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View Diary: Why The Debt Limit Fight Will Be A Political Face-Off With No Gimmicks Or Constitutional Crisis (208 comments)

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    I don't think the president has the power to pick and choose.  He could assume such powers if he chooses to go by Gary's argument but I think that would be inappropriate.  The president has no power to choose which appropriations to enact.  While I do agree that the president's approach so far is politically smart, I think in the end, he is constitutionally required to keep borrowing.  I also think the president believes so as well.  During the press conference, he said "They cannot do that." after detailing that congress commands him to spend and then says that he cannot pay.

    I think not raising the debt ceiling is an unlawful act by congress.  They literally cannot choose not to pay for the debt.  I believe the president must take it as implicit that congress provides sufficient borrowing power to meet any appropriations they command him to incur.  If congress wants to assert that it's appropriations are conditional and that the president is required to choose amongst appropriations, they must pass a bill to say so.  I think House Republicans are actually trying to do that already.

    I don't think picking and choosing is politically advantageous.  I think it is the goal of the House Republicans.  Their entire goal is to create a situation where the president cannot raise taxes and must cut spending and the president is the one who has to decide what gets cut and kept.  They want that weight to be the president's.  They are cowards.  Cut, Cap, and Balance was an attempt to create such a situation as well.  This is also why McConnell and Boehner are always saying the president needs to get serious on spending as opposed to simply asking for specific cuts.  The president is trying to avoid having to assume Congress' job while being constrained by Republicans to achieve their spending goals.

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