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Rep. Danny K. Davis says the President should have the power to raise the debt ceiling on his own. What are your thoughts?

☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/01/06 03:12:22
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WASHINGTON — Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis told The Daily Caller that President Obama should have the power to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without congressional approval, citing the example of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation as a good use of presidential authority.

“Sometimes when we’ve gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions,” Davis told TheDC on Capitol Hill Friday. “I mean, remember that we just celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and the will to make that decision, we may have gone on with the war that was going to last several additional years and much longer, and thousands and thousands of people could have and would have, in all probability, lost their lives.”

“So, I think that we should have enough faith and confidence in the president and the president ought to have the authority to make that decision without Congress placing limits or determinates or determinations, and so yes, I think the president should have the ability to make that decision.”

House Speaker John Boehner opposes giving Obama the authority to unilaterally increase the debt ceiling.

“Congress is never going to give up our ability to control the purse,” Boehner said in December.




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  • keeper 2013/01/06 03:20:32
    The Power of the purse strings should remain under the House. Explain
    keeper
    +12
    This idiot didn't want Bush to have that power. He just wants to be a racist and make his messiah the emperor!

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  • olylift 2013/01/20 00:34:06
  • ☆stillt... olylift 2013/01/20 02:12:05
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    I am not sure he can read! If you ever hear him talk you will get a good idea what an idiot he is. This is just one example.
  • olylift ☆stillt... 2013/01/20 04:15:04
    olylift
    +1
    His unfortunate inability to understand the values the Constitution holds is echoed by half the country.
  • ☆stillt... olylift 2013/01/20 04:45:25
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    Yes it is. I am not sure of the cause. I know that part of it is that the school system has failed the people. They were bent on teaching that it was a living document and needed to be changed to meet the times
  • olylift ☆stillt... 2013/01/20 20:15:33
    olylift
    +1
    Being a somewhat recent graduate of high school, I can attest that we spent a heck of a lot more time on the New Deal than the Constitution.
  • ☆stillt... olylift 2013/01/20 20:27:19
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    I noticed that some of the history books spent more time on bashing the founding fathers than telling their accomplishments. Have they corrected that? I know that Texas is rewriting their history books to correct many of the things that have been left out of today's books.
  • olylift ☆stillt... 2013/01/21 08:00:53
    olylift
    +1
    I guess they have removed the bashing, at least in my school district. But based on popular opinion, I don't doubt that bashing the very people that started this country occurs.
  • ☆stillt... olylift 2013/01/21 17:38:57
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    Thank You!!
  • Bill 2013/01/15 16:22:46
    The Power of the purse strings should remain under the House. Explain
    Bill
    +1
    Q.E.D. (There still IS a Constitution, right?) We have enough revenue to pay our debts. We just don't need to increase the debt ceiling to BORROW more money to spend.
  • ☆stillt... Bill 2013/01/15 19:20:26
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    I totally agree. Stop sending money to countries that hate us to start with.
  • Bill ☆stillt... 2013/01/15 19:28:29
    Bill
    +1
    Yeah. And Obummer wants to send 10 F-16's and 200 tanks (Abrams???) to Egypt. Are you kidding me? To the Muslim Brotherhood? Unbelievable. Congress had better stop it. We or Israel (or both) may have to come up against them one day.
  • ☆stillt... Bill 2013/01/15 19:33:14
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    Let's hope that they do not come with the computer controls to aim the guns on the fly. that keep the guns on target.
  • Bill ☆stillt... 2013/01/15 19:44:01
    Bill
    +1
    I was thinking and worried about the exact same thing. I've seen those M1A1 Main Battle Tanks on the Military Channel (and my daughter has actually been in one when she was in Iraq) and they have to be stripped and the special armor removed. Many of the older Israeli tanks would not have a chance against them. If they want some old Vietnam era M-60 tanks, fine (actually, not THAT fine) but NO aircraft and good tanks should go to them. I don't want to send them anything, including money.
  • ☆stillt... Bill 2013/01/15 20:09:07
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    Yes they are so much faster and once the target is targeted the computer keeps them targeted and allow them to shot with extreme accuracy. We are borrowing money to furnish them money and weapon which is totally out of line. It is my opinion that Obama wants to see Israel defeated. The muslim brotherhood had direct connections to Iran.
  • Darnel 2013/01/15 02:55:27
    I have another idea. Tell us
    Darnel
    +1
    I think that washington should go to the people with this and stop looking for new stuff to spend money on.
  • ☆stillt... Darnel 2013/01/15 03:30:02
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    The people elect those in Washington there to represent us. The problem is most have no idea of what they have done and how well they represent them. Most just send the same person back with out checking any thing out. This is not a liberal or conservative problem. It is the voters problem. The press could help is they kept the people better informed as well.
  • cvmmvg2 2013/01/12 20:19:12
    The Power of the purse strings should remain under the House. Explain
    cvmmvg2
    +1
    Giving Obama a blank check is like giving a heroin addict a unlimited supply of Heroin.
    The results would be the same for both. The death of our Country and the death of the heroin addict!!
  • ☆stillt... cvmmvg2 2013/01/13 17:13:27
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    It may already be to late for the nation.
  • Transquesta 2013/01/10 20:27:05
    Undecided
    Transquesta
    +2
    SOMEBODY needs to read the Constitution--again and again and again if necessary.
  • ☆stillt... Transqu... 2013/01/10 20:51:21
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    You are asking to much Lol!!
  • Adam 2013/01/10 20:23:57
    The President needs this authority. Explain
    Adam
    +1
    All the debt ceiling being raised is is setting aside the money to pay for things that WE HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT.

