Is there anything the House Republicans won’t be dishonest about in their attempt to bring this country down and the president along with it? Last night, in what was basically another boilerplate debate between ideologies over the budget, House Speaker Boehner came out the least prepared, least convincing and lying through his teeth. Someone should have informed the House Speaker that you can’t exactly tout an act – referring to Cut ,Cap, and Balance- as having bipartisan support when 229 Republicans and 5 Democrats voted for it – as he claimed in his response to the president’s speech. It’s what’s called a party line vote and he knows it. The president even gave Boehner an undeserved pat-on –the back for originally supporting a plan that cut 3 trillion dollars in spending and raises 1.2 trillion in revenue over ten years before the tea party talked him out of it. Now, Boehner and the GOP are pushing for a short-term solution that will expire just in time to make this an election-year issue.
This president has bent over backwards to get a balanced deal with spending cuts and some tax revenue. The polls overwhelmingly show that most American believe in not extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. But as the president prudently acknowledged last night – we have run out of time. He’s right. Hence, it’s time for him to get serious with a group of Republicans who are acting like a bunch of spoiled kids. It’s time –as my mom use to say- for some “tough love”.
That tough love should come in a heaping spoonful of the 14th Amendment. The president need to use this solution if necessary step over the GOP to prevent what most certainly would be an economic calamity. Let the republicans who have been uncooperative and reckless throughout the entire budget debate – and now have stooped to lying – protest or take him to court. Let them cry out – dictator, socialist, communist, yada, yada. The president would no doubt have have the support of most Americans – those who don’t want to see the destruction of Social Security , Medicare, Medicaid, and Education programs.
The president would derive the authority to use article 4 of the 14th amendment to ward off serious threats to our economic system. The purpose of section 4 was to prevent the political branches from holding the validity of the public debt hostage as part of a political threat or in order to exact political revenge. The article cites the Article 4 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The full article reads as follows:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.
Section 4 was designed to prevent what the Republican leaders of Congress are currently doing- trying to use the risk of default to recklessly hold the country hostage to score political points.