Comments on: Obama’s position on the debt ceiling http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Gnash http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28287 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:41:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28287 I don’t know about your last paragraph. What about the Anti-Deficiency Act? Can the President decide not to spend already appropriated funds? Nixon tried, there were challenges, and, IIRC, the SCOTUS ruled against the POTUS. And this was before the ADA, which was enacted as a reaction to Nixon’s attempts.

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28275 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:32:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28275 It is entirely possible to not raise the debt limit and not default on our bonds/debts. It is only Obama and his political appointees and the liberal press that have made the debate about “DEFAULT”. Stick to your guns repubs, don’t let these crooks have any more money to waste. Force them to cut all the wastefull dupicative spending we have now and don’t allow them to steal any more money from the taxpayers.

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By: educationfan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28273 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:24:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28273 This is uniquely an executive function and decision, when those responsible to establish a budget are irresonsible. THe president here has a claim of right under the law and American Morals to line item pay those debts most important to the constitution [as he determines, inasmuch as Congress had degfaulted on its sworn duties] as outlined in its preamble. “To privde for the safety, health and welfare of this country’s people”. When Congress fails to perform it assigned task, the executive must take over. He can line item payments, e.g. treasuries, military personnel and remove them from theater, social security and medicare recipients who have paid [System review for those who have not paid] Since Congress is not doing its job, no pay, furlough congressional police, furlough not necessary government personnel, stop paying those corporations bellied up to the government trough….. If this is unacceptable to those screaming in Congress, the only alternative is to raise interest rates on mooneys lent to banks at the Fed to raise revenue, THIS WILL KILL THE ECONOMY, devalue the economy,destroy job hopes, eliminate borrowing, and cause the country to fall further into decay. Isn’t a shame the wealthier people are able to hire Congress so that they paya lower percentage tax then the commoner…..Ah yes, we are back to the Royals and the Serfs

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By: Pete_Murphy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28269 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:05:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28269 I’m opposed to any solution to the debt ceiling issue that doesn’t begin with raising revenue through tariffs on imports. It’s our idiotic trade policy that has given away a big chunk of our economy to foreign interests tax-free that has left us short of revenue and with big budget deficits. Put the burden where it belongs – on the parasitic economies who have been feeding off of our market for decades.

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By: y2kurtus http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28254 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:05:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28254 I’m a republican, but anyone who can’t respect Obama as a great political tactition is badly underestimating the man… as usual he has the high ground. He can and will pay the principal and interest on our outstanding debt first. Then comes the pain for congress.

All federal salleries revert to minimum wage with departments tracking the delta from current levels to be made up after a deal.

Medicare and Medicade announce jointly that all non-lifesaving treatment including preventive care will not be paid for until further notice.

National parks, momunents, and the Smithsonian are closed and forcably evacuated in the middle of the peak summer season.

And Obama is on TV every morning noon and night ripping the republicans for a completely manufactured mess.

The best part for Obama is draconian entitlement cuts were going to happen on his watch anyway. This way they get done and he gets a walk from the left wing of his party saying look I fought like a dog for us and made the best deal there was to be made with the barbarians at the gates.

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By: MyLord http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28250 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:53:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28250 The pay that matters is military pay and Social Security pay. They vote and congress would cave.

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By: seewhydee http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/06/obamas-position-on-the-debt-ceiling/comment-page-1/#comment-28245 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:08:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8886#comment-28245 > immediately cut back on everything else, including Congressional salaries, so violently that the Republicans end up crying uncle pretty quickly.

Forcing the government to “cut back on everything else” is precisely what the anti-government radicals want. If you think Congressional salaries matter, you’re deluded; if push comes to shove, there is more than enough private sector cash to make up the difference.

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