Friday, July 29, 2011

Balance budget amendment is a carrot on a stick for raising debt ceiling



America does not want to deal with the devil. John Boehner wants to raise the debt ceiling so the federal government can go back to spending. The Balance Budget Amendment is only a ploy to get conservatives to jump on the bandwagon. The carrot-on-the-stick method will not work to the Tea Party members in Congress. They were sent to stop wasteful government spending. Rush Limbaugh said it is best to freeze spending for the year. That is an excellent alternative. The politics in Washington is childish. Instead of debating, let the debt ceiling expire in a week and let Obama decide who gets paid. If the GOP wants to ruin Obama chances to win re-election, it is easier to put the president on the spot. If you give enough rope, Obama could politically hang himself.

(The Hill) House Republicans will link passage of a balanced-budget amendment to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) last-ditch debt-ceiling plan, which GOP lawmakers said would move the measure to passage in a high-stakes vote later on Friday.

Republican lawmakers voiced confidence the enhanced bill would pass muster with conservatives, as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) predicted the balanced-budget amendment change would bring 10 to 20 more GOP members on board.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a key holdout, and a Senate candidate, quickly took to Twitter after the meeting to say that he was a yes vote. The conservative Club for Growth also offered a tentative endorsement.

Republican lawmakers say the Boehner framework would still pave the way for the debt limit to be raised through the 2012 election in two chunks. But it would also mandate that the second hike of the ceiling could only occur after a balanced-budget amendment passed both chambers of Congress and went to the states for ratification.
The House had scheduled votes on two BBAs for this week. Under the revised Boehner plan, the sending of either to the states, including a version that attracted significant Democratic support in the mid-1990s, would allow for the second debt-ceiling increase.

The announcement came following perhaps the most crucial conference meeting of Boehner’s Speakership, and less than a day after House GOP leaders stunningly had to pull back on Boehner’s plan to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit shortly before it was scheduled for a vote.

Top GOP lawmakers then spent a pizza-fueled Thursday evening arm-twisting hesitant members of the rank and file, before deciding to regroup Friday morning.