Why Is Boehner Negotiating with Obama at All?

Family Security Matters

As the nation stands ready to plunge over the so-called  “fiscal cliff,” it  has become obvious that no matter how many ways House  Republicans find to  “increase revenue,” in an effort to meet President Obama and  his Progressive  brethren in compromise, nothing short of complete capitulation  will placate the  spendthrifts existing on the Left side of the aisle. It is  abundantly clear  that Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats intended all along  to allow  sequestration to occur, resulting in both the slashing of the budget at  the  Pentagon (an ongoing quest of both Democrats and Progressives) and gaining   political capital in being able to con low-information voters into believing   Republicans caused the problem in the first place.

One point that needs to be made – and understood – by even  the most  apolitical among us is this: Congress, and specifically the US House of   Representatives, is where all legislation concerning revenue is mandated to   originate. Article I, Section 7, of the United States Constitution reads:

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the  House of  Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments  as on  other Bills.”

And while the verbiage that follows outlines the processes by  which the  presidential veto and congressional veto overrides are to be executed,  nowhere  is the power of the purse – the ability to create legislation that  raises  revenue – extended to any other branch of government or congressional  body.

I bring this fundamental tenet of our system of government to  the forefront  because I am puzzled as to why House Republicans, led by Speaker  of the House  John Boehner (R-OH), are negotiating budgetary financial matters, a   responsibility and purview exclusively vested in the US House of   Representatives, with anyone outside that body, let alone the Executive Branch,   which only has the constitutional power of the veto over said  legislation?

Such are the questions that arise when the bully pulpit is  used to usurp the  constitutional order of our government.

The Framers were very specific to empower the House with  being able to  originate legislation pertaining to revenue because they  understood that  members of the House were the most vulnerable of the federally  elected to the  ballot box. The people could more easily vote out of office House  members who  abused their trust, and at a more frequent interval. So, to  nefariously – and  unconstitutionally – reapportion that power to any other  governmental body is  to commandeer the ability of the people to easily hold  their elected officials  accountable for fiscal irresponsibility.

If, in fact, the US Constitution were to be followed in this  instance, the  House would create, debate and vote on a bill that would set the  financial  abilities of the US federal government for the coming fiscal year.  That bill  would be presented, as passed, to the US Senate, which, as that point,  has the  power to “propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” The bill  is  then reconciled and is presented to the President of the United States, who,  in  turn, can either veto the legislation or sign it into law. This isn’t  happening  today.

Today, we witness the Speaker of the House entering into  budgetary  negotiations with the Executive Branch, which has no constitutional  authority  to craft legislation on anything at all. So, the question must be  asked, what  purpose – or for what reason – is Mr. Boehner inviting the Executive  Branch  into legislative negotiations involving revenue; a subject area  specifically  vested in the US House of Representatives?

By allowing the Executive Branch the power – or the perceived  power – to sit  at the “legislative table,” not only is the separation of powers  transcended,  it opens up the door for a more potent presidential “bully pulpit”  while  allowing Democrats and Progressives in the US Senate, led by perhaps the  most  notorious political opportunist in the history of the United States, Sen.  Harry  Reid (D-NV), the power of the pocket veto and the ability to run  “interference”  for their Progressive brethren in the Executive Branch so as to  create  political capital where there – constitutionally – shouldn’t be  any.

So again, why are House Republicans even entertaining the  idea of budgetary  negotiations with not only the Executive Branch, but the  Senate, as well? They  should simply pass the bill they want to send to the  Senate and lay the blame  of higher taxes at the feet of the Party and the  Movement who exist as the  textbook definition of “spendthrift.”

And while we are on the subject of taxes, budgets, debt and  the deficit,  since Congress – and specifically the US House – is responsible for  the power  of the purse, let us look back at which political party has  historically held  control of the US House as it amassed today’s crippling  debt.

Since 1933 Democrats and Progressives have had control of the US House of Representatives for 64 years;  Republicans have held sway for 14 years. Incidentally, Democrats and   Progressives have had control  of the US Senate for 58 years during that same period.  Additionally, during that same period, there have been 7 Democrat and   Progressive Presidents of the United States, starting with Franklin Roosevelt,   and 6 Republican presidents.

During that same time period, US federal spending as a percent of Gross Domestic Product  has  grown from approximately 13 percent to 37 percent today, with spikes during  World War II and then again in 2009.

During that same time period, the United States Department of  the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt, in 2010, established that our US   public debt has grown from $16.9 billion in 1930 to $13.562 trillion in 2010.   Today, that debt stands at approximately $16.410 trillion.

These facts prove one thing without question: that Congress  has more power  than the President when it comes to raising revenue, spending tax  dollars and  accruing debt. Regardless of which party held the White House from  1933 on,  revenue generation (read; tax rates) have soared, and federal spending  – as  well as the public debt – has exploded under a predominantly Democrat and   Progressive controlled US House and Senate.

So, as President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi  manipulate the  mainstream media into presenting the false argument that should  Republicans not  agree to raise taxes on the “One-Percenters” everyone will  suffer, the fact of  the matter is this. Democrats and Progressives cannot be  trusted with the  financial well-being of our nation. History proves this out in  no uncertain  terms…again…and again…and again. In fact, the only people  hurt by the  totalitarian demands of the disingenuous Democrat and Progressive  Left are We  the People. Truth be told, the federal government will still have  trillions to  spend, just as We the People have less for their fiscal  incompetence.

So, I ask again: Why are Mr. Boehner and House Republicans  negotiating with  President Obama over the so-called “fiscal cliff” when they  don’t have to? Why  are they negotiating with him when they know it’s a losing  proposition? And why  are they not adhering to the US  Constitution?


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