Sheila Jackson Lee: Is GOP Blocking Debt Ceiling Because Obama is Black?

It's clear the GOP is being stubborn about the debt ceiling because of their aversion to taxing the rich and also, their desire to keep their hands clean of the bad economy. But Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus, thinks their general attitude towards the President is indicative of something more—racism. In a speech delivered yesterday on the House floor, she condemned the "maligning and maliciousness" towards the President, asking, “Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community that is question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully? Why has the debt limit been raised 60 times? Why did the leader of the Senate continually talk about his job is to bring the president down to make sure he is unelected?"

Furthermore, she pointed out the hypocrisy and history of strife between Obama and the GOP, including their inaction that nearly led to a government shutdown and, of course, the present debt ceiling stalemate.  The Hill:

"I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president — only this one, only this one — has received the kind of attacks and disagreement and inability to work, only this one," said Jackson Lee from the House floor.

"Read between the lines," she continued. "What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?"

The GOP, of course, has been hostile towards the 14th Amendment, as well... something to chew on. Watch Jackson Lee's speech below.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 16, 2011, 4:23am

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