In the debate last night, President Obama said point blank the $500 billion in defense cuts and apparently an equal
President Obama during Oct. 22 debate. Getty Images
amount of cuts to other federal services over the next 10 years, will not happen.
Either the president believes Congress will stop the cuts, or, if he wins re-election, we’re looking at a showdown over Constitutional power.
First, many are betting after the election, the two parties will come together for the good of the country, letting bygones be bygones, and stop sequestration from going forward. Of course, whoever loses, could just continue to play politics and saddle the incoming government with a huge problem created by sequestration, but Congress wouldn’t do such a thing, right?
Of course, could it be Obama might be planning to take a page from Andrew Jackson’s administration and not enforce sequestration.
If you remember your history, Jackson, our seventh president, used executive discretion to write a disgraceful chapter in American history. He refused to enforce a Supreme Court decision that protected the rights of the
Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States. Source The White House
Cherokee to land in Georgia and soon after, the Cherokee were forced off their land and onto the Trail of Tears.
In this case, the question is can the executive branch ignore sequestration, especially when it comes to the Pentagon. One should remember, while Congress is in charge of the nation’s purse strings, the actual checks are issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, which is part of the executive branch.
And the President is sworn to uphold the Constitution, which requires the common defense of this nation. The Pentagon has stated sequestration would jeopardize national security.
Just to be fair, for Romney supporters, maybe the president believes Romney will win?
Gov. Mitt Romney. Getty Images
For his part, Romney has also vowed to stop sequestration. If he wins, the question is can he count on Democrats in Congress to help him out as he starts his four years in office?
Here in The Mines, we’re also wondering if maybe some of these mandated cuts might get lost in bureaucracy. After all, if the Army didn’t invent triplicate forms, it perfected their use.