Barack Obama laughed this morning when NBC's Chuck Todd told the president that Congressman Jim Clyburn compared the debt ceiling to the Emancipation Proclamation:
"As you know Senate Democrats, Harry Reid, sent you a letter, begging you, essentially, to take, consider some sort of executive action on this debt ceiling issue. I know you said you're not negotiating on it. Your administration has ruled out the various ideas that have been out there, the 14th Amendment. But just this morning, one of the House Democratic leaders, Jim Clyburn, asked you to use the 14th Amendment, he even said sometimes that's what it takes. He brought up the Emancipation Proclamation. ... Took executive action when Congress wouldn't act and he compared the debt ceiling to that. Are you considering a Plan B? If not, why not?"
"Well, Chuck, the issue here is whether or not America pays its bills," Obama responded. "We are not a deadbeat nation."
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced on Twitter that she has selected James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris van Hollen of Maryland to serve on the joint select committee on deficit reduction (aka the supercommittee).
Yuval Levin and others have had the foresight to warn that the choice we face is not between repealing Obamacare and fixing Obamacare, but between repealing Obamacare and expanding Obamacare – which means: if not repealed, the massive new health care entitlement would build "a health care bridge to nowhere."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the healthcare bill will pass by next weekend.
"We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think, within the next week," Gibbs said on "Fox News Sunday."
Gibbs added that those on next week's Sunday talk shows "will be talking about healthcare not as a presidential proposal but I think as the law of the land."
Gibbs is making clear that the vote House Democrats face next weekend is whether or not to make the Senate bill--with its tax on union health care plans and special deals for Nebraska, Florida, and Louisiana--"law of the land."