This Week Would Be Hilarious...Were It Not So Disgusting
Well, it would seem the jury in the Casey Anthony case thinks her baby committed suicide or something...I’m no expert (neither are the TV “experts,” it turns out), nor did I follow the case, and I’m not going to comment on it here...although I will say that there is no truth to the rumor I’m starting that the National Organization for Women (NOW) will be honoring Casey as the “Woman of the Year” for pioneering abortion in the 11th trimester.
Now on with the news...
We Don’t Have To Follow The Constitution, We’ve Got The Constitution On Our Side!
You just know every cable network already has their graphic for the debt ceiling “crisis” and are feverishly working on their theme music. That will come, probably in the next week or two, if no deal is struck. But while the media focus on the insignificance of aesthetics, liberals are actively espousing the prospect of a Presidential end-run around the Constitution....wait for it...by using the Constitution. They claim the 14th Amendment gives the President the authority to simply raise the debt ceiling with the snap of his fingers.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was the first to confirm this, but he was not the last. Even Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) thinks the President might be able to do this, and refused to condemn the idea. Grassley, at least 439 years old and been in the Senate at least half as long, also thinks ethanol subsidies are a good thing, so that tells you all you need to know about his judgment.
But let’s look at what they’re espousing for a second.
They claim Section 4 of the 14th Amendment authorizes, no, REQUIRES the President to simply raise the debt ceiling to avoid government default. To understand this insanity you have to look at the relevant part of the Amendment they cite:
“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”