Debt-Limit, Schmet-Limit – a Day Late with My Call

“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?” – Robert Redford.

I’m kicking myself, metaphorically, today. Two days ago I had intended a post indicating that I felt the debt-ceiling debate would turn out to be meaningless. If the Republicans refused to raise the ceiling, the Obama administration would simply find a way to raise it anyway. What would really happen? The Congress has ceded its constitutional authority on just about every issue imaginable, and may flounder at how to do anything about another usurpation power.

At the time, I was thinking that “national security” would be the cry. After all, if it is a “national security” issue, then one almost expects the president to act first and ask questions later (that’s how it’s been for almost a century now). So, my thinking was, if we got to a point where the Treasury could not borrow any more, by law, Obama would just cast aside the law and declare that he had to act for the sake of national security.

As I said, I’m a day late in my call. Yesterday an article came out indicating that there is currently a debate amongst “constitutional lawyers and experts” over whether the debt-ceiling itself is even constitutional. The rationale goes along with the 14th amendment somehow.

I haven’t really given any thought to the constitutional issues here – perhaps they’re right. Wouldn’t that be something? This administration, this government, finds anything at all that a government demands unconstitutional.

I’d like to reiterate that I do tend to agree with the left-wing thinking on this issue (at least how they feel about the issue this time). The Congress has already agreed to spend the money in question, it’s just a matter of borrowing it to spend it. If they were really some kind of debt-hawks, maybe they should have voted against the spending in the first place.

That said, I also support the refusal to raise the debt-ceiling (because I would have supported refusal to spend the money in the first place). If there are some Congressmen out there who don’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand against spending but will play against the debt-ceiling, so be it. I just want to see the destructive spending brought to heel.

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