Friday, January 18, 2013
Eric &Co toss the rules (aka "The Constitution of the United States")
So I see those Constitution-lovin' Republicans have, er, forgotten the 27th Amendment. Eric Cantor is letting the nation pay its bills for three months - and by gum, he wants a budget by then, too! Otherwise he's going to get all private-enterprisey and start withholding pay from CongressCritters.
Except for that 27th Amendment thingie:
"No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."
(I didn't know it was first proposed in 1789! And passed in 1992. There's hope for the ERA! :-) )
And then there's the problem of getting such a condition through the Senate.
What Eric & Co, "The Finest Finaglers, Lacklusters and Tea Baggers, Purveyors of Fine Procrastinations and Meager Efforts", are really saying is that they want a debate about whether to pay themselves while they debate a budget. Instead of debating a budget. And appear good and decisive and caring (etc) on Fox News. in the meantime, I'm sure they could find some more Post Offices to rename before they go bankrupt, and the House could always spend some more taxpayer money futilely "repealing" Obamacare. Or they could debate the House defense of DOMA (oh, wait - that one is done in secret, isn't it?) Plenty of things to do instead of debating a budget.
(The other problem is that if they do manage to propose a law that stops Congress getting paid, it won't include the President and it will probably include anyone working for the government.)