I have known Mr. O’Brien for a number of years, and have a great deal of respect for him and his legal acumen. I take issue, however, with his characterization of the GOP’s efforts to impose restraints on not only our runaway spending by coupling any raising of the debt limit with substantial and meaningful reductions in government spending, but also on spending for the unmitigated disaster known as “Obamacare”. We have all seen that “The Affordable Care Act” is a misnomer of gargantuan proportions.
Obamacare was not, as O’Brien claims, “thoroughly debated in both houses of Congress.”
It couldn’t possibly have been debated, because no one knew what was contained in the bill. One need only quote that paragon of competence and good government, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who memorably stated that “we have to pass it to see what’s in it!” The debate, such as it was, concerned the fact that no one COULD debate it because, contrary to what most Democrats believe, debate consists of presenting opposing views on the merits of an issue, with each side trying to convince the other of the relative merits of their position. Since neither side knew what the merits were, they could not possibly have “thoroughly debated” the bill.
Furthermore — and no less importantly — the bill was rammed through the Senate by the simple expedient of the majority leader’s unprecedented departure from the Senate’s established parliamentary procedures, garnering not one single Republican vote!
If it takes a default, so be it! At some point, we must put an end to fiscal irresponsibility, restore fiscal sanity, and require production from millions of government-dependent slackers!