Well, of course they did. When even Tea Party favorite Justin Amash said that everybody knew this was going to happen, it was obvious it was going to happen. Look: Americans want to see their elected representatives get along. That means there has to be some give and take. We give Obama concessions and he takes them.
Republicans have learned their lesson: our steady march towards fiscal ruin cannot be disturbed by carping about the trillions of debt we can’t ever pay. Just keep marching, one foot in front of the other, and keep your mouths shut.
P.S. It probably helps Obama’s position that Republican Congressmen are now required to certify, through a self-attestation on their tax forms, that they will not demand concessions for any future debt ceiling hike.
UPDATE 2-18-14: I am ashamed to admit that I got this completely wrong, based on about a million Big Media headlines that also got it wrong. Republicans did not pass a debt ceiling hike at all. That would imply there is a debt ceiling in effect, just a higher one. But there isn’t. There is no debt ceiling in effect. This Fox News story has the truth buried down in the story:
The measure approved by the House does not raise the debt limit by a set amount but does suspend it through March 15, 2015. That buys the Treasury Department the leeway it needs to borrow money to pay for Social Security checks, payments on government debt and paychecks for federal workers.
Thanks for that passage, fellas, but why did you title the story “House approves increase in debt ceiling with no strings attached, bill heads to Senate”? The House did not approve an increase in the debt ceiling. The House waived the debt ceiling.
The debt ceiling was suspended before and it is suspended now. I plan to draw attention to this, in greater detail, in a new post, but I wanted to correct the record here.