During a special comment on Countdown tonight, Keith Olbermann pointed out that the Republicans are violating the constitution they claim to love with their debt deal.
Here’s the video:
“For two and half brutal years we have listened to the these tea party mountebanks screech about the constitution of the United States as if it were the revealed word and not the product of other now be it better politicians. They demand the repeal of amendments they don’t like, and the strict interpretations of the ones they do, and the specific citation of authorization within the constitution for every proposed act or expenditure or legislation, except this one.
Where does it say in the constitution that the two houses of Congress can in effect create a third house to do their dirty work for them? To sacrifice a few congressman and senators so the vast majority of incumbents can tell the voters they had nothing to do with this.
This leads to the second of the great hypocrisies. How in the same breath the Republicans can create an extra constitutional super congress and yet also demand a constitutional amendment to force the economic stupidity that would be a mandated balanced budget. Firstly, pick a side. Ignore the constitution or adhere to it, and of what value would this mandated balanced budget be? Our own history proves that in a time of economic crisis if the businesses aren’t spending and consumers aren’t spending, the government must spend.
Our ancestors were lab rats in the horrible experiments of the Hoover administration that brought on the Great Depression in which the government curled up into a ball while it simultaneously insisted that the economy heal itself, when in times of crisis then and now, the economy turns out to be comprised of a bunch of rich people who will sit on their money no matter if the country starves. Forgotten in the Republican voo-doo dance dressed in the skins of the mythical balanced budget, triumphant over the severed head of short term retrenchment that they can hold up to their moronic followers are the long term implications of the mandated balanced budget.
What happens if there is another war, or another terrorist attack, or another natural disaster or any other emergency that requires a government to spend one dollar more than it has? A constitutional amendment denying us the right to run a deficit is madness, and it will be tested by catastrophe sooner than any of its authors with their underdeveloped imaginations that can only contributions and votes can contemplate.
Olbermann’s other hypocrisies were the shell game surrounding the defense cuts in the super congress, and agreement not to add any revenues to the process of cutting. Olbermann blamed the corrupt mainstream media for not whipping up the outrage over this deal and he closed by calling for the people to rise up and take their government back.
The country’s biggest problem is jobs, yet for some unknown reason we are talking about spending. This deal will make it harder for those who struggle the most to get by. The idea of taking back our government is nice, but what Olbermann didn’t talk about was how we can fix the problems in our government.
The remedy for what ills our government is campaign finance reform. If you really want to change the way Washington works, get the private money out of our electoral system. The money and the access it buys are the problems. The solution is to level the playing field by getting rid of the money. I understand why Keith Olbermann didn’t talk about this. His Howard Beale like special comment segment is built on emotion. Olbermann uses his platform to get people ginned up and ready for action, but once people are ready to act they should target the money.
It isn’t like this hasn’t been a problem before in our history. During the days when political machines ruled everything in American politics, corruption and money reigned supreme.
The machines were eventually dismantled, although not quite as quickly as some would like to believe. It took more than the progressive movement, real progressives of the early 20th century, not the fake progressives of today who are too afraid to call themselves liberals, to get the job done. Our history has shown that it will take time to make these changes, but the special interests have taken everything else away from the American people so time is all they’ve got.
The challenges to this change will be furious and they will come from both sides. Incumbents on both the left and the right are addicted to a system which is little more than an incumbent protection act.
The conservative stacked courts are working on behalf of the corporate monetary power, and most importantly the American people are largely disinterested in the corruption by greenback.
If you want to get rid of hypocrites who praise the constitution while violating it. If you want the best people to once again be inspired to serve their country by being a part of government, then you must do your part to get the money out of politics.
This bill is flawed result based on a faulty premise constructed from an argument that never should have occurred. The problem isn’t the debt bill. It is the process that lead to it’s necessity and the people who are more concerned about campaign contributions then the the many they are punishing for benefit of the few.