Debt ceiling chicken
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
February 10, 2014 04:30 PM | 1043 views | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There is a great scene in the classic movie "Rebel Without a Cause" in which Jim Stark, played by hyper cool James Dean, and his not so cool nemesis Buzz play a game of chicken. You can watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7hZ9jKrwvo  

The idea is to race their cars side by side to a cliff edge and the guy who jumps out first is a chicken.

This teenage test of manhood doesn't work out very well for the uncool Buzz who gets his jacket sleeve tangled up with the car door and plummets off the cliff to his fiery death.

Jim, not a hair out of place, survives.

Cut to modern day Washington, D.C., where the hyper cool Barack Obama has been challenged once again to a game of chicken by the not so cool John Boehner.

The metaphorical cliff edge is the debt ceiling, which needs to be raised by the end of the month or the nation's full faith and credit will plummet off the cliff.

Boehner demands something in return from Obama for paying the bills Congress has already racked up.

Wearing a bemused smile, Barry says no way. Let's race.

Boehner, comb in his teeth, revs up the Tea Party caucus and puts the pedal to the Fox News metal, demanding concessions for not letting the American economy crash and burn.

As the deadline for the ceiling vote approaches, Boehner frantically tries to jump before it's too late. But he gets tangled up in his hysterically uncool rhetoric.

The president slides out, does a nifty shoulder roll, and watches in disbelief as Boehner and his GOP minions in the House go off the cliff.

Again.

The debt ceiling is raised and the GOP gets nothing.

I've seen this movie before.

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Lib in Cobb
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February 14, 2014
The bigger question for Guido would be. Does he have the capacity to understand any answer from Mr. Foley?
Kevin Foley
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February 14, 2014
I was wrong. Boehner never even got in his car.

As I suggested in last week's column, the GOP adults are finally taking back their party from the fringe. About time.
Lib in Cobb
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February 13, 2014
Meanwhile back in DC, Ted Cruz is on the verge of being cannibalized by his fellow wing nuts.
Guido Sarducci
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February 13, 2014
Mike H, Foley would not know an unbiased fact if it bit him in the rear.

Would you care to answer the question I asked, or was your first post the extent of your "knowledge" on the subject?
Mike H
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February 12, 2014
A liberal presents the facts.

A conservative presents insults.

It is the Cobb way.
Guido Sarducci
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February 12, 2014
To bad for you, Kevin, but Boehner rolled over like a coward and your column is even more totally irrelevant than usual.

Question for you and your liberal loony friends.

At what point do you think we should look at curtailing spending? I mean, I know that even the thought of curtailing the reckless spending to which you are so accustomed, is repulsive, but I wonder if there is enough collective intelligence in the entire liberal population to relize that it cannot continue indefinitely.
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