Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling Posted: 10/08/2013 4:56 pm
"[Obama] must ignore the debt ceiling and order the Treasury to continue to pay all the nation's bills.
"[Obama] should rely on Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says the "validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law ... shall not be questioned." The debt itself is clearly "authorized by law" because it's the direct result of laws authorizing the U.S. to spend and to tax. The showdown over the debt ceiling is over payment of the debt, not the legality of the debt itself. Arguably, what the Constitution requires trumps any law governing the debt-ceiling.
"If Republicans disagree, let them try to impeach the president."
Matter solved. If the Congress cannot, or refuses to, do its job, Obama simply obeys the Constitution and orders payment of bills prior to them doing into default. The Tea Party can then impeach the President for the High Crime of obedience to the Constitution -- the same Constitution that they insist upon spitting on.
Basically a Constitutional version of "Saint Paul's Joke" -- which will be applied to those who back the Tea party. For those not familiar with scripture: "Saint Paul's Joke" examines the words and doctrine of Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) [Constitution based on Jesus & Peter] rather than the practices commonly followed which are in accordance with the dictates of Augustine of Hippo [Tea Party]; in terms of this discussion, the old testament "Rule of Solomon" applies -- to be liable for the consequences of ones action, one must first be informed they are wrong (misguided, or stupid).
Those who support the Tea Party and pronouncements of Rush Limbaugh [modern Augustine] will be held liable for the aftermath of a default. Curiously, the "Rule of Solomon" does not require anyone save the sinner's ass -- so Obama is not obligated to simply order payment ... he has done his job by warning of the outcome of a default.