Nickgb commented that Boehner backed off of his claim that he would forgo the Hastert Rule and allow a straight vote on raising the debt ceiling.
I called Reid out for being he more political partisan on issues like this. Well, it turns out that Boehner has backed away from his claim and will no longer the straight up and down vote:
(Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that there is “no way” Republican lawmakers will agree to a measure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein in deficit spending.
I think that the government is too big. And I think that our debt is a problem. However, I agree that we cannot do normal business by threat of or actually shutting down the government.
The budget fight is one thing. I think that a strong case can be made that the budget comes before the individual programs that are in place. If the budget isn’t big enough to contain those programs, then revenue needs to increase or expenditures need to decrease.
But the debt ceiling? For some reason that seems different.