Washington (CNN) - The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling while enacting sweeping cuts in government spending - the latest attempt to avoid an unprecedented national default and stave off potential economic catastrophe.
Some Republicans have said this will be their last, best proposal. Senate Democrats warn the plan is dead on arrival on their side of Capitol Hill even if it passes the House.
This morning on American Morning, CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks with Rep. Phil Gingrey about his opposition to Speaker Boehner's plan and why he still supports a balanced-budget amendment.
Questions for the next Republican/Tea Party politician interview: (1) If you are such a Constitutional purist, how do you intend to insure the 14th Amendment is followed; that is, what are you willing to give up in order to protect the Constitution? (2) Why do you believe a discussion as big and as important as what the role of the Federal Government should be is one that must be conducted under a situation that puts every single American at risk with very little time to actually allow a disciplined, reasoned conversation?
At this point, paychecks need to be withheld from Congress members and their staffs until the issue is resolved.
It is amazing that the Republicans are decrying Democrats as playing a fiddle as Rome prepares to burn, meanwhile The Republicans are spreading the gas, and the Tea Party is striking the match.