Last-Minute Senate Deal To End Crises Faces Crucial Test

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) walk from McConnell's office to the Senate Chamber on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The halls of the Hill were mostly quiet Monday, except for the space outside the offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the two men who all agree now hold the promise of restarting a broken governing process in Washington.

By day’s end, after hours of negotiations and meetings, the outlines of the Reid-McConnell compromise were clear, though it was less certain whether the plan would pass both houses of Congress. The deal would end the current government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, pushing off the next fiscal fight to the beginning of next year. A Senate Democratic aide familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the latest dates discussed were, respectively, January 15, when a government shutdown could happen again absent another deal, and February 7, when the debt limit will have to be raised again. In the meantime, federal funding would continue at current levels.

The aide said it was “likely” that a provision will be included that verifies the income of those seeking an Obamacare subsidy. In return, the Democrats are pushing for a delay until 2015 of an Obamacare reinsurance tax that is opposed by unions.

“It looks like it’s moving towards something that we can pass in the United States Senate,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has voted to defund Obamacare. Grassley said that “most” Senate Republicans believe “the thing that can’t be moved” is the current, post-sequester level of government spending.

The House Republican conference will likely discuss the outlines of the Senate negotiations in its 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday, but the framework will certainly not attract the 80 or so very conservative Republicans that led the defund Obamacare movement. For other contentious votes in the House this year, like the $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill, around 50 Republicans joined a vast majority of Democrats to enact passage. Speaker Boehner, who controls the House floor, has not signalled whether or not he will allow such a scenario again, but aides to Boehner said during the day that he was in close consultation with McConnell.

“When you’re giving 98, 99 percent of Obamacare I don’t see how it would ever pass over here,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), a strong advocate for defunding the Affordable Care Act. The union provision “makes Obamacare even more unfair,” added Huelskamp.

“I would probably support it,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Ny.), a moderate who supported the aforementioned Sandy bill. “I think we have to make this work. For someone to say this should be in it, or that should be in it, I think we’ve passed that stage by now.”

Under Senate rules, it is impossible to vote on a bill that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling by Thursday unless every senator decides to agree to waive aspects of the usual procedure, a likely prospect. “I don’t think my team would advise running time. Then all you are doing is prolonging the shut down,” said Brian Phillips, a spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who supported Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour speak-a-thon five days before the government shut down. “It’s a bad message.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also said he would not block a vote on the proposal even if he did not support it. “I think we need to get an agreement and open the government back up,” he said.

The House Republican leadership has complained that the Senate is trying to force them from the bargaining table, even though its members admit the lower chamber is not the proper venue for last-minute negotiations. “Realistically, the House has never in its history, in 200 years, been able to jam the Senate on anything,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). “It’s because the House is the passion branch and the Senate is the…” At this point, Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), sitting nearby, finished his thought: “thoughtful, pensive, cerebral branch.” Radel then roared with laughter.

In recent weeks, Republicans have found themselves taking the brunt of the opposition in the polls. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday found that 74% of American disapproved of the way Republicans were handling the budget crises, compared with 53% who disapprove of President Obama’s work on the budget and 61% who disapprove of Democrats handling of the crises. But Congressional experts say it is too soon to tell how these numbers will effect the 2014 elections. “Members of the media have said that the 2014 election will come down to the I.R.S. and Lois Lerner, NSA and Edward Snowden, and Syria,” said David Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report. While the the politics of the shutdown are “toxic and self-destructive for the Republican Party broadly,” Wasserman says it’s “far too early” to say what the consequences will be.

“Public memory can be short,” agrees Larry Sabato, Director of the Virginia Center for Politics. “For voters who do remember, they might well punish Republicans more, especially some of the 17 GOP House members that represent districts won by Obama in 2012.”

For Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), that backlash in the House might seem well-deserved.

“We’ve basically blown the last two months with some of our members and a lot of the House focused on a shiny object that was never going to happen,” said Corker. “So we find ourselves four days from a debt ceiling, and all of sudden, 72 hours ago, we began talking about the right subject, which is spending, entitlement reform, and those kinds of things.”

28 comments
DennisSheridan
DennisSheridan

The reason that the GOP came in with such lousy numbers is simple. They didn't shout loud enough or just plain enough.  They should have at every possible moment hammered Obama on his "no negotiation" stand.  They were virtually silent on that one important issue, if they had "tacked"* him with it whenever they could.

