For those of you following the debt ceiling showdown, this may interest you, and I think this is a solid example of a Latino elected official taking a stand during this crisis.
Today Rep. Grijalva put out the following statement about the current pending deal:
“This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” the statement read. “Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this would be enough for me to fight against its passage.”
If things aren’t resolved within the deadline, I think President Obama should exercise the leadership that many are looking for and invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling although this would provoke a legal showdown since the “law is murky”.