The House stands adjourned until 8:00 p.m. this evening, after several rounds of voting left Kevin McCarthy no closer to becoming speaker. One Republican opponent said a global financial crisis is the price of his support. McCarthy would have to commit to “shut down the government rather than raise the debt ceiling” in order to win the support of his opponents, Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina,
Please, please ask these guys why they have voted to raise the military budget from $585 B to $858 over the past 8 years and also why they keep voting for tax cuts for the uber-wealthy.
Crazy talk directed at the often irate fools that vote, or may vote, for them I expect is going to be the main and almost exclusive activity of the sort-of triumphant Republicans controlling (sort-of) the House for the next two years. The drama queens shall have full time their now half of the Congress Building for stage. Expect nothing more from them, besides wasting scarce time to act on deep and deeply dangerous issues they have declared to be "fake" and not their problem.
I would suggest ignoring them, if not entirely, at least as much as possible. I plan to do just that.
The only concern in my mind is just how "bipartisan" and "moderate" Biden and those influential in politics of a like inclination are going to get in response.
Funny how we keep finding billions for Ukraine and yet can't seem to scrape together a few million to fix the pipes in Flint.
So Ralph Norman isn't smart enough to be in Congress. This is not "debt" in the usual sense, it's Treasury bills. Which the government doesn't HAVE to issue to make payments (good luck with that though, there is such a thing as the bond market). To quote @RichardJMurphy (professor), "Whenever the government wants to spend it can. Unlike the rest of us it doesn't have to check whether there is money in the bank first" (chapter 6 , The National Debt Paranoia in Money for nothing). Read it. It's free. taxresearch.org.uk Maybe send it to Ralph Norman but then he could not display fake righteous injustice over spending Our Tax Money.
People on-line are making fun of Paul Santos to fan the image of the House now being in chaos. (meme: "We never had this chaos when I was Speaker." -George Santos) This is not chaos in the Republican party. There is an ideological battle being waged over what matters for them; it is a measured response to what's at stake in the occasion. 20 Republicans are in the political position to stop 202 Republicans (and the whole House) until they can negotiate a consensus or a compromise. This is what Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema did with Senate Democrats; and if Biden wants to get his legislation going again, he may have to step in here as well. Political sausage making in the American way.