President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has once again levied the threat of a looming Constitutional crisis of his own design against Republican negotiators seeking to gain budget reduction concessions along with another debt ceiling increase as the nation hurdles toward a sovereign default.
Leftist news outlet Talking Points Memo (TPM) reported Monday that the incumbent 80-year-old Democrat "placed renewed emphasis on the possibility of citing the 14th Amendment to sidestep the debt ceiling, a controversial prospect," severely understating the usurpation of Congessional authority.
According to the outlet, Biden told reporters at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, "Now it’s time for the other side to move from their extreme positions, because much of what they’ve already proposed is simply, quite frankly, unacceptable." Biden initially snubbed Republican proposals without offering a competing vision for the budget other than a 'clean' debt limit increase. Essentially demanding the GOP-run House continue to cut the checks funding a radical leftist, globalist agenda.
“I’m not going to agree to a deal that protects wealth tax cheats and crypto traders while putting food assistance at risk for nearly one million Americans,” Biden claimed.
“It is time for Republicans to accept that there is no bipartisan deal to be made solely on their partisan terms," the president argued. "They have to move as well. All four congressional leaders agree with me that default is not an option. And I expect each of these leaders to live up to that commitment.”
Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) rejected Biden's premise entirely during an appearance on Fox News and quipped that Biden "doesn't even know what his position is," noting that Senate Democrats refused to even take up the GOP House budget bill. Had Majority Leader Chuck Schumer done so, then the bill would've been debated and amended and gone to a reconciliation conference as is typical. However, this wilfully wasn't done.
He explained in a tweet, "Joe Biden is directly responsible for a U.S. default. He refuses to negotiate with Congress. He intends to abuse the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress. He is not blameless."
RNC Research, digging into the catacombs of the internet (which never forgets) produced 2013 video of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explaining during a budget crisis that year, that the Obama-Biden administration did "not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the power to ignore the debt ceiling."
Joe Biden is directly responsible for a U.S. default.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 22, 2023
He refuses to negotiate with Congress.
He intends to abuse the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress.
He is not blameless. pic.twitter.com/ln5DpdyPRN
So what has changed to make Biden change his mind? Evidently when it's set to be called 'The Biden Shutdown' or 'The Biden Default,' that's when the political calculus starts to change.
In 2013, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Obama-Biden administration "does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the power to ignore the debt ceiling." pic.twitter.com/A6BUmhQdw6— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 22, 2023
Joe Biden’s position on using the 14th Amendment on the debt ceiling is legally frivolous.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 21, 2023
Even Barack Obama thought that! pic.twitter.com/8apEcTo8uH
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who argued before the Supreme Court in his days as an attorney and Solicitor General of Texas, appeared on 'Fox News Sunday' and described Biden's "position on using the 14th Amendment on the debt ceiling is legally frivolous." He too reminded viewers that "Even Barack Obama thought that!"
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