All Posts Tagged With: "Speaker John Boehner"

Is The Middle A Place To Deal With Debt?

As of this writing, debate continues in the US Senate on the compromise Debt Ceiling bill, but one bit of information from the House vote presents an interesting view on the state of the Moderate position: all 5 of Iowa’s congressmen voted against the bill, even though we have 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans representing us.  (Update: Yup, the Senate approved it and Obama signed it… long day already!)

The reasons for voting “No” are drawn clearly along party lines.  The Democrats from Iowa (Braley, Loebsack and Boswell) all stated that “shared sacrifice” was lacking from the bill, which is code for “we want to soak the rich”.  King and Latham, the Republicans, were focused on fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget.

Saying that …


Harkin: Congress Just Can’t Do It, Obama Should Take The Ball

Finally, someone has the answer to solving the debt crisis that has hit the Federal Government! And amazing as it may seem, earlier this week the junior senator from Iowa came up with the idea, a truly out-of-the-box solution. Forget Congress, the President can go ahead and raise the debt ceiling with an Executive Order.

And, according to Tom Harkin, it’s okay because the Constitution doesn’t prohibit the President from taking this action!

With just a week to figure out what to do, this is Harkin’s answer: punt.

What he said was that the President could sign an executive order raising the debt ceiling. He said you’d rather have Congress do it, but there’s nothing in the Constitution that prohibits the President from issuing …


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