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From: William Scarbrough
Received: Sept. 30
It’s time to acknowledge the real purpose my congressman, Republican Luke Messer, and the rest of the Republican Party have with regard to shutting the government down. It is not simply to delay and defund the Affordable Care Act, which started Oct. 1 regardless of the government being shuttered or efforts to stop it. Shutting down the government was necessary so as not to weaken their stated effort to refuse to increase the debt limit unless a long list of their demands is met by mid-October.
Not to increase the debt limit will cause a constitutional crisis requiring President Obama to break the law to avoid a predicted collapse of the world’s economy.
Perhaps I’m granting Messer too much credit for realizing this, but certainly not the leaders of this effort.
Since the president’s election in ’08 and re-election in ’12, there are those on the right fringe who have suggested he’s not qualified to be president because his father was a Kenyan, or he was not born in the U.S., or he was a fascist, or a Muslim, etc. Of course these foolish tactics haven’t worked.
But causing him to break laws the Congress has passed is a tactic with serious consequences. Here’s what Obama faces as the mid-October deadline to raise the debt limit looms.
He could do nothing and let the full faith and credit of the United States fail, precipitating a world financial collapse.
He could unilaterally raise taxes to pay the obligations of the U.S., averting a world crisis but violating the Constitution because only Congress is authorized to raise taxes.
He could cut spending enough to avoid raising the debt ceiling, but there is no legal basis as to what would be cut, or eliminated, or by how much. Such a tactic would lead to a mountain of immediate lawsuits crippling the courts.
He could ignore the debt limit to solve the crisis and thereby violate a law Congress has passed.
The last option, ignoring the debt limit, is the only feasible alternative to the crisis. It is sure to bring about an impeachment of the president from the House of Representatives, something the leaders of the fringe movement on the right have dreamed of for five years.
All we can do is alert and hope that any politician like Luke Messer is going to wake up and put a stop to this idiocy.
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