By Brendan Loy
“One of the most important things about this piece of legislation is that never again will any president, of either party, be able to raise the debt ceiling without being held accountable for it by the American people.” –Mitch McConnell, just now.
Translation: henceforth, members of Congress, of both parties, will feel even more freedom to pass irresponsible budgets, pretending that they are somehow unaware that they are requiring the president to borrow money, since it’s mathematically impossible to cover the spending mandated by Congress with the revenue allowed by Congress. They’ll do this because they know they can pretend to be “deficit hawks” when the president makes the necessary request to borrow the money that Congress has mathematically required him to borrow, at which point they can deny simple arithmetic and create a big f***ing months-long dog-and-pony show about “fiscal responsibility,” blaming the president for the arithmetic of the prior years’ budgets that Congress passed.
Didn’t the Tea Party require a reading of the Constitution at the beginning of this session of Congress? Apparently it didn’t sink in. Congress has the power of the purse. Not the President. Congress.
Our “leaders” are a disgrace to this nation. And because we allow them to be our leaders, so are we.
UPDATE: The bill passes.