    Imagine you go to dinner with someone, and they order an expensive dinner that your going to pay for. But your okay with that, that's how this works. Then, at the end of the night, you find out that this person has your wallet and credit card, and think your irresponsible for spending all that money on their dinner. Then, they insist that you give them your watch in exchange for the privilege to pay for the stuff that THEY bought, all while criticizing you for buying that needlessly expensive dinner that THEY bought. This is the debt ceiling in a nutshell.
  • ☆stillt... Adam 2013/01/13 17:21:28
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    Raising the debt ceiling say that you have no intention of controlling debt and spending. We should have voted out every incumbent this last election, but the people supported most of the same jerks.
  • Adam ☆stillt... 2013/01/13 18:17:24
    Adam
    No, cutting spending and raising revenue shows that you intend to reduce the debt. Not raising the debt ceiling shows that you are a deadbeat who does not pay for what you already bought, and want to use the threat of making us into deadbeats as a mutually assured destruction negotiation strategy to eek out short term political gains.

    Blaming the debt ceiling is like blaming your debt on the bank giving you a checkbook.
  • ☆stillt... Adam 2013/01/14 18:05:13
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    The President has refused to talk about making cuts in spending now that he has he tax increase and just wants the debt ceiling raised.
  • Bill Adam 2013/01/15 16:31:25
    Bill
    Raising the debt ceiling only allows us to BORROW money up to the ceiling limit. That money is then used for SPENDING. It seems a bit silly to borrow money to pay our debts. That is a never ending cycle. We are not deadbeats. We have enough revenue to pay the interest on the debt and for other programs. However, if one squanders that mony on programs that have no ROI, it is wasteful spending and one must again borrow to spend more. If Obama were to be allowed to do this, other countries would not loan since there is no "full faith and credit" with a 4 to 8 year term president to pay it back; only the Congress has that power.
  • Adam Bill 2013/01/16 00:53:44
    Adam
    So, you just don't understand how the economy works, because you are just plain old wrong. Spending that is decided at the legislative level goes into effect, and AFTER it goes into effect, we need to pay for it in the long term. We don't throw a few million dollars at some program and call it a day, these are long term investments. The large scale economy just doesn't work in the same way that one person getting a loan works. Without raising the debt ceiling to pay for things we have ALREADY BOUGHT, we default on debts and are deadbeats. To say otherwise is to be either misinformed or a liar. You want to argue we need to cut spending, great, everyone agrees we need to cut spending. But the Debt ceiling is just an excuse to hold this countries economy hostage for short term political gains.
  • Bill Adam 2013/01/16 01:05:07
    Bill
    Hmm. Doesn't seem we have done too well since the debt has gone up $6T in four years as opposed to Bush's $5T in eight years.
    He wants to be able to BORROW more money for SPENDING. One can NOT borrow money to pay off debt as one is getting more deeply INTO debt. One has to cut the spending AND pay off the debt.
  • Spizzzo BN-0 2013/01/10 11:10:13
    The President needs this authority. Explain
    Spizzzo BN-0
    +1
    By the time the Debt Ceiling comes into play, government spending has already been spent by bills originating in the House, passed by the Senate--then agreed to if necessary in a House/Senate Conference Committee; followed by passage in both houses and then signature into law by our President. Therefore, We, the People have approved ALL of these expenditures and not paying amounts to cheating on a debt, not paying a bill.

