Republicans vs. the Constitution
Eric Cantor weighed in today at Quora on the balanced budget Amendment. This is what he said:
Once created, government programs build constituencies of special interests determined to keep the money flowing, whether or not the particular program is effective. There have been many times when the House has placed wasteful and duplicative programs on the chopping block, only to see pressure from the spending lobby win the day in the Senate.
Near-term spending cuts are necessary to alter the course, but they will not be enough without long-term changes. Likewise, promises of cuts 10 years from now mean little without a way to enforce them. The only way to truly guarantee delivery from future elected officials is for the Constitution to demand it.
To that end, the House has scheduled a vote on a balanced budget amendment that would require supermajorities in both chambers to run a deficit, raise the debt ceiling, raise taxes and spend more than 18% of the GDP. With the balanced budget movement gaining momentum, members of the spending lobby want to argue that Congress and the President already have the ability to control spending. Ability and discipline are not the same. If Washington actually had the discipline to live within its means over the long-term, every American citizen would not owe $46,000 toward the national debt.
In my view, the importance of these upcoming votes cannot be overstated. The adoption of a Balanced Budget Amendment would make reckless borrowing a thing of the past, and will ensure that our children enjoy futures full of opportunity.
Democrats and Republicans should join together to do the right thing, pass this amendment, and make a real difference for the future of our country.
Seattle rallies (with a singalong!) against Scott Walker's speech yesterday to the right-wing Washington Policy Center.
In Seattle, the Anti-Fascist Marching Band struck up "On Wisconsin." Read more about Seattle rallies against Scott Walker
The number of Sing Along participants was lowish today (averaging around 22-23 people actually participating - singing or holding signs - over the course of the hour; though the number of observers was much higher), and the police arrested most of the participants. Mass sweeps. Read more about Wisconsin Capitol Police escalate Sing Along arrests
In Wisconsin, the Department of Administration has now released a statement that observers of the Solidarity Sing Along will no longer be arrested or threatened with arrest. Videos of tourists being threatened with arrest, and complaints from legislators who were threatened with arrest for merely observing the Sing Along, have proven an embarrassment to Walker. Read more about Walker forced to back off from arresting observers of Solidarity Sing Along
Yesterday and today, Wisconsin Capitol Police conducted mass arrests of the Wisconsin Solidarity Singers.
Pics from today:
Read more about Wisconsin Solidarity Singers – numbers swell in response to arrests
In light of the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act, upholding the principle that States must be treated equally under the Constitution when it comes to new voting legislation they enact, but people, in relation to their exercising their voting rights, not so much; there's a real need for proposals to make Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act operative again by re-writing Section 4. Here's a modest proposal. Read more about A Modest Proposal on Voting Rights
Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, et al knew that these guys were corrupt, racist, sexist ogres when they were up for confirmation. They could have organized a proper filibuster.. Bork was stopped, these ogres could have been stopped. Going back to at least as far as Bush vs Gore we knew that no member of the Federalist Society would decide according to the law, but only according to the conservative agenda. Read more about About the Supreme Court
The Republicans are crazy, except the ones like Eric Cantor who seek to profit from a default. And I don't think that the bankster backers will call them back, there is even a possibility that the banksters are egging them on. The banksters may see to personally profit while the government bails out their companies. Read more about They are crazy, OK?