This weeks discussion following the Fiscal Cliff Deal are getting even stranger. Just when we may have thought we’d heard it all over this needless struggle, the quotes of the week prove we have not.
Remember first the debt ceiling is not an issue as it is described by the media and many in Washington. I mentioned last post and it’s worth mentioning again “the U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment reads the U.S. “debt shall not be questioned”.” But his week we see quotes making the point even stronger. Senate Republicans’ budget chief: “I think it should be a firm principle that we should not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan on how the new borrowed money will be spent,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
Here is the crux; while Senator Jeff Sessions wants a plan as to how the money is spent he apparently forgets about the Congressional Record. Yes it’s all there, the plan, complete, and detailed. Every government program, every government expenditure, past, present and projected well into the future are laid out in what Congress itself has already passed and funded i.e. already approved by both congressional bodies and signed into law by the President per the U.S. constitution. That is how it works, the plan.
There is always a bit more relating to the Senate and the wrangling within so I’ll also point out the Senate has largely ignored much of their responsibility for now almost four years. The last budget actually passed by this distinguished body was 1,352 days ago today, while the law requires them to pass a budget annually. Clearly they are quite used to ignoring the constitution.
Next we have: “It may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Republicans’ No. 2 in the Senate, wrote last week in the Houston Chronicle. “President Obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately.” Laying the need for a “plan” on the Executive Branch, In fact he’s telling the President to “put forward a plan”.
What we’re really hearing is but one of two things: Either these ‘leaders” are forgetting their and their legislative bodies’ votes and responsibilities per the Constitution; Or they are telling the Executive Branch to ignore what is already passed, funded, approved, and signed into law, i.e. the plan. Either way, it’s a clear game of passing the buck.