Congressman Tom McClintock Calls for Americans to Rise Up Against Obama’s Un-Constitutional Usurpations

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Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) took to the floor of the House of  Representatives amidst the shutdown dealings to break down the debt crisis and  to point out Barack Obama’s agenda to destroy Republicans, Congress and the  Constitution, while gaining control of the American purse, usurping power as a  dictator.  He ended his remarks by stating that he believed that the salvation  of the nation would be the American people standing up against  un-constitutional  usurpations just as our veterans did last week.

“The debt limit exists for a simple reason,” McClintock began.  “(It’s) to  assure that public debt isn’t recklessly piled up without Congress periodically  acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it.  If  the debt increase is supposed to be automatic, as the president suggests, then  there’s really no purpose to it.”

McClintock then went on to point out the difference between Barack Obama and  his predecessors.

“This president has vowed that unless Congress unconditionally raises the  debt limit, the United States will default on its sovereign debt,” McClintock  said.  “But a failure to raise the debt limit would not by itself cause the  nation to default.  The Government Accountability Office has consistently held  that the Treasury Secretary has ‘the authority to choose the order in which to  pay obligations of the United States and to protect the nation’s credit.'”

“Such authority is inherent in the 1789 Act that established the Treasury  Department and entrusted it with ‘the management of the revenue’ and ‘the  support of the public credit,’ he added.

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Rep.  McClintock also pointed that the Treasury Department’s job in doing this is  underscored by the Fourteenth Amendment.  He also stated that the United States  revenues are ten times the debt payment, so that there is no need for default.  

The California representative also referenced the fact that the House passed   HR 807, the  Full Faith and Credit Act, which not only explicitly requires the payment of  the  national debt, in the case of an impasse over the debt limit, but allows  the  president to exceed the debt limit itself, in order to protect the nation’s  credit.  The bill passed in May of 2013, and the Senate has yet to take it up,  due to Barack Obama’s threat of a veto of the bill.  One would have to ask why  he would do that, if he is as concerned about default and credit as he says.   It’s because Obama is lying to the American people.

While paying some bills ahead of others might cause some disruption, it would  not imperil the nation’s sovereign credit.  “Only the president can do that,”  McClintock affirmed.

The House leadership had met with Obama and offered to extend the debt limit  until November 22 with no strings attached.  Obama wouldn’t budge.  Senate  Republicans offered a 6 month extension, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  (D-NV) refused.

McClintock also stated that what Obama threatened to do regarding defaulting  on the nation’s debt was unprecedented and catastrophic, because markets are  confident to loan money to the federal government based on our credit rating.  


Representative McClintock said that Republicans had miscalculated on two key  assumptions:

  1. Democrats would negotiate on issues that divide our country
  2. Democrats would seek to minimize the suffering caused by the impasse  

On both of these fronts, the Democrats were unwilling to negotiate, and what  did the Republican establishment do?  They bowed to Barack Obama and  surrendered.

McClintock confessed that the way the government shutdown was handled, he  believed that Barack Obama would knowingly destroy the full faith and credit of  the United States.  Welcome to the real world Rep. McClintock.

Mr. McClintock warned that if the Republicans caved, which they did, it  would, in essence, move the power of the purse from the representatives of the  people, per the Constitution, to the Executive Branch.  Immediately following  the debt deal, which included questionable appropriations, Obama set to provide  $1.6 billion to jihadists in Pakistan.

“The Executive bureaucracies will be freed to churn out ever more outlandish  regulations with no effective congressional review or checked through the  purse,” McClintock said.  “A perilous era will have begun in which the  president  sets spending levels, and vetoes any bill falling short of his  demands.  One  house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until  Congress is faced with  the ‘Hobson’s Choice’ of a shutdown or a default.  The  nation’s spending will  again dangerously accelerate, the deficit will rapidly  widen, and the economic  prosperity will continue to slowly bleed away.”

“This impasse may have started as a dispute over a collapsed health program,  but it’s now taken on the dimensions of a constitutional crisis,” he said.

Concluding his remarks, Rep. Tom McClintock referenced veterans that had  gathered just the day before at the Capitol “to stand against these  un-constitutional usurpations.”

“I believe the salvation of our nation now ultimately depends on the  American people joining them.”

UPDATE: If you would like to encourage Rep. Tom McClintock, his number is 202-225-2511 .

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