Many of the responses I’ve gotten to my article on the Republican plan to use the debt ceiling as leverage to force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass a budget have been along these lines: If it is against the law for Congress not to pass a budget (and it is), and if Harry Reid is violating that law (and he is), then why can’t something be done about it? Why can’t Reid be charged with something? Or perhaps a lawsuit be brought? The answer is the law requiring Congress to pass an annual budget, the Congressional Budget Act
Well Duh! They can´t force Harry to prepare a budget because the House always passes a continuing spending resolution so he doesn´t have to prepare one. It´s as simple as that. The House Republicans are more concerned about the bad press they would get rather than stop spending a trillion dollars a year we don´t have on programs and departments we don´t need!
It´s been so deflating to me to learn more and more often of the games the pols have designed for themselves that they continue to use against tax-payers. I no longer have faith in anything most of them say -- it´s all a bunch of lawyer-designed Ponzi activity and corruption, and the members themselves have conveniently insulated themselves from the results.
When truth, laws and even words ("ethics", for example) mean little or nothing, we are becoming a more cynical electorate by the day, and I see no end to it.
I think the Republicans should fold now and give the Dems what they want. They will, in the end, fold anyway, and it would save time, money, ink, and aggravation from false hope if they just conceded now.
The only ´teeth´ these unspeakable miscreants known as libtard politicians would respect would be immediate hanging of the then current majority leader should a budget not be passed - and the trial shouldn´t take more than an hour.
We all know Boehner rolls over for anything Obama and the Democrats want. Why even care about what Boehner and his boys will do this time? They are a joke. They also belong in jail along with Harry Reid.
How about charging him with misfeasance and malfeasance of fiduciary and fiscal responsibility
And not following the law of the land. Didn´t Harry have a tax problem a few years ago for claiming interest payments on land he had previously sold. I wonder if he too the real estate deduction as well
There are many liberals who lead thoroughly decent lives. And there are conservatives who do not. But that is not the whole issue. There is something about liberalism that is not nearly as true about conservatism. The further left one goes, the more one finds that the ideology provides moral cover for a life that is not moral. While many people left of center lead fine personal lives, many do not. And left-wing ideals enable a person to do that much more than conservative ideals do. There is an easy way to demonstrate this. If a married — or even
In the 20th century, Western intellectuals’ two most dominant explanations of disparities in economic, educational and other achievements were innate racial differences in ability (in the early decades) and racial discrimination (in the later decades). In neither era were the intelligentsia receptive to other explanations. In each era, they were convinced that they had the answer — and dismissed and disparaged those who offered other answers. Differences in mental test scores among different racial and ethnic groups were taken as proof of genetic differences in innate mental ability during the Progressive era in the early 20th century. Progressives regarded the
Texas A&M said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a friend who was joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, stunning both schools just days before fall practices begin. Manukainiu, a 19-year-old defensive lineman for the Aggies, and 18-year-old Utah recruit Gaius "Keio" Vaenuku were killed, officials from both schools said. The wreck happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, apparently as the group was returning to suburban Dallas, where three of them had
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There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
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