Imagine if Russia made the GOP's demands. (The GOP asks why Obama will negotiate with Putin and not with them. Here’s why.
Pirates from Somalia negotiate like the GOP! Hold fast Obama! The GOP efforts would be better spent eagerly looking for ways to ensure the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) becomes truly effective at affordable prices.
Our best plan if the GOP cannot negotiate for good healthcare is to treat the GOP like pirates holding hostages as standard practice to get their own will forced on others and bring in a voter sniper team come voting time and take them out of our way with our votes!
But the White House doesn't see an increase in the debt limit as something that the Republicans are giving them. As Obama put it in his news conference: "Paying America's bills is not a concession to me. That's not doing me a favor."
If the Republicans just wanted negotiations, the Obama administration would be happy to oblige them. The White House, after all, has repeatedly said they're willing to negotiate with the Republicans over the deficit, over jobs, over sequestration, and much else. Republicans haven't been interested in those kinds of negotiations for some time. Indeed, after the fiscal cliff, Speaker John Boehner told Republicans that he was finished negotiating directly with Obama.
The reason Republicans aren't interested in those negotiations is they don't want to give anything up to get the things they want. That's why they like negotiating over the debt ceiling: Since they also don't want the the U.S. to lose its creditworthiness and fall back into financial crisis, raising the debt ceiling is not actually giving anything up. It's releasing a hostage