This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
According to FoxNews.com, January 15, 2013
President Obama cranked up his criticism of Republicans in the days leading up to the start of his second term, going so far as to suggest the rival party has "suspicions" about feeding poor children and ensuring seniors' access to health care.
The comments came during the president's final news conference of his first term Monday. While claiming he's fairly "friendly" and open to talks with Republicans, he leveled some unusually tough accusations at the GOP -- effectively impugning their motives for deficit reduction.
The president claimed that what's "motivating and propelling" House Republicans may be "more than simply deficit reduction."
"They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do," Obama said. "So they are suspicious about government's commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat, or whether we should be spending money on medical research."
Conservatives did not take kindly to the president's allegations.
The president, in his remarks, was apparently referring to Republicans' push to cut Medicare spending as well as food stamps.
But on the former, Republicans say they're trying to reform the program in order to stabilize and save it -- while addressing a major driver of the U.S. deficit. On the latter, Republicans note that the food stamp program's rolls have swelled to 47 million in recent years -- and have pushed to tighten qualification requirements.
(CBS News) Hours before Democrats were set to officially kick off the Democratic National Convention, the Treasury Department on Tuesday announced that the national debt has surpassed $16 trillion for the first time in American history - giving Republicans fodder for criticism as Democrats celebrate their party and the president.
In a statement following the announcement, House Speaker John Boehner targeted President Obama's economic record, casting the news as "another sad reminder of President Obama's broken promise to cut the deficit in half."
"This debt is a drain on our economy and a crushing burden on our kids and grandkids, and it's yet another indication that the president's policies have made things worse," he argued.
The President vs. The Constitution
The US Constitution, Amendment 10
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
We the People:
If it doesn’t work and is unconstitutional, why do it? Avoiding welfare alone would have nearly eliminated the national debt. So Republicans are suspicious of expensive unconstitutional programs that aren’t effectively helping the poor. The question is this; why aren’t congressional Democrats suspicious?