“We see it as a trap….If you’re going to do something like that you shouldn’t have to [do it three times] and all this B.S.”
- That quote’s from Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) pushing back on the McConnell non-deal deal for the debt ceiling. Not that it matters if Democrats push back, any more than it matters that Speaker John Boehner wants to vote on balanced-budget amendment first.
What does matter is that Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s plan to let President Obama raise the debt ceiling is that involves a major review of and a vote on entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. As Greg Sargent writes, the main attraction of the McConnell proposal was supposed to be that it leaves those programs alone.