ICYMI: Pilot Editorial Laments the Cost of Allen's "Leverage"
Former Senator George Allen saw last year's debt ceiling debate as an "opportunity" for Republicans to use the disastrous effects of failing to raise the ceiling as "leverage" to accomplish their partisan agenda.
Today the Virginian-Pilot reacted to a Government Accountability Office report putting the cost of heeding Allen's advice at $1.3 billion saying:
"Last summer's debt ceiling debacle was defined, at the time, by the pettiness and partisanship that too often overwhelm lawmakers' duty to act responsibly on matters of national finance.
"It will be defined by history in more tangible terms - dollars. More than a billion of them.
"A report issued this week by the Government Accountability Office noted that last summer's protracted political battle, which pushed the country to the brink of credit default, has cost $1.3 billion. As far as political stunts go, it was ridiculously expensive. And entirely unnecessary."
Allen may not have been in the Senate during last year's debt crisis, but his sideline cheerleading for division and obstruction gives Virginians a clear picture of how he would conduct himself in another term to go with his record of adding $3 trillion to the national debt the last time Virginians hired him. And this week the GAO offered a clear picture of the types of costs he would incur along the way.