Damn, but Riverdaughter was brilliant
today. Nothing for it but to quote:
But what if getting Obama to invoke the 14th is Republican plan B? We assume that Obama can just do it and the courts will determine at some future date whether he was correct to do it or not. If everything works out OK, then it simply looks like a matter of it being better to ask forgiveness than permission. But we forget that the Republicans have 5 solid votes on the Surpreme Court on their side. Oh sure, Kennedy is *supposed* to swing like a pendulum do but in actuality, he doesn’t. He’s as much a movement conservative federalist as the other four. So, what if the court is already set up to say “NO!”. What then? Is it an impeachable offense? While I don’t think the House or the Senate have the votes to impeach, they can do a lot of damage in the interim, tying up legislation for months. Could they force him to resign? Bill Clinton was under pressure to do so over a little nothing affair but Clinton was a good president with a savvy political nature. Barack Obama, um, isn’t.
Is this effectively a coup? Is it domestic terrorism?
By George, I think she's got it. My advice (not that anyone will heed it): Obi should not rely on the 14th. Go minty. Mint up some trillion buck platinum coins. Money is arbitrary, right? I mean, intrinsically
the $100 bill is worth no more than the $1. Both bills are simply pieces of paper with a nice art print on both sides.
The coin trick will have conservatives screaming that Obama relied on a mere illusion instead of solving the real problem. But all
money is an illusion. And the Wall Streeters will prefer to believe in the trillion-dollar piece of sleight-of-hand rather than face a much harsher reality.
One final point, and I may elaborate on this in the future. I've been seeing a lot of tea party propaganda that denounces government spending as "so-called entitlements." Now, it is probably the case that most people who read this propaganda do not
understand that by "entitlements," the baggers mean Social Security and Medicare. The baggers never mention Social Security directly in their propaganda. They want their dupes to think that when they use the word "entitlements," the reference actually goes to welfare payments which go to (hypothesized) unworthy and undeserving people of color, who arrogantly feel "entitled" to hand-outs. (The average person stupidly thinks that Uncle Sam spends a zillion times more on welfare than is actually the case.)
In other words, the writers of the propaganda mean one thing. The readers understand something else. And that intentional misunderstanding is the reason why teabagger politicians got into Congress and caused our current problem. If the baggers (or the manipulators behind the baggers) had been honest -- "We want to end Social Security; we want you to work until you drop" -- they would never have been elected in the first place.