Sadly, some readers may take him seriously

Even most Republican leaders know that failing to increase the debt ceiling would be a calamity. As Speaker of the House John Boehner said after the November elections, “We’re going to have to deal with it as adults. Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

Republican leaders appear so ready to abandon the role of grownups to play to the extreme tea party wing of their party, as exemplified, shamefully, by The Charleston Daily Mail’s far-right blogger Don Surber, who’s throwing a hissy because spending cuts reached in the recent budget deal were offset by defense increases:

This is why no congressman shouldd vote to increase the federal debt ceiling when it comes up for a vote.

None.

America gave them their chance to take their time reducing spending.

They did not use a scalpel.

OK, it is Machete Time.

Make them cut $1.6 Trillion immediately. Not in 10 years. Not in 12 years. Now.

Now.

Now.

Now.

Temper tantrum and typos aside, that’s as irresponsible a position as I’ve ever seen someone who claimed to be a responsible journalist take.

Cut $1.6 trillion from the budget right now? Even if you could do that – and you could not – it wouldn’t stop the need for continued borrowing for the United States to make debt and interest payments.

Surber is calling for the United States to default on its obligations. Doing so would have massive global ramifications. The White House is not exaggerating when it calls the economic consequences of such a grossly irresponsible action “Armaggedon-like.”

Republicans who play games with this are, by Boehner’s own admission, acting like children. I cannot express deeply enough my contempt for a journalist who would purposefully attempt to fan the flames of such absurd behavior. Both should be treated like children throwing tantrums: completely ignored until they calm down and learn to recognize the consequences of their actions.

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