TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross

It's going to happen again?

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Groundhog Day is Sunday and five days later the government faces default, again. Maybe we'll get it right this time. (AP Photo/File) | Zoom
Remember last year - the debt ceiling debate that shut down the government when the president refused to defund Obamacare? And remember how the shutdown didn't save any money because Congress ended up deciding to pay all the federal workers anyway - so that instead of saving money the government spent an additional $24 billion?

Didn't you get the impression that members of Congress, whose poll ratings dropped to the average temperature in Minnesota, were going to find some other way to make their point?

Well Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator who became famous for kicking off that debate with a 24 hour filibuster, told Bob Schieffer he's ready to make the debt ceiling an issue again.

"Will you agree to raise the debt ceiling or will you demand something in return?" asked Schieffer.

"Of course we should do something. We shouldn't just write a blank check," responded Cruz.

And why do this again? Probably because the messy Obamacare rollout has the President's poll numbers down, and with the U.S. Treasury facing a new debt ceiling deadline next week - he's thinking that THIS time he can make the President blink.

"Five years ago the national debt was $10 trillion. Today it's over $17 trillion," said Cruz.

And so he will hold out - for some kind of as-yet-unspecified spending reform, while others plan to bring up Obamacare again, and the Keystone Pipeline again. Didn't we just have this same debate? Wait a minute. Could it be?

"That's right, it's Groundhog Day!"

Which is Sunday - and five days later the government faces default, again. Maybe we'll get it right this time.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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