Please Tell Me Republicans Aren’t Going to Touch Off Yet Another Idiotic Debt Ceiling Fight

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From Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner:

The speaker has said that we should not default on our debt, or even get close to it, but a “clean” debt limit increase simply won’t pass in the House. We hope and expect the White House will work with us on a timely, fiscally responsible solution.

Somebody please tell me that this is just derpy boilerplate because Steel didn’t have anything better to say. Even Republicans have got to have better things to do than once again threaten default on US debt unless President Obama caves in to yet another list of hopeless right-wing pet rocks. Don’t they?

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