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A Brief Visit To Planet Pelosi

By David King Published: June 23, 2012

There have been some recent utterances from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and from them we can deduce that there has been no atmospheric change on whatever planet Pelosi inhabits.

Planet Pelosii is still the place where brain cells go to die.

Here's the Pelosi-bot inventing a brand new vast right wing conspiracy on the fly:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared that House Republicans are charging Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress not as part of an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, but in order to weaken his ability to prevent voter suppression.

"They're going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn these voter suppression initiatives in the states," Pelosi told reporters during her press briefing today. "This is no accident, it is no coincidence. It is a plan on the part of Republicans.

"These folks want a plutocracy where instead of the choice of the many the checks of the very very few determine the outcomes of elections," she said.

And here I thought the Republicans were persecuting Holder because he is black. It's eIther that, or it's because U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and scores of Mexicans were murdered with guns supplied to the drug cartels under the Fast And Furious program and Holder has refused to release the documents Congress requested on the matter. You decide for yourselves. I can't keep track of all these wacky left-wing theories.

Even if Holder resigned his post, the Dept. Of Justice has already moved against Voter ID laws in some states, so nothing would change, and who do you think Pres. Obama would replace Holder with, Karl Rove or some other right-winger ? Not bloody likely. Pelosi's conspiracy theory doesn't even make any sense…not to mention the fact that Voter Id laws do NOT equate to "voter suppression", as Pelosi and other liberals would have us believe. Pelosi's "[the GOP wants a] plutocracy" remark was about as idiotic as it gets. Even liberals should be deeply insulted by it, because she basically said non-GOPers are too dumb to figure out how to obtain an ID and register to vote. It ain't rocket science, folks. Pretty darned simple to accomplish.

Next up, Pelosi-bot emits  some toxic gas about the upcoming debt ceiling, which we're about to hit again in a few months thanks to our federal government's amazing powers of fiscal restraint:

"I'm a big fan of the Constitution," Pelosi said during a discussion on raising the debt ceiling in a sit-down with reporters. "The credit validity of the United States shall not be in question."

Asked if she expected Obama to use the 14th Amendment as a last resort for avoiding a debt default and other economic consequences, something the president said was not an option during last year's debt stand-off, Pelosi shrugged.

"I don't have any idea. But I think he should. I think he should," she said.

Pelosi wants Obama to use the 14th Amendment as justification to raise the debt ceiling all by himself. Forget Congress, forget the debt ceiling statute. My, my, Democrats don't seem to think very highly of the separation of powers these days, as Obama just showed us with his unilateral move on illegal immigration, in defiance of Congress. It's odd, because  just a few years ago, Democrats didn't even like the President being in complete control of his own branch of government. Back then, they railed against the unitary executive theory. Now, they want the President to act unilaterally. I'm not sure what changed, but I do know it happened around January 2009.

The 14th Amendment does say, "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…shall not be questioned.” However, Nancy "Big Fan Of The Constitution" Pelosi forgot about Article 1, Section 8, which states, "The Congress shall have Power…To borrow Money on the credit of the United States".  Congress, not the President. Btw, Mrs. Pelosi, Congress is the branch of government in which YOU reside, in case you've forgotten that too. Pelosi also seems to forget that Congress is the branch of government that makes laws, which is why it's called the Legislative Branch (maybe Pelosi never saw the School House Rock "I'm just a bill" video) , and Congress has passed a debt ceiling statute, which Pelosi apparently would also like to forget. 

You could make the argument that debt incurred as a result of a budget passed by Congress and signed into law by the President is "authorized by law" and "shall not be questioned".  That would be an argument that the debt ceiling statute itself is unconstitutional, but the Democrats run into problems there too. The Senate, led by the Democrats, haven't passed a budget in over three years. I doubt this argument would be viable even if they had. What Congress has the power to appropriate, it also has the power to dis-appropriate.

On another issue, constitutional scholar Pelosi recently characterized the constitutionality of ObamaCare as "ironclad", even though the ObamaCare mandate has already been declared unconstitutional by two federal courts and we await the decision of a split Supreme Court next week. That's doesn't sound much like "ironclad" to me. It sounds a lot more like "dubious".

Thus concludes our trip to Planet Pelosi. We hope the brain damage was minimal.




 

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