Bill Clinton, Peronist or pragmatist? From Politico’s Morning Money:
FLASH: CLINTON WOULD INVOKE THE 14TH - Former President Bill Clinton told National Memo’s Joe Conason last night that if he were still in office and all else failed he would invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the nation’s debt ceiling unilaterally to avoid default and then “force the courts to stop me.” http://bit.ly/p0R6Ug
His reasoning? “I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy.” This echoes a view from the New Republic which patly suggests that once Congress decides to spend the money, the president’s duty is merely to borrow.
Not really. The 14th Amendment doesn’t call for Congress to borrow whenever it needs money. It simply instructs Congress to pay for what it spends. Meaning it can choose to cut spending, raise taxes, or print more currency. Arguing as Clinton does would also license the president to print more currency in order to pay the bills, effectively running down the value of the dollar.
It’s like saying that once you’ve maxed out all your credit cards, you have no choice but to transfer the balance to a new credit card.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?