c6b95b7131048.jpg

    • Boscoe

      Well, of COURSE they did.

      • Weird Fishes

        But it was DIFFERENT then.

        Now it’s Normal.

        Whatever the fuck that means anymore.

  • JMP

    Cutting spending works so great for the economy, why just look at how the drastic cuts in spending in Kansas have turned that state into a complete basket case, or – wait that’s the complete opposite of what these idiots claim will happen. But of course, it doesn’t matter how many times tax and spending cuts fail, they will never adjust their dogma, because when facts prove their beliefs to be false, the facts must be wrong.

    • Courser_Resistance

      The problem is that they can’t actually institute a ‘Work or Die’ law in their constitution. Of course it only applies to poor folks and people of color….

  • Boscoe

    WHAAAT??? TRUMP THINKS BANKRUPTCY IS A TERRIFIC IDEA? CAN’T BE!!!! WHO SAW THAT COMING?????????

    Okay, I am officially just tired of the endless stream of stupidity flowing out of the WHite house now. Somebody Kitteh me, STAT!

  • PubOption

    Repubs don’t care for those with average funds (Standard) and they certainly don’t care for the Poors.

    • Pilotshark

      they have plenty of money stashed away so a down fall in the economy will only hurt for a very small time, then it is off to claim the rest of the money.

  • Michael R

    Almost one year ago :- 20th July 2016

    Freedom as full, anarchic liberation from coherence

    The very point of Trump is to validate the pleasure of spouting shit, the joy of pure emotion, often anger, without any sense. And an audience which has already spent a decade living without facts can now indulge in a full, anarchic liberation from coherence.

    Peter Pomerantsev

    Why We’re Post Fact

    https://granta.com/why-were-post-fact/

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I like the Debt Ceiling video, but if 45 sees it, he’ll think, default on paying people money we owe? Kewl.

  • Jamoche
    • Dick St. Dipshit

      “Waaaaah!!!! Girls spoil everything!!!”

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        “Waaaaah! We’re so weak and threatened that the only thing we cling to is our gender! And if you say a GIRL can do what we do then we have NOTHING”

    • Rags
    • AJ Milne

      I’ll be watching Dr. Who again, I figure, now.

      I’m not like a rabid fan, exactly. Liked Ecclestone and Tennant; definitely have seen all Ecclestone’s few episodes, _probably_ all of Tennant’s many. Honestly kinda drifted a bit from it after them. Didn’t dislike Smith or Capaldi; they both were capable; think it’s just that it was getting a bit same old thing, and, honestly, not really _my_ thing… My kids are big into it, so I sometimes see stuff over their shoulders. (Made my son a Dalek costume one halloween… yes, _that_ into it. Even wired him up some blinking ear stalk things w/ a homemade 555 timer circuit. We take our Daleks seriously. People who knew what it was _loved_ it. One sweet old woman with a distinct British accent said, convincingly timorously, ‘Please, Mr. Dalek, don’t exterminate me.’)

      … but, anyway, I find it a bit intriguing where they might take this, now. And I liked Whittaker in Broadchurch, anyway. So will definitely give them a chance.

      And it’s probably been said plenty, but what always miffs me about the ZOMG a girl! patrol is how _every_ damn thing has to be to _their_ narrow, lazy oh-please-cater-to-my-need-for-more-melba tastes. Geez, there’s like eleventy gajillion seasons off this stuff out there, now, from Hartnell on (my previous favourite, incidentally, prior to Ecclestone). You don’t like Whittaker? Whatevs, screw off, watch sci fi manly man astro-bowling, or whatever the hell it is this leaves you. Seems to _me_ anyone that peeved someone with two X chromosomes might do the role just has no damned sense of adventure. And _none_ of the incarnations of The Doctor woulda approved of _that_, at least.

    • Michael Smith

      “What’s next, a female Karate Kid?”

    • therblig

      sad to say, i’ve already seen quite a few of these. happy to say, their misery amuses me.

