Obviously this man is delusional and drunk with power…much of which comes from the threat of playing the “race card” on anyone who criticizes or otherwise attacks his desires. One does not have to dig very deep into the Constitution to see that our founders, in no way, intended for the Office of the President to possess such powers. To indiscriminately decide on default, the President, by the Constitution, is putting himself out there across the lines of impeachment. Obama is saying to Congress, “Give me what I want or I will choose to default on America’s debt-service”. In criminal circles, that effort takes the path of “extortion” and should be considered in that light by the Congress. This is clearly an attempted power-grab which has not been seen in the history of this nation and only stands before us today because attacking the Constitution is a primary goal of the Obama agenda.
When we examine the Constitution on these matters, it is quite clear that our Founders, in constructing this guiding framework, had no interest in any one person having such power of discretion or the ability to use it to manipulate other factions of the government. Let’s begin our consideration with Section I of the Constitution, which establishes and defines the duties and authority of the key elements of our government. Section I states: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Clearly, the Founders had no intention of granting the Executive Branch of government, specifically the President, the ability to “legislate” laws. The power of “legislation” lies with the Congress.
“Section 8” of the Constitution, defines the powers of the Congress. Item 1 of Section 8 reads, The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. Item 2 further specifies that Congress retains the powers to borrow Money on the credit of the United States. Based on the statements made in these two items of Section 8, it is quite clear that the intent was that Congress legislate laws authorizing both the accumulation of debt and the payment of it. The President is not mentioned in those duties.
At this point, we must be very clear about what we are speaking of in this context. The task before Congress at the present is to approve a “continuing resolution” which, in lieu of an existing budget, will fund the federal government for some defined period of time normally not exceeding six months into the future. That resolution is one aspect of the current consideration. The other is the “accumulated debt ceiling” which is a totally separate consideration. Congress has the power to authorize debt…not the President. Congress must approve any elevation of the debt ceiling and thus also holds the power to authorize payment of those debts…not the President.
The United States Treasury receives a monthly cash flow from the collection of taxes and various fees which approaches $250 billion dollars a month. That cash flow is coming in steadily whether the government is shut down or whether the debt ceiling is raised. It is there and on-going as a function of the taxation process which has long since taken place. The interest service on the USA’s debt is currently about $20 billion dollars per month…less than 10% of the monthly revenue flow into the Treasury. This debt, this $20 billion dollars per month is what President Obama is threatening not to pay if Congress does not give him what he wants. The debt which exists has already been authorized under the Constitution by the Congress. The interest owed has already been defined as legal by the Congress and thus authorized for payment. The funds exist to make such payments yet this President threatens to take the law into his own hands, ignore the requirements of the Constitution, and default on the debt just to prove a point. Clearly, such threatened actions flies in the face of the instruction and intent of the Constitution.
Let’s go further with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which covers a broad ground but specifically states in Section 4 of the Amendment, The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
There are two aspects to the Section 4 statement which are very important. The first is the reference to “public debt” as authorized by law. Clearly, Section I, as reviewed above, gives Congress the legal right to authorize debt accumulation and to also authorize the payment of such debt. The President has no say in the matter. Secondly, is the phrase, “shall not be questioned” which essentially establishes that Congress’ power over the debt and the payment thereof is absolute…making it “the will of the people”. The President has no say in the matter.
No President worth a tinker’s damn would threaten such actions as merely talk of such behavior could destabilize world markets and have devastating effects on our economy here domestically. Such talk is reckless, thoughtless, and totally without regard for the welfare of the American people. In addition, such talk or threats should not be tolerated by either side of the aisle of our Congress for those very same reasons. If the nation had a Congress which possessed any virtue or redeeming qualities; a Congress mindful of its duties and responsibilities to the people of this nation, this President would get called out and it would be made clear to him that such threats will not be issued or tolerated by either faction of the defined authorizing body on debt in this nation. Furthermore, a warning should be issued that continuance of such behavior will result in immediate steps taken towards impeachment.
The President wants the American people to believe that some elements of Congress are engaged in undermining his agenda and thwarting his efforts to provide for the welfare of the American people. President Obama then points to the efforts to “defund Obamacare” as proof of his claims. In fact, to question the budgetary requirements of the Obamacare law is completely within Congress’ power to do at any time. This is not a ransom on the part of the conservative-controlled House of Representatives; this is fiscal concern of a valid nature with regard to the future of this nation. Beyond that point, this attempt by the President is a shameless power-grab which will set the precedence necessary to ignore the guidance of the Constitution in any other area he so selects in the future. In effect, the actions on his part are nothing short of declared tyranny. Every tyrant government in history began with a “first step”. If the President can be successful in ignoring the Constitution on this occasion, what will stop him on other concerns and desires of the future?
America was founded and exists on the basis of a common ideology regarding mankind’s freedom and liberties. Over the course of time, we have had our differences as to implementation of that ideology but the belief was still held in common. Now, we have a sitting President who wants to toss those beliefs in the form of our Constitution into the trash and make up the rules himself as he goes along thereby neutering Congress of its powers of fiscal oversight. Any American who clearly understands that perspective and subscribes to the concepts of liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness would be totally against such actions and would expect Congress to act on their behalf in stopping it.
Media polls currently indicate President Obama with a 37% approval rating essentially saying that roughly 1 in 3 people agree with what he is doing and how he is doing it. Credence would suggest that the figure could be much lower as media polls tend to be skewed to the Left in many cases. On the other hand, President Obama, employing the guidelines right out of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” attempts to suggest that his behavior is representative of what the majority of Americans want at this time. That insinuation is a lie…plain and simple. What stands before us is monumental and on the line drawn in the sand by the President stands the future integrity of the American Constitution for all times. No doubt, this is about Obama winning at all costs, but, more importantly, it is about America losing for all time.
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