Raising the stakes for those who are wrong
Tar and feathers
For those who toy with America on the brink of financial disaster, first, let’s examine their qualification. Who have the people of Arkansas elected to represent them?
“Crawford grew up in a military family. His father served in the United States Air Force. He graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire. He enlisted in the Army, where he served as a bomb disposal technician for four years, while advancing to the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics.”
These are very weak and light weight credentials for someone who is entrusted with America’s future and who stands to obstruct America’s resolving its current financial problems. If he stands in the way and successfully prevents resolution, what consequence does he face? He goes back to work in Arkansas.
Where are the tar and feathers?
Representative Erik Crawford, Arkansas
January 3, 2011
Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.
Years of service
“GOP dissent complicates path to resolving debt-ceiling crisis
By David A. Fahrenthold, Published: July 14
The president, the speaker of the House, the chairman of the Federal Reserve and Moody’s credit-rating agency all say that a failure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by Aug. 2 would be an economic catastrophe and must be avoided.
Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (R-Ark.) thinks they’ve got it wrong.
Crawford, a freshman legislator, said that the president could cope with a full stop on U.S. borrowing by using incoming tax revenue to pay for the services he thinks are essential — soldiers, Medicare and Social Security, and interest on existing debt.
That approach, outside experts have said, might mean the government wouldn’t be able to afford the FBI, veterans’ benefits or other federal services.
That’s all right with Crawford.
“That wouldn’t work for just a few days. That would work for a few years,” said Crawford, who added that he would agree to raising the debt limit only if such a bill included major changes in federal budget priorities. Budget deficits, he said, require “that we take some painful measures now. I’d rather swallow that bitter pill today.”
As the Aug. 2 deadline looms, the debate over how to resolve the debt-ceiling crisis is being complicated by legislators such as Crawford who think the crisis is not as bad as it’s made out to be.: