Don’t Journaljizzmers Have to Go to School Too?

Obviously not, as this retarded piece of ignorant hackery proves.

The breathless headline is:

Speaker Boehner: Failing To Raise Debt Ceiling Is Not Even A Question On The Table

Which, obviously, is enough to get anybody with an ounce of fiscal responsibility in their body all riled up, particularly those who might have thought that the ass-kicking of November ’10 was a promise of a return to sanity.

But then we get to read what Boehner actually said. Allowing, of course, for the fact that he might have said something else as well that fell victim to the merciless cutting room floor, but we only have the “article” to go by:

Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared on Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace grilled him on the seriousness of threats to shut down the government or to not raise the debt ceiling. Perhaps scared of “playing with fire,” Boehner agreed defaulting on the country’s debt would mean a financial disaster and claimed “I don’t think it’s a question that’s even on the table.”

So what he actually did say was that “defaulting on the country’s debt would mean a financial disaster.”

Now somebody explain to us, kindly, how “failing to raise the debt ceiling” is, in every way, the same as “defaulting on the country’s debt.” Because otherwise that article’s headline makes no sense whatsoever which, we suppose, is what you ought to expect from morons who were too hopelessly under-endowed in the intelligence department to get a real degree and had to make do with “journalism” instead.



  1. 1
    LC PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Such headlines are generated as mind-grabs for headline scanners that don’t bother to read the articles.
    “I scan, therefore I know” is their modus operandi. Nevermind they actually know nothing.

  2. 2
    Gladiator growls and barks:

    3 things we could do to turn the country around pronto

    1) Require a measured IQ of 120 + to serve in elected office.
    2) Do not allow welfare recipients , convicted felons or illegal aliens to vote.
    3) Any state that goes bankrupt reverts to territory status until debt is made good. Thus losing congressional representation.

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    irish19 growls and barks:

    The point is, each Senator and Congressional member should be allotted say, twenty staffers, earning no more than $40k per year. Don’t send them on trips, retreats, golfing meetings, or any of that crap.

    If we are serious about getting the nation’s house in order, we first have to get Congress’ house in order. I propose an austerity program for both the Senate and the House. Maybe we can get Sheriff Joe to build some more tent jails in the Arizona desert and we can sequester Congress there to take care of business for one month out of each quarter — out of the way of the cocktail parties, the fund raisers, and most importantly, out of the way of the lobbyists. Make them all wear pink underwear, eat the jail chow, and watch reruns of the Waltons on TV at night.

    I like it!
    On the other side, I don’t think Boehner is demanding an Air Force jet be earmarked & kept ready for his personal junketing as Queen Nancy did. I wonder what the bill for that came to.

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    NR Pax growls and barks:

    DJ, not a bad idea but I have an alternative:

    One or two bedroom dorms. In SE D.C. And they have to use public transportation to get to work. Let them see how us common folk live.

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Then the same article drops this bit of spin as well:

    Boehner also expressed no concern over his ability to deal with the emerging Tea Party caucus in the House and vowed not to curtail their attempts to pursue even more drastic spending cuts than what Republicans have already proposed.

    That’s another obvious typo that should read (in keeping with the rest of the piece): …”the emerging Tea Party threat…..”

    As written, this bit insinuates that the Tea Party is de facto at odds with the House. The verb “emerging” in common parlance is very often used with a pejorative noun. i.e. emerging violence, emerging threat, emerging terror.


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    LC PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Another way to save big, would be no more Government credit cards!!
    Then, no more Government vehicles as perks. All Government employees own and drive their own cars, and
    pay for their own gas, maintainence, ect. Reduce Congressional salaries to Fifty grand a year, and no
    expense accounts. Make them use the same health-care we have to. Reduce staffers to ten per, and cap salaries
    at Thirty-five grand; and ditto on expenses and healthcare.
    Reduce the Bureaucracy by 50%, cap salaries at Forty grand a year. No credit card, no car, no expense
    account, and again, ditto on healthcare.

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    LC LittleRott84 Imperial DJ growls and barks:

    Response to LC PrimEviL @:

    Sounds like a great plan.

  8. 8
    LC Old Dog growls and barks:

    Response to LC LittleRott84 Imperial DJ @:
    Second the motion on PrimEvil’s plan!

