Via The Hill.
The second most powerful Democrat in the Senate warned Republicans Sunday that they are toying with a fragile economy and would take the blame for any fallout from a debt default.
On Sunday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he had six words of warning for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “If you break it, you own it.”
Republicans and the White House have argued the case that the president “owns” the economy, along with its recovery.
Durbin slammed Boehner for calling off debt-ceiling negotiations with the White House on Friday.
“The president negotiated with you in good faith,” Durbin said he would tell Boehner. “You walked away from it. Twice.”
Boehner said he called off negotiations with the president on Friday because the president pushed for increased revenues beyond the level to which Republicans could agree. President Obama said Boehner walked away from a good deal for both sides.
Republicans have said they expect failed deficit negotiations to reflect badly on President Obama’s leadership.
The Republicans came up with a sensible Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan, which the Dems promptly rejected because it calls for reigning in the out-of-control discretionary spending, with a debt ceiling increase after a balanced budget amendment.
The Republicans walked out of the debt talks because after Rep. John Boehner and Obama had agreed to $800 billion in revenue (READ: TAX) increases over ten years, Obama decided to ratchet that up to $1.2 trillion. On top of that, Obama was not serious about cutting spending.
Dear Dickie, this socialist trainwreck was brought to you by Obama and his merry band of Dem autocrats.
A downward spiraling economy: 16.2% unemployment, (that number includes those who simply stopped looking for work), a $14+ trillion debt, an enormous waste of $814 billion “stimulus” and $787 billion dollars in taxpayer funded bailouts. The government takeover of 2/3rds of the auto industry, insurance corporations, and health care. The engineered collapse of the housing and banking industry,(Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/TARP),and a spending/borrowing orgy that needs to be brought to a screeching halt before we lose our AAA credit rating.
Newsflash, Durbin: You and your Democrat assclowns controlled both houses of Congress between 2005-2010. You did your most damage after Obama took office.
It’s broke alright. THANKS TO YOU.