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It’s not blank. It’s made out to G.O.P.

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2011

Robert Borosage:

Seldom have we witnessed a more dishonest speech in prime time than that delivered by House Speaker John Boehner last night on the debt ceiling crisis. “The sad truth,” he declared, “is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.”

The sad truth is that statement is a bald lie, applied to a president who, far from wanting a “blank check,” has endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan for an unconscionable $2.7 trillion in over ten years from discretionary spending as ransom to Republican threats to blow up the economy by not raising the debt ceiling.

The largest lies in Boehner’s speech were the unspoken ones, namely the claims that:
* The GOP didn’t create the debt
* The rise in debt is due to spending, rather than the collapse of employment
* The GOP isn’t responsible for creating the debt ceiling crisis

How can a human being stand up and mislead the American people this way? It’s very similar to the story of Raquel Nelson, the woman whose child was killed by a drunk driver being threatened with more jail time than the guy who killed the child (fortunately the sentence was suspended). John Boehner is the drunk, the Democrats are the mother, and the child….

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