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Top Senate Dems on Unilateral Debt Ceiling Hike: Go For It, Mr. President

Richard31 Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 7:31 AM
Let me see... The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had a Constitution. A very good one, in fact - quite similar to the United States Constitution (the only _major_ difference was that it allowed the "member states" to secede). Of course, this Constitution, too, was quite "dysfunctional." It did not allow Josef Stalin to do "what needed to be done" - so he circumvented it. Starving millions of Kulaks in the Ukraine, forced labor on "Hero Projects" by Gulag inmates, splitting Poland with Nazi Germany - all unconstitutional. But of course, all of this needed to be done for "progress." Coming soon to your own back yard.

There once was a time when Congressional Democrats screeched hysterically about the separation of powers.  There once was a time when liberals warned that an 'imperial presidency' would destroy the republic.  There once was a time when certain freshman Senators from Illinois voted against raising the debt ceiling as a pointed rebuke of our "reckless fiscal policies."  Those times, ladies and gentlemen, have passed:
 

In a move that will significantly ratchet up the brinksmanship around the debt ceiling, the four members of the Senate Democratic leadership are privately telling the White House that they will...