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    I’m pretty sure that in the past Ive written that that all the representatives (this includes House & Senate) salaries should be based on the median income of their constituents, paid by their respective states. The states could also purchase and maintain their representatives housing along with providing a medical benefits plan. Transportation is the reps problem, just like the majority of us have to cover the cost of transportation to and from work. Staffers? Again, it’s the states that should cover the cost. And while we’re at it, TERM LIMITS!

    Wanna save some more money? Eliminate ALL bonuses for govt. employee’s. A few years back I worked a temp job where I assisted in databasing the Feds employee files. I’de say at least 50% of the files I handled received bonuses every year and it was rare to see a employee of more than five yrs who had not received a bonus. These bonuses ranged from 500 to 75K per person, just for doing their job. And here’s the kicker. I did this job between ‘gigs” so I did this for about 30 working days. The majority of files I handled were from the US Forest Service. I read a number of bonus documents and it wasnt unusual to see that so and so “did an excellent job while working on building TRAIL’S” or some other bullshit like, “so and so only missed 10 days of work this year” so they should get 1500. I NEVER saw a bonus denied.

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    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Let the congresscritters keep their salaries and shit can the rest of their perks and bennies. Anyone pulling $174,000 can afford their own health care and transportation. For that matter shut down their D.C. offices and let the buggers work and live in their own districts. It’s not as if these goofs can’t teleconference.

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    LC Anniee451 growls and barks:

    I’d actually like an answer to the question too – I’m told by leftists that defaulting on what the government owes would be a disaster of unprecedented proportions, along the line of “Day After Tomorrow” – you know, global tornadoes and temps so cold that helicopters freeze on contact and we all have to burn books? Like that. I say you get in a hole you stop digging, but hey, that’s me. I’ve devoted a fair amount of time to economics, but this one I don’t have an answer for. So…who does?

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    LC PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Response to LC TerribleTroy @ #13:

    “so and so only missed 10 days of work this year” so they should get 1500.

    Only missed ten days??? I’ve worked places that would fire anyone that missed that much time.
    Hell, just being two minutes late was practically a firing offence. These bums have got to go.

  14. 14
    LC PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Since we’ve strayed from the original topic…

    Misha, so what else is new? :em01:

  15. 15
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    So you would allow for two classes of people?

    Why not? You do.

    Couple those cuts with raising the tax rate on the top one percent

    Want some alternatives to that? How about scrapping NAFTA. How about doing away with WTO? How about taking away Most Favored status from China and charging a tariff for goods manufactured outside of the US?

    Hell yeah!!! Throw in kicking out and defunding the UN as well.

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    LC Wil, S.C.E. growls and barks:

    Just like the white house claiming that sutting spending to 2008 levels will mean the FBI will have to fire 2700 agents. (Jan 22).

    You can debate the merits of firing FBI agents seperately (particularly the Hostage Burning team), but the assertion amounts to stating that the FBI has hired 2700 NEW special agents in the past 2 years. I’m sorry, but I don’t quite believe that.

    The level of hyperbole coming from the left since November is simply remarkable.


    Economic activity is not, on whole, promoted by higher levels of big brother nanny statism. Higher taxes are a brake on the economy. The accelerator pedal is the one on the RIGHT!

    Yes, some level of taxation is necessary to pay for the things the federal Governement is required to do. For years, while debating the 16th ammendment, we were sold the idea that the level of direct taxation would never go above 2 percent,as the Federal Government had “Constitutional Limits” of it’s permissible actions.

    Fuck Woodrow Wilson and all of the lying “progressives” that followed him.

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    Grammar Czar growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Erm, not to bust your bubble, but those who don’t work for the government DO have their wages regulated. By the owners of the company, i.e. their employers.

    And the customers. If we the customers don’t want to pay what’s being charged, we don’t. The employer then has to adjust his pay for his employees. We don’t get to decide what gummint employees get paid; we just get it extorted from us.

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    LC Anniee451 growls and barks:

    Llew Rockwell is still hanging around Mises? How do they put up with that guy? He jumped the shark like ages ago.

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    Grammar Czar growls and barks:

    Believe it or not, there was a time when only one member of the family unit was the bread winner, and he made a wage that allowed him to buy a house, have two cars, save enough money to put his children through college, and actually have a pension when he retired.

    My dad was white-collar, and I didn’t know anyone who had two cars. There weren’t too many parents back then who put their kids through college. Most college kids put themselves through. Even with his white-collar job, we had enough for a decent living, but we weren’t considered rich or well-off. I suppose it could have depended on where you lived, but that’s the way it was for us.