“Nobody says it’s a good law. Nobody says it’s a bad law. But, it’s a law. Did you see the Giants game on Sunday? They lost 31-7. Do you know what the Giants didn’t say after the game? If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight Monday, we will be shutting down the ***** NFL! They didn’t say that! What I’m saying is: Wouldn’t it be nice if the United States Congress aspired to the maturity and problem solving of football players.”
The above quote is a portion of what John Stewart said on The Daily Show, when discussing the debt ceiling. I decided to lead the blog with that quote because I think that it sums up what most people think… What is going on up there?”
The purpose of the blog is not to give a political opinion on Obamacare or the debt ceiling. Instead, without boring you to tears but living in fear of doing so; I wanted to just mention White House press secretary Jay Carney’s thoughts on the debt ceiling. And yes, I could not remember the name of the press secretary. Please stick with me on this brief thought.
Carney says that the President has no Constitutional power to increase the debt ceiling to deal with our current shutdown. Now, just stick with me briefly. The 14th Amendment provides that “The validity of the public debts 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.”
I know, Constitutional analysis is a bit like dry toast. If you made it through that, then you deserve a picture break. Maybe this is how it looks right now in Congress. Yep…commercial break from Constitutional law:
The point of this blog thought is the question, “Can the President just ignore the debt ceiling and blame it on Congress?”. Well, According to the New York Times, some say yes and some say no. How’s that for certainty? No wonder John Stewart just thinks that we should let football players decide.
I could go into more detail but I can see that your eyes are no longer moving in a reading formation. This concludes my foray into Constitutional law blogging. Just a thought on the powers of Congress and the powers of the President. With the government shutdown, everyone is effected somehow. For instance, all of our social security hearings are cancelled. Do you think that there is any chance that they won’t fund the IRS? … Didn’t think so.
DID YOU KNOW that there are 132 rooms in the White House? I wonder if that counts the secret rooms?
And for pic o’ day: