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June 7, 2011
The Democrats controlled the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives for two years and yet were unable to come up with a budget for the country. Still, you claim the GOP is "playing chicken" over raising the debt ceiling ("GOP plays chicken," June 5)? At least Republicans are facing the terrible situation we are in. That non-taxpaying Democrat, Timothy Geithner, has cried "wolf" on at least four occasions so far. Now he is trying "the sky is falling. " So, of course, it must be George Bush's fault that we don't have a budget.
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By Jules Witcover | February 17, 2014
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. First, House Speaker John Boehner looked down the black hole of government shutdown, a potential replay of the tea-party engineered kamikaze mission in October, and refused to lead his party into it again.
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NEWS
June 7, 2011
Regarding the editorial "GOP plays chicken" ( June 5) , it's worth noting the sudden drop off in Republican support for raising the debt ceiling as soon as President Obama took office. Under President Bush the Republicans provided, on average, 39 of the 50 votes that were generally needed to raise the debt ceiling. But under President Obama, the Republicans have provided only one vote on average each of the three times the Senate has voted on it. The national debt in nominal dollars quadrupled during the Reagan and Bush presidencies from 1980 to 1992.
NEWS
February 12, 2014
With Tuesday's decision to bring to a vote an increase in the nation's debt limit without any conditions, House Speaker John Boehner reasserted himself as the pivotal figure in a badly divided Washington. He demonstrated again that he is able and willing to go against the wishes of the extremists in his caucus when he determines it to be in the nation's and/or Republican Party's long-term interests, and once again, he appears unlikely to pay much of a price. That doesn't mean we should expect a golden era of bipartisan deal making, but it does suggest the prospect of action on the nation's most pressing issues during the remainder of President Barack Obama's term is not entirely bleak.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
Far from being a "political stunt" ( "GOP plays chicken," June 5), the showdown over raising the debt ceiling is our best (and perhaps only) hope to restrain the runaway spending of the Obama administration. The president is unwilling or incapable of reversing the policies which have given us a bloated bureaucracy with stimulus programs which fail to stimulate, subsidies for ethanol which consumes as much energy as it produces and "investments" in "green" energy which could never compete with existing technology without huge federal handouts.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
Your editorial "GOP plays chicken" (June 5) shows a lamentable lack of familiarity with the concept of "playing chicken. " It takes two to engage in this pastime. Your editorial should have been titled "Democrats and GOP play chicken," because that is what is happening. The two groups have opposite aims: Democrats want to continue the spending spree, and Republicans want to curb it. The Democrats have not put forth a budget for two years, and they have spent trillions of dollars that the country does not have.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 26, 2011
You've been following the debt ceiling debate, right? What? You haven't been? Why not? Is it because watching people argue over long-term debt restructuring makes your eyes glaze over? We don't blame you. So while you've been doing something clearly more interesting - say, rearranging your [insert secret, obscure hobby here] collection -  we've been following the “mano-a-mano” struggle between President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
Kudos to President Barack Obama for rejecting the Republican proposal for a short term increase in the debt limit (" Obama and Republicans struggle to break fiscal impasse," Oct. 11). There can be no negotiations until the debt ceiling is raised and a budget is passed. The Congress has a Constitutional duty to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government, and these duties under the Constitution are absolute and not subject to conditions or negotiations. Blackmail and hostage taking constitute criminal offenses and have no role in the running of government.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2011
The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling Monday in a vote that splintered the Democratic and Republican members of Maryland's congressional delegation and pushed the months-long battle toward a climax in the Senate on Tuesday. In an indication of how deeply the proposal challenged the traditional political landscape, several Baltimore-area Democrats who tend to vote similarly wound up on opposite sides of the roll call. Maryland's two House Republicans, Reps.
