Proof that Senate Republicans are Idiots
The Senate Republicans introduced a resolution to state that they reject the idea that President Obama can do a Constitutional end-run around them and use Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to ignore the debt ceiling.
The fact that they are even bothering with a Senate Resolution is proof that they know they have no real leverage if the President grows a sack and decides to quit his folly of trying to be inclusive on everything and just does what the Constitution already allows him to do.
But if you actually read S. Res 226, you will see where the Republicans are complete idiots:
S. Res. 226
Whereas clause 2 of section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States gives Congress the power
“[t]o borrow Money on the credit of the United States”;
Whereas the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says,
“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”;
Whereas Congress has historically limited the Federal debt, either by specifically authorizing the issuance of new debt instruments, or through imposing an aggregate limit on Federal debt;
Whereas the statutory debt limit was established by an Act of Congress and signed into law by the President in 1982; and
Whereas the debt subject to limit has been increased through an Act of Congress and Presidential signature 38 times since 1982: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That it is the Sense of the Senate that the President does not have the authority to ignore the statutory debt limit by ordering the Secretary of the Treasury to continue issuing debt on the full faith and credit of the United States.
Lemme see, the Congress and the President cannot just pass a law that circumvents the Constitution — unless said law is in itself an Amendment to the Constitution. Just because Congress decided in 1982 to try an impose a limit on the Executive Branch and the Executive Branch and subsequent Presidents and Congresses voluntarily went along with it, doesn’t nullify the fact that there still is Constitutional authority for the President to just follow the provisions given to him in the Constitution.
Now this Resolution has almost little chance of seeing the light of day, and is really nothing more than political theater designed for the low-information Tea Party illiterates.