Democratic Rep: Obama should have power like Lincoln did during civil war

Raising the nation’s debt ceiling without congressional approval is a good use of presidential authority, Democratic Ill. Rep. Danny K. Davis told The Daily Caller on Capitol Hill Friday. Davis said that President Obama should have the power to make that decision and compared it to President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Sometimes when we’ve gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions,” Davis said. Citing the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Davis noted that if Lincoln had not “had the power, authority and the will to make that decision,” the war would have lasted longer and many more lives could have been lost.

“So yes, I think the president should have the ability to make that decision,” Davis said.

“Congress is never going to give up our ability to control the purse,” House Speaker John Boehner said in December. Boehner is opposed to giving Obama the authority to increase the debt ceiling without the approval of Congress. “The fact is the debt limit ought to be used to bring fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C.”

Davis denied the move as being a power grab, but said it would “give the president the kind of power that sometimes is needed for the decision-making that must take place as opposed to the haggling, the wrangling, the discussing, the disagreeing, the cliffhanging and all of those kinds of things.”

See Davis’ remarks here:

 

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  • Luther Henry

    The Civil War did not even start yet, Bub. Just just keep "shuckin and jivin" like most of Obama's supporters and keep borrowing money that we have no ability or intentions of ever paying back. As long as they are dumb enough to give it to us, keep taking it. We are far too deep in debt now to ever think of paying any back.

  • kathyj

    NO!..NO!, NO!, NO!,….NOoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  • cathy

    I thought this a democracy if the president has all the power isn't that called a dictatorship???

    • Roger OBier

      called a black take over the white race is gone stupid and started with lincoln

  • Roger OBier

    hes a damn fool

  • Doug Ibbetson

    These stupid Fools actually walk among us…………even worse, the halls of congress

  • willard

    MR. DAVIS NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOT UNDER A DICTATOR LIKE CASTRO IT IS THE JOB THAT HE WAS VOTED TO DO AS A CONGRESSMAN THE CONGRESS HAS THE POWER OF THE PURSE THEY SAY HOW AND WHEN WE SPEND MONEY THEY SHOULD DE,FUND A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT IS NOT NEEDED AND TURN IT BACK TO THE STATES

  • Steve

    Another comparison of Owe-Bama to Lincoln. Where are these asshats coming from? I guess our education/ Indoctrination system just keeps churning them out, year after year. -But don't worry, Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi says were on the right track. THAT certainly makes me feel better, how 'bout you?

  • Steve

    BTW, Let's just take a good long look at that still for the video…. This guy, walking around with an empty paper cup – like he's selling pencils or something – and what's the lapel pin? It doesn't seem like Old Glory. Might be a congressional seal…? Now for all I know, this man might be a war hero or the next President, so don't get me wrong…. But does he look like the BEST POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR A SEAT IN CONGRESS !?!?! To me, he looks alarmingly like Owe-Bamas' UNCLE (the one arrested for drunk driving !!!!!)

    In fact, take away the suit, and imagine the paper in his hand is a job application as kitchen help….. I'm just sayin'….

  • David Bergstein

    Interesting how he brought up Lincoln. For example: if Lincoln were in power today he would have personally executed many libs for their traitorous statements/actions.

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