Budget Impasse Elimination
Congressional Republicans are refusing to allow Congress to raise the debt ceiling unless all of their demands are met. Those demands include further cuts to government programs which aid the poor, the disabled, and students. They are also insisting that there should be no new taxes or even reductions in tax breaks for large corporations.
If the debt ceiling is not raised and those stringent cuts are not made, the U.S. would default on some of its debt. This would cost our nation hundreds of billions of dollars because we would have to pay higher rates of interest on any future loans.
This eventuality would be a threat to our national security.
President Obama has already claimed the right to assassinate American citizens who threaten our national security. It would be entirely consistent with his view of his rights as president and the limited rights of American citizens if he would just go ahead and eliminate the economic problem by “eliminating” those American citizens who are threatening our national security. Obama’s compassion and political considerations would probably cause him to limit this extreme action to only the Republican leaders and not their toadies. They would get a very clear message regarding their fate if they continue to threaten our national security.
There would inevitably be critics of this action. But, as Secretary of State Clinton has already done, these critics would be characterized as those who are on the side of our country’s economic collapse. They too would be a threat to national security. The same threat of extreme action would hang over the heads of the most vocal of these critics. As they say in chess, “the threat is more powerful than the execution” (no pun intended).
The fact that this violent approach to solving our current congressional impasse is consistent with Obama’s view of his rights as president, does not necessarily mean that he will take this drastic step.
But he could.
And if not him, some future president might.
Perhaps Congress has sat too meekly by as so much power has been claimed by the President.
Copyright © 2011 Joel V. Benjamin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.