Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is willing to violate his Oath of Office and back the president if he should decide to dismiss The Constitution and ignore the debt ceiling. Such an act of brinksmanship would certainly set up a Constitutional crisis, which one would have to assume is intentional.
As Politico reported, the Senate Majority Leader advised the President:
“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of an unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without congressional approval, if necessary,” the Friday letter to Obama says.
The term “lawful” in Senator Reid’s statement conflicts with the actual law. The debt ceiling is the maximum amount a government can legally borrow. The president cannot avert any “crisis” (why let it go to waste?) by ignoring the law. This is Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. (Superseded by 16th Amendment).
As Politico noted, Obama has said he will “not use the debt ceiling increase as a bargaining chip and will refuse to negotiate with GOP leaders on the issue.” Negotiating is so below a president in a representative republic with a system of checks and balances.
Not cutting spending, in accordance with balanced budget resolutions; and specifically, by not even passing a budget for 1350 days as required by law, is begging for a financial crisis. Racking up $5 trillion in more debt, and adding expensive entitlement programs on top, is also inviting disaster. Creating a crisis and then politicians arguing that they have to act to fix the crisis is the typical brand of madness coming out of the U.S. government nowadays.
After all, the same Democrats who shouted about the debt ceiling six years ago and voted against it are now lecturing Americans how we need even more debt in order to move “forward.” The party’s Senate Majority Leader is now essentially arguing for the president to ignore the debt ceiling and to do what he needs to do. The hypocrisy gets to the point that even if you’re on the Democrats’ side, one has to wonder what these politicians are up to and what is their end game.
Forward to what? And why? Don’t we Americans have a right to know where all the money is going? After all, we’re paying for everything. Not Obama, not Reid, not Pelosi, not Boehner, and not Cantor. It doesn’t exactly instill trust in the electorate that Americans are being taxed with proper representation when the Treasury Secretary is a known tax cheat, the President just raised taxes forty times what he cut in spending, and the Senate Majority Leader is under suspicion of bribery. Oh yeah, more on that forthcoming.
These politicians are corrupt, couldn’t even run a lemonade stand without forcing people at gunpoint to finance it, and we are supposed to entrust them to run our businesses, our economies, our healthcare system, and our lives? It doesn’t have to be like this, and it doesn’t matter what party we elect to power. The solution is more freedom, not the “right” politicians. If enough people had the right ideas, these bullying politicians could dictate to people all they wanted, but three hundred million people would just shrug and carry on with their lives.