Whew! I feel SO much better…

No doubt you, too, will sleep more soundly once you read this:

Haley dismisses risk of debt
ceiling disaster

… Haley was asked Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” whether the debt ceiling should be raised.

“Absolutely not,” she said. “We are seeing total chaos in D.C. right now. The very first thing they need to do is make sure that they stop raising the debt.”

However, the federal government finances itself partly by selling debt to investors and other countries through Treasury bills that must be paid back, Obama said in a town hall style meeting shown on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“If they thought that we might renege on our IOUs, it could unravel the entire financial system,” he said, and the result would be a recession worse than the last one.

“So we can’t even get close to not raising the debt ceiling,” Obama said.

Asked about the possibility of damaging America’s credibility, Haley said, “Government is notorious for saying the sky is falling.”…

And remember, our gov knows about money stuff like this. She is a way skillful accountant. Just ask her; she’ll tell you.

Also, she never makes mistakes. Ever. We are in such good hands…

And if you read further in that same story, you encounter this:

“I find it silly,” Haley said about talk of her joining a Republican presidential ticket in 2012.

Right again, governor! Nothing sillier… Told you she was awesome.

Of course, there is a downside to this good news:

Haley said she is committed to serving out her term as governor.

“The people of South Carolina took a chance on electing me,” she said. “It is my job and my family’s job to prove to them that they made a good decision.”

13 thoughts on “Whew! I feel SO much better…

  1. Doug Ross

    What good is a ceiling if you keep busting through it with no sign of stopping?

    Gutless politicians won’t solve this problem.

  2. Lynn T

    How is it her family’s job to prove that electing her was a good decision? Is this an attempt to justify her repeatedly putting her husband into positions for which his qualifications are not apparent? Or should we expect to see her sister spend some time away from her awesome business as a life coach to become a political guru?

  3. bud

    Haley is not the problem. She’s just a symptom. The problem is the complete idiocy of the voting population. As long as people continue to pull that R lever in the voting booth this is the kind of result we’ll have to live with. Do people just not think? Seems so.

  4. Brad

    Gov. Haley has an ailment common to many politicians. I think it’s related to Tourette’s. She can’t stop herself from saying “family” every other sentence or so…

  5. Brad

    Bud, that’s another thing. Nikki indicates that she actually believes that the 51 percent of voters who elected her (which she inflates to “the people of South Carolina”) actually voted that way because they particularly wanted HER to be governor.

    When even the most rudimentary analysis of results of that election — with practically anonymous Republicans such as Mark Hammond getting 62 percent of the vote — would indicate to anyone but the most self-deluding that voters picked her simply because of the R, and probably in spite of her being Nikki Haley…

  6. bud

    What good is a ceiling? None that I can see. Can’t we just automatically increase the debt ceiling based on what congress appropriates? If they do a poor job budgeting we have problems either way but at least we won’t endanger the fiscal solvency of the nation. Time to get rid of the ceiling.

  7. Mike

    Would there be as much talk about Haley as VP if she wasn’t governor of an early primary voting state that is on the national political radar right now?

    I don’t think so – although for a variety of reasons that we don’t need to rehash here, Haley’s campaign did get more national press than most gubernatorial candidates in 2010.

    But still, if the GOP and it’s nominee go looking for a fresh faced, female, non-white governor to be it’s veep pick in 2012, it would seem that Haley wouldn’t even be the first most logical and attractive choice within that criteria. I would think that she would have competition in Susana Martinez, the new governor of New Mexico who meets all those same checkboxes above.

  8. Lynn

    The good news, I guess, is that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling and the economy goes into recession again, we in SC won’t have far to fall.
    Why any rational person would listen to Governess Haley on financial management or economics is beyond me.

  9. martin

    Bud, I was listening to NPR about an hour after your post. They were interviewing a guy who said that the debt ceiling as been raised 70+ times since 1962 and it is usually a part of a budget. It’s only been done this way a handful of times.

    As far as Nikki…we have an unlicensed accountant as governor and an exterminator as treasurer. Makes me wonder how far this can go with Republican voters.

    Also makes me wonder if the IRS has started auditing Nikki and she’s flying (comparatively) low. Read a story over the weekend about how IRS sometimes gets involved based on what they read in the papers. The story I was reading was how they are looking at the contributors to all the post-Citizens United non-profits and whether they reported their contributions as gifts, as required by law.

  10. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    Heck, *I* voted for Mark Hammond–the Sec’y/State office is actually run well.

    I’d only vote for Nikki if the alternative was Alvin Green–and maybe not even then….

    That said, it is nice that she pays lip service to the notion that she represents everyone and not just those who voted for her, or donated to her campaign–but if so, whence Darla Moore?

  11. Nick Nielsen

    @Doug, the problem isn’t gutless politicians, but American voters who keep returning the same people to office, in spite of the politicians’ previous demonstrations of incompetence.

  12. Steve Gordy

    No doubt her courageous stand on raising the debt ceiling will be something she addresses at length in her as-yet-unwritten memoir.

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