The last few months of President Obama's first term and the first few months of his second term will determine whether the voters elected Barack Obama or whether the House Republicans (next year a slim majority of 17 votes) can effectively depose President Obama (leaving him as a figurehead) and the US Senate. That is, will we have a republic or will we be governed by an extortionist mob in the House?
The Republicans have repeatedly said they will use every vote on the debt ceiling as a choke point by which they will dismantle programs that help the middle class or those seeking to be in it. They will cut, cut, cut social security benefits, medicaid benefits, and medicare benefits. They will achieve this by extortion, by threatening to bring the US economy down by defaulting on debts.
No one elected them to do so. And a Republican majority in the House is only one half of the Congress.
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