From what I have seen and read, last night’s big winner was Candy Crowley because she is no longer the worst debate moderator ever.
Meanwhile, this is from John Cole over at Buffoon Juice:
This is not getting enough coverage, IMHO. On the day of the budget deal to handle a number of national priorities and to raise the debt limit, Ben Carson had this to say:
In a new interview with The Hill, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would not sign any budget deal that raised the debt ceiling if he is elected president.
Carson, who has surpassed Donald Trump in polls of Iowa voters, expressed frustration that Congress waits until the debt limit approaches to negotiate budget deals.
“If I’m elected, in January of 2017, we will begin to address the budget immediately,” Carson said. “We’re not going to wait until October or November to do it, when we’re backed against the wall. And I will make it very, very clear that there will not be any budget signed that increases our debt ceiling. It will have to be done.”
Carson said Congressional Republicans wait too long to negotiate deals to suppress federal spending.
“They do the same thing every year,” Carson said. “They wait until their backs are up against the wall and the gun is to their head, and you either raise the debt ceiling or we default and the world falls apart.”
“Why do we do that?” he continued. “I think the time to address that is at the beginning of the fiscal period, not at the end, because then you have other options. Now, they wait until it’s too late to do anything else, and we keep raising the debt and compromising the future of the next generation. It is craziness.”
Since regardless what happens between now and then and who is elected President, come Spring 2017, the debt limit will need to be raised again. We’ve already discussed that Ben Cartson doesn’t seem to understand what the debt limit actually is, and how this is different from the Republicans holding the US and global economy hostage. What Ben Carson is telling you, and our bobbleheads apparently don’t believe or think is just boilerplate election babble, is quite simple. It’s this:
“Elect me, and I kill the hostage.”
It’s really that simple. And with this lunatic, it’s not just talk. He’s really simpleminded enough that he believes this shit.
Notice that John Cole doesn’t explain WHY he thinks Carson is wrong, he just calls him a simpleminded lunatic. The term for that is “projection”.
Refusing to raise the debt limit does not mean the United States will default on its debts. It just means that the federal government can’t borrow any more money. They will still have more than enough revenues to continue servicing the debt.
Refusing to raise the debt limit would force the federal government to start living within its means. That means spending cuts and/or tax increases. Only in Progworld is that some kind of crazy radical idea.