Will Obama Go Fascist on the Debt Ceiling?

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Barack Obama has sometimes been fond of branding his Republican foes “hostage-takers,” but officials in his administration have found a new hostage in their negotiations over raising the debt ceiling: the U.S. Constitution. The president’s advisers and several “unbiased” media outlets are suggesting if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling, Barack Obama can force the nation to continue borrowing money. The Founding Fathers required all expenditures originate in the House of Representatives, but Obama officials are wrapping his actions in the 14th Amendment. For the first time in living memory, the president is threatening to commit an impeachable offense if he does not get his way.

CBS News has reported the debt ceiling impasse leaves “the option of a congressional end-run by President Obama a possibility.” Reporter Whit Johnson said, “The stalemate in Washington has some asking if President Obama could simply bypass Congress and order the Treasury to keep borrowing.” Obama or his spokesman Jay Carney has been asked twice about the possibility and, despite an incredibly misleading headline from the Associated Press, neither rejected the possibility. (Carney merely said, “I don’t think that I want to get into speculation about what might happen if something does or doesn’t happen”; Obama replied, “I don’t think we should even get to the constitutional issue.”) MSNBC’s Powerwall dared the president to carry it out, claiming it would be smart politically.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has never shown much regard for financial laws, claims the president has this power under the Fourteenth Amendment. The fourth clause states:

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.

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Comments

  1. Devasahayam says:

    Wrong tense–he's in process of doing that!

  2. Stephen says:

    Why is anyone surprised? He has violated the Constitution since he took the oath of office; twice, I might add. The current Marxist regime cares not one whit about the Constitution. Mad King Barack said before he was even a Senator that he believed the Constitution to be flawed.
    At the very least, he is guilty of perjury, when he put his hand on the Holy Bible and swore to uphold and defend the very document he disdains, he committed perjury. At the most, he has acted in a treasonous manner and under Article III section 3 of the Constitution, he should be arrested for that crime.

    • michael says:

      Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be president. He is a fraud. Obama has broken many laws and is an usurper. Obama needs to be called out on many things, like what passport did he use in 1981 to go to Pakistan with his boyfriend? Pakistan didn't allow U.S. citizens to travel there at that time in history. What about the forensic evidence about the phoney birth certificate? What about the CT social security number. The phoney law degree he said he has, Everything Obama has done in his past is criminal and now it is time to take him out. Don't worry about a black uprising, the blacks hate him too.

  3. Mike in AZ says:

    Obama is pushing the American into an uprising so that he can declare martial law in the U.S. This will disband Congress for the duration of the emergency and prevent a change of administration if voted out of office in 2012. Since the U.S. military is tied up in all of these foreign wars, Obama will have to turn to the 200,000 foreign troops currently on our soil plus the Canadian and Mexican militaries (which Bush 43 signed an agreement with to bring them into our country in the event of an insurrection) plus NATO troops. All of these plus the DHS/FBI/BATFE/SEIU/AFL-CIO thugs will be kicking in the doors of all citizens to disarm them. Even the Dept. of Education has a SWAT team which has started raiding the homes of people who are behind on their payments of student loans. A SWAT team to collect student loan payments? Are you serious? This regime makes the Gestapo and KGB look like a bunch of amateurs. Time is running out to get your guns and ammo.

    • michael says:

      yea, lets see them try to do that. A hell of a lot of people will get killed. I say it is time to get this asshole out of office before the shit hits the fan.

  4. And still we just sit here frozen in our anger, unable to mount any kind of legal offense because we are bound by the Constitution that WE love and honor, which is being used as toilet paper by a president who does not.
    I expect martial law any day. This is how it will be in the last days according to the BIble. But, we can't sit around in fear. I am not sure what we need to do, but I am praying for all of us and our country, that God will guide us. If we make it through this, we better hope we have learned our lesson and never let it happen again.

    • God would suggest you bury things that may be taken from you, and not to bury on your own property. God would want you to be able to access these things if needed, yet not be found by Ceasar's men when they come for them.

