Debtpocalypse

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen had strong words for Republicans in a telephone town hall Tuesday night the Memphis congressman hosted for constituents.

He suggested that by not addressing the “domestic enemy” in the form of a brutal recession, that Tea Party Republicans might be forsaking their oath of office.

Cohen also said President Obama’s stimulus bill wasn’t as big as it should have been. He took Republicans to task for saying the bill was ineffective and that 40 percent of the bill was in the form of tax cuts needed to secure Republican votes.

“You can’t have one arm tied behind your back” in addressing these problems, Cohen said.

As if the impasse over raising the debt ceiling isn’t enough – ending the day Tuesday means the U.S. is now less than a week away from hitting Treasury’s drop-dead date of Aug. 2 with no clear plain in sight – there’s something else to consider.

It wasn’t mentioned on Cohen’s call. But remember the narrowly avoided federal government shutdown a couple of months ago?

The government barely hashed out a plan to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, which just so happens to be … September.

From one crisis, to another, eh?

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