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Just a quick diary, to show that not every elected official has lost their mind.

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03), in an interview this morning, called on President Obama to just invoke the 14th Amendment and solve this problem quickly. He also called this a "politically-manufactured crisis" and noted that the Republicans could have included these cuts in their budget, but chose not to.

Video below the fold.

Take a look:

And, FWIW -- that is MY congressman, and my friend, and we are damn proud he represents us.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Bruce in Louisville
    Visit me at brucemaples.com

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    by bmaples on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 03:48:43 PM PDT

  •  Apparently it's a tricky dance. (1+ / 0-)
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    Alice Olson

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 03:52:55 PM PDT

  •  bmaples - the 14th Amendment option (1+ / 0-)
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    has been debunked. The Obama administration does not think it is constitutional along with nearly every other constitutional scholar from the right and left.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 05:05:50 PM PDT

    •  Not debunked at all, Jack Balkin, at (0+ / 0-)

      Yale Law School (no slouch among constitutional scholars, though, admittedly, not a Harvard man) considers it a valid option  http://www.dailykos.com/...

      And Obama's response to a question about it was a "non-denial denial" if ever I've heard one.  My legal advisors "are not persuaded that that is a winning argument," is what he said a full week ago.  Lots of time (and reason) for them to be persuaded since then.

      If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. Paul Wellstone

      by Alice Olson on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 05:29:32 PM PDT

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      •  Balkin agrees w/ VClib. (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama can't just issue debt unless it's only to pay for retiring bonds.  ie, you misread Balkin.

        •  I'll admit, I have a hard time keeping up. (0+ / 0-)

          Too damned much to read these days -- and I keep getting clouded by frustration.

          If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. Paul Wellstone

          by Alice Olson on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 08:42:22 PM PDT

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      •  Alice - Balkin is in a small minority (1+ / 0-)
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        David Plouffe was asked this morning about these end run options, including the 14th Amendment, and said they were not viable. There is also the issue of the General Counsel's opinion at Treasury that the 14th Amendment option is unconstitutional and the fact that the House could likely stop any bond sale at the DC Circuit.  I don't know why we are wasting time on this, it is a dead end.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 05:46:34 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks for taking the time to respond. (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          What Plouffe says doesn't carry a whole lot of weight with me these days, but I'll give you the remainder, and I appreciate your response.

          If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. Paul Wellstone

          by Alice Olson on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 08:43:59 PM PDT

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  •  At least somebody is thinking (0+ / 0-)

    The vast majority on the Hill seem to be brain dead.

  •  Just goes to show that Kentucky does have (1+ / 0-)
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    bmaples

    common sense and good people.

    Yarmuth acknowledges that this process as is only has 2 or 3 people involved... the House members are in the dark per the details.

    Says the Republicans had all the time and opportunity to write these cuts into their budget when they were doing it, but they didn't.  And now they want to foul up this procedure for political upmanship.

    Yarmuth supports Obama being decisive and using the 14th amendment.  

    Isn't it wonderful to hear this intelligent discourse from our Kentucky representatives?

    And Trey Grayson admits that the Republicans have gotten everything they wanted and that normally these budgetary items are not included in the fragile debt ceiling discussion.


    The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. It seems intended more to cause stumbling than to be walked upon. --Franz Kafka

    by bronte17 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 05:28:48 PM PDT

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