* tacked  or tacking is a term used by GI's, whenever someone got a promotion their buddies would "tack" on there new stripes.  Command does not condone the practice as if taken to extreme injury could result.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

Speaker Boehner: Stop the shutdown NOW, pay the bills, and get back to the real work Americans sent you to Congress to do!

jmac
jmac

". . . but aides to Boehner said during the day that he was in close consultation with McConnell."

The right is complaining that Obama isn't involved in the negotiations.   This is a Republican battle.  It's their ball.  It's their shut-down.  It's their responsibility. 

  Palin announced that if there's a credit default it's Obama's fault and he should be impeached, but that if he used the 14th amendment to by pass Congress and pay the bills, he also should be impeached.  Boehner needs to carefully listen to McConnell and drown out idiots like Palin.  The Tea Party has done a good job of taking America to the gutter.  


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Here is the GOP idealogy in a nutshell

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/buchanan-better-destroy-country-end-anti-obamacare-drive

In a column fittingly titled “Republicans, Stand Up – Polls Be Damned!,” Pat Buchanan calls on Republicans in Congress not to give up on the push to derail Obamacare, even if it means the collapse of the Republican Party. If the GOP goes down, Buchanan writes, Republicans should bring America down with them as he urges the GOP to be like Samson, who killed himself along with countless Philistines in bringing down the temple.

“Republicans should refuse to raise the white flag and insist on an honorable avenue of retreat,” Buchanan claims. “And if Harry Reid’s Senate demands the GOP end the sequester on federal spending, or be blamed for a debt default, the party should, Samson-like, bring down the roof of the temple on everybody’s head.”

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/buchanan-better-destroy-country-end-anti-obamacare-drive#sthash.FBGIs2it.dpuf

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

The total absence of any mention of maintaining sequester cuts, or the fairness in a one-year delay in the taxing penalty for Obamacare indicates the goal here isn't to reduce wild, uncontrollable government spending but to politically isolate the Tea Party.


ex animo
davidfarrar

billbear1961
billbear1961

A major political party--the "loyal" opposition--has threatened to unleash economic chaos--to DESTROY what it CLAIMS to be protecting--if it isn't allowed to ram its party platform down the country's throat--the very policies REJECTED by the voters in the 2012 election--and maybe no one will care much come November 2014??

A country that does not punish--and severely--a party that threatens its democracy and its very SURVIVAL in this fashion is a nation that DESERVES government by extortion, self-inflicted crisis after crisis, and economic doom and misery!!

Consider the ruthless threats that have been made. Consider the absolute CONTEMPT shown for the well-being of their OWN country if they aren't given what they want! Consider the bottomless pit of GREED for POWER that ALONE motivates this party of corporate-fascist depravity!!

And, if you have ANY self-respect and love for your democracy and for decency and fairness, let the GOP know, America, how you feel about a political party that has utterly BETRAYED YOUR TRUST!!

outsider
outsider

When you call Peter King a moderate, you know the bar has been lowered, considerably. 


And the Dems should hold strong. Pre-sequester level of spending. And at least a year long debt ceiling deal. 

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

A Senate Democratic aide familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the latest dates discussed were, respectively, January 15, when a government shutdown could happen again absent another deal, and February 7, when the debt limit will have to be raised again. In the meantime, federal funding would continue at current levels.

No.

No.

NO.

So we get to repeat this same news cycle Jan-Feb?!  Does anyone seriously think the Reps will behave any differently?  Why would they?  They're getting what they want.  Yeah, yeah, defunding "Obamacare" is off the table, so what?  They still got to act like a$$holes and are getting rewarded for it by having the sequester stay in place and (again) not having to work out a REAL budget.  Bonus that they get to repeat their dog and pony show in 3 months.


I hope this capitulation, I mean, compromise, fails miserably.  I hope the R's keep boldly going where angels fear to tread and pig headedly vote against it because they're not getting all the cookies (only most of them.)

The Dems should be offering their ideal, Xmas list to Santa plan, and telling the R's they have two choices:  Vote for a super liberal uber alles plan, or cleanly vote to raise the debt ceiling for at least a year and repeal the sequester cuts for at least the same amount of time.  THEN, and only then, after a vote, would the conditions where I would entertain working with moderate Republicans on any of their pet issues moving forward.   

