There is nothing more obvious in the media propaganda advertising Obama’s and the liberal Democrats’ fear tactics to avoid resolving the out-of-control burgeoning Federal debt than the fact that most politicians have no clue as to what the Constitution demands regarding the debt. Sen. Harry Reid’s remark asking “What right do they have to pick and chose what part of government is going to be funded?” is most telling. Under the Constitution the House of Representatives is specifically tasked with the financial oversight of the government.
In this current attack on America, the unconstitutional debt has focused attention on the myriad failures of members of Congress to uphold their oath of office. Speaking to the partisan focus aligning those who are supposed to represent us, President Thomas Jefferson in his inaugural address referring to the Framers said “ We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans – we are all Federalists.” Conspicuously absent from the debate now limiting the Federal government is the consensus of doing what is right and just for all which motivated those present at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Guided by the truths of science and history, after four months of debate the Framers were in general agreement on the principles of the Constitution except for slavery, proportionate representation, and the regulation of commerce. Educating those in attendance with a reality also expressed in their Christian Biblical worldview gathering as the Committee of the Whole, the most successful and brightest in these former 13 colonies aided by the same “divine Providence” that enabled the miracle of the Revolution accomplished beyond reason brought agreement by the exposition of truth. Principle was not compromised and the Constitution was sent to the states for ratification. In order to secure ratification by the diverse economic and political interests, the states were urged to ratify the Constitution forged not on compromise but on the understanding of truth transcending time and circumstance. In return for ratifying the body of the Constitution, they were promised that the First Congress meeting in New York would address concerns they were invited to attach as suggested amendments. Of the 189 submitted and then distilled directed again by the immutable truths of history, 10 were ratified by the states giving us our Bill of Rights.
As to our national debt, the debt ceiling, and the groundless threat of what a default would do, truth and facts need to drown out the lies and deceptions. This debate has been about saving one political party’s face smeared with the economic disaster of Obamacare foisted on the American public without any congressional oversight. Congressional economic failure is simply taxation without representation. The House has attempted to use the debt ceiling issue to focus on sincere attempts to cut spending obviating the need for another increase in the debt ceiling adding to our national debt. Seeking common sense solutions that protect the American people from Obamacare, the House has been stone-walled by Obama and the Senate. Abandoning the public pleas and best interests, politicians are ready to again fail to uphold their oath of office. Crying for relief from Obamacare’s injustices and burdens, the voices of workers whose employers have cut hours to avoid economic strangulation have fallen on deaf ears. Forgetting that the buying power of the American worker decreased 30 to 40 percent with the bailout when Obama first took office, tolerating the injustice accompanying the out-of-control national debt completely overshadows the economic devastion of the inflation effects of the too soon forgotten policies instituted by those we have elected. With the taxation of Obamacare added to the diminishing real wages, American workers will soon again experience the consequences of Congressional failure to protect and defend the original intention of the Constitution. Does anyone care that Congress is attempting to exempt itself from Obamacare with Obama’s approval?
Since Obama came into office, the debt limit has been raised seven times, and with those increases, Congress has added $43,000 in debt for every American household in just the last four years. Now with the debt limit again being raised by those repeatedly violating their oath of office, every American is being sacricifed to the forces attacking us. Increasing the debt limit as is now in process of being tolerated by the House
means the national debt would rise to $17.8 trillion. Somehow that does not seem to fulfill the intention of the Constitution
to “secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity”.
Understanding that our government collects an average of $206 billion a month, that the average per month interest on our debt over a 12-month period is $35 billion which is what the federal government pays pertaining to our nation’s debt, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that there is more than enough to service our national debt and pay for other essential obligations. Additionally, Obama has the ability to prioritize
which bills to pay first and a constitutional obligation to pay the debt first. The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, states: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, … shall not be questioned’ … . The federal government must pay its debt obligations, both principal and interest, even if that means prioritizing debt service over other government spending such as funding those able to but unwilling to work and those undeserving of welfare. If Congress does not raise the current debt ceiling, this is the perfect opportunity to cut the
“, trim the Federal bureaucracy, limit Obama’s $100 million vacations
, and reclaim America.
The cheap tricks of the game
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It’s a variation on the grade-school ritual of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.”
President Obama is not a bad poker player, but the man with all the chips always starts with the advantage (and he gets all the aces). He has closed Washington down as tight as he dares, emphasizing the trivial and the petty in making life as inconvenient as he can for the greatest number. It’s all in a noble cause, of course. Access to most of the memorials is limited, and often in curious ways. The Lincoln Memorial is easy to reach, with the streets around it remaining open. But the Martin Luther King Memorial is made difficult to reach, relegating it, you might say, to the back of the bus. Not very nice.
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.
It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
The Republicans, fighting with smaller-bore weaponry, keep trying to get some things reopened with carefully targeted legislation. The Senate, under the thumbs of Sen. Harry Reid and the White House, refuses to budge from the trivial and the petty. It says here that Harry Reid’s critics, and they are legion, should give the guy a break. No man in Washington is under the pressure he is, and it doesn’t seem quite cricket to do that to an old man, even one who deserves it.
