Tea Party Congressman wins award for stance on debt ceiling

ted yohoThe Washington Post did a profile of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., on Friday that focused on his support of the ongoing government shutdown.

The article bemoans that Rep. Yoho is “supposed to be learning a hard lesson, about being careful what you wish for,” but is not.

Identified as “a large-animal veterinarian in north Florida who had never held elected office,” it would seem that the political class is less than enthralled with Yoho’s credentials.

Yoho is further categorized as “part of one of the most influential voting blocs in the House… the hard-line conservatives who pushed their own leadership into a risky showdown over President Obama’s health-care law.”

And he is preparing for a bigger act of defiance, according to the Post.

“You’re seeing the tremor before the tsunami here,” Yoho said. “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling.”

He doesn’t want to raise the debt ceiling — ever again.

“I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.

A remark that caught the attention of the political class.

From Business Insider: “That comment won Ted Yoho — who prior to the 2012 election was a veterinarian specializing in large animals — an award!”

Again with the reference to his previous occupation. Large-animal veterinarians clearly fail to impress on Capitol Hill — possibly a little too much horse sense to bear.

It is rather odd that Business Insider failed to part with the award last month when President Obama said “raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.”

Nevertheless, the stupid award — wear it with pride Mr. Yoho.

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