Joy Reid went after Mitch McConnell & Co. over their willingness to destroy the economy just to own the libs.
“They are refusing to vote to increase the debt ceiling. According to a report from Moody’s, a prolonged debt ceiling breach could wipe out $15 trillion in household wealth and surge the unemployment rate to 9%,” she said.
“It is so bad that six former Treasury secretaries wrote a letter imploring Congress to extend the limit, saying allowing an unprecedented default could cause serious economic harm. Confronted with the reality, Republicans say of course the U.S. can’t default on the loans. They refuse to help Democrats in any way. Just two years ago, Mitch McConnell made it clear the consequences of default would be dire, but now he’s saying Republicans actually have no role to play in seeing the country stay afloat.
REPORTER: So you are expecting to raise the debt ceiling once again?
McCONNELL: Of course. We’ll never have America default. America can’t default. That would be a disaster. The facts are indisputable. This is a totally democratic government. They have an obligation to raise the debt ceiling and they will do it. Don’t play Russian roulette with our economy. Step up and raise the debt ceiling.
As Reid points out, McConnell doesn’t care what happens to Americans.
BUT JOY, YOU MISSED SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT that the media is simply not covering!
It would be one thing for Republicans to vote no on debt ceiling, driving the economy into oblivion. But they are going to BLOCK THE MOTION TO PROCEED to even get to a vote. They are blocking us from saving the economy, using, yes, you guessed correctly, the filibuster.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 22, 2021
This just isn’t coming through in the reporting. GOPs are saying Dems have to raise the debt ceiling on their own. But that’s just what Dems r trying to do. GOPs are filibustering it in the Senate. They’re not standing aside and saying do it yourself. They’re blocking it.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 22, 2021
That’s right. They’re not just refusing to raise the debt ceiling, THEY’RE BLOCKING THE VOTE WITH A FILIBUSTER.
Maybe the President of the Senate can overrule a filibuster objection and see whether Manchin and Sinema will still vote to default the country.
And maybe the media will learn how to accurately frame a story.