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'Default' isn't in the job description

Posted: October 17, 2013 - 2:57pm  |  Updated: October 18, 2013 - 7:38am

It’s amazing that the threat of “default” keeps coming out of the mouths of politicians when the only person that can put us in default is the President of the United States. If he did that, he would also be setting himself up for impeachment, which I doubt he would consider. The 14th amendment instructs the president to pay all of our debts should the government not have enough money cover all of its programs. The government now takes in almost 10 times as much in taxes as needed to pay the debt. What it doesn’t have enough money for is the increase in toys and pet projects that the federal government says that they “have” to raise the debt limit for. So, the debt limit doesn’t default us unless we don’t raise the debt limit and the President refuses to pay our loans. As a constitutional scholar he knows all of that.

In addition, the House of Representatives were elected by a much more focused base of voters than the Senate. The representatives were chosen by people with the same morals, standards, and beliefs as the people that they want to represent them. Senators are only two to a state and the majority of a state, not a district, vote them in. An elected representative “should” vote as their constituents’ demand. After all, without the constituents, they wouldn’t have a job.

According to Thomas Sowell in an October 12, 2013 article, “But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.” And also, “As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.” Seems to be the only branch of the government who is actually trying to do their job.

A “continuing resolution” shouldn’t even be legal. The Senate, under law, is supposed to pass a budget every year. Not continue spending through these CR’s that allow the free spending that put us in this mess in the first place.

Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or whatever should not treat our country as a sounding board or try to use us as an example of how much the country is hurting because of slimdowns and debt limit talks. Stop threatening seniors, children, women, veterans, and all other Americans. Those that do should never be re-elected.

Just do your doggone jobs!

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RaySouthwell 10/18/13 - 03:18 pm
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Interest on the debt.

Mike,
I think you meant to say “The government now takes in almost 10 times as much in taxes as needed to pay the interest on the debt. We are adding to the debt. But interest rates, for our ongoing debt, are at record lows. It is now rising. What will happen when all the money coming in taxes go to interest. Is it possible to borrow money to pay the interest on the debt? DC refuses to discuss why we should be spending more on our military than all other nations combined. Instead, lets cut grandma's Social Security. Austerity coming to the USA.

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