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The Republicans Deadly Attack on the American Economy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell readily acknowledge that their failure to raise the debt ceiling will prevent the United States from paying its debts, thereby triggering an economic disaster of epic proportions for our country. Yet they persist in doing so. Why?

The Republicans have decided they can hold the nation hostage. In the immortal words of Mitch McConnell: “It’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming”.

But ransoming for what, exactly?

The Republicans want to attack their favorite targets: medical care for veterans, social security and Medicare, food assistance for older Americans, health coverage and access to care, funding for low income students, rail safety inspection, air safety, vital transportation infrastructure funding and a nearly endless list of other vital services.

The refusal of Republicans in Congress, including our own Representative Mike Collins, to pay America’s debts is not about reducing the deficit. The Republicans have rejected more than a dozen measures to close tax loopholes and want to dramatically reduce the number of Internal Revenue Service Agents who hold corporations and the rich accountable.

It is past time for Georgia’s members of Congress to stop holding Georgia and the nation hostage to their partisan, big business agenda.

They must not be permitted to prevent our country from paying its obligations, as it has done without fail for more than 200 years.

Bruce Menke

Athens

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emccorkle
emccorkle
Jun 01, 2023

I hear politicians speak of Democratic agenda and Republican agenda, but not one speaks of

American agenda or needs.

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Harry Darby
Harry Darby
May 23, 2023

It is very easy to Google spending by past administrations. Just depends on who you want to pay for it, construction workers, teachers, firemen, ect. Or wall street, CEOs, and millionaires. Do I want it for me, or do I want it for us?

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OC_DadOfSix
OC_DadOfSix
May 23, 2023

Could one be more clueless about this situation? 😂

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I get it Bruce. You’re a liberal. Liberals only know tax & spend. Fiscal responsibility is not in your vocabulary.

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
May 20, 2023

This exercise is as predictable as the dawn. Everyone gets to claim their political stripes but in the end there will be some cutting and some raising of the ceiling. I look at the US economy as I would my own household debt. Don't borrow what you cannot pay back. Sometimes, rarely, a tornado takes off your roof and to save the whole house you need to go further into debt and replace the roof. Covid was our tornado. But Covid is basically gone. Let's get back to living within our means.

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