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If The GOP Forces The US To Default, Obama Should Raise The Debt Ceiling Himself
Henry Blodget Oct. 7, 2013, 5:34 AM

As many observers have noted, the dysfunction in Washington is on the verge of becoming a full-blown crisis.

A handful of extremists in one political party have become so convinced of their own brilliance and rectitude — and so frustrated by their inability to persuade the rest of the country of it — that they are threatening to cause the United States of America to default if their demands aren't meant.

This is extortion, plain and simple.

And the Obama Administration is right not to give into it.

If it becomes legitimate for a small group of politicians on either side to threaten the country with economic disaster if they aren't bought off with concessions, America will have to deal with this extortion tactic forever.

So it's time to end it once and for all.

If the Republicans seriously want to cause the U.S. to default by not raising the debt ceiling on October 17th, let them.

Let them spend the 10 days between now and then howling and raging about how awful it is that health insurance might soon become more affordable for millions of Americans. Let them roar about how programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are destroying the country, despite the fact that most Americans like them. Let them scream, as they have every day since a Republican President left office, that our debt and deficits will soon obliterate us (never mind that the deficit is shrinking rapidly). And so on.

Let the Republicans finally persuade Wall Street that they are, in fact, so anti-American that they are willing to put their own extreme political views ahead of the country at large. Let them, in other words, finally trigger stock and bond market panics.

And then, a few minutes before midnight on October 17th, save the country.

Some people believe that, in an emergency situation, President Obama would have the legal right to raise the debt ceiling himself.

Others disagree.

So, on the night of October 17th, if the Republicans really have driven the country off the cliff, President Obama should invoke the right that some people think he has... and raise the debt ceiling.

And he shouldn't just raise it a trillion or two.

He should raise it far enough that the country can be spared this absurd charade for many years to come.

He should raise it to, say, $25 trillion — enough to carry the country well into the next Congress and Presidency (when, we can all hope, cooler and more responsible heads might prevail).

The next morning, as world markets breathe a massive collective sigh of relief and business gradually returns to usual (except for U.S. government business, which, by then, assuming the Republicans are still stabbing the shutdown dagger in the back of America, will be taking a real toll on the economy), President Obama can marshal a legal team to defend the decision he has just made.

The legal fight will play out for several years, as all legal fights do.

And, in the end, long after we have a new Congress and new President, and long after everyone in the country has moved on, the Supreme Court can decide once and for all whether a President has the right to save the country if a handful of extremists in Congress become willing to destroy it.

That will certainly be an interesting decision.

But in the meantime, desperate times call for desperate measures. And we appear to be headed toward one.

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Offline Olivia

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Yeah, the republicans need to get out of the way while this administration passes a healthcare law and then makes themselves exempt.   
After the law was passed, Obama first changed the law all by himself, giving businesses an extra year, less they wouldn't vote for the democrats in 2014. 

Now, when some of the more sensible republicans fight back, they're supposed to be the villains?
There's another article out today that talks about how tyranny gets started and Obama is displaying a good demonstration. He is a good example of how dictator's take over a country and some of the republicans are willing accomplices.
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That was amazing. What a stunningly ignorant person.
Henry Blodget, whoever he is, should seek mental help. Every line of what he wrote was either wrong, or twisted, or downright crazy. wow
You cannot "COEXIST" with people who want to kill you.

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Earlier today Rangerrebew posted a thread in which Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, predicted the measures which would be taken to destroy America. Point #3 is,
An increasingly unbalanced budget despite the higher taxes.
, which, of course, leads to higher and higher deficits, which in turn will lead to the debasement and ultimate destruction of our currency.

Food for thought.,115611.msg465876/topicseen.html#msg465876
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