Biden lashed out at tea party Republicans Monday who refused to toe the line of Republican party leadership and would not budge despite intense arm twisting.
They “acted like terrorists” declared Biden.It was the same carping that Biden had just been hearing at a closed door Democrat caucus meeting. Apparently Joe was parroting Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania:
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”Are you brain dead, Doyle? We are in hawk 14.5 trillion dollars, with 1.65 trillion being added to the national debt in this year alone. And for what? It's all government give aways in one entitlement program or another, payoffs and sweat heart deals to donors and government directed expenditure programs. Should it not be difficult for you to spend our money?
Tell you what, Doyle, give me access to your finances so that I can spend it as I see fit for a more just and fair America. What, you don't want me spending your money without having any say so? You want to make that difficult for me?
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in the room. Earlier, Biden had told Senate Democrats that Republican leaders have “guns to their heads” in trying to negotiate deals. Guns to their heads, Joe? Wouldn't it work better if they were holding the guns to someone else's head?
Democrats had no shortage of colorful phrases in wake of the deal. Representative Emanuel Cleaver called it a “Satan sandwich,” and his Housemate from Illinois Luis Gutierrez seemed to enjoy the heat analogy, saying: “the Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.That's what we're trying to do, and I'm sorry to say that this deal doesn't constrain you and your ilk enough.
Biden told Democratic lawmakers that the deal would take away the tea party’s “weapon of mass destruction” — the threat of a default on U.S. debt obligations.Look around, bozo. The economy already has been blown up.
“They have no compunction about blowing up the economy to get what they want,” Doyle told POLITICO after the meeting.