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PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD INVOKE 14TH AMENDMENT IN DEBT CEILING DEAL

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Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and House Republicans have made it clear of their intent to, once again, hold our country hostage, with future debt ceiling deals. The last time they did this, in August 2011, it resulted in the downgrade of the credit rating, and huge losses in the stock market.

When George W. Bush was in office, Congress raised the debt ceiling 7 times. There was never a stipulation that required cuts in exchange for them. However, Congress wants to make severe cuts to programs that help the elderly and the poor in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, and want to eliminate"food stamps and the "meals on wheels" programs .This would devastate millions of Senior Citizens and low income individuals, who depend on these programs to put food on the table.

Congress also wants to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare, entitlements that have been paid for out of every paycheck by American citizens throughout their work history. Furthermore, Social Security and Medicare do not contribute to the debt, as they are self-sustaining, and are paid for through payroll tax. These funds are separate from the federal budget, and should never be cut, or used as a bargaining chip with which to hold our country hostage.

While Congress sets their sights on hurting the elderly and poor, they continue to pander to the wealthy, who pay 15% of their income in taxes, while middle class Americans pay twice this amount. In addition, members of Congress reap expensive perks and benefits paid in full by the taxpayer.They should consider cuts, and/or elmination of these benefits, in addition to cuts in the defense budget, and the removal of subsidies to wealthy oil companies, and big corporations, instead of targeting the elderly and the needy.

If Congress attempts to once again hold our country hostage with future debt ceiling deals, we demand that President Obama invokes the 14th Amendment to override their treasonous actions, and obstructionism.

As my elected official, I am instructing you to support President Obama by invoking the 14th Amendment, if Congress attempts to hold our nation hostage with regard to the raising of the debt ceiling. I am also putting you on notice if you support any efforts by Congress to cut programs to hurt the poor, the elderly, or middle class Americans, or to hold our country hostage in future debt ceiling deals, I will vote against you in every future election, until you are removed from office, as you do not represent the American people. Enough is enough!

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October 15, 2013
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October 14, 2013
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October 14, 2013
Someone from Delray Beach, FL writes:
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I support the use of the 14th Amendment.
October 10, 2013
Someone from Oklahoma City, OK signed.
October 10, 2013
Someone from Stillwater, OK writes:
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If you'll pass something as insanely overreaching for the Executive Branch as the NDAA, then you should also have the brass to do YOUR job as president and shutdown this GOP attempt to RUIN our country.
October 8, 2013
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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I support the President invoking the 14th amendment in this emergency situation.
October 4, 2013
Someone from Zephyr Cove, NV writes:
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I understand it is a big step. It will also be a courageous step, but we must stop the bullies. We are being tyrannized by a minority that has no respect for government or you. Invoke the 14th Amendment, please, Mr. President!
4 years ago
Someone from Oak Park, CA signed.