Jimmy Clyburn, that dotty Democrat from the Palmetto State, suggests that if Congress forwards a debt-ceiling extension bill to the White House that isn’t to the liking of Barack Obama, he should veto it and raise the debt limit by executive order. The overwrought Mr. Clyburn inanely likens this unconstitutional usurpation of power to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. We’re hearing much of that kind of talk from panic-stricken liberals these days, but no matter how they try and scramble the letters, it’s still spelled t-y-r-a-n-n-y.
tyr·an·ny [tir-uh-nee] – noun, plural -nies.
1. Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. The government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. A state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
The U.S. Constitution is quite clear as to who holds the purse strings, and it’s not Barack Obama. Section 7 of the Constitution deals with Revenue bills. It states:
All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Section 8 specifies the powers of Congress:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States
The 14th Amendment, which desperate liberals believe gives the President the power to overturn Sections 7 & 8, was adopted to deal with citizenship following the Civil War. In paragraph 4, it states:
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. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
[VALID. An act, deed, will, and the like, which has received all the formalities required by law, is said to be valid or good in law.]
Even Obama’s White House clearly recognized its Constitutional limitations in dealing with the debt:
The White House said on Tuesday that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was “not available” to President Barack Obama to avoid the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
“There are no easy ways out here. There are no tricks, there is no citing of the Constitution that suddenly allow us to borrow,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. “It’s not available.”
Barack Obama (sans teleprompter) on July 25th:
“Now I know some people want me to bypass congress and change the laws on my own…Believe me, and…and, and, and believe me right now dealing with congress…the idea… But, but, but believe me…uh…believe me the idea of doing things on my own are very tempting….
Tempting, but patently illegal, as even he acknowledged:
“But that’s not how…that’s not how our system works… that’s not how our democracy functions”
There’s no place for a dictator in this country. We fight dictators, not elect them. An attempt by the current Chief Executive to unilaterally resolve the debt ceiling question would not only be unprecedented, but would most certainly be an impeachable offense.
UPDATE: CALLS OF THE LOONS
“Right now the extremists have locked down this Congress. We’re doing nothing. The extremists have locked down the White House. They’re not able to do their work. The country is in an economic malaise and they want to keep this up.”
–Senator Harry Reid
High praise, indeed, coming from the senator from Nevada, whose own extremism is exceeded only by that of the insane Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi:
“Over 30 times we have lifted the debt ceiling since President Reagan was president. Over 30 times, not one time did we subject a president to this burden of saying you can’t – we won’t lift it unless we reduce the deficit. Of course we will reduce the deficit but it should not be connected and the idea that we could jeopardize whether they’re sending out social security checks or military checks or that our credit rating would be affected by this is appalling but I commend Senator Reid for trying to find a path. I commend the president for his patience, for his respect, for every view on democratic or republican view, giving it time, consideration, trying to make it work. I wish the same respect for his time was and the responsibility that we all have was there.”
“Of course” they will reduce the deficit?? Of course they will? The Democrats? Hell, they’re the ones responsible for most of it! Ah, but Mommy must know best, as San Fran Nan continues:
“Look, I am a mom and a grandmother. I view my work in politics as an extension of my role as a mom. There are things we want to do for our children that are simply beyond us.”
Hey, I don’t know about the rest of you kids, but I think it’s way past time we dumped Mommy in the nursing home.