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Debt limit? Read Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America can make some interesting reading.

For example, Article I describes the Congress of the United States, how it shall be organized, how its members shall be chosen, and the powers it shall possess. Among its many powers, listed in Section 8, is “The Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.”

If upholding the good name and credit of the United States is a necessary and proper activity, which many believe it is, then I would say that Congress does not have the power to fail to make a law necessary for the government to borrow money, and enable it to carry out its obligations to pay its bills, or repay its debts.

If my understanding is correct, the president need not bargain with the Congress to raise the debt limit; it is obliged to do so, and if Congress elects to add irrelevant portions to its bill, he may veto it, and continue to veto any further obligatory bill containing irrelevancies, until Congress produces a “clean bill,” authorizing the president to protect the financial responsibility of the United States, and fulfilling its obligations to its citizens.

Eliminating contention over the means to unilaterally force each other to act, Congress and the president can concentrate on finding and implementing mutually held goals.

Stephen Fass
Davis

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  • October 11, 2013 - 9:55 am

    This stalemate has been brought about by our profligate spending, $16 Trillion in debt, and another $80 Trillion or more for unfunded mandates. When will we be able to act like adults?

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  • October 11, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    As soon as the tantrum throwing Republicans are thrown out of office.

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  • JoeOctober 11, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Let's remember that Obama voted against raising the debt limit when he was a Senator so for him to now cry foul is very hypocritical of him.

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  • October 11, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    He voted against raising the debt ceiling when his party was in the minority and didn't hold the presidency, as has been the tradition of both parties in the past. It was symbolic political posturing. Much different than the Republicans' current blackmail, saying health care repeal or default, you choose.

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  • JoeOctober 11, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    The vote was 52 to 48, so hardly a symbolic vote. Keep drinking that Obama koolaid.

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  • October 11, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    Rather than trying to play gotcha take a look back sometime at previous debt ceiling votes (plenty to look at too, seven or so under Bush alone). By informal custom the minority party in Congress typically votes no if the presidency is held by the other party. So the vote might appear close to you but it was along party lines and the outcome was known before the vote was taken. The out of power party would criticize the vote, then switch sides when back in power. Up until now it was acknowledged by both parties that raising the debt ceiling was mandatory, and basically a formality even if they did superficially play politics with it. Now the lunatics are out of the asylum, running the House, and telling us don't worry about paying that debt a default is good for us. The GOP is officially the deadbeat party now.

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  • GregOctober 12, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    I've heard it said in the media that Obama was just playing politics when he opposed raising the debt ceiling, and called it "immoral and unpatriotic", and talked about "putting it on the credit card", and threats to our security of having so much debt. I call his stance now pure hypocrisy. However, this is not as bad as stating before the election that Social Security and Medicare were doing fine, or stating on The View that "we still don't know" if Bengazi was a terrorist attack. These were just out and out lies, so a little hypocrisy with Obama could be considered a minor character flaw.

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  • October 12, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    It takes a true Republican loyalist or as Rummy would say "dead-ender" to not see the difference between debt acquired during an economic calamity, and the debt Bush and the Republicans chose to add because it was part of their extreme ideology to slowly starve government of needed funds. Meanwhile, while you go on about BENGHAZI! (don't forget FAST AND FURIOUS! and NEW BLACK PANTHERS! and FEMA CAMPS!), your pals running the House of Representatives refuse to allow the government to be funded and tell us the default they're on the verge of causing is no big deal.

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  • JoeOctober 12, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    LOL, still blaming Bush I see.

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  • October 13, 2013 - 1:57 am

    That’s right Bush himself said he didn’t make any mistakes. LMAO!!

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