We don't negotiate with terrorists.  This is only getting the hostages back for three months, then letting them get taken again.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@drudown 

A very dense read, and extremely informative.  

I'm posting up here due to the sheer massiveness of your post.


drudown
drudown

“Danger invites rescue.” – Justice Cardozo, Wagner v. International Railway, 232 N.Y. 176

I. The Speaker, Senate and Individual Members of Congress Cannot Willfully Disregard The Law of Judicial Estoppel By Refusing To Honor Congress’ Plenary Power To Raise Revenue Pursuant to Article I, Section 8

The doctrine of judicial estoppel is sometimes referred to as the doctrine of preclusion of inconsistent positions as applied to any official proceedings [Jackson v. County of Los Angeles (1997) 60 Cal.App.4th 171, 181]; in order to maintain the integrity of the government, judicial estoppel precludes a party from gaining an advantage by taking one position, and then seeking a second advantage by taking an incompatible position in disputes involving the same set of operative facts. Id.; Scripps Clinic v. Superior Court (2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 917, 943. Here, the Speaker (and GOP Congress) expressly asserts that Article I, Section 8's express language mandating Congress raise revenue for the People's "general WELFARE" is somehow "discretionary", despite the fact that the evidentiary record proves the same Speaker, Senate and Congress (or collectively: “Speaker”) have all repeatedly admitted, acknowledged and, indeed, required that the Congress pause and take formal notice of the absolute importance of a “strict construction” of the Social Contract in dispassionately discharging a wide range of government duties under the Doctrine of Enumerated Powers, e.g., Judicial Confirmation hearings, et al. Nor can the Speaker cite to any “Rational Basis” that furthers a Legitimate State Interest in failing to perform the aforementioned requirements of his office, or the Congress doing theirs- not just the legal obligation to promulgate a Budget on an annual basis, but also the affirmative duty to engage in a robust debate over the cost/benefit of the State Action. To be sure, the undisputed fact that the Speaker and his brethren see the Filibuster device and other procedural rules as a means to affirmatively thwart the function of government is likewise probative evidence of Foreign Money corrupting the integrity of the political process and this “fast and loose” official conduct likewise implicates Judicial Estoppel. See, Id. (“judicial estoppel prevents agents or elected officials from obtaining an unfair advantage or take incompatible positions, particularly when doing so would result in a manifest injustice”). Can the self-evident Damage of the pre-meditated “shut down”- much less “default”- be a graver set of injustices to the People, Treasury holders, small businesses and proper stream of Commerce by capriciously disregarding official duties? This is nothing short of unlawful State Action on its face and the fact any “default” is void ab initio does not, by any means, “undo” or “ameliorate” the Speaker and Congress’ malfeasance described herein and elsewhere in greater detail.

Accordingly, the Speaker and Senate are estopped as a matter of law from refusing to immediately discharge (i.e., no later than October 15, 2013) their EXPRESS duty to meet the obligations required to maintain the Defense and GENERAL WELFARE by the express mandate of the Supreme Law of the Land: Article I, Section 8. However, the law Judicial Estoppel is hardly the only cause of action justifying remedial measures by the Executive branch. Here, the Speaker’s purposeful omission to perform his legal function operates to frustrate the very performance of the State under the Social Contract’s Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing- to say nothing of the Congressional rules of Ethical conduct, law of Fiduciary Duty and Duty of Loyalty to the People. What, this brief summary of applicable law is not “really” the rule of law if Foreign Money bribes the Tea Party to say so? In this regard, the fundamental precepts of Natural Law contained in the 10th Amendment and Due Process protections selectively incorporated into the 14th Amendment likewise require remedial action by the Executive branch. Tell me, how is the Speaker’s tortious and unprecedently disobedient omission to honor Article I, Section 8 not likewise actionable under civil law? Any cursory review of civil liability tends to show it is predicated on two “smoking guns” laying at the feet of the Speaker and his Lobbyist regime: in every instance of official malfeasance by a fiduciary, it can be predicated on a single act or conspiracy to act, if there is a duty to the individual, class or organization complaining, the observance of which would have averted or avoided the injury. Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad (1928) 248 N.Y. 339, citing West Virginia Central & P.R. Co. v. State 96 Md. 652. It is no coincidence that the Treason complained of springs from the inextricable correlation of duty and foreseeability of harm. Id. The illimitable extent to which the “shut down” has harmed the State is dispositive on the issue of liability of the Speaker and, indeed, Congress itself. Pity the “paid-for” Media seems to believe the “poll numbers” or “market reaction today” are somehow probative to whether laws have been violated by the pre-meditated conspiracy to “shut down” the government by the Speaker, Grover Norquist and Foreign Money donors.

Res ipsa loquitur.

Or, to paraphrase a (now ret.) CA Court of Appeal judge that rejected a different corporate defendant’s claim of “privilege” to shield the extent of fraudulent concealment in his published opinion, neither the crime/fraud exception in the CA or Federal Rules of Evidence, “nor the rule of law itself, is so limited.”

Put Grover Norquist under oath by the Executive branch. He is admittedly complicit in “shutting down” the government and is incapable of hiding being imaginary “partisan privilege.”

Under what legally recognizable privilege can Grover “drown the government in the bathtub” Norquist deny the State ALL pertinent records of trying to “defund”, “shut down” or induce a “default”? The elected officials he has unlawfully coerced to sign a “contract” to “not raise revenue” (i.e., despite Article I, Section 8 being the Supreme Law of the Land) doesn’t, in itself, trigger a duty of the Department of Justice to investigate the motive of Foreign governments to partially or wholly subsidize such injury? It is axiomatic under our laws that this breach of duty by the Speaker authorizes an immediate injunctive relief, if not merely to avoid the Speaker creating liability for the State on account of the self-evident duty owed to Treasury holders, businesses, pension funds, Wall Street firms, etc., for causes of action based on vicarious liability. See, Mary Pickford Co. v. Bayly Bros., Inc. (1939) 12 Cal.2d 501, 519 (“if the duty to disclose exists, the People merely need to establish that the elected official or acting Fiduciary, with or without fraudulent intent, gains an advantage over another by misleading another to his prejudice”). This is the law and to disregard it here would render the Equal Protection Clause a mere form of words.

But the clock is not “ticking” on the “default” that you desire like a desert serpent as it enters the hole- the clock is ticking on the People waking up to our country being “sold out” from under us by the regime that lies in exchange for Foreign gold.

There is no other plausible explanation for promoting our own State’s fiscal starvation.

“It is safe to assert that no government properly established ever had a recognized provision or mechanism in its organic law for it own termination or self-inflicted harm.” – Abraham Lincoln

notsacredh
notsacredh

“Members of the media have said that the 2014 election will come down to the I.R.S. and Lois Lerner, NSA and Edward Snowden, and Syria,” said David Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report. While the the politics of the shutdown are “toxic and self-destructive for the Republican Party broadly,” Wasserman says it’s “far too early” to say what the consequences will be.

That's hilarious. I doubt if even 10% of the public knows who Lois Lerner is. The NSA is going to be a major factor in the election? Try again. Almost everyone already thought the government was spying on us. The IRS has a little more legs, but not much. Syria? Another non-starter. Political junkies, maybe. The general public? Not a chance. It's going to be the shutdown, the Tea Party, Obamacare and the IRS playing a minor role

falcon269
falcon269

Why do I think Cruz will not give any unanimous consent? I expect the slow track in the Senate, but I am a pessimist when it comes to reason prevailing with Republicans. They are stuck in their terrible-twos.

jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

The only appropriate comment one can make at this stage regarding elected "representatives" is.....  FOOLS

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DavidFarrar

the goal here isn't to reduce wild, uncontrollable government spending but to politically isolate the Tea Party

The only ones doing anything to the tea party is the tea party itself.

With about 17% and dropping in popularity the nation is tired of their idiotic tirades.

This is on the tea party. But as usual they have to go around and blame others for their behavior.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@DavidFarrar How does one politically isolate 30 -40 representatives that hold an entire country hostage? Seems you have done a great job of it already.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@DavidFarrar And the GOP's proposals that directly reduce "wild, uncontrollable government spending" are?

Ahu
Ahu

@billbear1961  

DESTROY DOOM MISERY CONTEMPT GREED POWER BETRAYAL!!  The world is ending, head for the mountains and the caves!! 

