I sincerely hope that Speaker of the House John Boehner does two things this morning:
- Read Article One, Section Eight of his Constitution.
- Call up Leader Reid and ask him to do the same before he sends over any fiscal legislation.
It's very specific, that Article, it says that the House shall originate all matters of fiscal importance.
On a point of order, one might also note that it is the duty of the Senate to consider all such legislation sent to them by the House, and by the Majority Leader, not the full Senate, rejecting every House-passed Act sent over in the past two weeks, they have abandoned that duty.
When Mr. Leader's Bill actually gets to the House, Speaker Boehner ought to immediately send this message to Leader Reid:
"Sir, this Legislation did not originate here, and therefore cannot be considered by this Body"
President Obama probably HAS read Art 1, Sect. 8, since he claims to be a Constitutional Scholar and teacher. Surely the President will not be too upset when Speaker Boehner does not even hold a vote on the Senate Bill, but sends it right back to the Senate.
How then does the current stalemate get resolved? Here's my suggestion:
First, Speaker Boehner calls upon the President and Leader Reid to read and heed Art 1, Sect. 8. Then Speaker Boehner needs to send over to leader Reid one Bill, duly debated and voted by the House, that contains a Federal Budget which funds all legal activities of the Federal Government, and contains such borrowing authority that would be found reasonable by both body's economists, say a limit of 5-7% past the income stream of the Government.
If the Senate again fails to consider a House-passed budget (this would be that so-called "clean resolution"), then the House ought to begin Impeachment proceedings against President Obama, for failure to do his Constitutional duty and actually run the country. Similar proceedings need to be begun against Leader Reid.
When the whole mess gets to the Supreme Court, one can only hope that THEY have read Article One, Section Eight.
BTW, if today goes past and there is no action to resolve the two stalemates, I recommend accumulating some cash reserves, quickly. Considering how President Obama abused his authority during the not-a-shutdown shutdown to cause pain and suffering amongst the Citizens, I think he will probably do the same with the Spending Limit question, and order a Bank Holiday, or at the least, a Federal Reserve Holiday. When that happens, every ATM in the Nation will go off-line. Credit cards will probably not be honored, either, since they, too require a process originating with the Federal Reserve.
Why would Obama deliberately tank the economy, you ask? Because he can, and because it's the only way he can show us that he has ultimate power over us. Right now, the House is showing him the Constitutional limit on that power, and Mister Obama doesn't like that, at all.