The United States constitution is not self-executing. Sadly, in the Age of Obama it is more often honored in the breach. Republicans gain no ground pleading with Democrats to follow a Constitution they have long despised and whining about media bias as an excuse not to exercise its power of the purse.
Yesterday was the 226th anniversary of the signing of the world’s greatest and longest lasting governing document on September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. America prospers when majorities, as Martin Luther King dreamed, “…rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.” That creed was originally stated in our first founding document, the Declaration of Independence, and probably best expressed by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg as “…a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Our second founding document was the Articles of Confederation that sufficed for a people engaged in a Revolutionary War led by General George Washington; but the new nation that emerged from colonial shadows found that it needed Continue reading
Media never mentions who decides which government employees are “essential”
It will be morally outrageous if President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate sacrifice the funding of our armed forces for the next six months on the altar of government-funded abortions in the District of Columbia. But the preemptive announcement by the administration that U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines must work without pay during a shutdown has already clinched the award for moral outrage after April Fool’s Day.
The United States Constitution does not address shutdowns per se, but does require Congressional authorization before funds are withdrawn from the Treasury. Federal statutes grant the President the authority and discretion to defines who gets salary priority during emergencies.
Promised “Listener” of the House can’t hear
The size of the puny proposals of the GOP House coupled with his reading material at least proves he has NYT and WashPo paper stuffed in his ears!
John Boehner is Speaker of the House because of the historic election just passed in which his Republican Party gained more seats than in any election since based upon public debt and jobs crises.
When first challenged by the media to read the election results as a call to compromise with the Obama agenda just rejected by the voters, he declared that he would listen to the American people for his orders. When next challenged on how draconian the cuts would be, he said that if government workers must lose their jobs, so be it.
It seemed as if he had heard the clear message of We the People
Then he proposes only 40% of the relatively modest $100B cuts promised int he campaign and says that if only the American people really understood how dire is the debt problem, he would propose more:
“People in Washington assume that Americans understand how big the problem is, but most Americans don’t have a clue,” Boehner said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday morning. “I think it’s incumbent on us, if we are serious about dealing with the big challenges, that we go out and help Americans understand how big the problem is that faces us.”
We don’t have a clue?