      • Jamoche

        I think I’ve solved the Omelas problem – run the city on broflake tears. Wouldn’t have to worry about people walking away then.

        • kouros

          Can’t we clone Le Guin and Notorious RBG before they go?

    • Chyron HR

      “The BBC has destroyed a great show”

      Well, to be fair, that’s true, but it’s been that way for several years now.

  • SayItWithWookies

    It’s nice to see the Freedom Caucus, which I thought was just cynically anti-Obama, stick to its stated principals for a change. I had no idea they cared so much about driving our country off a fiscal cliff that they’d do it regardless of who’s in charge.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I didn’t really want to upfist that, but it’s an excellent observation.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      It’s the only way they know.

    • Rags

      4-5 is incapable of reasoning from principles to policy. One more element of his incompetence.

      • Weird Fishes

        He has neither, so he doesn’t know what to do with them.

    • Kinda refreshing. In a Tarantino sort of way.

    • SweetDeeKat

      Oh, that’s why Ted Cruz is nowhere to be found.

    • chazmanr

      They aren’t content to drive our country off a fiscal cliff, they want to take down the global economy. Everybody loved The Great Depression! (that’s why they called it “Great”)

      • No, seriously. That’s the whole idea of Ron Paul Austrian economics – depressions are great because they reset the system to zero and the system keeps on ticking, and the real horror of SOCIALISM or even moderate capitalism is that it tries to prevent depressions happening, due to some stupid idea about “wrecking ordinary people’s lives for the glory of CAPITALISM isn’t a great idea”.

      • Weird Fishes

        “I made Depressions Great Again! Obama, that guy who was here before, only had a Recession! Yeah, the Fake Media called it Great, but everyone knows that a Great Depression beats a Great Recession every time! No other Prednisent has ever done this!”

  • UnsaltedSinner
  • Joe Beese
    • I’m sorry, but Red Skull is nowhere near as evil, incompetent or ugly as Lord Dampnut. I must call libelz!!111!1!1, sir.

  • Randy Riddle

    In Freedom Caucus, Ayn Rand free-markets _you_…

  • IdiokraticDrumpfenResistance

    OT: “Underhanded and undemocratic…” Girl, that’s how Paul Ryan rolls. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/barbara_lee_slams_paul_ryan_for_killing_endless_war_repeal_20170719

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    This is fine.

  • Joe Beese
  • Anna Rompage

    The current state of the congressional GOP, you have 50 or so far right, reactionary, fringe, cockasses that want to burn our country to the ground, all over shit they don’t understand… You’ve got 200 or so that will kowtow to whatever it is their corporate overlords tell them two, and 3-5 moderates that will do the right thing once in a blue moon.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Inverted Bolsheviks. With a similar success profile.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      I believe there’s a fairly substantial percentage of them who are doing Russia’s bidding, seriously.

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        Whether they’re aware of it or not.

      • Randy Riddle

        Meh … the Russian Oligarch Caucus, the Koch Brothers Caucus, same difference …

        • Yeah, which is why I don’t like the moderates’ “Trump treason” narrative. Apparently bending over for AMERICAN kleptocracy is fine and dandy, but ROOSKY kleptocracy is crossing a line. Still, whatever it takes to build a majority against him.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        If there is anything that Vietnam, South and Central America, Africa, and the Middle East has shown us, it’s that Republicans and their moneyed owners will do anything, no matter how vicious and revolting, to get more money.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      And now we’ve got loser Ken Cuccinelli organizing and raising money to run Republican candidates against those few occasionally-sensible moderates. The Republican circular firing squad is locked and loaded.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    If people want to be paid, they shouldn’t loan us money. It’s right there in the Bibble, people.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Msgr_MΩment

    You say Cucks vs. Teahadists,
    I say Taliban vs. Daesh.

    • The Wanderer

      You are not wrong.

    • MynameisBlarney

      I say Morans vs. Derptards.