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By Philip G. Joyce and Roy T. Meyers | December 19, 2012
The announcement that House Speaker John Boehner has offered to take the debt ceiling off the table in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations is, in one sense, a welcome development. If the Senate agrees, we will temporarily be spared the sort of embarrassing brinkmanship that accompanied the last increase, in August 2011. But a year from now, we will likely be back in the same place, where the debt ceiling is being held hostage by people who have no qualms about using the good credit of the United States as a negotiating ploy.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
The nation's debt ceiling is back in the news this week and for all the old, familiar reasons. By month's end, it will need to be raised or the U.S. Treasury will run out of money to pay the country's outstanding bills, and House Republicans are once again looking to hold the authorizing legislation hostage in return for some sort of concession. What will it be this time? For a while, it looked like they would insist on some changes to Obamacare, specifically, the so-called "risk corridors," a provision of the Affordable Care Act that limits how much insurance companies can profit or lose by selling health insurance policies through exchanges during the first three years.
NEWS
December 16, 2013
Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate. Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years - and before the Senate has even voted on the darn thing - Rep. Paul Ryan was on national television this past weekend speculating on what concessions he expects to extract for raising the debt ceiling. "We don't want nothing out of this debt limit," the House budget chairman warned on Fox News.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
Local government officials aren't the only ones who have to worry about meeting the stormwater pollution reduction targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its Chespaeake Bay pollution diet. The State Highway Administration also has a massive infrastructure of outmoded stormwater management systems that need upgrading, not to mention thousands of lane-miles of impervious surfaces that contribute to the flow of polluted water into the bay. Acheiving that is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars during the next five years.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
A family that takes a second and a third mortgage may be in danger of losing the family home. A nation raising its debt ceiling again and again is in danger of losing its future. I think that many people are willing to do something, but what can we do? I recommend a process where small groups come together all over the country to simplify and clarify our laws. Let us start with the Farm Bill. Small groups could include family farmers, ranchers, a representative of an agri-business, an agricultural extension agent, a volunteer lawyer.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
A family that takes a second and a third mortgage may be in danger of losing the family home. A nation raising its debt ceiling again and again is in danger of losing its future. I think that many people are willing to do something, but what can we do? I recommend a process where small groups come together all over the country to simplify and clarify our laws. Let us start with the farm bill. Small groups could be family farmers, ranchers, a representative of an agri-business, an agricultural extension agent, a volunteer lawyer.
NEWS
By Peter Morici | October 14, 2013
If congressional negotiators fail to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government, voters will blame House Republicans, but it's the president and fellow Democrats that are behaving like teenagers by wanting to spend irresponsibly. Studies by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and Medicare and Medicaid actuaries indicate if Washington continues spending and borrowing as current law requires, then all Americans, and not just the wealthy, will be paying higher taxes and more on private health care.
NEWS
August 2, 2011
The whole process of "debt ceiling" negotiations between President Obama and Congressional Republicans has baffled me. The White House explanation seems to be that the president is trying to be "the adult in the room" while letting the Republicans act like children, hopefully to their discredit. But I have a different view. The Republicans are not behaving like children. They are behaving like thugs. Thugs running a protection racket. So we need more than an adult in the room. We need the cop on the beat!
NEWS
July 30, 2011
After reading Dan Rodricks diatribe in today's Sun ( "If John Boehner is a moderate, we have a problem," July 28) I was tempted to opine that his column was what one would expect a loud-mouthed liberal to spew out. But then I decided to simply challenge him to prove - prove - even some of the allegations he had made in his column: the tea party freshmen class created the mess over the nation's debt ceiling, the tea party's agenda is...
NEWS
October 14, 2013
With the government shutdown entering its third week and Thursday's deadline to raise the debt ceiling - and hold off potential default - now looming, negotiations appear to have entered a new phase of victim-hood. Apparently, it's not enough for the hostage-taking that started this mess to fail, Republicans fret that Democrats are now pressing their political advantage. At least that's the impression from some in the GOP who went to the airwaves in recent days to warn Democrats not to "get greedy" or "humiliate" their party.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
Kudos to President Barack Obama for rejecting the Republican proposal for a short term increase in the debt limit (" Obama and Republicans struggle to break fiscal impasse," Oct. 11). There can be no negotiations until the debt ceiling is raised and a budget is passed. The Congress has a Constitutional duty to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government, and these duties under the Constitution are absolute and not subject to conditions or negotiations. Blackmail and hostage taking constitute criminal offenses and have no role in the running of government.
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