America for ransom in debt limit negotiations.
Even after being part of the
bipartisan budget compromise, he’s abdicating appeal to mainstream America
by taking the budget limit hostage and again pushing gridlock.
This kind of fiscal brinksmanship is part of the well-founded perception of Congressional gridlock that has brought Congressional approval numbers to a record low. Playing to his far-right base, Ryan has, in the long-term, abdicated much of the political advantage he might otherwise claim for having been part of a budget compromise. Again, he further alienates himself and the Republican brand from the desire across the country to see that Congress gets back to work.
Both Paul and Ryan hurt the Republican brand going into 2016 by forcing fiscal gridlock at a time when Americans are fed up with Congressional gridlock.
BACKGROUND: Americans are fed up with Congressional gridlock, particularly related to the budget and fiscal matters.
9% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. It’s the lowest congressional
approval rating in the 39 years Gallup has asked the question.
‘The government shutdown in October clearly didn’t help Congress’ image, and it appears that the
impact of that incident may linger, given the record-
low approval this month,’ Gallup CEO Frank Newport wrote. ‘This no doubt reflects the rancorous partisansh
ip and bickering that characterized the shutdown - the top reasons given by those who
disapprove of Congress.’ Earlier this year, Americans indicated the two top reasons
they disapproved of Congress was the incessant gridlock and partisan bickering, as wel
l as the fact that the legislative body is ‘not getting anything done’ and ‘not making decisions.’” [CNN,
Paul Called The Budget Deal
According to the Washington Times,
“Sen. Rand Paul added his name to the list of lawmakers opposing the bipartisan
budget deal carved out between House and Senate negotiators, saying it is
‘shameful’ to restore previously agreed to spending cut
s in exchange for promises of future deficit reduction. Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 presidential contender, said that the two-year spending proposal is like many that have come
before it.” [Washington Times,
Paul Said He Would Do Everything He Could To Slow Passage Of The Budget
Deal: “I Don’t Think There’s Going To Be Unanimous Consent On Anything
Hell Freezes Over.”
According to CQ Roll Call, “Sen. Rand Paul, R
-Ky., a strong opponent of the budget deal, said he would try to slow it down and would object to
any efforts by Democrats to expedite floor action on the budget. ‘With the budget
deal, they will have to cross through all of the hurdles to get it passed next week. I
don’t think there’s going to be unanimous consent on anything until hell freezes over,’ Paul said.” [CQ Roll Call,