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  •  Usually, MTP is taped on Friday. I assume (1+ / 0-)
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    this one will not be and incorporate a sense of the current state of Senate rewrite of House bill that gives back to all,  regardless of higher income, the  Bush tax cuts. Besides those you list in the diary, I hope Obama makes it clear how dangerous it is to our general economy it will be to keep the Debt Ceiling an ongoing feud. Maybe he will announce he will invoke the 14th amendment. And call on citizens to dethrone Grover Norquist.

    •  President has ruled out the 14th Amendment (0+ / 0-)

      His position is that it's not constitutional for him to use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling:  

      "This administration does not believe the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling -- period," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

      If, after that unambiguous rejection of any notion that the 14th Amendment gives him the constitutional power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, the President then uses the 14th Amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, he will, based on his own statement, be violating the constitution and violating his oath of office -- he will be (according to his own statement) be going beyond his constitutional powers.  

      •  I don' t see why (0+ / 0-)

        Your post implies that it would be illegal or unconstitutional for the President to change his mind about a legal point, once he' s publicly announced an earlier position. I don' t see any basis for that. If his advisors later tell him that it' s ok to use the 14th, I don' t believe that his earlier statements saying otherwise constitute estoppel.

        •  I think, for one thing, that he doesn't want to (0+ / 0-)

          take on the responsibility and the hassle, considering that it's just a matter of the gop House making up mischief for partisan purposes.
          They vote on the budget and on gov. spending, the debt is spending they incurred.
          I think he's willing to keep rubbing their noses in it until they finally stop.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 05:59:11 PM PST

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