Harry Reid to Obama: Please ignore Congress and raise the debt ceiling on your own

posted at 4:49 pm on January 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

Let’s set the stage with a quote from January 2009, back when these partisan frauds were still high on their Bush-era image as a counterweight to the “unitary executive.” What do you think, Majority Leader Reid? Is it time to roll over for the new Democratic president?

Reid stated, “I don’t believe in the executive power trumping everything… I believe in our Constitution, three separate but equal branches of government.”

“If Obama steps over the bounds, I will tell him. … I do not work for Barack Obama. I work with him,” he said.

Four years later, with the left having rubber-stamped a military intervention in Libya without congressional sanction and the brightest lights of liberal punditry now reduced to mumbling about trillion-dollar coins, Reid decides that executive power does in fact trump everything after all:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are putting new pressure on the White House to circumvent Congress to boost the nation’s debt ceiling if no bipartisan agreement can be reached.

In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama obtained by POLITICO, Reid and his leadership team argue that failing to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling would threaten the full faith and credit of the United States. Reid and Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray asserted that Obama “must make clear that you will never allow our nation’s economy and reputation to be held hostage.”

“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of an unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without congressional approval, if necessary,” the Friday letter to Obama says.

Reid and Pelosi each favor having Obama raise the debt ceiling unilaterally under the 14th Amendment, a move that’s more legally dubious than the trillion-dollar coin, so pay no mind to his caveat in the excerpt about “lawful steps.” He doesn’t care about the law. Obama could issue a decree stating that he’s canceling the debt ceiling on grounds that “Article II is awesome” and Reid would defend it as within the executive’s purview. The idea of “checks and balances” is that each branch will restrain the others by competing vigorously with them for power; what you’re seeing here is the opposite, an attempt by the leadership of the Senate to enlarge the power of the presidency at its own expense. Rather than protect Congress’s prerogatives and trust voters to punish House Republicans if they overreach, they’re encouraging a sort of very limited coup. The language, about the president needing to act without the legislature’s approval to avert a global crisis, barely even tries to pretend otherwise. Good thing Reid “doesn’t work for Obama;” imagine how far he’d be willing to go if he did. Exit quotation from a Senate Democratic aide who knows a looming political disaster when he sees one: “What better symbol of out-of-control government spending could you have than a trillion dollar coin?”

Update: Via Guy Benson, to repeat: The guy’s a complete partisan fraud. If his caucus wasn’t filled with partisan frauds too, today’s letter would be reason enough to replace him.

Update: Ramesh Ponnuru makes an excellent point. If you read the Reid excerpt closely, he’s not saying Obama should raise the debt ceiling unilaterally only if the House fails to act; he’s saying O should do it even if the House passes a bill that Obama doesn’t like, i.e. one that’s heavy on cuts and light (or nonexistent) on new revenue. The point about needing to act to prevent a global crisis is a total lie. What they really want to prevent is a package to raise the ceiling that undermines the Democratic agenda. Again: Complete. Partisan. Fraud.


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Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi … taken together, do they have even the conscience of a bug?

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Exit quotation from a Senate Democratic aide who knows a looming political disaster when he sees one: “What better symbol of out-of-control government spending could you have than a trillion dollar coin?”

Just wait a few weeks. I’m sure this bunch will come up with something to lower the bar even more.

Doughboy on January 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

So what is it the Senate actually DOES?

CycloneCDB on January 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Basically, this is how Putin started out – by convincing everyone that he, and he alone, needed more power to fix things.

He got it … and Russia got a dictator.

I actually hope they do this. Every lousy thing they can imagine or dream of – I hope they try it and succeed at putting it in place.

Because, with enough bricks in the wall – the American people will bust their liberal asses.

HondaV65 on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Unbridled, even unlimited Executive power. What could go wrong? Obama has our best interests at heart. He cares! He cares about “what kind of nation we’re going to be”.

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

They want a Collectivist/Statist oligarchy with a charismatic leader. They want the ruling class to have a hand in all aspects of life. They hate the Constitution. They’re fascists.

forest on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Harry Reid is a corrupt douche! Who knew?

gwelf on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

They are blatantly and openly breaking their oath of office. The capital police should be moving every one of these rat bastards thru a courtroom where they should be tried for treason, then hastily executed in public.

It is long past time to correct this lawlessness.

tom daschle concerned on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

If Obama were to suddenly say he’s decided to ignore the 22nd Amendment, declare himself beyond the jurisdiction of any court, and announce that he has decided to be president for life – I’m sure that Reid and Pelosi would approve and the media would celebrate.

The question is: what would the republicans do, if anything?

TarheelBen on January 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

What’s the point of compromising with the Dems if they’re just going to act unilaterally anyway? May as well just commit now to not raise the debt ceiling; just walk away.

theperfecteconomist on January 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Can you image Reid saying to “ignore Congress” if Romney were president?

Tater Salad on January 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

The Constitution of this country is the law. If the Bama should try and go around congress and raise the debt ceiling the Republicans in congress should call for an outright revolution in this country. This crap that the Bama and his minions are pulling has to stop and stop now!

RZuendt on January 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Great! Since federal laws don’t matter anymore, we here in Texas can ignore the ones we don’t like.

Tater Salad on January 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

We need to have a “Million Gun Owners” march in Washington. Everyone carry their lawfully purchased gun to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. just to let them know we mean business.

Tater Salad on January 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I am shocked. The GOP clowns in congress thinks Obama will cut spending lol. My teenage son could have predicted this. He got his tax hikes nothing else matters.

celticdefender on January 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama obtained by POLITICO,

unexpectedly.

Tim_CA on January 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Having just publically – again – violated his oath of office, when does Reid resign, or absent that, when is he impeached?

Hey, a guy can dream, right?

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

If Obama were to suddenly say he’s decided to ignore the 22nd Amendment, declare himself beyond the jurisdiction of any court, and announce that he has decided to be president for life – I’m sure that Reid and Pelosi would approve and the media would celebrate.

The question is: what would the republicans do, if anything?

TarheelBen on January 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

He would only do that under martial law, which is a hole bigger problem.

If he just tried to do it himself, he would have 49% of American advocating a coup to overthrow a dictator.

cane_loader on January 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Would a dictator need a congress when he has Executive order power?

PappyD61 on January 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Great! Since federal laws don’t matter anymore, we here in Texas can ignore the ones we don’t like.

Tater Salad on January 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Hell yeah.

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Yes, another example of blatant flouting of the Laws of
our Nation……we all know the Democrat Party is corrupt
top to bottom. The big question now, and for the next 3 years
at least is this:

WILL ANY REPUBLICANS ACROSS THIS LAND STEP UP, AND TORCH
THESE POLITICAL THUGS??

CALL THEM OUT EACH AND EVERY DAMN DAY!

O.K., now back to Reality…..

ToddPA on January 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The Axis of Idiots.

Tim_CA on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Basically, this is how Putin started out – by convincing everyone that he, and he alone, needed more power to fix things.

He got it … and Russia got a dictator.

I actually hope they do this. Every lousy thing they can imagine or dream of – I hope they try it and succeed at putting it in place.

Because, with enough bricks in the wall – the American people will bust their liberal asses.

HondaV65 on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I’m not so sure. There are far too many people in this country who are either perfectly cool with living under a dictator(at least one they naively perceive to be benevolent) or it’s as Levin said on his show yesterday. That they’re so blinded by the cult of personality with Obama, they’ll allow him to get away with virtually anything in the name of party loyalty.

Either way, I’m no longer certain there are enough patriots to stand up to a tyrannical government when it’s required of us. Think about it. We’re actually hearing our politicians and members of the media discuss openly with a straight face the prospect of minting a trillion-dollar coin and/or ignore the debt ceiling in order to avoid having to cut any spending(which BTW our President insists isn’t even an issue to begin with). That Overton Window has been moved so far, it fell off of the damn house.

Doughboy on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

And how do people think the financial markets would react to a unilateral surrender to endless debt? How quick and how deep would be the downgrade.

michaelo on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

So what is it the Senate actually DOES?

CycloneCDB on January 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Profit from shady land deals? Collect a big fat salary with insane benefits? Insist on being called “Senator” instead of “Sir or Ma’am” because of “how hard you worked” to get that title?

That’s about all I’ve seen out of it in the last 4+ years.

wildcat72 on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Basically, this is how Putin started out – by convincing everyone that he, and he alone, needed more power to fix things.

He got it … and Russia got a dictator.

I actually hope they do this. Every lousy thing they can imagine or dream of – I hope they try it and succeed at putting it in place.

Because, with enough bricks in the wall – the American people will bust their liberal asses.

HondaV65 on January 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Say, didn’t you vote to put *this* dictator-wannabe back in office, hmmm?

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Dear Leader is more flexible now…

d1carter on January 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

And how do people think the financial markets would react to a unilateral surrender to endless debt? How quick and how deep would be the downgrade.

michaelo on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The day of DOOM! -tm comes when the floor falls out from under the dollar. We are spending over a TRILLION dollars a year that we don’t have. It’s being made up by selling bonds and printing what is in reality counterfeit money by the Fed.

If Obama assumes unilateral UNLIMITED authority to spend without restraint or without limit the Dollar crashes and so do the markets. They might still print welfare checks but they will be worthless.

wildcat72 on January 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Again: Complete. Partisan. Fraud.

pound sand. when was the last time republicans were interested in governing?

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi … taken together, do they have even the conscience of a bug?

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

No, but they have the brains God gave to Starfish.

RickB on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Doughboy on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I keep thinking I want to call Levin and ask him if he remembers shouting down people who said we needed to take corrective action back when they were shoving Obamacare down our throats unconstitionaly.

I like Levin, I’m just a wee bit tired of hearing – for years now – that this President and the Congress and the Courts are doing all of these unConstitutional things, destroying our freedoms, enough to warrant articles of impeachment, pointing to the founding fathers and what they said and did, and… OHMYGOD, don’t use the ‘r3volution’ word, are you crazy?

Seriously, Mark; if not two years ago, if not one year ago, if not now… when? When, and where, is Mark Levin’s “they’ve crossed the line, and it’s time to act” point, I wonder?

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

So Harry admits WE DON’T NEED A SENATE.

When’s he leaving?

GarandFan on January 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

F8ck yourself, moron. You’re not just stupid, you’re dangerous to this country and everything I care about. You may go straight to hell.

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

If Obama were to suddenly say he’s decided to ignore the 22nd Amendment, declare himself beyond the jurisdiction of any court, and announce that he has decided to be president for life – I’m sure that Reid and Pelosi would approve and the media would celebrate.
The question is: what would the republicans do, if anything?
TarheelBen on January 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I’ve been asking this for sometime now. The answer is absolutely nothing. I wonder at what point or what it’ll take for the people to actually have enough and do something? If Obama threw the 22nd Amendment away you would hear and read people b!tch about it for a few days and that would be it. Sadly, I have to put myself in that camp because I’ve only whined too. I’m sure glad that in America’s inception this wasn’t the case. They risked it all. As a whole, Americans today won’t risk anything. Afraid of missing out on what’s going on with The Kardashian’s I suppose.

air_up_there on January 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I keep thinking I want to call Levin and ask him if he remembers shouting down people who said we needed to take corrective action back when they were shoving Obamacare down our throats unconstitionaly.

I like Levin, I’m just a wee bit tired of hearing – for years now – that this President and the Congress and the Courts are doing all of these unConstitutional things, destroying our freedoms, enough to warrant articles of impeachment, pointing to the founding fathers and what they said and did, and… OHMYGOD, don’t use the ‘r3volution’ word, are you crazy?

Seriously, Mark; if not two years ago, if not one year ago, if not now… when? When, and where, is Mark Levin’s “they’ve crossed the line, and it’s time to act” point, I wonder?

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I’m not ready to use that word either, but I’ve been saying for several years now(and I think Pat Caddell even said something similar to this effect) that this country is a powder keg about to go off. All that it’s gonna take is some sort of spark. My personal prediction is a financial calamity, maybe a deep recession. But this kind of behavior by our elected representatives is bordering on tyrannical. They’re openly advocating ignoring laws to an extent which frankly scares the living crap out of me. I keep asking myself what will they come up with next.

Doughboy on January 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Oh, and not that I entirely disagree with you on this point – the Republicans are are a sh1tty disaster, too.

And you and your dangerous ideology may still go to hell, idiot.

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I’ve been asking this for sometime now. The answer is absolutely nothing. I wonder at what point or what it’ll take for the people to actually have enough and do something? If Obama threw the 22nd Amendment away you would hear and read people b!tch about it for a few days and that would be it. Sadly, I have to put myself in that camp because I’ve only whined too. I’m sure glad that in America’s inception this wasn’t the case. They risked it all. As a whole, Americans today won’t risk anything. Afraid of missing out on what’s going on with The Kardashian’s I suppose.

air_up_there on January 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Who’s going to stop him? Eric Holder?

Exactly. One of the flaws in our system is that it REQUIRES honorable men in office. We don’t have much in the way of recourse when they are not honorable, and a majority of the voters are not honorable.

That’s why the second amendment is in there, as a last resort.

wildcat72 on January 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Tyranny…

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Either way, I’m no longer certain there are enough patriots to stand up to a tyrannical government when it’s required of us.

Doughboy on January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

^^^This^^^

Either no one care anymore or they really don’t think this country is on the verge of being taken over from the enemies within.

JPeterman on January 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

‘Toon of the Day: David Gregory’s Press Pass

David Gregory will not be prosecuted even though he clearly violated DC’s gun laws. Surprise! Not.

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

And what was the oath he took? Was it to uphold the Constitution of the United States? Oh no, it was really the platform of the Progressive Party was it not? The impunity with which these guys now operate is breathtaking and it is the beginning of the end for all of us.

Pardonme on January 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Harry Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Biden, Kerry, Clitons, Gore, Shcummer, and the others of the commie cult have lived by the lie, now they will get to know the rest of the story of the true history.

They will meet a demon on the way to the bank.
Checks gonna bounce. Comes judgement.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

F8ck yourself, moron. You’re not just stupid, you’re dangerous to this country and everything I care about. You may go straight to hell.

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

you keep pounding the sand, too, sweetheart.

republicans reflexively oppose everything the president or liberals want. they abuse the filibuster. they would block jesus christ if he was a nominee. so fook them and let none complain about partisan frauds on the other side.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Most thinking people are not surprised by the behavior of Obama and Reid. The end is almost near and this once great Republic will be nothing but a memory.

rplat on January 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I know Boner doesn’t have the nads, but doesn’t the house control the purse strings?

Say O raises the national debt to 20 T by EO. What happens if the house doesn’t give the Gov’t any more money?

McCain Hater on January 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

We only face fear itself.

We are a free people.

Do not live in fear.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Oh, and not that I entirely disagree with you on this point – the Republicans are are a sh1tty disaster, too.

And you and your dangerous ideology may still go to hell, idiot.

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

And do not pass Go and do not collect $200.00. Don’t come back, either.

ghostwalker1 on January 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

you keep pounding the sand, too, sweetheart.

republicans reflexively oppose everything the president or liberals want. they abuse the filibuster. they would block jesus christ if he was a nominee. so fook them and let none complain about partisan frauds on the other side.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The republicans have legally used the filibuster. It’s the democrats who abused it during the Bush years – by filibustering Bush judicial nominees. The first time in history it’s ever been done. Filibustering judicial nominees has never been authorized by the Constitution.

TarheelBen on January 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

republicans reflexively oppose everything the president or liberals want. they abuse the filibuster. they would block jesus christ if he was a nominee. so fook them and let none complain about partisan frauds on the other side.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Got those Democracy Initiative talking points down pat, don’tcha?

Now how about some factual arguments to refute what is being said here. Or even how about you actually take a position on Herry Reid abrogating his powers, and stop with the whining about Republicans who have no power?

rockmom on January 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

LOL, tragicomically ignorant; but then we knew this!

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

If the ‘should be’ r’s in the senate and house doesn’t put a stop to this stat, bho will be just like that ‘h’ guy, the ‘s’ guy and others who have taken over a nation and the citizens DID NOTHING TO STOP IT! We better wake up people, the d’s have waited since wilson to see to it this is NOW taking place and bho is DOING it if he isn’t stopped? Think I’m kidding? Look it up when this started.
L

letget on January 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

republicans reflexively oppose everything the president or liberals want. they abuse the filibuster.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

So, Democrats never used the filibuster to block Bush nominees to offices, ambassadorships and the bench?

Hypocrite much?

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Aside from his obvious dereliction of duty, is not Sen. Reidiculous in outright violation of his oath of office, encouraging the prezuhdunce to ignore the Constitution and disobey the rule of law? It’s just unbelievable the ignorant and insidious ends these corruptokleptocrat a-holes are going to in order to undermine our nation and our entire way of life.

stukinIL4now on January 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

If hypocrisy were a fatal disease, Washington D.C. would be a ghost town.

LegendHasIt on January 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

This is what happens when the opposition party is filled with worthless golfers and Communists. Time to renounce my citizenship. This country is completely farked.

PS: Thanks Boomers. You were very helpful in ruining a once great nation.

Mr. Arrogant on January 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without congressional approval, if necessary,”

This can NOT be so.

John Bonehead promised us that Odumbo would be limited if we allowed the Democrats to pass their tax cuts. That we would have the upper hand.

Wait when has John Bonehead ever told the truth to Republicans? Yea guess we should have know he was just blowing air up our pants. Peeing on us and telling us it was rain.

Steveangell on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Or even how about you actually take a position on Herry Reid [sic] abrogating his powers, and stop with the whining about Republicans who have no power?

rockmom on January 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

1. what do you mean they have no power? they control half of congress. the house is a fever swamp of festering “conservative” radicalism.

2.if republicans don’t have the power they want, it’s because they and retrograde agenda were conclusively rejected by voters.

3. my position on “herry” reid is that i’m against the president acting unilaterally, because it’s likely unconstitutional and, more importantly, sets a terrible precedent. but for republicans to complain about harry reid being too partisan is utterly preposterous.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

pound sand. when was the last time republicans were interested in governing?

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

This isn’t governing…

… This is ruling.

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The whole Constitution can be read on the net yet there are those that refuse to do so but claim they know what they are talking about when it comes to quoting the Constitution. Chuck Schumer could not name the three branches of our Government.

mixplix on January 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

“The power given Congress to borrow money on the credit of the United States is unqualified and vital to the Government, and the binding quality of the promise of the United States is of the essence of the credit pledged.

The Fourteenth Amendment, in its fourth section, explicitly declares: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, . . . shall not be questioned.” While this provision was undoubtedly inspired by the desire to put beyond question the obligations of the government issued during the Civil War, its language indicates a broader connotation. We regard it as confirmatory of a fundamental principle which applies as well to the government bonds in question, and to others duly authorized by the Congress, as to those issued before the Amendment was adopted.”

- Perry v. United States, 294 U.S. 330 (1935)

The President has no power to borrow money on the credit of the United States under the Constitution, including the Fourteenth Amendment.

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Time to bring back special prosecutors. I’m sure they can find lots of stuff on Obama, and it might slow him down. Although, I’m sure this is just the crisis of the week, and Republicans will raise the debt ceiling. Is bypassing Obama an impeachable offense? Is ignoring the 2nd Amendment an impeachable offense? We need Gingrich back.

lea on January 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Any Republican Senator can speak up and refute Harry Reid’s pronouncement regarding the debt ceiling! This is a perfect time to start crowing about the lack of action in the Senate to pass a budget the last 3-years. Now he wants BHO to assume a power not enumerated in our Constitution. The time is ripe for some Senator to start loudly calling, “foul” and create some dissension on the floor of the Senate! This is going to my Senator, now!

tomshup on January 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

This isn’t governing…

… This is ruling.

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

your observation is not supported by any evidence.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

..but for republicans to complain about harry reid being too partisan is utterly preposterous.
sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

And if either ignorance, stupidity or lying was a fatal disease, Sesqui’s mom’s basement could be used for storage again.

LegendHasIt on January 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Reid was a crappy boxer. He’s a crappy Majority Leader for the Senate. He is a pussy.

Bmore on January 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Reid was a crappy boxer. He’s a crappy Majority Leader for the Senate. He is a puss. Then man can’t even get it together to budget or has been told not to. Lame. Typical lib.

Bmore on January 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Say, didn’t you vote to put *this* dictator-wannabe back in office, hmmm?

Midas on January 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Someone told him that Obama was a ‘nice guy’ and he believe him. /

sharrukin on January 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I am at the point that I wish my TX and any other state would tell dc to go pound sand and let us do without you! How can a Republic stand with what is now going on? NO it won’t and by golly if we don’t get a grip, we will not!

Gosh, my heart aches, but my faith says, He has a plan and I haven’t a clue what?
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letget on January 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

And this is news?

yhxqqsn on January 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Mitchie, Johnny, et al….does it ever concern you that you try to negotiate and make deals with leftist scum like this?

arnold ziffel on January 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

This isn’t governing…

… This is ruling.

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

your observation is not supported by any evidence.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Not ANY???

1. Democrats haven’t passed a budget in 1,354 as they are required to do so by law.

2. Obama made 4 recess appointments when the Senate could not possibly have been in recess.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

- Article I, Section 5, Clause 4, the Adjournments Clause

The House never consented to the Senate recess and even the latter was holding pro forma sessions.

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are putting new pressure on the White House to circumvent Congress to boost the nation’s debt ceiling if no bipartisan agreement can be reached.

Obama can’t break the law and become a dictator even if top Democrats are urging him to or don’t care.

Where the freak are our Republicans? Sleeping? Is there anything that offends their sense of conscience? Is there any act against the constitutions that could possibly wake them from their sleep?

Could somebody ask them what line it would take a President to cross before they call him out and demand he obey the laws! Before they take some kind of action to stop him long before he declares himself Emperor?! If they wait until he steps out on the West Wing balcony wearing purple robes and a gold crown.. it might be too late!

JellyToast on January 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Don’t all these DC dem types take an oath to uphold the Constitution? Can they be prosecuted for perjury for not upholding the Constitution? Isn’t their ultimate goal to emasculate the Constitution and rule by dictatorial decree?

polarglen on January 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

If our GOP leadership has any guts, which they don’t, they would be screaming that Harry Reid is calling for a coup d’etat and for Obama to have dictatorial powers. Also remind democrats in congress, the ones who are still not completely insane, that the President of the United States will not always be a democrat. These new powers granted to Obama will be used by a future Republican president. Be warned…

William Eaton on January 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

your observation is not supported by any evidence.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Your post are embarrassing.

itsspideyman on January 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Maybe if our GOP leaders could pretend Obama was a conservative TEA party President who just uttered the words “legitimate rape” in an interview. Maybe then we’d see some action from our glorious Republican leaders.

Trashing the constitution, bankrupting America, shredding our bill of Rights, sticking it to our allies while embracing our enemies, dismantling our nuclear deterrent, trafficking guns down into Mexico, seizing American businesses, crucifying Americans through the EPA, assaulting our religious freedoms and a whole host of other acts seem to do nothing to spark a fire under our leadership… but maybe. just maybe if they envisioned he was a TEA party conservative who uttered the words “legitimate rape” they’d finally wake up and do something!

JellyToast on January 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

1. what do you mean they have no power? they control half of congress. the house is a fever swamp of festering “conservative” radicalism.

2.if republicans don’t have the power they want, it’s because they and retrograde agenda were conclusively rejected by voters.

3. my position on “herry” reid is that i’m against the president acting unilaterally, because it’s likely unconstitutional and, more importantly, sets a terrible precedent. but for republicans to complain about harry reid being too partisan is utterly preposterous.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

“conservative radicalism”… Bwhaahahahahahahaaa!

ghostwalker1 on January 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

your observation is not supported by any evidence.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Not ANY???

1. Democrats haven’t passed a budget in 1,354 as they are required to do so by law.

2. Obama made 4 recess appointments when the Senate could not possibly have been in recess.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

– Article I, Section 5, Clause 4, the Adjournments Clause

The House never consented to the Senate recess and even the latter was holding pro forma sessions.

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

In your court sesquipedalian.
I note you don’t have many long words in your vocabulary like your screen name would suggest.
Logic and coherent responses seem to be strangers to you as well,—and toothpaste and soap.

arnold ziffel on January 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Something about that cover photo… it looked like Harry Reed was giving a hug and wrapping his leg around Obama

Glenn Jericho on January 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Reid and Pelosi each favor having Obama raise the debt ceiling unilaterally under the 14th Amendment, a move that’s more legally dubious than the trillion-dollar coin, so pay no mind to his caveat in the excerpt about “lawful steps.” He doesn’t care about the law. Obama could issue a decree stating that he’s canceling the debt ceiling on grounds that “Article II is awesome” and Reid would defend it as within the executive’s purview. The idea of “checks and balances” is that each branch will restrain the others by competing vigorously with them for power; what you’re seeing here is the opposite, an attempt by the leadership of the Senate to enlarge the power of the presidency at its own expense. Rather than protect Congress’s prerogatives and trust voters to punish House Republicans if they overreach, they’re encouraging a sort of very limited coup. The language, about the president needing to act without the legislature’s approval to avert a global crisis, barely even tries to pretend otherwise. Good thing Reid “doesn’t work for Obama;” imagine how far he’d be willing to go if he did.

It’s really simple. Reid’s loyalty is more to the Democratic party than it is to the Senate. So what if he undermines the role of Congress. The important thing is that his party win.!

tom on January 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Again: Complete. Partisan. Fraud.

There’s no simpler way to describe it. As for Harry? He is an Obstinate. Petulant. Prick.

scalleywag on January 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

de Toqueville’s prophecy is that democracy is always replaced by tyranny. We see today the Senate donks proving de Toqueville’s point: rolling out the red carpet for an Amercian Caesar, and begging him to walk on it.

Just wait until Barry O and the Senate donks impose another left-wing hack into the Supreme Court. Once they get a 5-4 or 6-3 majority there, Barry O will have not one but two rubber stamps at his disposal. Given that the Honey Boo Boo electorate will likely still be in a mood to blame Republicans for anything and everything in 2014, there is a very real possibility that the donks will let it all hang out in the last two years of Barry O’s second term, “interpret” the Constitution out of existence and just shit themselves a way around the 22nd Amendment without having to go through the states.

Spurius Ligustinus on January 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Again: Complete. Partisan. Fraud.

There’s no simpler way to describe it. As for Harry? He is an Obstinate. Petulant. Crybaby.

scalleywag on January 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

It’s really simple. Reid’s loyalty is more to the Democratic party than it is to the Senate. So what if he undermines the role of Congress. The important thing is that his party win.!

tom on January 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

“Donks will always be donks before they are anything else, including Americans.”

I used to say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

Now I’m serious.

Spurius Ligustinus on January 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Again: Complete. Partisan. Fraud.

pound sand. when was the last time republicans were interested in governing?

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Partisan politics above protecting the role of Congress.

Case closed.

And you’re another fraud, fuming about Republicans being interested in governing. When’s the last time the Senate passed a budget? Which house of Congress has actually passed a budget in the last four years?

Obama and the Senate are not serious about anything except gaining more power for their party. 300 Mexicans die because they want to allow guns to run into Mexico so they can push for gun control. Americans died in Benghazi because absolutely no one in the State Department or the broader Obama administration were interested in protecting them. Obama intervenes in GM so he can take money from the bondholders and funnel it to the unions. Obama illegally fires an Inspector General who gets too close to corruption on well-positioned friends. The only reason Obama hasn’t been impeached yet is because everybody knows the Senate would refuse to convict him no matter what he did.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid want to see themselves as the troika that will rule America without input from anyone. Biden is the court jester. They should know that even kings can be deposed.

RebeccaH on January 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

recess appointments? meaningless congressional budgets? that’s all you got? how disappointing.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I note you don’t have many long words in your vocabulary like your screen name would suggest.
Logic and coherent responses seem to be strangers to you as well,—and toothpaste and soap.

arnold ziffel on January 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

i regret my failure to employ complex words like ‘toothpaste’.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

recess appointments? meaningless congressional budgets? that’s all you got? how disappointing.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

It’s hardly an all-inclusive list.

sesquipedalian is just one complete partisan fraud defending another.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

He is an Obstinate. Petulant. Crybaby.

Just like the little pipsqueak trolls that scurry about the crevices of Hotair bleating “me, me, me, what about me”?

scalleywag on January 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Obama and the Senate are not serious about anything except gaining more power for their party. 300 Mexicans die because they want to allow guns to run into Mexico so they can push for gun control. Americans died in Benghazi because absolutely no one in the State Department or the broader Obama administration were interested in protecting them. Obama intervenes in GM so he can take money from the bondholders and funnel it to the unions. Obama illegally fires an Inspector General who gets too close to corruption on well-positioned friends. The only reason Obama hasn’t been impeached yet is because everybody knows the Senate would refuse to convict him no matter what he did.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

are you gonna give me the whole compendium of failed republican attempts at scandal fabrication? you bore me.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

recess appointments? meaningless congressional budgets? that’s all you got? how disappointing.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

In other words, you made an assertion, it was destroyed, and all you can respond with is “That’s all you got?”

Thanks for proving, once again, that you are an ignorant fraud.

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

“meaningless budgets”? Really???

wolly4321 on January 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

In other words, you made an assertion, it was destroyed

Resist We Much on January 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

you’re deluded. if anything was destroyed it was the last shreds of your credibility.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Obama and the Senate are not serious about anything except gaining more power for their party. 300 Mexicans die because they want to allow guns to run into Mexico so they can push for gun control. Americans died in Benghazi because absolutely no one in the State Department or the broader Obama administration were interested in protecting them. Obama intervenes in GM so he can take money from the bondholders and funnel it to the unions. Obama illegally fires an Inspector General who gets too close to corruption on well-positioned friends. The only reason Obama hasn’t been impeached yet is because everybody knows the Senate would refuse to convict him no matter what he did.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

are you gonna give me the whole compendium of failed republican attempts at scandal fabrication? you bore me.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

You’re funny. Name just a couple of examples, and it’s “Is that all you’ve got? You disappoint me.” Name multiple egregious examples, and it’s “Are you going to give me the whole compendium? You bore me.”

That’s why I summarized it so nicely for you. So you won’t be bored.

sesquipedalian is just one complete partisan fraud defending another.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

You’re welcome.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Here’s the larger question: why are they willing to go to the lengths they are to spend as much as they can as fast as they can? Cut nothing. Rack up as much debt as possible. Anyone that can’t see their absolute desperation to do just that is a damned fool.

That means you sesquatch.

wolly4321 on January 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

You’re funny. Name just a couple of examples, and it’s “Is that all you’ve got? You disappoint me.” Name multiple egregious examples, and it’s “Are you going to give me the whole compendium? You bore me.”

tom on January 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

i get bored quick.

sesquipedalian on January 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

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