Email letters, October 8,  2013

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Apparently, on-line letter-writer Dave Kearsely is at it again – listening to Limbaugh on his drive in from Mesa, then documenting that drug-addicted bloviater’s latest meme in a missive to the Sentinel (“President has equal responsibility with Congress to negotiate”).

First, constitutionally, President Obama has no responsibility to negotiate with Congress over appropriations bills.  Under Article I, Sections 7 and 9, all such bills are to originate in the House, but do not become law until an identical bill is passed in the Senate and signed by the President.  Differences between the two versions are to be resolved in conference committee between the two Houses.  As of March 23, 2013, both houses had passed differing budgets, but for six months Speaker Boehner refused to appoint House conferees, while Senate Republicans are still filibustering the appointment of conferees.

Second, contrary to Kearsley’s as-usual provably false assertion, “Sen. Obama himself” did not “advocate a shutdown in 2006”.  Rather,  then-Senator Obama (along with all other Democratic Senators) cast a symbolic vote against increasing the “debt limit” – knowing that it would pass with Republican votes regardless—in protest over George Bush’s profligate deficit spending and deceptive budgetary accounting practices (which ended-up doubling the national debt that President Obama inherited two years later). 

Third, Kearsley grossly distorts what’s been happening in Congress.  As shown on the Library of Congress web-site, the House has passed only four of the twelve required appropriations bills needed to keep all of the government open.  The series of bills to which President Obama objects are not substitutes for those appropriation bills, but reopen only slivers of the government which Repugnicans deem politically beneficial.  They even voted to pay furloughed federal employees for not working – rather than allowing them to do their many vital jobs.

Fourth, Kearsely’s mindless regurgitation of the Repugnican’s “credit card” myth is wildly irresponsible. Treasury officials have that it is not feasible to systematically “prioritize” our obligations – because automated systems issue some 2 million checks and pay out $10 billion per day—especially when required staff is furloughed.

Thus, Sentinel readers should again be laughing at Kearsley’s profound ignorance – if the stakes weren’t so high.  President Obama is refusing to negotiate with anti-democratic “domestic terrorists” lest doing so simply invites moré “hostage taking”.

Apparently, Dave Kearsely listens to Limbaugh on his commute from Mesa, then channels him to the Sentinel (“President has equal responsibility with Congress to negotiate”, October 8).

First, President Obama has no constitutional responsibility to negotiate with Congress over appropriations bills.  Under Article I, such bills originate in the House, but do not become law until an identical bill is passed in the Senate (and signed by the President).  Differences are resolved in conference committee.  As of March 23, 2013, both houses had passed budgets, but for six months Speaker Boehner refused to appoint House conferees, while Senate Republicans are still filibustering Leader Reid’s appointments.

Second, “Sen. Obama himself” did not “advocate a shutdown in 2006”.  Rather, he (along with all other Democratic Senators) symbolically voted against a “debt limit” increase – knowing that it would pass regardless—in protest over George Bush’s profligate deficit spending and deceptive accounting practices (which ended-up doubling the national debt that President Obama subsequently inherited). 

Third, per the Library of Congress, the House has passed only four of the twelve required appropriations bills necessary to keep all departments of the government open.  The bills to which President Obama objects are not substitutes for those appropriation bills, but reopen only segments of the government which Repugnicans deem politically expedient.  They even voted to retroactively pay furloughed federal employees for not working – rather than pay them to actually do their many vital jobs.

Fourth, Kearsely’s regurgitation of Repugnicans’ “credit card” meme is irresponsible. Treasury officials have testified that it is not feasible to arbitrarily “prioritize” our obligations – because automated systems issue some 2 million checks and pay out $10 billion per day—especially when required staff is furloughed.

Thus, Sentinel readers should again be laughing at Kearsley’s profound ignorance – if the stakes weren’t so high.



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