 Is this your first time reading political news? This is what politicians do, it's been like this all along. The only difference is now it's plan to see.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@AlistairCookie The democrats have to be very careful here.  It wouldn't take a lot to swing public opinion against them. 

 If they were seen rejecting this deal, it would have started moving the needle, and possibly could allow more tea party support (and therefore the power to extort more concessions in the future).

I doubt the dates where chosen at random either.  It puts the deadlines just before the mid-term primaries start, making it unlikely they will try this at that time.

drudown
drudown

II. In The Instant “Shut Down” Dispute, (1) The Speaker, Senate and Individual Members of Congress Cannot Purport To “Rely” On Third-Party or “Subjective” Opinions That Contravene The Supreme Law of The Land As “Justification” For Breaching Duties, Laws or Ethical Rules Against Accepting Foreign Donations That Interfere With Performing Prescribed Duties Under Article I, Section 8 (i.e., Each Official Took A Solemn Oath To Serve The Constitution And Are Therefore Bound By Its Express Language And Supreme Court Precedent Interpreting It) When Such Intentional Conduct Constitutes Violation Of Due Process To The People

It is well established that “the Due Process Clause was intended to secure an individual from an abuse of power by government officials.” Daniels v. Williams (1986) 474 U.S. 327. Incredibly, here the Speaker, Senate and certain individuals in Congress seem to proffer their own, “subjective” or wholly unfounded “construction” of “justifications” for allowing the government to “shut down” (e.g., many “journalists” in the Media parrot these shopworn notions that “certain sources close to Sen. Cruz, Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner think the ‘shut down’ is ‘needed to reign in spending habits’ or otherwise ‘teach some lesson’ that turns the Doctrine of Enumerated Powers on its head. What, the same exact declarants insisting on the condition precedent of a “strict construction” of the Constitution can suddenly “make up” their own Despotic, “Big Brother” punishment on the State despite their clearly enumerated legal obligation to RAISE REVENUE requires just the opposite? More egregiously, under what possible legal theory does the Speaker- indeed, the entire GOP Congress- seem to think they can just disregard our entire body of Supreme Court precedent on the hierarchy of federal law (i.e., expressly enumerated powers under the Constitution cannot be unduly limited by some “Debt Ceiling Act” funded by Foreign Money) as “justification” for the damage just inflicted upon the State granting them any self-perceived authority to act on our behalf? In short, merely citing some self-imposed Debt Ceiling Act as “justification” for INJURING the People, the United States Military or our Diplomatic ties with the World Community- by “deliberately discrediting the United States dollar” by manipulating the Accounting is likewise a breach of Duty and void ab initio. What, in other contexts of such State Action that touch and concern deprivation of liberty or Due Process interests (see, e.g., Parham v. J.R., 442 U.S. 584) the “victim” is entitled to a “review by a neutral factfinder”…but not when the United States Military or voting populace is placed at immediate risk of irreparable Due Process deprivation and financial prejudice?

(sigh.)

After all, the Speaker has VIOLATED every Several States’ laws by, among other things, refusing to pass an ANNUAL budget that directly affects Interstate Commerce and the Several States’ ability to ensure their own citizens receive Due Process protections. Ironically, the “paid for” Tea Party protests that advocate for racial discrimination and “anarchy” just underscores how poorly this ill-fated coup by the Speaker and Tea Party to pre-meditatively collude with Foreign funded special interest groups (see, Grover Norquist) to injure the credit of the United States and its ability to function. Their statements demonstrating their plan to do so are in the record and nothing in our entire body of law holds that violating law “in the name of partisan loyalty” affects its underlying illegality or tortious effect on prospective economic advantage. Accordingly, what about limiting the common Defense and People’s general WELFARE does not merit immediate remedial measures by the State? Even if the Speaker’s plan “went forward” past the (enter dramatic Halloween screeching sound) the “default”, the abstract notion Foreign Money can be used to irreparably injure the State issuing said currency by basic bribery would render the entire system of Western Civilization and rule of law we share, a mockery.

Pity the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles;

Or Traitors transmute Due Process into a nullity.