  • Joe Beese

    In yet another 180 on how the Senate should approach Obamacare repeal, President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed for senators to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act simultaneously—and not to head home to their districts until they do.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-republicans-lunch-senate-inaction-is-not-an-option

    • The Wanderer

      And the Senators all nodded their heads while thinking, “What a fucking tool. I’ve got tickets to Aruba.”

    • proudgrampa

      It’s gotta be the dementia – or the parasite living under that hair of his.

    • Apple Scruff

      He still doesn’t understand that Congress are not his employees.

      • FlownΩver

        He still doesn’t understand that Congress we are not his employees.

        Still under warranty, so no charge for repairs.

  • Oh, I’m not that worried. The money men that control the GOP aren’t going to fuck themselves over that badly by actually letting their gimps default and destroy the economy.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      But they *will* let the GOP fuck over the global environment, which will destroy the economy sooner or later. Somehow, these money men are ‘practical’ without being terribly forward-looking.

      • IdiokraticDrumpfenResistance

        They can’t see past the next quarterly earnings report.

      • Their motto is and always will be: “I’ve got mine, fuck you.”

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Ehh, that’d be like thinking that “The money men that fund him won’t let Stannis Baratheon go *too* crazy.” It assumes that things can’t happen too fast or go too insane for the money men to stop it.

    • MOG253

      Trump is on the record saying he made a lot of money from the last crash, I’m not sure what they are willing to do to our country. Big Short?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        The biggest!

    • Celtic_Gnome

      The Koch Brothers are nothing more than morons with money. They could have gotten on the renewable energy bandwagon early on, funded research into things like new battery technology, and had a guaranteed revenue stream from patent rights well into the next century.

      Instead, they’ve spent tens of millions of dollars trying to keep an almost extinct dinosaur alive.

  • Ryan Denniston

    OT: Trump thinks Huntsman gave USAmerica to China, wants Huntsman to give USAmerica to Russia instead.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/19/15997826/russia-jon-huntsman-ambassador-trump

    • therblig

      plus, he speaks chinese, so that’s a good fit for russia, as far as sino.

  • lucidamente

    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/07/08/house-freedom-caucus-approaches-a-reckoning/

    Money quote:

    If the House Freedom Caucus won’t provide the votes for these things, it will force the House leaders to go to Nancy Pelosi for votes, and those votes will come with conditions.

    In the past, Pelosi was willing to accept very bad deals because she didn’t want Barack Obama to get blamed if the government shut down or we defaulted and destroyed our credit rating. But this time around, it would be President Trump who would take those hits. She’d want to ask for a lot more, especially considering that agreeing to provide votes for the debt ceiling allows the Republicans to avoid taking responsibility and then they’ll run against the “big-spending” Democrats who acted responsibly in their stead.

    In other words, during the Obama administration, Pelosi was given a ransom note. This time, she’s the one who gets to set the terms.

    • proudgrampa

      Yippee-i-yo-ki-yay!

    • RobKanC

      I hope Pelosi makes a deal that will cut funding to the tea nagger areas so they can feel what they advocate for.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        NASCAR and WWF wrestling taxes or GTFO.

        • FlownΩver

          Two words: InfoWars paywall.

  • Sedagive ’em Hell

    So we have the so-called Trump Administration vs. the Freedom Caucus: a bunch of clueless, feckless, spiteful and incoherent traitors bent on destroying the government vs. a band of recklessly ideological nihilists also bent on destroying the government.

    Nope. I got nothin’.

  • OH NOES. SOME DUMBFUCK YOKEL MIGHT THINK ONE OF YOU SPINELESS, USELESS, VENAL FUCKS IS A LOSER QUITTER RATHER THAN A QUITTING LOSER SO WHY NOT JUST GO AHEAD AND BURN ALL THIS SHIT DOWN.

    GO ON, HELL’S NOT HALF FULL!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77a23355fe51775ae8ee041f38da7553aa3fb7d30f4a664002cf372e30ac0219.png

  • Wild Cat
    • armed_bears

      Upvote, but ick.

