What is it that Varys said about Littlefinger in "A Game of Thrones"? They would see this country burn if they could be king of the ashes.
There can be intellectual debates about taxation and the debt burden, but lets be clear that is not what this is about. They entire crux of this idea can be summed up in one paragraph in this article:
If House Republicans choose this route, and their ploy works, they would solve a litany of problems. The debt ceiling would be raised, and tax reform would be put front and center in a town that is now focused on immigration and gun control.
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Even Republicans have agreed in recent months that we do not have an immediate debt crisis. Both Boehner and Paul Ryan have said as much. So why would we hold our nation's solvency hostage in order to deal with tax reform and spending measures?
Elections. All 435 Congressional seats are up for grabs in November of 2014. And Republicans don't want to be talking about gun control, gay marriage, or immigration. Because they lose on all those points.
They want a narrative of taxation and debt. Which is ironic since their tax and spending policies are what has put us in this position in the first place.
But it appears that the Republicans are preparing for yet another manufactured crisis in order to try and win some elections. If they have to default our country in order to win or retain some of those seats then so be it.
They would watch this nation burn if they could be king of the ashes.