The transcripts just don't do this recent tirade of MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan justice. In the wake of the recently passed debt bill, S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and subsequent financial market volatility, Ratigan blew a fuse Tuesday, unleashing a rant for the ages, in which he described both Democrats and Republicans as "reckless, irresponsible and stupid."
According to Ratigan, "Republicans want to burn the place to the ground" while Democrats just want to offer a deal that will see them through their reelections and then "screw me and my kids when it's over."
During Ratigan's bombastic diatribe he stated, "we’ve got a real problem…this is a mathematical fact. Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans aren’t doing it, an entire integrated system, banking, trade and taxation, created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now."
"We’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible and stupid."
But Ratigan's ire also found it's way to President Obama. According to the MSNBC transcript, Ratigan stated what he would like to see the President do:
I would like him to go to the people of the United States of America and say, “People of the United States of America, your Congress is bought, your Congress is incapable of making legislation on healthcare, banking, trade, or taxes because if they do it, they will lose their political funding and they won’t do it. But I’m the President of the United States, and I won’t have a country that is run by a bought Congress. So I’m not going to work with a bought Congress and try to be Mr. Big Guy ... I’m going to abandon the bought Congress like Teddy Roosevelt did, and I’m going to go to the people of the United States get rid of the bought Congress." ... Until a President says that’s the problem and says he’s going to fix it, there is no policy that I can possibly see no matter how brilliant your idea may be or your idea or my idea or her idea or your idea at home, is that idea will not happen as long as there’s a capacity to basically fire a politician who disagrees with me by taking funding away from him. Is that a fair assessment?
Watch Ratigan's rather piquant outburst below: