Judson Phillips, leader of Tea Party Nation, claims to love the U.S. Constitution. He also doesn’t seem to understand anything at all about how it works. In his latest jeremiad, he displays his ignorance like a peacock displays his feathers when talking about the debt ceiling fight.
Barack Obama has thrown down the gauntlet on the Debt Ceiling fight. He has said he will not negotiate with the Republican majority in the House.
He just expects the GOP to roll over and do what he wants.
If John Boehner remains as Speaker that may well happen.
Obama signaled early on what he wanted with the debt ceiling. He wants the unlimited authority to incur debt. He wants to borrow money without any Congressional oversight.
Uh, no. The debt ceiling is not about how much money we spend, it’s about whether we pay for spending that has already been appropriated. And who does the appropriating? Congress, of course. The president can’t spend a dime that is not appropriated by Congress. It’s in the Constitution, you can look it up. What Obama is arguing, correctly, is that it’s ridiculous for Congress to pass bills to spend the money and then have a fight every year or so over whether to authorize the selling of t-bills to pay for it. If Congress doesn’t want to spend that much money, then don’t appropriate it — but don’t put the nation’s credit rating at risk by appropriating it and then acting like they may not pay for it.
And then Phillips just goes off into wingnut-land:
Barack Obama wants the authority to borrow money without even having to discuss the matter with Congress for two reasons. Incurring even more debt is a part of his strategy to take America down as a superpower.
Obama does not love America. He hates America. He looks at America through his Marxist background and sees not the greatest nation in the world. He does not see the country that has done more good for more people than any other nation. He sees the evil oppressive power that Marxists always view America as.
By continuing to borrow money, unabated, he knows sooner or later debt will completely bring down the American economy and possibly the American state.
There is a deeper battle here as well.
If Barack Obama and the Party of Treason can beat the Republicans down to the point where they abdicate or at least refuse to fight for their Constitutionally mandated role in controlling the purse, America will no longer have three co-equal branches of government.
False premise, stupid conclusion — yep, must be a teabagger.