Wednesday, June 29, 2011

“A Pivotal Moment”

If the perception is that the Democrats are caving into the Republicans’ hostage demands on the budget and the debt ceiling, there’s one Independent voice that isn’t: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

He’s written a letter to the president and is asking folks to sign on to it. Go here if you want to add your name to it.

Meanwhile, some Democrats are floating the theory that failure to raise the debt ceiling would violate the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. It’s an interesting idea, and it’s worth noting that this is the same amendment that gives a lot of Tea Partiers agita; it’s the same one that guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States, regardless of the immigration status of their parents or how they got here.

It would be karmic justice if that same amendment put an end to this game of chicken at the risk of the full faith and credit of the United States.