Obama thumbs nose at Congressional authority to raise debt ceiling

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Obama: “I will not have another debate with this Congress….”

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, immediately after the House approved the so called “fiscal cliff” bill, the president announced that he will no longer deal with Congress over debt ceiling issues.

“One last point I want to make,” said the president. “I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills, they have already racked up through the laws they have passed.”

In my opinion the president’s meaning was clear. From this point forward, he plans to raise the debt ceiling at will and under his own authority.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

In that column, I said that invoking the 14th Amendment’s provisions would be risky for the president and highly unlikely.

“Although it may be constitutional to invoke the 14th Amendment,” I wrote, “it would also be something of a nuclear option. Every member of Congress from both parties would raise the alarm, and the general populace’s revolt would make the tea party protests of a few years ago seem like a meeting of the Ladies Quilting Society.”

Indeed, early in the “fiscal cliff” talks the president wanted Congress to grant him unfettered authority to raise the debt ceiling when and as he saw fit. Congress wasn’t buying it.

When I considered it unlikely that Obama would invoke what I call “the nuclear option,” I didn’t consider the man.

The belligerence of the president’s words were especially jarring and troubling — “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills, they have already racked up through the laws they have passed.” It was never the intent of Republican — and many Democratic — lawmakers to “rack up” excessive debt.

On the contrary, the president hasn’t submitted a single budget to Congress that the Democratic-controlled Senate could even put up for a vote. In these last “fiscal cliff” negotiations, the president refused to consider any budget cuts that amounted to anything.

If these debts belong to anyone, they belong to the president himself.

Read more at Human Events.

Here’s a video of the president’s remarks:


 

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  • KB Cook

    The dear-leader is exercising the more-flexibility-after-I'm-re-elected plan

  • Stephen Watzek

    The Kenyan Destroyer at work bankrupting America!!

  • J Roland

    We should have gone over the cliff,in the long run it would have been cheaper. When Boehner gave in on the Cliff B.S. remember it was a self imposed date by Congress so really no hurry really since know one has put a budget forth in 4 years. But now Obama will E.O. us to death at will if congress does not give him what he wants or at least us the Constitution to his advantage. Now thats an oxymoron Obama and Constitution.

  • linda

    this is called…a dictatorship…..if he raises the ceiling, without congress, we may as well accept we're under a dictatorship. why the people can't this slowly happening i have no idea………scaring the hell outta me…..and congress isn't stopping it.

  • Mark Wiley

    Impeach, Impeach, Impeach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CARL

    THE HEAD GRO OUT OF CONTROL.I SEE A CIVIL WAR IN OUR FUTURE

  • Randy Jensen

    The phrase liberals need to get down is Heil Obama or Zieg Heil Da Furher has spoken

  • Spetracc

    The second revolutionary war is around the corner. The Puppet and the Puppeteer better rethink their plan to destroy American Liberty and Values…The backbone of America is ready to fight to restore The Constitution of the United State of America.

  • Special Operator

    Obama is the "biggest threat to America"………………………….bring the trops home, we are "under attack from within"!!!!

  • tony glendening

    We borrowed the money and we have to pay it back. If we default our ratings will drop and that alone would cost us billions. The republicans know and understand this however they admit their intention is to use the situation as leverage to get what they want. So screw the country, and those we owe, so we can cause even more havoc, ruin the recovery, put our nation at risk? These republicans are only for hurting President Obama, because they cannot believe he won a second term, and intend to obstruct, again, as publically stated by the Mitch McConnell the soon to be up for election minority leader of the senate. Ashley Judd take note.