Power of the Purse: The Most Complete and Effectual Weapon.


For all those who are concerned that a Congressional exercise of its constitutional power of the purse will lead to a government shutdown & a default on the debt, lets look at history. For goodness sake! The Democrats shutdown the government 5 times when they controlled the Presidency and both houses of Congress! We survived every shutdown, and not once have we defaulted on our debt because of it!  While a shutdown should be avoided if possible, we must remember that a shutdown takes two; like both houses of congress with disagreements between each other as we saw in the 1970’s, and the more common tiffs between Congress and the President.  The more representative Congress passes the bill; it’s up to the President to sign it.

Another point to keep this in perspective is that the longest shutdown since 1976 was 21 days, yet the federal government is already shutdown 104 days a year…not including holidays.Gov Shutdown Hx “This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.” -James Madison; The Federalist, No. 58 We are currently not dealing with just a simple budget fight, but an overreach of the executive into the powers of the legislative, as granted to congress alone in Article I of the Constitution.  If there were ever a time to use any tool provided to Congress to defend the Constitution and prevent the abdication of their powers…it is now.  Now is not the time for Republicans to be squeamish of a fight and to take such tools “off the table,” it is the time fulfill the oath that they took! I applaud Mark Levin (or should I call him Paul) for getting the word out and educating the People, and ask that all those concerned for their kin and country do the same.  If Paul were to ever read these words…I hope that I did the message justice. ML

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