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So, the Republican-lead congress has authorized a lawsuit against the White House for using executive action in delaying parts of the Affordable Care Act.  The Republicans contend that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority and has failed to faithfully execute laws enacted by Congress.

The American tax-payers will foot the bill for filing and prosecuting this lawsuit.  Whether or not you agree with suing the president, you are paying for this legal action.  Interestingly, the American tax-payers will also foot the bill for defending themselves against the lawsuit.  Regardless of your like or dislike of the president, you will be paying the costs of defending the president from the lawsuit.

Let us also remember that currently, the federal government spends more money than it takes in from tax revenue.  This means the federal government will need to borrow the money both to prosecute the lawsuit, and to defend against it.  Republicans like to claim that they are the party of responsible government spending, and that any new government expenditures must be offset by cuts in other federal spending.  Remarkably, in discussions prior to the vote authorizing the lawsuit, at no point did any Republican law-maker raise the issue of the costs of the lawsuit, or how those costs would be paid, or what programs will be cut to offset the expense of the lawsuit.

I suggest we should be asking House Republicans to explain to the American people the advantages of increasing the federal deficit and borrowing money from lenders like China in order to pay lawyers to sue ourselves.  I myself would like to hear their explanation for this.

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