Harry is at the breaking point, weary from exhausting his thesaurus for synonyms for “arsonist” and “terrorist” and “pillager.” Everyone could see the cracks in his exchange with Dana Bash, a reporter for CNN, who asked why, if he is concerned about children with cancer who are unable to enter clinical trials for new drugs because Mr. Obama shut down the National Institutes of Health, why stifle Republican attempts to grant a little relief?
“If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” the reporter asked.
“Why would we want to do that?” Mr. Reid snapped back. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.”
Over the next two days, Mr. Reid tried to take back, change, adjust and recalibrate his remarks. It’s all John Boehner’s fault. The senator cares not just about the National Institutes of Health, but the Centers for Disease Control, too. The senator likes babies. In fact, he’s quite a stud. And he thinks Dana Bash is “a fine reporter.”
“Listen, I gave a speech on the [Senate] floor, talking about babies, 30 babies. I have 16 of my own grandchildren, and five children.” So suffer the little children, and they will inherit the kingdom of heaven; they just can’t come unto the Senate while Harry stands in the door. (If what happens in Las Vegas is supposed to stay in Las Vegas, how did Harry get out?)
Frustration turned violent Thursday, when a woman rammed her car into a barricade at the White House and then led 20 police cruisers up Pennsylvania Avenue to take a run at the Capitol. Shots were fired. It was not quite clear what she was mad about, but there’s no shortage of prospects. No targets of her rage were hurt, though the cops killed her. It was an unhappy third day of Obamacare.
Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.
President Obama’s efforts to make the partial federal shutdown as painful as possible for the American people extends to closing down memorials and sporting events that don’t receive any federal money. In fact, extra money is being spent during the “shutdown” to pay the personnel necessary to frustrate Americans and seal off these attractions. And in the case of the effort to scuttle military athletics, it would cost additional millions in lost revenue from tickets and concessions.That’s the topsy-turvy world of Shutdown Theater – an elaborate production designed to make Americans hurt, conducted by Democrats convinced the media would blame it all on their opponents. It’s not working out that way. It doesn’t help that his pals in the pressforgot to switch off the cameras when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid started talking.The American people might well ask themselves why they’ve ceded so much liberty and money to a titanic government that can’t do anything right… except make them suffer when its demands are not met. Just think how much worse next season’s Shutdown Theater will be, once ObamaCare allows Democrats to take your doctor hostage. Of course, to reach that day of total submission by the American people, they’re going to have to engineer a flytrap that does something other than crash when victims wander in.
House Efforts To Avoid Government Shutdown
Here’s a running tally of recent measures passed by the House of Representatives through 5 October, almost all of which are being blocked by Senate Democrats and President Obama who refuse to negotiate with Republicans to fund our government.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59): keeps the government running at current spending levels and strengthens our economy by defunding the president’ health care law. (Passed in the House 230-189)
SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59): keeps the government running at current spending levels and strengthens our economy by delaying the president’s health care law by one year, and permanently repealing ObamaCare’s tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids. (Amendment #1 Passed 248-174 | Amendment #2 Passed 231-192)
Pay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210): ensures our troops would be paid in the event of a government shutdown. (Passed in the House 423-0)
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59): keeps the government running at current spending levels; ensures there’s no special treatment for Congress under the president’s health care law; and delays ObamaCare’s individual mandate, providing all Americans with the same relief the president has given big businesses. (Passed in the House 228-201)
Continuing resolution (H. Res. 368): insists on plan to fund the government running at current spending levels; ensure there’s no special treatment for Congress under the president’s health care law; delays ObamaCare’s individual mandate, providing all Americans with the same relief the president has given big businesses; and requests a formal House-Senate conference to resolve differences. (Passed in the House 228-199)
OCTOBER 1, 2013
Speaker Boehner appoints negotiators to a formal House-Senate conference. See the full list here.
OCTOBER 2, 2013
Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act (H.J. Res. 71): allows our nation’s capital to continue operating using its own funding. (Passed in the House by voice vote).
Open Our Nation’s Parks and Museums Act (H.J. Res. 70): opens all of our national parks and museums, including the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC that was initially closed to veterans by the administration. (Passed in the House 252-173)
Research for Lifesaving Cures Act (H.J. Res. 73): provides funding for the National Institute of Health, which is responsible for lifesaving medical innovations and cancer research. Click here to see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) comments about this effort. (Passed in the House 254-171)
OCTOBER 3, 2013
Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (H.R. 3230): ensures the government shutdown doesn’t affect pay for our National Guard and Reserve. (Passed in the House 265-160)
Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (H.J. Res. 72): provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training, and more. (Passed in the House 259-157)
OCTOBER 4, 2013
National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (H.J. Res 85): provides immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (Passed in the House 247-164)
Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which “serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children,” and provides “vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.” (Passed in the House 244-164)
OCTOBER 5, 2013
Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223): provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to Senate Democrats’ government shutdown. This is similar to bipartisan legislation enacted during previous shutdowns. (Passed in the House 407-0)