Obama may very well have an ulterior motive for not invoking the 14th.  He needs the “crisis” myth to fulfill promises made to backers.


A transparent smile. Behind it rests duplicity for the majority and joy for Wall Street backers.

But taking such a step would certainly work in his favor. For one, I believe the country, and probably the world community, would support his action.

There are several scenarios at work here. First it is not at all certain that the Supreme Court would intervene. A separation of powers issue is involved and the Court could certainly refuse to hear such a case claiming it is political and not legal.

Second, standing is an absolute requirement. Anyone who brought such a case would have to show harm, not an easy matter since it is doubtful that a trumped up cause such as in Gore v Bush would carry much weight with public opinion.

Third, the president could rely on his oath to defend the Constitution and declare that, in his judgment, the debt ceiling is unconstitutional. For example, the debt ceiling would prevent him from fulfilling his obligations as commander in chief. And as chief executive he also has an obligation to protect his country from harm, including economic harm. Again the debt ceiling would prevent him from carrying out his duty. In fact, failure to act may make him vulnerable to a charge of dereliction of duty.

Under these circumstances, the president could defy an unfavorable decision by the Court. And, as Jackson purportedly said of a Marshall decision with which he did not agree, let him enforce it.

An attempt by right wing extremists in Congress to impeach would bring laughter from the entire world let alone the country. It would be an act of political futility easily turned back in the Senate.

The president has the power to tie Republican extremists in a knot. Why does he not act? Is there an ulterior motive behind his inaction?

Yes, there is. I believe his goal, since his election, has been to fulfill a promise to his Wall Street backers, to cut Social Security and all the other safety net programs. And Obama will not be deterred from accomplishing his secret mission.


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