Gridlock is Good!!! The Series
Part I – Shutting Down Government is Constitutional
By Robert A. Williams
The government is “partially” shutdown as of 10/1/2013. Essential government services are being provided for and non-essential government services are shutdown. WOW!!! What is wrong with that???
Non-essential government services are just that, NON-ESSENTIAL!!! Perhaps the most non-essential of the non-essential services can be shut down forever. And, perhaps after a review of waste in the essential government services, the waste can be cut out also. Again, WOW!!! Isn’t this all a great idea? Get rid of waste in the things we need and get rid of the things that we don’t need altogether. And, if we can keep the government shut down past October 17, 2013 and not raise our debt limit, the US Government will have to spend no more money that it brings in as revenue. Just like you and me and everybody else, when your paycheck is spent and your credit cards are maxed out, you can’t borrow no more and you can’t spend no more!!! Isn’t that good too??
But, Why do the National Democrats say this is unconstitutional and against Majority Rule?
The short answer is the National Democrats refused to negotiate and thought they had bluffed out the Republicans. The Democrats are telling lies and trying to shift blame and are depending on biased media like the New York Times, CNN and the Shelby Star to convince “low information” voters to believe the Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi lies and blame Republicans!!! The facts of the matter are a little more complicated, but not much.
The Constitution calls for two legislative branches of Congress. The House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives, 435 of them are elected every two years by all the people of their district all over the United States. In 2010 and again in 2012 Republican candidates won the majority of the House of Representative seats. There are 100 Senators (two per State); their terms are for 6 years. Over time they are elected by all of the people of their state over all of the United States Right now, the Democrats have a slight majority in the Senate. The Constitution calls for one President of the Executive Branch and the Presidents are elected by all the citizens of the United States every 4 years. The Congress (Senate and House) is the only branch of government that can make and pass laws. The President can only sign laws. Or NOT sign laws-this is called a Veto, which can only be over-ridden by a 2/3 majority of the House and Senate and become law whether the President likes it or not…
So, does that means we have to trust all of our branches of government branches to get anything done? Do they all have to compromise on everything??? NOOOoooo Sireee!!! Our government is not made so that we have to trust anybody. We have a system of “checks and balances”. That means if something is so bad or some issue is so important that no compromises can be made, then Gridlock takes over and NOTHING is done. Right now the Democrats want to raise taxes by large amounts, adopt socialist and communist policies, raid Medicare to pay for socialist healthcare policies, and continue to borrow and print large sums of money to pay for it all. Democrats have controlled Detroit for years and Detroit is Bankrupt. The Democrats have controlled the White House for 5 years and now the Official White House Gift Shop is Bankrupt The Democrats controlled the House, Senate and Presidency from 2008 until 2010 and passed laws without reading them and have racked up $Trillions in National Debt that all the gold, silver and platinum ever mined in the history of the world can not pay off.
Right now the Republicans want to lower taxes, put people to work so they can support themselves as well as pay taxes, get rid of socialist and communist policies, keep a strong military (and quit giving away military victories), quit borrowing and printing money to pay for things the government cannot afford to pay for anymore and other conservative and common sense stuff such as that.
But, ObamaCare, the health care law the Democrats voted in without reading it; the healthcare law that would hire 15,000 IRS agents and no doctors or nurses; the law the US Supreme Court said would be unconstitutional if it were actually a healthcare law-but IS Constitutional because it is a TAX law is the point of contention. After the 40+ times the Democrats have reneged on their promises to discuss and or compromise on the ways government budgets, spending and taxes should be reigned in to cut deficits and reduce the National Debt, the Republicans have finally gotten the message. If the Democrats won’t meet them on level ground to fix the spending problems the Republicans would do it themselves. So, they did. The Democrats wouldn’t negotiate with the Republicans and the government is partially shut down.
Now the government is partially shut down for about 2 weeks and the Democrats are squalling and bawling. And claiming the House Republicans are doing unconstitutional acts. So, let’s take a look at the Constitution and find out. You don’t have to look very far into the Constitution to check this out.
Article I Section 1 states “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Article I, Section 7 states: All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
Article 1, Section 8 states: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;’
To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;’
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
Article I, Section 9 states:
“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
Now the facts are clear. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives did what they were constitutionally allowed to do to–reduce taxes, spending and debt. That is what the majority of citizens, taxpayers and voters who elected the Republican majority wanted them to do. The Democrats thought they had the Republicans bluffed out and were setting a blame trap for the Republicans. But the Democrats fell into their own trap and the Republicans have ended up with a reduced government, reduced spending and are getting ready to make sure the National Debt does not increase.
Ain’t Gridlock Good!!!!!!!!!
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Be sure to read the Next Article in this Series-The National Debt.