    • Actually we can fire and prosecute him and the administration that backed and/or allowed him and ex POTUS Bush plus his administration weaken the US Constitution. The Constitution of the United States of America defines the US system of government. It also defines the work role for ALL Federal employees, which is "to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."
      Article VI requires an oath by all government officials from all three branches, the military, and the States swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
      The second part, the Oath, addresses future performance, that is, what they swear to do in the future when they take their term of office or position. It establishes a clear, publicly sworn accountability to the American citizens. The accountability within the Oath is that they all have to ".. support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same".
      In all of the Oaths, the Constitution of the United States must be defended first against all enemies foreign and domestic. That is because the Constitution of the United States creates our government, our nation, our freedoms.
      Article 6 includes an important part of the Constitution called the Supremacy Clause that states that the US Constitution is the highest law of the land. The Constitution, the laws of Congress, and all treaties must be followed by all states. State laws must agree with the Constitution. State judges must know that the Constitution is supreme over state laws. Plus all the members of Congress, the President and all executive branch officials, all Supreme Court justices and federal judges, all members of state legislatures, all governors and state officials, all state judges take an oath of office and swear to obey the United States Constitution.
      US Constitution 10 – Powers of the States and People – The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people (yes, that is us, the general public).
      The "accountability" is not delegated by our Constitution to either our elected representatives or the states because our forefathers were very familiar with corrupt government and wanted to make sure that "We the People…" had a way to stop them if we let it get from the Executive to the Legislative, thru even the Judicial branch of our government. They gave us an out if we did not call them on their actions way before it got this deep.
      The important concept we need to get everyone who is an American citizen to realize; we can fire them, any or all of them. The reason we can fire them has to be that they Broke the highest law of this land and political office does not make them exempt from prosecution where the US Constitution is concerned.
      It is significant that every Federal employee from the President on down, the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, all Military, everyone takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution and not an individual leader, ruler, office, or entity. This is true for the simple reason that the Constitution is based on lasting principles of sound government that provide balance, stability, and consistency through time. A government based on individuals—who are inconsistent, fallible, and often prone to error—too easily leads to tyranny on the one extreme or anarchy on the other.
      The Preamble sets forth the goals or purposes of the Constitution. The opening and closing words of the Preamble: “We the people of the United States […] do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”, embrace the idea of “popular sovereignty, a government ordained and established by the consent of the people.
      The American dream is founded on a constitutional republic where the elected representatives swear to uphold the Constitution as they serve at the will and by the consent of the people.
      They broke the law, and can be fired. If we fire them, then order the FBI or any other agency to escort them out as per their (FBI, or any other federal law enforcement) Oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic". If the "request " is refused it at least puts us where if we do have to fight we have the Constitution and all the Oaths all the Federal Law enforcement, military, etc took .. so a big bunch of them when realize it will uphold their Oath.
      It puts them squarely in an attempt to takeover America, which will draw the lines every citizen can see and not pretend isn't there.

  5. Maggie Dressler says:

    It's funny how this President who has no regard for the Constitution of the United States of America regarding most things, will use one tiny line out of context from that same Constitution and try to twist it to his way of thinking, for his own purposes. Impeach!

  6. microcapmaven says:

    "Will he go Fascist on the debt ceiling?"

    I think he/they already have. Has anyone been paying any attention at all? I continue to read about the weekly treasury sales- they are doing more than just rolling over debt.

    Nor have I seen a 40+% cut in spending that would be required to adhere to the debt ceiling, have you?

  7. michael says:

    Obama was paid by the Saudi Government to go to Occidental College. Anyone wonder how a guy with poor as dirt parents got to travel the world, and run for president? Obama has been "placed" into office, he is a plant and this is a national security threat. Obama has GOT TO BE STOPPED! Congress do your freakin job and get rid of this menace. Obama is a national security threat.

    • Virginia says:

      I couldn't agree more with you Michael!! No matter what the amendment says he still has to confer with Congress. It's all in the power of being a dictator! Raising the debt will effect everyones credit!

  8. IMPEACH THIS SOB.

  9. MadeInChina says:

    What a great example this president has shown….spend spend spend!! Why should we have to pay our debts, live within a budget etc. We all need to stop what were doing and get this president OUT!

  10. obama does have an agenda. He is using the blood and resources of the United States to fight the ages-old sunni/shiite war. Mr. Dufus obama is a shiite muslim who got into the WH on many lies that we fell for. Simple as that. Now what are we gonna' do? The election will not be soon enough, nor even impeachment. As you read this, the global shiite caliphate is taking shape. Am I crazy? Look for the patterns. You will see them throughout the last 2 plus years in our country and finally all along the north african coastline as he brings down sunni after sunni government replacing them with shiite governments. OBAMA IS A SHIITE. muslim.

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