Question about the debt ceiling

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  1. eflatminor
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    Our President is really up in arms lately about the debt ceiling. He's adamant about it: "America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up."

    My question is if he really feels this way, why did he vote against raising it when he was in the Senate?

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    Let's put it another way: What if someone has stolen your checkbook, writes checks on your account and demands that you honor those checks? That is exactly what has happened during the last four years. The Democrats have refused to pass a federal budget, instead rolling over the $800 billion "bailout" into additional spending each year. The assertion that Congress would be refusing to "pay its debts" if it doesn't raise the debt ceiling is entirely bogus, since it hasn't officially authorized those expenditures.

    The correct action by Congress would be to refuse authorization of additional spending until a budget is passed. It is a violation of the Constitution to assign budgetary authority to the Executive Branch by giving the President a blank check in this manner.
     
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    Sorry, all this pending was authorized by the congress. You will have to start from another premise.
     
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    So was the current debt ceiling.

    Is one legislation any less valid than the other?
     
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    That was true when Obama was a Senator. So again I ask, why did he vote against raising the debt ceiling then? And why should we believe him now?
     
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    I guess for the same reason Republicans believe Paul Ryan, even though he voted for every budget busting proposal put forth during the Bush administration
     
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    No. They are of equal validity. Your point?
     
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    Translation: Hyperpartisanship
     
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    The point is you are clueless about 'pending' authorization to be the trump card.
     

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