Thanks for lookin’ out for all of US, Tea Party.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 8, 2011
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U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz “said he was well aware of how the leadership had used his and others’ willingness to let a default happen as a negotiating chip, and said he didn’t mind at all. ‘We weren’t kidding around, either,’ he said. ‘We would have taken it down.'” (

Well. Apparently the US Public has decided the onus is on the GOP.

“World Markets react to S&P Downgrade.”

Update: today’s Front Page.

The Republican party just cost the US more money than they could possibly have saved via debt reduction. By threatening to default on our debt, they’ve lowered our credit rating, and increased the cost of borrowing in the future. Period.

“We got 98% of what we wanted.” ~ Speaker Boehner, on the Debt Ceiling “compromise.”

Then, this happened. And they had the gall to blame President Obama, who gave up 98% of what he wanted in the interests of protecting social security, Medicare, and some basic commonsense institutions of government—and of getting the deal done in time. Here’s what Bill Maher had to say about it all.

Their words, not ours:

S&P’s downgrade followed last week’s debt-ceiling agreement that “falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.”

The ratings agency also blasted the partisan bickering that led to the debt ceiling fight. “The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed,” S&P said.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Thanks for lookin’ out for all of US, Tea Party.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    PS: and now they give themselves a month off.

  2. […] the TUMULT over the weekend following S&P’s downgrade of US debt and the recent debt ceiling […]