    It is quite literally being a deadbeat. If the Republican Party wants to prove to the world that the USA is an irresponsible deatbeat, then by all means they should block raising the Debt Ceiling.
  • cvmmvg2 Spizzzo... 2013/01/12 20:16:43
    cvmmvg2
    +1
    Wake up the Democratic Senate has not bought a Budget to Vote for 3 years in violation of the Constitution. In real terms no spending has be unanimously approved.
    There is also the huge amounts of Executive order spending that Obama himself is totally responsible.
  • Spizzzo... cvmmvg2 2013/01/14 10:29:12
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Irrelevant.

    There is NO Constitutional mandate for a budget--and budget bills originate in the Republican-dominated House, so why should Democrats vote for a Republican budget?

    Executive orders DO not, CAN not spend money not approved by the Republican House.
  • Bill Spizzzo... 2013/01/15 16:53:49 (edited)
    Bill
    +1
    {There is NO Constitutional mandate for a budget--and budget bills originate in the Republican-dominated House, so why should Democrats vote for a Republican budget?}
    No, they originate with the president's budget proposal, as required, and then is is debated in the House and Senate. The House controls the purse strings and originates its own taxing and spending and affirm or deny the president's "proposal".
    So far, each year, Obama's proposals have suffered near unanimous rejection by both the House and Senate. It had little to do with Republicans.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    The Budget of the United States Government often begins as the President's proposal to the U.S. Congress which recommends funding levels for the next fiscal year, beginning October 1.

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od...
    A spending bill must be created, debated and passed to fund the programs and operations of each Cabinet-level agency. Per the Constitution, each spending bill must originate in the House. Since the House and Senate versions of each spending bill must be identical, this always become the most time-consuming step in the budget process.
  • Spizzzo... Bill 2013/03/14 05:37:32
    Spizzzo BN-0
    "Little to do with Republicans"? How so--when it is the Republicans blocking any budget coming out of the Senate or from the WH, and when they only pass budgets in the House they are sure will not get anywhere?
  • Bill Spizzzo... 2013/03/14 12:25:20 (edited)
    Bill
    +1
    LOL Let's look at those budget votes on Obama's budget he submitted to the House and Senate.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floo...
    Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote
    A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday.
    In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint.
    It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget.
    Obama's 2012 budget failed 97 to 0 last May after Obama himself last April said he wanted deeper deficit cuts.
    The House earlier this year unanimously rejected Obama's budget.

    As I said, "little to do with the Republicans." Even House and Senate Democrats do not want to commit political suicide. It was a tax heavy bill that even the Democrats couldn't support.

    Where do you get your information from?
  • Spizzzo... cvmmvg2 2013/03/14 05:35:15
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Get real--this does not matter. The budget does not spend money, appropriations bills do. This crap about the Senate not passing one is just a lame attempt by Republicans to distract us.
  • cvmmvg2 Spizzzo... 2013/03/18 04:10:13
    cvmmvg2
    +1
    Distract from what? Spending the Country into fiscal collapse!!!
  • ☆stillt... Spizzzo... 2013/01/13 17:40:31
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    The last I knew we have already passed the debt limit. We have not had a budget for 3 years as the Senate has never even taken it up and the President has done nothing about it. He let them get away with it. The House has failed to do it job in controlling spending. At the same time everyone criticizes the Tea Party for wanting them to do their jobs. Even the Republicans complain about them.
  • Spizzzo... ☆stillt... 2013/03/14 05:40:36
    Spizzzo BN-0
    Nope, look into it more--we've NEVER passed the debt limit, and the budget has nothing to do with the debt limit.
  • ☆stillt... Spizzzo... 2013/03/14 16:33:29
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    Our debt is at 16.7 trillion and the limits is set at 16.4.. We have passed the debt limit. Normally the debt and budget are separate. The House has chosen to make it and issue. Tying them together. They want a budget first enable to set the debt limit.
  • Bill Spizzzo... 2013/03/14 16:35:23
    Bill
    {Nope, look into it more--we've NEVER passed the debt limit...}
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-5...
    Obama signs debt limit bill after nasty fight
    President Obama signed a hard-fought, last-minute compromise bill to avert economic catastrophe Tuesday, saying the deal to cut spending and increase the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit marked an "important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means."
    Though the deal will reduce the deficit by trillions of dollars, it still leaves the nation facing a projected $22 trillion debt ten years from now - an increase of more than $7 trillion from today. Ratings agencies have said that they could still downgrade the nation's Triple-A credit rating even with the deal.

    {...and the budget has nothing to do with the debt limit.}
    Of course it does, even if indirectly. It's propose a budget, allocate, borrow and spend.
  • ☆stillt... Bill 2013/03/14 16:58:18
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    You are looking at an old article from 2011. This year the debt increase will be approximately $850 billion dollars. This is do to the new $600 billion in taxes passed earlier this year.
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