Theodore's World: Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Obama Considering Bypassing Congress To Get His Debt Ceiling Raised

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July 02, 2011

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Obama Considering Bypassing Congress To Get His Debt Ceiling Raised

Schumer: Obama May Not Need Congress To Avoid Default — But Congress Needs To Act

On a conference call with reporters Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged that President Obama may not need Congressional authorization to avoid a default on the national debt. But he noted, too, that the Constitutional debate on this question isn’t ripe enough yet for Obama to take an end run around Congress, even if Republicans refuse to increase the national borrowing limit.

I asked Schumer, a lawyer, whether, in his view, the administration had the power to continue issuing new debt even if Congress fails to raise the debt limit. He acknowledged that the question’s been discussed, but said the White House probably shouldn’t go there just yet.

“It’s certainly worth exploring,” Schumer said. “I think it needs a little more exploration and study. It’s probably not right to pursue at this point and you wouldn’t want to go ahead and issue the debt and then have the courts reverse it.”

Wild Thing's comment.......

The Constitution grants Congress, AND ONLY CONGRESS, the authority to borrow on the credit of the United States. Therefore, anything allegedly borrowed outside of the approval of Congress does not qualify as what the 14th Amendment refers to as “public debt of the United States, authorized by law” which “shall not be questioned.”

Key phrase: “authorized by law.” Only Congress makes law.

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Posted by Wild Thing at July 2, 2011 05:45 AM


This may be a great idea. It may piss off congress just enough, to force them into Impeachment proceeding, and we'd finally be rid of this arrogant ass.

Posted by: Mark at July 2, 2011 08:55 AM

Senaturd Upchuck misses his golden flow Oscar Meyer Weiner, eh? Chuckie was placed in a cat litter box at birth before the cats buried him?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 2, 2011 09:32 AM

Mark, good one, and I bet it will tick them off like you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 3, 2011 03:06 AM

Darth, hahaaha LOL so funny.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 3, 2011 03:08 AM