      • Wild Cat

        Sorry to ruin your lunch.

    • akita96th

      A squeeze is as good as a hand shake eh pretty lady..

  • Joe Beese
    • Ryan Denniston

      Say, who know who empowered their police forces to confiscate private property?

      • Wild Cat

        Princess Bubblegum?

    • Wild Cat

      Libertarians Everywhere in US:

      *crickets*

    • Man they’re keeping SCOTUS busy.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Say, you know who else confiscated assets without due process of law as part of a Final Solution to achieve political and religious terrorism?

      • Doug Langley

        Riddler, Penguin, and Joker?

      • II Gosala

        Sauron?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Goddamn, this fascism shit is getting real.

      • Rags

        The Cold Civil War continues

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      I’d sacrifice everything I own to prevent Hillary from emailing.

    • Zyxomma

      Oh, FFS.

  • Baconzgood

    Unpredictable governance…yeah let’s try that. The stock market LURVS unpredictability.

  • Joe Beese

    Trump’s tin ear for Washington politics was on full display Monday night—the night Republican defectors drove the final nail into the coffin of the latest Obamacare repeal bill. The president hosted a group of senators at White House ostensibly to discuss health care over an elegant steak dinner, but did not invite any of the on-the-fence lawmakers he needed to convince to support the repeal effort. Instead, he dined with a group that already supported the bill, and according to the Washington Post, spent most of the evening recounting his recent trip to France.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-senate-republicans-obamacare-repeal-fail

    • Ryan Denniston

      He’s very authoritarian. I’m sure in his mind, convincing Mitch to get it done at any cost made more sense.

    • Does he eat steak EVERY night?

    • proudgrampa

      “…recent trip to France.”

      Mebbe he’s FROM there.

      https://youtu.be/JXmzTRi70es

    • yyyaz

      “Elegant” steak dinner, from Cheeseball Turdwack? I doubt it.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Considering Trump’s dealmaking skills, some of those supporters probably changed their vote to no after putting up with a night of pointless, incoherent bragging and burnt steak.

  • writersbloc

    haha, I was like “Pedophile Wrestling Coach Rule??? Oh yeah, Hastert”

    • weejee

      He just got out of the graybar hospital.

      • Bitter Scribe

        What a corrupt old useless fuck. He got rich buying land near highways and other improvements that he pushed through. Now it turns out he was even corrupt sexually. I wish I believed in hell so he could rot in it.

  • georgiaburning

    If Rand Paul can really be convinced he’s Ayn Rand, maybe he’ll shut up and hold his breath

    • therblig

      will he give head by the fountain?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        iswydt therblig

      • theblackdog

        He might need to shrug first and then play an anthem.

      • akita96th

        No spitting in the fountain.

  • weejee

    President A.D.D.

    Hey, he’s a full sixty second man – a true Minuteman. Sixty minutes is so olde-skool.

    • Opiwan

      (non-)accidental death and dismemberment?

  • Mehmeisterjr

    The Pedophile Wrestling Coach Rule should be renamed The Prematurely-Paroled Pedophile Wrestling Coach Rule.

  • William

    Geeez I hope the tea-party makes a comeback. Those fuckers were funny as shit. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a142c1267265cdcc79652646d3d7d2605a76fe157460f7f9762d6ab89bb3eea3.jpg

  • Bureaucrap

    Where’s Paul Krugman’s $1Trillion coin when you need it? The last time I saw it is was on the dresser next to the lube.

  • theblackdog

    Oh I can’t wait to be furloughed again!

  • chascates

    Everything is so predictable with our country. Yes, that’s why the United States is respected, or at least was, among other nations. Unpredictability is how bad businesses operate; governments should be stable, predictable, and reliably for its citizens.

    • SadDemInTex
      • Thiazin Red

        What no opium? What a rip off!

        • SDGeoff3

          There were tablets I used to take as a kid when I had stomach problems. They were called Bell-Enz, and they contained belladonna. They didn’t work on the stomach, but my damned abusive dad didn’t affect me very much anymore.

