Having just watched Thom debate the "Debt Limit" on his Big Picture show it occured to me that if Congress has agreed on a budget amount then allowing itself the option of withholding approval to borrow the funds necessary to fulfill that budget from the executive branch ought to constitute an unconstitutional intrusion on the power of the executive. The time to debate the debt ceiling is alongside any budget proposals that reach the President's desk, not after the budget has been agreed to by both branches of government.

The only possible purpose for considering whether or not to raise the debt ceiling after a particular amount of funding has already been agreed on is to hold government functioning hostage to a potential shutdown and as the operation of government is the purview of the executive branch that shutdown amounts to an arbitrary crippling of executive operation solely for coercive purposes. Rather than confront Congress over a debt limit increase the President ought to refuse to sign any new limit and instead should sue Congress over imposing some arbitrary limit to stop it from using the debt as a means of double dealing with his administration.


Mellow guy 4 years 18 weeks ago

I don't think that the Judicial branch of government can overturn that legislative rule.

The US should reduce its debt by raising taxes and reducing wasteful spending.

Perhaps, installing a value-added tax and putting the Federal Reserve in charge of setting the rate would help balance the budget.

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douglaslee 4 years 18 weeks ago

The US is near the bottom of stats.oecd.org/index. in revenue generation. The roads and bridges and rail are falling apart because the 1% don't need them or use them, so will not pay the taxes needed to create and maintain them. Trump uses helicopters to his penthouses or yachts or gated compounds.

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