Much has already been written about the debt ceiling earlier this week. What hasn't been reported on is the blinding hypocrisy of 34 Democrats, including Colorado's own Congressman Jared Polis.
These 34 Democrats joined with a total of 114 Democrats who signed a letter to House Democrat Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch in April demanding that he convene a caucus to establish the Democrat position in favor of a clean debt ceiling vote. In other words, they wanted to raise the limit on the country's credit card without any agreement to curtail the spending that is causing the debt on the credit card. Of the 114 Democrats who signed the letter, five voted present when the clean raise came up for a vote, and 29 voted no. Jared Polis was among the 29 who voted no.
Polis told the Denver Post's Allison Sherry:
“Congress must work in a bipartisan, responsible and fair way to reduce the federal deficit and debt,” he said. “House Republicans have instead chosen a partisan path and may endanger our economic recovery with their sham debt limit vote today.”
Compare this political grandstanding with what he signed onto in the letter in April.
"The debt ceiling vote is about one thing: affirming that America pays its bills. It does not authorize new taxpayer obligations; it affirms to the world our commitment to pay obligations already incurred.
To do so otherwise, or threaten to do so, or to leverage our duty to pay our bills to achieve a partisan advantage in budget disputes, jeopardizes the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”
So when Congressman Polis voted against the clean debt ceiling raise he demanded in April, was he admitting that he was "jeopardiz[ing] the full faith and credit of the United States of America"?
Or does Polis believe that he can have his clean debt ceiling vote and vote against it too? No wonder no one wants to be represented by Polis after redistricting.