Boehner Again Threatens to Take the Debt Ceiling Hostage

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:11 pm

John Boehner is at it again. During his press conference this morning, Boehner threatened to take the debt ceiling hostage to try to force President Obama to embrace spending cuts. From Huffington Post: “We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It’s as simple as that,” he said at a [...]

In Coming Debt Ceiling Fight It May Be Hard to Believe Obama Has a Backbone

By: Friday December 14, 2012 9:56 am

President Obama’s top pick for Secretary of State was Susan Rice. Many Republicans have been throwing a hissy fit about what she said on a Sunday talk show and now Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration. It is possible these two things are unrelated, but it definitely appears to many that Obama again folded [...]

Why You Don’t Negotiate for Hostages

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 9:27 am

It is conventional wisdom never to negotiate for hostages, because such bargaining only makes hostage taking worthwhile. If there were no value available from hostage taking, people would have little reason to try taking hostages. If you do pay for a hostage, it signals to your adversaries that hostage taking is a great idea and [...]

Obama Wants There to be “Hostages”

By: Friday July 8, 2011 8:22 am

The Republican’s have been so successful in their hostage taking tactics not because the GOP are amazing negotiators but due to the fact Obama wants them to have a hostages. The Obama administration is told the Republicans they are negotiating with that they don’t believe the 14th amendment grants it the authority to ignore the [...]

Obama Encourages More Hostage-Taking with Nod to Current Debt Ceiling Tactic

By: Friday April 29, 2011 11:53 am

When you give in to hostage-taking, you set a pattern that just encourages people to take more hostages, and ask for bigger ransoms every time. This is exactly what is happening thanks to President Obama previously declaring that he must give in to Republican hostage taking tactics. From the Hill: House Republicans are considering a [...]

Obama Offers GOP All the Advantages of Hostage-Taking, None of the Drawbacks

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 9:40 am

There are two negatives that stop a hostage taker from shooting a hostage. One is that once the hostage is dead, they lose the leverage to make demands; the other is that without the hostage, the police will come at them without restraint and with the intent to punish them even more severely. Thanks to [...]

Hostage-Taking Officially Begins: GOP Senator Says He’ll Filibuster Raising the Debt Ceiling

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 2:06 pm

It’s official: at least one Republican senator is now committed to filibustering the raising of the debt limit unless Democrats give in to his demands. From The Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has told supporters in Utah that he will filibuster the legislation to authorize Treasury Department officials to add to the nation’s multitrillion-dollar debt. [...]

End Government by Crisis: No More Government Shutdowns or Debt Ceiling Votes, Ever

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 6:30 am

Much of the political debate in Washington over the next year is going to be dominated by two potential pending crises: a government shutdown and a failure to raise the debt ceiling. If Congress fails to actively and regularly avert them, these crises could significantly disrupt our society, cost money and hamper the economy. Yet [...]

Dems Decry Hostage-Taking – Is It Real Conviction or Convenient Rhetoric?

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 11:02 am

Calling the behavior of Republicans “hostage taking” has become the new buzz phrase used by both President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders. It is a decent analogy for how the Senate Republicans have exploited the Senate’s rules. The 41 Senate Republicans have used the filibuster and the other horribly broken rules of the chamber to [...]