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01-26-2013 06:53 AM  4 years agoPost 1
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GOP lawmaker: Make budget deficits an impeachable offense

By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/25/13

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) this week proposed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution that would make the president's failure to enforce that amendment an impeachable offense.

His Protecting America's Solvency Act, H.R. 371, would let the debt ceiling rise by $1 trillion after congressional passage of the balanced-budget amendment. The ceiling could rise another $1 trillion after states ratify it.

The bill says the amendment must require federal spending not to exceed the revenue it collects, a goal it must meet after five years. But it does allow Congress to suspend this limit with a four-fifths majority vote, or by a simple majority during wartime.

If a budget deficit occurred for any other reason, the president would have to take "such steps as are necessary" to avoid it. Failure would leave him open to impeachment.

"The President may not order any increase in taxes or other revenue measures to enforce the Amendment," the bill reads. "A President's failure to prevent a prohibited fiscal year deficit is an impeachable offense."

In an interview with The Hill, Brooks said he believes putting that kind of pressure on the president is needed to ensure the government avoids a deficit.

"Most states have a balanced-budget requirement," he said. "In all states, it's incumbent on the governor to ensure that spending equals revenue during the fiscal year.

"I have learned from experience that unless there is penalty ... there is a significant risk that the executive, or for that matter the Senate or the House, won't do it."

Brooks said that because the bill would require a balanced budget to be passed in most years, any budget deficit that evolves over the fiscal year would likely be due to revenue shortfalls. Those shortfalls would likely be small and easily managed by the executive branch, he said.

Brooks said the issue of how to control the debt and deficit will only become more critical over time, especially given that each increase in the debt ceiling also adds to the government's annual interest payments.

"Every time Washington increases the debt ceiling, more and more current revenue is devoted to debt service, rather than appropriate federal government functions," he said. "So the situation just keeps getting worse and worse."

Passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act effectively raises the debt ceiling by another $300 billion to $400 billion, which will tack on billions more per year in interest payments.

"That's another six to eight billion dollars no longer available to provide needed services to the American people," he said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-acti...achable-offense

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01-26-2013 01:25 PM  4 years agoPost 2
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I love it! They should include the Senate in the impeachment part also so that they have pressure to work on the budget too.

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01-26-2013 04:29 PM  4 years agoPost 3
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This would be super nice at lease we won't
Have a republican Republican president for too long
As they would've to curb their borrowing habits.;
And limitless spending.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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01-26-2013 04:51 PM  4 years agoPost 4
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And limitless spending
And lately, you Dem's know all about that don't you?

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01-26-2013 07:54 PM  4 years agoPost 5
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Esco, you're like wiping before you poop! Just don't make any sense at all!

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01-27-2013 02:13 AM  4 years agoPost 6
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Above post

EXCELLENT POST!!!!

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01-27-2013 02:41 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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lol that was a proper response from a democrat on rational thought. give him a break! even an idiot supervisor will take whatever credit he can on one of his workers brilliant thoughts.

only way ill ever make the jack is if i work at a cheese factory

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01-27-2013 03:14 AM  4 years agoPost 8
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This would be super nice at lease we won't
Have a republican Republican president for too long
As they would've to curb their borrowing habits.;
And limitless spending.
That's as close to rational thought anyone will ever see from this one.

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01-27-2013 03:29 AM  4 years agoPost 9
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Since we have opened the discussion to fecal matter.........

Let’s say you come home from work and find.........
There is a sewer back up in your neighborhood.
And your home is filled with sewage all the way to the ceiling, what should you do......
Raise the ceiling, or remove the $hit?

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01-27-2013 03:48 AM  4 years agoPost 10
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The depends on if you're a responsible adult republican or a looney, lefty, democrat!
Of course if you're a democrat and you've filled everyone's lives with crap you will just raise the crap tax!

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01-27-2013 02:15 PM  4 years agoPost 11
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You guy need to chill out and accept the
Fact , every republican president past or presence will bring
This country into a recession or close
To one. We need a revolution that 'll
That will change the law on how politician
Can operate in WS) and what the republican
Can say yes or no to. As they have got a
Pity for theirs kind , and want to rid the
Planet of everyone else poor & middle class as usual .
BTW who is the recession creater again ?
Let the thread topic be apply to that party GOPER"s.

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01-27-2013 02:21 PM  4 years agoPost 12
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^what's the deal with this fella?

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01-27-2013 02:31 PM  4 years agoPost 13
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^what's the deal with this fella?
He has two brain cells and they are both fighting for control of his body.

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01-27-2013 07:57 PM  4 years agoPost 14
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He has two brain cells and they are both fighting for control of his body.
And they're both stoned most of the time!

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01-27-2013 09:17 PM  4 years agoPost 15
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^what's the deal with this fella?
you're not from these parts are ya?
I feel like there should be a clicking noise between sentences like them fellars in the mud huts on the Serengetti.
That is just too funny. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Must be his first experience with esco and a brilliant sumation of character and content.

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01-27-2013 11:26 PM  4 years agoPost 16
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^what's the deal with this fella?you're not from these parts are ya?I feel like there should be a clicking noise between sentences like them fellars in the mud huts on the Serengetti.
No it part of a ontological intelligent which is part of what yur locking
To understand a political wizard,;
But stick around I 'll give you fu fu yam so you
Can betters eradicate your missery and not indulge
Your self upon your silliness. .

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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01-27-2013 11:45 PM  4 years agoPost 17
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^what's the deal with this fella?you're not from these parts are ya?I feel like there should be a clicking noise between sentences like them fellars in the mud huts on the Serengetti.
No it part of a ontological intelligent which is part of what yur locking
To understand a political wizard,;
But stick around I 'll give you fu fu yam so you
Can betters eradicate your missery and not indulge
Your self upon your silliness. .
And that's as good as it gets folks.

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01-28-2013 02:36 AM  4 years agoPost 18
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GOP lawmaker: Make budget deficits an impeachable
Thank dennis but you know doing so the republican would ve just
sign their death warrant. On this debt issue the repelican
is playing add and subtract, while the democrat is playing
devide and multiply.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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01-28-2013 03:38 AM  4 years agoPost 19
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while the democrat is playing
devide and multiply.
Yep! Dividing our country and multiplying our debt!

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