      • Jennifer R

        Read the fine print, that has a nice healthy dose of Ammonium Chloride in it.

        • Thiazin Red

          We don’t need any FDA, the free market will sort that out!

          • akita96th

            I think everyone should have his own personal prescription pad…I dont need no stinking Dr to tell me I am in pain…

        • SadDemInTex

          Is that a bad thing or does help the *cough* even more?

          • Jennifer R

            Remember how you were told not to mix Bleach and Ammonia or you make a corrosive poisonous gas?

          • SDGeoff3

            OMG! Germ laden coughs and nuclear farts.

          • Jennifer R

            Oh, drink enough of that and you won’t live to fart about it.

          • SDGeoff3

            It doesn’t have a pretty label, so I’d probably avoid it anyway.

          • SadDemInTex

            Why would it be in this mixture?

          • Jennifer R

            Because 1800s.

  • OrG

    Yep, Wall Street LOVES unpredictable.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    If Uganda or some other hellhole fucks up we are pretty muck ok with it. Sure we might have to chip in some euro’s for some kind of peace keeping force but when the US fuck up everyone pays heavily. I still have a debt because I bought a house in 2007 and the housing market went down in 2008 after the biggest crisis in modern history since the twenties of last century so as someone who loves many americans I hate to say this but:
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/847a2f969e3dbff95ef10fe3b8e4e803/tumblr_inline_o2neauG7gi1tqa1ea_500.gif

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      That fucktussle put me “between jobs” for 9 months, so I hear ya.

    • Zyxomma

      When smaller so-called third world countries fuck up, vulture capitalists like Peter Singer buy their debt. When they default, their assets are then stripped, even if that means closing hospitals, increasing unemployment, and mass starvation. Vultures (I know, vulture libelz; the birds are a great benefit in nature) like Singer squeeze poor nations without conscience. Here’s Greg Palast, who writes well and often about these creeps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbxj8azQb80

  • Finnibar87

    Unpredictable, AKA erratic and unstable.

    Everyone loves those qualities in a leader!

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Pfft!!!

      I’m doing my work performance review tomorrow and I think I’m going to add that into my work goals moving forward:

      I need to inject some “unpredictability” into my work. How does that sound for improvement, Boss Lady? Maybe I’ll com in, maybe a won’t. Maybe I’ll do the job, maybe I won’t? Can I haz raise now?

    • yyyaz

      True fact: It was Lesson One from Yeltsin to Putin. OTOH, both understood how and when to employ it strategically.

    • Me not sure

      It got Germany the Rheinland….. at least for a while.

    • phoenix00

      Just a bunch of folks that went “But her e-mails!”, which unquestionably was worse.

      Unquestionably.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    `Cause you know what the global financial markets LOVE? Unpredictability.

  • Bitter Scribe

    R.I.P. American financial stability
    Born 1787
    Died 2017

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Alexander Hamilton had been having such a good couple of years, too….

  • blarg
    • yyyaz

      Complete clusterfuck wrapped with a bow for Putie. Our military command must be so pleased.

  • whitroth

    But it’s worse than that, Jim. Here I thought it was just what was found during the student strikes of the sixties, one dirty hand washing another… not an actual conspiracy, with people with money to make it happen.

    Please folks – read this. THEN you’ll be scared….
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/19/despot-disguise-democracy-james-mcgill-buchanan-totalitarian-capitalism

    Just one ironic note… it’s possible Trumpolini could wind up ruining their game, because bull in china shop….

    • VirginiaWackelpudding

      That was one awful thing to read. It explains everything.

    • Zyxomma

      I read about Democracy in Chains at billmoyers.com and will read it eventually (the excerpt is pretty chilling). First I have to finish the Russell Shorto book I’m already reading, then I have Man Without a Face about Putin.

