Georgia debt ceiling debate

By Jim Galloway The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Republicans today will help decide whether…

Georgia (Jul 28, 2011) — By Jim Galloway

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Republicans today will help decide whether Washington's unprecedented debate over the federal debt ceiling should be pushed closer to the edge of -- or even beyond -- a potentially dangerous Tuesday deadline. 

It will be the biggest test of tea party clout to date.

At least three members of Congress from Georgia have declared that they aren’t afraid of heights, and will oppose a reworked proposal by House Speaker John Boehner – $1 trillion in cuts to the federal budget in exchange for raising the federal government’s borrowing power by a slightly smaller amount.

“Compromise is what’s led us to the mess we’re in right now. We can’t compromise our way out of this,” U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, said in a Wednesday morning C-SPAN defense of his decision to oppose the Boehner plan.

On the other side is a GOP establishment worried about the impact of economic default on the economy and the party's political fortune. …

“The leader of the House Republicans is in a real pickle,” said Kerwin Swint, a political scientist at Kennesaw State University. “You have the responsible Republicans versus the dead-enders, to a degree. It’s almost a game of chicken." …


 

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