Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday and the 14th amendment

So many topics to discuss and always I choose the mundane..urgh!

We could discuss the 14th amendment to the US Constitution, but you may have had a surfeit of that convo. Still, do you know what it says? I'm astonished and so damned pleased; of course, only because Americans have a democrat as President. If it were a tool available to republicans, I'd surely feel differently.

Here's what it says - Amendment 14 Section 4

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. etc etc etc.

The section in RED is surrounded by commas. All you excellent grammarians know what that means — that red part can be pulled out and the entire sentence makes sense without it. No argument on the part of those who understand the rules of written English.

Of course, no one expects that the Supreme Court is full of grammarians. Far from it.

I'm actually looking forward to the President's solution to a recalcitrant Tea Party who salivates at the thought of taking Medicare away from those of us over 65.

A delicious question keeps my mind busy these days. What will Obama's solution to this impasse create for average Americans?