Do You Dance the Cha Cha or the Boehner Two-Step?


STATE OF PLAY, from a top Dem.: ‘The press will obsess about [today's House] vote [on the Boehner Two-Step], but at best it is an exercise in political machismo, at worst it is the beginning of the most irresponsible act in Congressional history. The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate — at least 58 senators are on record saying they won’t support it. That’s worse than Ryan and cut, cap and balance. Once the vote is over, Speaker Boehner needs to begin immediately working on a way out of the mess Cantor created. If he doesn’t, we could be in big trouble. There are dozens of possible compromises — he just has to take one. Reid, McConnell and the White House have plenty of options. The question is: Will he choose compromise for the sake of the country, or political grandstanding for the sake of his caucus?’

–Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, tells us about House Rs:
“This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship. … [T]hey are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that.’ [Politco]

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You Have One Option to Settle This Conflict 1


Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

10:30am Mr. President, I just listened to Asst. Democratic Leader, Jim Clyburn (D-SC). He was quite clear and convincing: Great moments have happened in our country THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER:

Rep. Clyburn quiped, “What is the bill number of the Emancipation Proclamation?” [It was done by Executive Order.] Surely you, a lawyer who has the advice of other excellent lawyers, are aware of the immense and unspecified power given to you by The Constitution.  Stock Markets here and around the world are being adversely affected by the intransigence of Republicans in the House. As soon as current votes in The Congress fail to resolve our financial crisis, please, sir, ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ordering all agencies to pay their bills as if The Congress had raised the Debt Ceiling. It is ludicrous that past raises have been issued by The Congress with one sheet of paper. The Congress did not hesitate to give President Ronald Reagan a raise 18 times and President George W. Bush 8 times. A congressional expert, Laurence O’Donnell, says that each house of the Congress could finish the legislative process on this issue in five or ten minutes.  Everywhere we read:

THE WORLD IS WATCHING

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO…Grover Norquist??? 3


Grover Norquist, Founder

Yes, Virginia, 80+ US House members who once pledged allegiance to the Constitution, also pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist, Founder, Americans for Tax Reform:

This is the season in which the bearded, Harvard-trained ayatollah of the anti-tax movement, Grover Norquist, demands (almost always successfully) that candidates sign a document pledging to oppose any tax increase of any kind. The founder and leader of the Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist is clever, meticulous and persistent — and the leading enforcer and symbol of Republican tax-cutting orthodoxy.

Our Holy Congressional Oath of Office

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Note: They pledge allegiance to the Constitution and not Grover Norquist nor Americans for Tax Reform. Have you heard of them?

“What is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?

“It has transformed American politics.” — Jonathan Alter, Newsweek

“Signing it has become de riguer for GOP candidates running for federal or statewide offices across the country.” — The Hill

Americans for Tax Reform‘s Taxpayer Protection Pledge has solidified opposition to tax increases in Congress and state legislatures over the years.” — Michael Barone

“The Pledge has become something of a rallying cry in conservative circles.” — National Journal

Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate’s constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.”

Read more: http://www.atr.org/taxpayer-protection-pledge#ixzz1TOaAAzJM


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CALL FOR 14TH ADMENDMENT…


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“…legal experts say it would prove difficult to challenge [President Obama] in court should he change his mind. But if the country is about to go into default, the temptation to act to avert calamity will grow. Legal experts say if the president were tempted to act unilaterally he might escape without his actions being overturned in court. Regardless of how controversial a 14th Amendment maneuver might be, a legal challenge would be very hard to mount and so far, no one has stepped forward to say they would challenge him in court. Nor has anyone said they would sue him if he took the alternative, equally controversial, step of using his broad authorities as guardian of the constitutional order to unilaterally raise the borrowing threshold.” This whole 14th Amendment thing was basically kicked off by HuffPost Hill. Is it too late to say we were kidding? [Reuters]

IF YOU KNEW THEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW…


REMEMBER THE MID-TERM ELECTION? If you knew then what you know now, would you vote “tea party”?  Who knew that 65 neophytes in The US  House could or would cause so much trouble!  Their stubborn adherence to  ideology is causing financial havoc around the world. Imagine what harm a PRESIDENT CHRIS CHRISTIE would do?  What harm is being perpetrated by the newly “Republicanized” General Assembly in North Carolina?  There we witness a battle between Gov. Beverly Purdue, a Democrat, and the

Gov. Bev Purdue of North Carolina

Republican legislature,which has vowed to reverse all the vetoes of their extremist would-be laws. The Governor refuses to let them turn back the clock in North Carolina and re-awaken “White Power” of yore and sow the seeds of discord for the Democratic Convention next year.  In our minds we recall last fall with its ugly placards and the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.  “Who’s Sorry Now?Arise all forward thinking Americans and reclaim our government from the Tea Party extremists!

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