Suppose you’re drowning: would you throw a life preserver back because it was too small?
Obama, Geithner and Reid have spent the last 6 months warning about a failure to increase the debt ceiling. They have foretold of the collapse of the economy (that’s like threatening to squish a pancake); social security and medicare recipients losing their benefits; China sending North Korea over to break our legs; children being forced to feed on the corpses of their grandparents; cats and dogs living together–mass hysteria.
Of course, no one seems to be talking about how this is all one man’s fault: Harry Reid. In December, he could have had his lame duck Congress increase the debt ceiling, but he chose not to, wanting to hang the problem around the neck of the Republicans. Wish granted, tough guy.
So, after much posturing and hyperbole, the President and Senate Democrats continue to summon demons and threaten little old ladies with their stories of government default. The GOP-controlled House has come up with an imperfect plan, but one that will cut spending and allow the government to function for 6 more months–a month longer than the average debt ceiling increase.
So here’s the analogy: You’re lost at sea. The sharks are circling, and there is blood in the water. You’re holding a family heirloom and refuse to let go. Five minutes ago, your best friend sailed past in his 80 foot yacht and said “I see you’re having problems, but I don’t want you messing up the carpet. Someone else will be along soon.” You are literally about to go under the waves for good and your mortal enemy then goes by in his leaking dingy and throws you his only life preserver and says, “this should hold you for a while, drop the heirloom and I’ll be back in a few minutes, once I fix this leak.”
Do you throw the life preserver back at him and drown out of spite? If Yes, you may be qualified for what counts as leadership in the Democratic party.