Why the Obama-GOP Debt Ceiling Debate is Kabuki Theater


noun /kəˈbo͞okē/

A form of traditional Japanese drama with highly stylized song, mime, and dance, now performed only by male actors, using exaggerated gestures and body movements to express emotions, and including historical plays, domestic dramas, and dance pieces.

From Jim Quinn, “The Show Must Go On,” The Burning Platform, July 14, 2011:

The latest round of kabuki theatre performed by the corrupt lying thieves in Washington DC is being played out every night on the MSM. The volume of misinformation, lies, exaggerations, posturing, and propaganda is staggering.

These vile excuses for leaders know that 80% of the American
population wouldn’t know the difference between a debt ceiling
and a drop ceiling. They use this ignorance to their advantage, as Obama warns that old people won’t get their social security checks and government drones won’t be paid.

According to Gallup, Republicans and Independents don’t want the debt ceiling raised. The poll also indicates that at least one third of Americans don’t care. They are too outraged by the Casey Anthony verdict to focus on the economic future of our country.

I’ll let you in on a secret. The debt ceiling will be raised.

Sorry to ruin the surprise, but this entire sordid episode has nothing to do with our dire economic situation. It is solely about the 2012 elections. Both parties are conducting overnight polling on which talking points are working best in convincing the sheeple that their party is less likely to be blamed.

Posturing and polling are what passes for leadership in America. It is a disgusting display and will contribute to the ultimate collapse that is headed our way like a Japanese Bullet Train.

Here is a summary of where we stand according to the MSM and the political class in Washington DC:

The supposedly grand compromise that would have “cut” $4 trillion from future deficits fell apart last week. The Democarats wouldn’t “cut” entitlements and the Republicans wouldn’t “raise” taxes. The latest proposal was down to $2 trillion of future “cuts”, but neither side would agree to what and when. Now in the ultimate Washington kick the can move, Mitch McConnell has proposed that Obama increase the debt limit in three stages, while requiring him to propose offsetting spending cuts, offering a potential path out of the impasse.

Harry Reid loves the idea. I’m sure that gives you a nice warm feeling, like piss running down your leg.

This “solution” cuts nothing […] the $2 trillion or $4 trillion of supposed cuts in spending were not cuts at all. They were nothing but lower increases in future spending. They didn’t cut the national debt. Neither party has come close to presenting a plan to cut the national debt […] both of the corrupt political parties show ongoing deficits of $500 billion to $1 trillion per year forever.

Does that sound like cuts in spending? The proposed reductions in spending increases are like pissing in the Atlantic Ocean of debt.

And here is where the rubber meets the road. Both the Democrat and Republican budget plans insure economic collapse within the next ten years.

Again, using ridiculously optimistic assumptions, our National Debt would rise from $14.3 trillion today to between $23 and $26 trillion in ten years. Does that sound like cuts in spending to you? Luckily, we’ll never reach those levels. We will hit $20 trillion in debt by 2015. That is a lock.

Total Federal government revenue today is $2.175 trillion. We spend approximately $1 trillion per year on our military related adventures, or 46% of our total revenue. If interest rates are 5% in 2015, we will spend $1 trillion on interest. If rates are 10%, we will spend $2 trillion on interest.

Do you get the picture? An unsustainable trend will not be sustained.

We have two choices. We can proactively address the problem or
just wait for the collapse of our economic system. This debt ceiling reality show is all the proof I need. Our leaders will choose to wait. It won’t be long.

Since no one in Washington DC can be depended upon to do the right thing, the only solution is to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Special interests across the land would mobilize all their forces to fight this idea. Deficit spending of $1.5 trillion per year enriches bankers, bomb makers, the AARP, mega-corporations, chain stores, restaurants, insurance companies, drug makers, etc.

They will fight for their right to suck the country dry.

H/t Tony Whitcomb.


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I have no hope that those clowns in DC will tackle the problem head on….sigh


the more crap that comes out of washington d.c. the more delusional it seems our representatives seem to be. out of touch and pompously arrogant the only solution it seems will be to throw out the whole lot of them and start over again. revolution the change that we can believe in.
Happy Bastille day bring on the guillotine


Once again, Obama is playing the American people for fools.

And once again, a surprisingly large percentage of the stoopid zombie sheeple are buying it.

Obama is merely pretending to want to solve our financial and economic woes, while doing all he can to undermine both.

Sad how many, even conservatives, have yet to noodle that out.


In Russet Shadows

It’s only rational for businesses to want to do business with the government. I don’t blame them. They haven’t voted to spend money foolishly. The people to blame are Congress. They and only they have voted to spend money beyond their income. As a conservative, I believe very strongly in holding people accountable who are actually responsible for the problem.