Worst Politician of the Week: Ted Yoho

As part of a continuing series to expose any politician who is clearly unfit for office, we will expose the biggest lie, craziest statement, or most egregious behavior of an elected official or one running for office every week.

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Kicking off the series of the Worst Politician of the Week, we’ve got the congressman from Florida’s 3rd district: Ted Yoho. An interesting gentleman, he was a veterinarian before being elected to Congress in the last congressional election (2012). He is a freshman congressman, but not to worry, what he lacks in experience and knowledge, he makes up for in sheer stupidity and ignorance.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Yoho was quoted as saying:

““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.” – The Washington Post (source)

We double checked the statement’s truth of origin given its absurd nature in order to make sure it wasn’t taken out of context or somehow misrepresented, we found it is not.  Indeed, Yoho said this to The Washington Post and still continues to back this sentiment.

Not only would things be most certainly less stable if the United States were to default to the creditors, but it would cause a myriad of further harmful consequences. Our dollar would lose value, interest rates would rise, and our credit rating would be downgraded. Nothing positive can come from a default. Period.

This cow doctor (seriously) without the slightest clue in what or how the debt ceiling works – and lacking even the most basic modicum of understanding of economics – is playing with the fate our nation’s financial future as if it were a game of chicken. Proudly defiant, he punctuates his ignorance with certainty in the statement:

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

Regardless of whether you believe the debt ceiling can be used as a political negotiation tool or not, the truth of the matter is: the debt ceiling must be raised to avoid a default. It doesn’t matter the mistakes we’ve made in the past – defaulting on our debt will in no way help rectify or better anything. It will only lead to unnecessary pain.

This lunatic has decided to put his ‘foot down’ without actually knowing what he is putting his foot down over. The worst part is that  he hasn’t taken the time or effort to become educated about this important, critical issue and he is a new representative . If he can’t be bothered to learn anything now, while he is new to the capitol, what will he be like next term? Or ten terms from now?

For his failure to do any research or attempt to be reasonable as a member of the United States Congress, Yoho is hereby given the Worst Politician of the Week award in recognition of his incredible ignorance and stupidity.

As always, sources are provided below that we’ve used for fact checking, this week:

For general information on the debt ceiling, readers can visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/04/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-debt-ceiling/

For why defaulting or hitting the debt ceiling would be a bad thing: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-13/u-s-risks-joining-1933-germany-in-pantheon-of-deadbeat-defaults.html

Source link for Ted Yoho’s comments: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-ted-yoho-government-shutdown-is-the-tremor-before-the-tsunami/2013/10/04/98b5aa8c-2c3c-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html