    • Johnatx

      Jesus. That was horrifying. We are so screwed

    • whitroth

      For one thing, this is pretty much what the rich have tried before… except they lost control of Hitler.

      On the other hand, folks, two things: as Gandalf said, when a plot reaches fruition, it’s no longer secret.

      And then, there’s ego, and *all* these assholes in power want to be The One On Top. That’s why they can’t pass anything in Congress.

      And there’s us, and the rest of the resistance. And I just heard this… and here’s something to give y’all heart. Time to sing along with Pete
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl-yszPdRTk

      it’s the hammer of Justice, and the Bell of Freedom, and the song about love between my brothers and my sisters, all over this land.

    • jsmukg

      Horrifying. Even more horrifying are the comments, which feature reactionary buttboys posting links to ‘scholarly’ refutals (attempted hatchet jobs, in fact) of Nancy MacLean’s book –the most prominent two being a professor at Duke who has gotten hundreds of thousands, if not millions by now, out of the Koches, and a professor at Case Western , at which the chairman of the board just happens to be one Charles KOCH…..
      Please continue posting this link. It’s vital.

  • akita96th

    Freedom Caucus means ITS their freedom to be our tyrannical lord and masters..SO..We will give them lord titles…Sir Fartsalot, Sir Shitferbrains, Sir Ibenzove,r Sir Whatzhisfuk, Sir Ifukedbenghazi, …Fearless leaders who fear..Born in the royal cabbage patch of perpetual stupidity….The camelot of shit weazels and fuknuttery….Incompetence is on constant display..Like jousting sort of.. but instead playing the, I am more stoopieder daN YOUS GAME…Beware of stinky shit missiles fired from the mouths of the Anti Freedom Caucus …They never met a fundamental right they wouldn’t quash. Never saw a bribe they wouldn’t stick in their pocket …They do respect your right to shoot the fuk out of something…Just dont shoot Steve again godamit….we are tired of listening him tell us how he would have kicked his ass if not for that horse.

  • Marla

    Yes, Trump, make a deal. Give half of the south to Russia.

    • Weird Fishes

      Would that really be that bad of a deal? I mean, really?

      • FlownΩver

        He’d manage to give them the good half (except Assumes Half Not In Evidence.)

        • Weird Fishes

          Damn you, Not in Evidence! You should be deported!

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “I would use the debt limit. I don’t want to say — I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability. Everything is so predictable with our country. But I would be very, very strong on the debt limit.”

    Translation: I’ve heard the words “debt ceiling” but can’t remember which side is good and which is bad.

    Also, oooh now, predictability! You know who likes that? Businesses, insurance, bankers, investors AND MOST OTHER RATIONAL PEOPLE.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You’ve nailed it. Donald tosses these terms around like his hair in a stiff breeze on one of his Scottish golf courses, but has not the slightest fucking clue what they actually mean.

    • Me not sure

      Well… he always has had a reputation as a bit of a coquette.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        “Reputation as a bit of a cokehead” FIFY.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Munchkin might be a Ferengi asshole, but Mulvaney is just a fucking teabagger moran.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “The Goldman Sachs Globalists at the White House never believed any of that shit about the US economy being like a household budget,”

    Amen, if only i could vote to increase my debt ceiling AND not get my credit downgraded.

    • BeachBum

      I thought credit was like potato chips. The more you eat, the more you eat.

  • Paperless Tiger

    … he actually thinks he is Ayn Rand!

    Only a few of them read, and they all read the same thing.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    Default would be an end you don’t come back from. Not in the lifetime of most of the Wonketariat. Our treaty obligations are being questioned. Now we need our money to be questioned too.

    DONALD TRUMP: I would use the debt limit. I don’t want to say — I want
    to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability.
    Everything is so predictable with our country. But I would be very, very
    strong on the debt limit. And I would be asking for a very big pound of
    flesh if I were the Republicans.

    Yeah. The guy who could not get a loan likes “unpredictability”. Banks are keen on it too. They like not being sure they will be repaid.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Do you think he knows where ‘pound of flesh’ is from? And that they’re all the same size?

      • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

        Once again, stupid me shoulda scrolled down. And not very far, either.

    • Weird Fishes

      I recall somewhere deep back in the Days of Not Taking The Donald Seriously he mentioned once that he would “Let the government default and then renegotiate the debt”, like it was one of his manky-assed casinos.

      Sometimes the scope of things that he either doesn’t know about or has shown no interest in learning becomes a little more apparent, breathtaking, and utterly disheartening.

    • Weird Fishes

      I have to seriously wonder how many of his debts he’s actually ever paid himself. Not bury it in one of his corporate daisy chains, but actually sat down and wrote out a check for.

      You know, like a normal person.

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        I’m pretty sure the answer to “how many debts he’s actually ever paid” is NoneOT,K. Paying back a debt is for the weak.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          And the Lannisters.

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      Plus the idiot probably doesn’t even know what the “pound of flesh” originally referred to.
      Hint: read your Shakespeare.

      • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

        Another hint: it’s a rather important organ.

        • Skeptical_thinker

          One he hasn’t seen without a magnifying glass and a mirror for decades?

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    I think it was Dr Krugman who had a pretty good explanation in one of his columns. A fiat money system only works if everyone believes that you will pay your debts. I’m not sure these bozos really understand that, because most of them were PE majors at Crackerville State.
    That’s why the world economy could collapse.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      again.

  • azeyote

    they should just drop him off at a McDonald’s playhouse

    • SDGeoff3

      We wish they would.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    No, you don’t need unpredictability to run a country, this is real life, not Game of Thrones !

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      Right? Go ask Wall Streeters how they feel about unpredictability.

  • whitroth

    Take the wheel! And spin it! And drive the SS USA into an iceberg….

    D. Trumpolini has given the rest of us DTs….

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      I, for one, welcome our Pink Elephant masters!

  • Zyxomma

    $5F, thanks so much. I really needed an excuse to smile in the midst of this seemingly never-ending shitstorm we’re having. Maybe I should listen to Reasons to Be Cheerful.

  • H0mer0

    I don’t know who’s backyard that is but I like their perennials and flagstone patio.

    what were we talking about? Oh yeah, freedom forum repugs finding ways to hold the economy hostage for shits and grins. Yawn, another day ending in “y”

  • TootsStansbury

    We’ll be screaming death alright, only we’ll hopefully be dragging tumbrels.

    • tegrat

      had to look up “tumbrels”. well-played

  • Incoming Ham

    “I want to be unpredictable, because, you know, we need unpredictability…

    You will have to watch next weeks episode to see what happens. We have planned a doozy. Emmy quality.”

    • handyhippie65

      yes. unpredictability is exactly what financial markets need. that’ll work out just fine.

      • ez

        Works great when you buy real estate at low cost ’cause economy crashes, ya know?

      • Incoming Ham

        Tune in next week to see whether or not I decide to fire Wall Street.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Someone should tell Donnie that the markets he depends on to enrich him and is family does not like unpredictability.

    Not. At. All.

    • Maybe

      He wouldn’t understand. Not even if you wrote it in crayon.

  • tegrat

    Dint Bill of the Clintons preside over an actual budget surplus? That W quickly morphed into an “average” (i.e. lots for the top, none for the plebes) tax cut of $1000, which then quickly became a huge deficit to be added on top of the war machine deficit (much of which was miraculously kept off the books, somehow, don’t ask)? Just sayin’ it’s not always that expenses exceed revenue, just mostly always due to stuff caused by the so-called party of fiscal responsibility.

  • Kooolest G

    wait why would a goldman sachs guy worry about government defaulting an debt? hmmmmmmm

    “Goldman is one of about 22 financial institutions that have been probed for any evidence that they may have manipulated Treasury auctions — a secretive process where banks and other financial services companies bid on the price of government debt, sources said.”

    the dirty secret of our debt is that we don’t owe all that money to china, we owe it to wall street

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