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  •  I'm thinking "border line" as far as "legal" and (0+ / 0-)

    "constitutional" and not with regard to sanity—and I think it was an insane move for a political party to make after the examples in the Clinton years.

    Strictly speaking it is not illegal or unconstitutional. In fact, they are using what I'd term a constitutional weakness that we probably need to fix. The founders wanted the House, closest to the people, to have power of the purse. I do not think they envisioned that house "defending" what properly legislated law requires and certainly not (considering debtor's prison level deadbeat feelings) defaulting on paying the costs the Congress and President had properly passed into lawful budget.

    It certainly skirts legality and constitutionality as much as somebody playing right on the edge of tax law, bending until almost breaking.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:03:16 PM PDT

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    •  pelag - there is nothing borederline regarding (1+ / 0-)
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      the legality of the claim by the diary author. These people cannot be charged with crimes for engaging in political action and protected speech.

      As progressives we should never be advocates for criminalizing politics.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 06:28:41 PM PDT

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