Just when it looks like Washington is starting to work again with Congress passing a no-drama budget deal, Senator John Thune stinks up the joint with another threat to take the global economy hostage... just to free the Keystone XL pipeline:
Congressional Republicans might try to stall an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling until the Obama administration clears the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters Wednesday.“There are some things Republicans would like to see happen,” Thune said. “It could be approval of the Keystone pipeline. That’s something we think has a real impact on the economy” [Denise Ross, "Thune: Debt Ceiling Could Hinge on Pipeline Fate," Mitchell Daily Republic, 2013.12.18].
Senator Thune is saying the debt-ceiling/Keystone XL quid pro quo that Rep. Paul Ryan suggested Sunday is just one possibility for more kamikaze politics. Sometimes, a kamikaze run is justified, like Russell Case's last flight to save the world from alien a-holes. But you don't blow up the global economy just to get one oil pipeline that America doesn't need.
John! Listen up! No more default brinkmanship. You've passed a budget. Now pay America's bills, keep the markets stable, and forget Keystone XL.