“The basis of effective government is public confidence.” – John F. Kennedy

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Nah, it will motivate the fanatics to get out, but a lot more regular republicans will be turned off. They're not liking what they see now and more fanatics won't motivate them. This will be a race between regular folks and the tea party fools. Lets hope regular folks have had enough.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@doriangrey_grey @DavidFarrar Al Qaeda isn't destroying our economy, the Tea Party is. If an outside force had done what they have done for the last 5 years, a SEAL team would have been en route with orders to take no prisoners.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@barneydidit @DavidFarrar

And the GOP's proposals that directly reduce "wild, uncontrollable government spending" are?

Tax cuts and more military spending.

It's magic.

billbear1961
billbear1961

@Ahu @billbear1961 What the GOP has done here, this coup attempt, and threatening to destroy the economy if their extortion demands are not met, is unprecedented.

The scale of the betrayal is mind-boggling.

It will make majority government IMPOSSIBLE.

They have finally overreached in their efforts--also unprecedented in scale--to obstruct everything this President has ever tried to accomplish.

There has been a well-coordinated plan underway by the radical right to undermine effective government for some time now, with the hopes of turning the clock back a CENTURY and undoing every bit of progress the common man has made to defend himself from exploitation by the rich and powerful.

Thanks to this attempted coup, Americans are more likely than EVER to begin waking up in large numbers to what's going on!

Even the Koch brothers, important architects of the plot, are alarmed that their vicious lackeys have gone too far this time and may have provoked the beginnings of a serious backlash! 

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@tom.litton @AlistairCookie

The democrats have to be very careful here.  It wouldn't take a lot to swing public opinion against them. 

This I [unfortunately] agree with.  But, at what point, is enough enough?  The tactic of shutting down the government and holding the debt ceiling hostage is beyond reprehensible.  Isn't giving even an inch a reward for their shenanigans--and reason for them to do it again?

  I doubt the dates where chosen at random either.  It puts the deadlines just before the mid-term primaries start, making it unlikely they will try this at that time.

I doubt it was random as well.  That might be the theory, but I don't think that makes it unlikely they will start this up again.  Their modus operandi has been to double down on the crazy, lest they get primaried from the right--why stop now?  Especially when they are given another golden opportunity to do so.  Prove your crazy Conservative cred and refuse the debt ceiling again.

Fortunately, [fortunately?---the things politics has done to my thought process...], it seems that the TP House will be taking the reins on the deal rejecting, saving the Dems from having to choose between the rock and a hard place of capitulating, or having a steel backbone.   

drudown
drudown

I say: Don’t Tread On Me.

Notably, the same Speaker and GOP Congress suddenly “questioning” the actual ambit of law is now calling Science into question as well. Taken to its illogical conclusion, the GOP “final solution” for the People is to “defund” the “shut down” government, wreak havoc on international markets that can be manipulated (see, the fraud of “peak oil”), materially defile the People’s potable water supply via environmentally disastrous “fracking” (see, ‘Gas Land’ documentaries) so that, unable to govern without Foreign Lenders, we lose not only the New Deal our progenitors secured through work and struggle- but our Bill of Rights as well.

Here, “Tea Party diplomatic strategy” is try to inculcate some misplaced “fear” of “terrorists” abroad and increasingly start controversies between sovereigns- most notably our trusted Allies like the EU, and, of course, our most important future Allies: Russia and China…why, even Iran, Syria and Iraq… these “terrorists” trying to create chaos by blowing up our passing troops or innocent civilians is just a different pre-meditated “plan” to deflect attention from Climate Change caused by (drumroll, please) Fossil Fuels primarily exported by Saudi Arabia. One can start with invading Iraq over false pretenses with an eye towards weakening ties with our closest Allies, and just go from there: what, are the People to believe that Foreign Money wasn’t behind the GOP’s incessant push over invading Syria with an eye toward damaging relations with Russia? None of this State Action benefits the People. It weakens the State, disregards all the binding precedent, defiles all the sacrifice of Veterans and makes every oath made by Americans and Western Civilization: washed in the speechless real of Freedom: “less free” because- as evidenced by the “Patriot Act” and NSA spying of unprecedented magnitude- there are less onerous means available and no compelling State interest to not follow the express language of the Constitution. These days? The GOP actually believes there is “no need to rationalize” State Action funded-by-Foreign-Money…which is, given the absence of any discernible benefit to the People, another form of Tyranny.

I say: “Live Free or Die.”

Clearly, the Foreign money trying to bankrupt the aforementioned sovereigns in Western Civilization or larger World Community is not desirable, nor is the purported “purse power” of unlawful Traitors acting in an official capacity- that is, that can’t even follow the law, much less answer truthful questions or refuse to testify under oath to the Executive branch (despite the absence of Privilege which does not apply to Treason charges or Dr. Seuss-let-me-waste-time-before-setting-chaos-loose), realistically present any hindrance to an Executive Agreement to raise emergency funds via Executive Agreement with the EU and Russia- and other, interested participating sovereigns. Perhaps the GOP takes their betrayal to “shut down” the State too seriously insofar the paid-for-Media should stop believing its own lies that the other branches of government or Several States have to- like the Congress’ imaginary obligation to “see how the markets react” in order to honor a legal requirement to pass a Budget- take remedial measures.

In summary, if a few members of Congress could unilaterally exact “concessions” via such blatantly unlawful Legislative Veto power, the rule of the law becomes a mere form of words. Above all, the most revered liberties in the Bill of Rights- say, the 2nd Amendment’s protections- are suddenly in dispute on account of the Speaker’s subversion of his prior statements requiring a “strict construction” of the Constitution.

Conspicuously, the same “paid-for” Media that the Reagan/Bush/Cheney regime “neutered” with Foreign Money, now freely calls the very legitimacy of the sitting Commander in Chief into question as if, in the end, such “deregulation” should immediately be “reinstated” sua sponte by the Supreme Court for having a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment and the condition precedent of a truly Free Press to have a functioning Democracy. The evidence clearly proves that these lies unapologetically dispensed (e.g., “birther” claims) that are often (literally) paid for by Foreign Money are not at all unlike the phony “civil disobedience” and “shouting matches” demonstrated at Obamacare or Immigration “reform” Town Hall meetings. Foreign Money is just being “secretly” funneled through wealthy United States citizen conduits (e.g., Koch Brothers) and, to add insult to injury, often through sham “charities” that (lo and behold!) the same GOP Congress that is refusing to do its lawful job to simply avert ADDITIONAL damage, injury and disruption to Commerce between the Several States…now purports to cast these “charities” that inculcate “hatred” for our own government as some “victim” of an IRS “conspiracy”. How is that not probable cause of Foreign money corrupting the system? Not coincidentally, much comes from OPEC states and even the same sovereign that trained and sent the 9/11 attackers to kill 5,000 citizens of the World Community.

On behalf of the People, I hereby move the Congress to renounce your Anticipatory Repudiation and to renounce the unprotected “fighting words” that Sen. Cruz ratified by his presence and words inciting deliberate social disobedience. The fact the evidentiary record shows that special interest groups have staged and wholly subsidized these “riots” tends to prove both (1) an internal, independent investigation by the Senate and (2) invoking the Checks and Balances that Natural Law implicitly confers to Executive branch to prevent the overreaching of the State. Surely you cannot credibly contend it is not “relevant” to determine whether the declarants in front of the White House or those declarants publicly slandering the Commander in Chief are being paid to do so with Foreign Money? In order to ascertain the source of the funds corrupting the Congress, perhaps the President must actually emulate President Lincoln- or even my great-grandfather Robert E. Lee’s humility in defeat- since both are in furtherance of what is right and true for the Nation when the Congress refuses to follow the law and prevents the proper functioning of government.

If you disagree with this analysis, please provide a substantive rebuttal citing legal authority with the self-evident stipulation that our Constitution- nor ANY express obligations delineated therein- can be “superseded” by the Debt Ceiling Act or ANY law passed- or to be passed- by Congress. Neither the rule of law, nor the Social Contract from which the Police Power reserved to the Several States springs, is so limited.

We are a nation of laws. We want it back.

“The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries that operate to veil simple corruption. The government must be forever neutral when enforcing the law- particularly with the bribery by official hands.” – John Adams

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious,  out of curiosity, are ANY of your friends as into politics as you are? Not a single one of mine are. I think I could ask every person i work with if they knew who Lois Lerner was and I'd be surprised if her name rang a bell with more than one. I'd say that more than half probably couldn't even name their own congressman. I have my congressman's phone number in my wallet.

jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

@sacredh @MrObvious I have to completely agree with your suggestion that, on election day, no characteristic plays a larger part in the selection of public office holders than the ignorance of the voters.