According to Alfred E. Newman “crime does not pay ... as well as politics,” which makes me wonder why Republican members of the US House of Representatives acted in a criminal fashion over the last month.
When a member is elected to the House, they are sworn into office and swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” What do we as the electorate do when the domestic enemy is the Republican party?
The Constitution enumerates the powers of our legislative branch of our government.
Article One, Section 8 gives the power to Congress "to borrow money on the credit of the United States." The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4 says that "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."
It’s unconstitutional to default on our loans, and our debt must be honored. Yet the ignorance and histrionics that we’ve witnessed over the past few weeks surrounding a rise in the debt ceiling, abrogates their oath of office, and violates the Constitution that they swore that they would uphold.
It’s patently obvious that there are some members of Congress that can’t fathom what “the validity of the public debt...shall not be questioned” really means. Countless Republican members of Congress said that it would be no big deal if the United States did not meet our financial obligations, and we defaulted on our debt.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), a reindeer farmer and part-time Santa Claus said “Congress has used the debt ceiling as a way to rein in a president’s wayward spending habits.” WTF? All government appropriations bills originate in Congress, and honoring our debt in order to fund government operations and obligations that have already been incurred, have nothing to do with reining in our president. What is this guy smoking?
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a large animal veterinarian, said that not raising the debt ceiling “would bring stability to the world markets.” WTF? Every sane economist warned that not raising the debt ceiling would be catastrophic. What is this guy smoking?
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), a former oil executive, compared the federal budget to a household budget, and suggested that it’s not big deal if the government didn’t pay all of their bills. “We have in my household budget some bills that have to be paid and some bills that we can defer or only pay partially.” WTF? If someone wants to partially pay their household bills, their credit will likely suffer in the process, and that’s fine. While they will hurt their own personal finances, they won’t bring down the world’s economy. What is this guy smoking?
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), an intellectual heavyweight and small business owner, claimed that “I don’t think the credit of the United states is going to be collapsed. I think that all this talk about a default has been a lot of demagoguery, false demagoguery.” WTF? In other words, in his world, everyone else is wrong and he’s right. What is this guy smoking?
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a birther and debt denier, blamed the calamity in Washington, DC, on President Obama, and compared him to mafia kingpin Al Capone. Gohmert claimed "I think it has more to do with Chicago thuggery. You know, Al Capone was willing to make people hurt if they didn’t go along with the proposals. He just wants his big sack of cash. And forget the Constitution. We’re moving toward monarchy here, where we want the money, no strings attached. Well, the Constitution attaches strings.” WTF? A monarchy? What is this guy smoking?
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this morning. In an interview with ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, the Texas tea-bagger said that the deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government “was a lousy deal.” He also said that he “would do anything” to have a repeat performance of the government shutdown that negatively impacted people’s lives. WTF? What is he smoking?
You have to admit that these Republican politicians are profoundly stupid. Despite the requirements of the Constitution, the GOP willfully disregards their oath of office. Aside from that, their rhetoric makes me wonder, what the hell are these right-wing extremists smoking?
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