01.23.2013 in Politics by Robert Romano 4

White House agrees to House Republican suspension of debt ceiling

By Robert Romano — To be charitable, perhaps the House never thought Obama would ever go for it.

That was certainly the indication when House Republicans last week unveiled their plan for a short 4-month suspension of the debt ceiling, tied to a demand that the Senate pass a budget or else receive no pay.

A spokesman for Nancy Pelosi called it a “gimmick.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Harry Reid, although more receptive, still insisted on a “a clean debt-ceiling increase,” meaning no strings attached — like demands to pass a budget, a process the Senate has not completed for nearly four years.

But then on Jan. 22, suddenly, the White House issued a statement of support of the House Ways and Means Committee proposal to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013, H.R. 325.

So, now the legislation appears to be on the fast track.

There’s only one problem. When it passes, it could ultimately result in the elimination of the $16.394 trillion debt ceiling altogether.

“All the Senate has to do after the four months are up is insist that the debt ceiling suspension be extended indefinitely as the only means to avert default,” Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson noted in a statement, adding, “Come May 19, Republicans will be backed into a corner of their own making from which they will see no escape but total capitulation.”

After that, Obama and all future presidents would have a blank check to borrow unlimited amounts of money without any congressional approval. Which is hardly what voters envisioned when they sent Republicans into the House majority in 2010.

Emphasizing this point, Wilson said, “Unless House Republicans change the current path we are on, our nation’s national debt will have increased by more than $4 trillion during their four years in the majority. For a group that gained control of the House on the promise of deficit reduction, that will be an extremely difficult record to defend in 2014.”

It is an historical irony that Millard Fillmore, the last president of the Whig party, happened to be the 13th President of the United States.

And at this rate, if the debt ceiling really is lost altogether, costing Congress the power of the purse, it may yet prove to be a similar irony that the 113th House of Representatives, sworn in on 1-3-13, was the last Republican House majority in American history.

Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.

  • Patrick_Gentry

    Just shows how careful you have to be when working with piece of crap liberals.

  • pduffy

    This is not a constitutional government. It’s rogue. It’s against the law not to pass a budget – where are the prison sentences for breaking this law? Where there is no penalty for breaking the law, there is no law. They are doing whatever they want, and there is nobody to stop them, as the courts have been bought off, and appointed by criminals.

  • So the legislature passes bills that require spending, and then fights with the President over whether to approve paying for them? Why is anyone taking them seriously? All bills involving spending must go through the House of Representatives… so, now, it’s Obama’s fault that we have debt? Why do we need a debt ceiling? The Tea Party: “Stop me before I pay the bills for things i approved.” Oh, yes, you just wrote an article explaining why this simple truth is wrong… sorry, it wasn’t persuasive.

    Oh, I forgot, this is religion. It’s an article of faith that Obama’s evil, so if something bad happens, it must be his fault, even if it doesn’t look like it. When Reagan was president, they never tried to pull this nonsense, nor have they, like now, until Obama was in… but we all know that can’t be true, right, so it’s a liberal commie lie… Don’t forget, now, Robert – no matter what happens, if it’s wrong, it’s Obama’s fault; if it’s right, it was in spite of Obama . . .

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