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McConnell proposes way to end debt-limit stalemate

By DOUG THOMPSON
July 13, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., second from left, and fellow Senate Republican Senators, leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., McConnell, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The level of frustration felt by some on Capitol Hill has reached the point that even a Republican leader is proposing giving President Barack Obama the power to increase the debt ceiling on his own without the approval of Congress.

A long-shot proposal by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky highlights the realization that the debate over taxes and revenue is at a standstill and cannot be resolved by continuing to fight.

While tea party zealots screamed in dismay over McConnell’s proposal, calmer heads appeared to realize that no other option may be available to resolve the issue.

“I think everybody agrees there needs to be a backup plan if we can’t come to an agreement and frankly, I think Mitch has gone good work” Speaker of the House John Boehner said Tuesday.

McConnell says Obama could secure increases of up to $2.5 trillion in the government’s borrowing power in three installments over the next year as long as he also offered up spending cuts that offset the borrowing.

Such debt limit hikes would take effect unless Congress blocks the action and Obama could use his Presidential powers to veto that vote.

The idea — of course — didn’t set well with power-mad conservatives.

“The American people elected McConnell to serve as a check on Obama’s appetite for out-of control spending, not to write him a blank check to continue the binge,” right-wing firebrand Brett Bozell told The Associated Press. “It’s these short of shenanigans that got Republicans thrown out of power in 2006.”

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8 Responses to McConnell proposes way to end debt-limit stalemate

  1. Danny Adams

    July 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Well, aside from the fact that handing the debt limit power to Obama would be unconstitutional and bolster the power of the Unitary Executive that Democrats said they hated the idea of when G.W. Bush was president, what could go wrong?

  2. Carl Nemo

    July 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I read about this cockamamie scheme yesterday on the web. Seemingly we know what Mitch McConnell thinks of our Constitution. He would have done well in the ‘sovietski’ Russia of yore.

    So his idea is to turn the Presidency into an absolute dictatorship; I.E., Commander in Chief, the Unitary Executive as well as in charge of the national budget. What a crock…!

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if these Congressional slimeballs rollover, abrogating their Constitutional authority and responsiblity by washing their hands of this budget decision and leaving it to a former Chicago ‘community organizer’. They’ve done so concerning presidents engaging this nation in wars including that of a civil nature. Seemingly we’re toast…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

    • ray

      July 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      carl i think you have misunderstood the point of the mcconnell ploy … it is not to empower the president but to once and for all demonize him as the sole source of all economic problems by saying he raised taxes, he raised the debt limit … republicans had nothing to do with it

      the coarsest form of political chicanery

      • Danny Adams

        July 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        Ray: True that, and they’re probably hoping that a Republican will win the presidency in 2012–thus adding an extra fringe benefit to the ploy by imagining one of their guys will then have the debt limit power.

  3. Carl Nemo

    July 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    “I think everybody agrees there needs to be a backup plan if we can’t come to an agreement and frankly, I think Mitch has gone good work” Speaker of the House John Boehner said Tuesday.” …extract from article

    Thanks ray for your thoughts, but creating such an enabling law is flat unconstitutional, but like all laws could be passed and until it’s tested in our highest court the power granted via such would stand, giving this usurper, our President far more powers than the founders wished any president to have.

    The Republicans will have washed their hands of the decision while Democrats would be ecstatic with this newfound power granted to their Democratic ‘Capo in Chief’, once simply a President of this nation; I.E., an elected representative of “We the people”.

    I do my best thinking when doing some old-fashioned manual labor on my spread. Today I’ve been pressure-washing my ag buildings etc. Most of my posts I write between chores while back in the house for a bit. if I had to work hard at my missives, I wouldn’t post all that much.

    Embedded in the quote extract the words “backup plan” stuck in my mind from earlier this AM when I read such. So over time while watching the moss, algae and lichens get blasted away exposing a fresh, clean surface it hit me that these crimpols are slowly but surely giving up their constitutional control of the Presidency, thus creating a dictator, possibly for life, no different than Julius Caesar’s ascendancy to dictator of Rome which represented the bridging point from the old Roman Republic to a dictatorship controlled by a long line of Emperor despots with the Roman Senate handing over the decisions to an absolute ruler, their once meaningful input simply devolving into ‘window dressing’ as McConnell & Co. so eagerly wish to embrace.

    Through their dereliction of duty to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States by allowing a newly minted “Unitary Executive” to wage ongoing, continual wars including this nation now engaged indirectly via NATO in a Libyan civil war are all examples of Constitutional authority vested by the document seemingly have run amok. The House still controls funding for these zero sum, treasury draining, engineered conflicts, but refuse to pull the plug on the MIC now gone wild.

    Homeland Security has been feverishly troweling in the remaining bricks of an all-encompassing surveillance/police state from coast to coast, while the “Freedom of Information Act” requests have never been so scorned by an sitting President’s regime as under Obama; I.E., basically a very secretive enclave of well-chosen ‘leftie sycophants’ that surround him. So now it seems they want to give this man a personal checking account linked to the U.S. Treasury and to spend our money as he sees fit without any checks or balances whatsoever as designed in our founding document.

    If this proposed McConnell gambit should come about then for all pratical purposes our founding document has been rent asunder and we no longer have a Constitutional Republic, but an in our face dictatorship. I rest my case. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Almandine

    July 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    When pigs fly !

  5. woody188

    July 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Sounds like they already have decided. It would take two plus years to see this go before the SCOTUS and then what? They wouldn’t hold Obama personally liable for 7.5 trillion in increased spending even if they decided it was against the Constitution. And it isn’t even certain they would find it unconstitutional considering their recent rulings.

    Face it. It’s already a fascist dictatorship. We have rotating figure heads while the real deciders work behind the curtain of endless donations of “free speech” ala unlimited campaign contributions or as I like to call it, graft.

  6. Don A in Pennsyltucky

    July 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Mitchy-Mitch has repeatedly said that his objective is to prevent Obama from being re-elected. Seen through that lens, this is a transparent ploy aimed at diverting attention from the number of times he and his cronies voted to raise the debt limit while Bush was in office. McConnell isn’t stupid, he just lacks respect for truth.