Let's also assume that President is on the same page as the Senate and is equally adamant in resisting changes in the Affordable Care act as the price of a continuing resolution to extend the existing budget and an increase in the debt ceiling.
Six months then pass with no budget approved and no increase in the debt ceiling, during which the country doesn’t pay its bills.
Is it conceivable that some American businessmen in China might be seized and imprisoned because of our failure to pay interest on loans? How far down will the stock market plunge? (It's moving that way already.) How long will it take for some banks to fail with the government not having funds to rescue them? How will this spill over to markets and banks throughout the world, all of which depend on credit to operate? Locally, will credit continue to be available to businesses and even to credit card holders? Other than the armed forces, what government operations will a penniless nation which can't borrow be able to support? Will IRS still be able to collect taxes? Will benefits such as Social Security and Medicare continue? Will veterans' benefits grind to a halt? How many more unemployed will the country have? Will schools and hospitals remain open? How soon will it be before the dollar is no longer accepted in exchange for foreign currencies? No one really knows what will happen, but it won't be pretty.
Can you envision at this point the President, after conferring with all nine Supreme Court justices, announcing the suspension of both Houses of Congress for a one year period and ordering the Army to lock down the Capitol Building? Assuming absolute powers with the assent of the Supreme Court, which votes seven to two to allow him to do so (Justices Scalia and Thomas dissenting), the President would then by decree increase the debt limit, authorize a budget as passed by the House but without any restrictions on existing legislation and order all government employees back to work, with retroactive pay. Things start to creep back to normal.
But recognizing that there are approximately three hundred million weapons in the hands of Americans, the government orders their confiscation by local police in order to avoid violence on the part of those who oppose the suspension of Congress. This is accomplished with minimal, but unavoidable, loss of life on the part of law enforcement agencies and those who refuse to give up their weapons.
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In fact, there is little central government there at all. This doesn’t prevent Ted Cruz from being elected President of Somalia by a wide margin. His first act is to enlist the services of Wayne La Pierre to be in charge of the individual militias necessary to maintain order in the country. (Please forgive my being unable to resist adding a little humor to this otherwise serious article.)
(If you feel that the current impasse in Congress presents the danger of a Constitutional crisis, as this fictional article supposes might take place, consider Emailing a "link" to this article (by clicking on the envelope with the arrow on it at the bottom/left corner of this posting) to your friends, local print and TV media and of course, to your Representatives in Congress.
A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS MUST BE AVOIDED!)
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Republicans are not primarily interested in repealing the Affordable Care Act merely because they don’t like what is in it, no matter what they say.
They have used the discredited explanation that reducing the taxes of the rich will enable them to invest more in our economy, creating more jobs than Keynesian-inspired government pump priming could ever do. Of course, the latter approach would involve increased government spending and with it, increased taxes and really, that is why the Republicans oppose it. They convince many of their followers that dependence on the government ultimately means a sacrifice of liberty and freedom. Hogwash! Frederich Hayek's musty economic philosophy (accepting government benefits puts a nation on the "road to serfdom") does not pertain to today's America.
This misleading confection is neatly wrapped up with a red, white and blue ribbon on Fox News as well as on many conservative talk radio programs and eaten up by many. These are the people who are most susceptible to the preaching of extreme right wing Republican ideologues who condemn any Republican who is willing to compromise on measures involving spending (the debt limit or the budget for example) with the President and the Democratic Senate. To them this is heresy, and that is why we find ourselves in a dreadful mess today.
You might ask why the G.O.P. is so beholden to the very rich that their underlying mission is to reduce their tax burden and of course, not increase it. Simple! In exchange, the wealthy fund Republican election campaigns on all levels. And when you have unlimited money to win elections, you develop power, and that includes the opportunity to gerrymander Congressional districts in order to maintain control of the House, and pass out "patronage" jobs chiefly on the local level. This bargain is sickening, isn't it?
Registered Republicans and independents who sometimes vote for Republicans should be aware that today's G.O.P. is NOT the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower or even Ronald Reagan.
It is something else, and it is not very easy to figure out what that is, but describing it as irresponsible would be a step in the right direction.
Today's G.O.P., in maximizing its crusade against spending, is behaving like a football team which feels it lost a game because of some bad calls by the officials and incorrect readings of the replay tape, and consequently, is screaming "Kill the Umpire." The umpire, in this case, is the United States Government which is merely trying to fund the payment of the its "accounts payable" and pass a budget providing for items already approved by Congress, but which includes spending with which the G.O.P. disagrees. "Killing the Umpire" won't change the game's final score. No, "irresponsible" is too charitable a word to use to describe the G.O.P.. They are something else. You tell me what.