Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The New York Times reported last week that more than three dozen conservative groups had planned A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning:
The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.
The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
Now that the ignorant Tea Party Default Deniers are theatening A U.S. Default Seen as a Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall, these far-right agitators who riled up the GOP crazy base have suddenly developed a change of heart today when they finally came to realize that the GOP crazy base really is crazy enough to actually do it. Steve Benen writes, GOP losing powerful allies in hostage crises:
[T]he Koch brothers' company sent a letter to Congress this morning, making clear that Koch Industries is not on board with the idea of tying the Affordable Care Act to the government shutdown. Around the same time, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham told reporters he wants to defund "Obamacare," but he doesn't want this to be tied to the debt ceiling.
Soon after, FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe told the Huffington Post that he, too, believes Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling.
It's worth remembering that far-right groups like these receive quite a bit of money from corporate allies and very wealthy benefactors, who (a) understand the consequences of default better than many congressional Republicans; and (b) don't want to lose an enormous chunk of their wealth as part of a feeble attempt to undermine a moderate health care law.
Here's the problem. These evil "geniuses" may have unleashed a force that they can no longer control. After over-promising the GOP crazy base that this was a hill worth dying on to stop the hated "ObamaCare," it may be too late now to stop the ignorant Tea Party Default Deniers from pushing the U.S. into default and setting in motion a series of events that can lead to a catastrophic financial collapse.
Some Tea-Publicans in Congress, like Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), have already deluded themselves into believing that a default will be a managed catastrophe. Riiiight, because Congress has proven itself so adept and capable at managing catastrophic financial crises -- the government is shut down!
If these crazy sunsuvbitches push the U.S. into default next week they are clueless as to how to "manage" the catastrophic series of events that will follow. The Default Deniers refuse to believe that this is even a possibility. They will be the ones with the horrified looks on their face and rendered speechless when it happens. "My God, what have we done?"
As Charles Peirce at Esquire said, The Reign Of Morons Is Here:
Only the truly child-like can have expected anything else.
We have elected the people sitting on hold, waiting for their moment on an evening drive-time radio talk show.
We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
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We did this. We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.
This is what they came to Washington to do -- to break the government of the United States . . .
Read Peirce's entire post.